Wednesday, January 16, 2013
These tips from Hennepin County Rich Stanek just might save your life if you ever fall through the ice.
Wednesday, January 16
by Hennepin County Rich Stanek What would you do to survive a fall through the ice into frigid water? Keep your arms above water but do not wave them in a panic. Keep your clothes and boots on. Try to make it out by kicking hard in the water and pulling yourself up onto the ice. A recent ABC News report provides excellent information on this topic. If you are venturing out on the ice, take precautions:
Friday, January 11, 2013
The DNR recently issued a warning that when the temperature rises above freezing for six hours during a 24 hour period.
Friday, January 11
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is reminding people that the Thin Ice Advisory remains in effect for all bodies of water in Hennepin County. Colder temperatures are in the forecast this weekend however recent warm weather has already created areas of unstable ice that will need several days of cold temperatures to improve significantly. Ice thickness is variable due to recent warm weather, freezing, and thawing that has taken place over the past several days. On Lake Minnetonka, there are areas of standing water due to the recent rains and warm weather. Even ice near some shoreline areas are showing signs of thawing. Related posts: The DNR recently issued a warning that when the temperature rises above freezing for six hours …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Most fatalities caused by falling through the ice are children, according to Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek.
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Friday, December 7, 2012
Hennepin Sheriff Rich Stanek is reminding parents and caregivers to keep children away from thin ice on partially-frozen ponds, lakes and all bodies of water. Most victims of fatal accidents on the ice in Hennepin County have been children. “When your child is near the ice or the water, you should be near your child,” said Sheriff Stanek, “I urge you to provide clear rules about ice safety throughout the winter months.” No ice should ever be considered safe. Small bodies of water such as ponds are especially a hazard now since they are the most likely to have a thin layer of ice. A dusting of snow or frost may give thin ice the appearance that it is safe when it is not. Remember, the recommended minimum thickness for ice is four …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
It may be the middle of February, but dangerous ice conditions prompt sheriff to take "extremely unusual" course of action.
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said this afternoon he is ordering all cars, trucks and SUVs off Hennepin County ice and that public lake accesses will be closing until further notice. The new regulations take effect immediately. Snowmobiles and all terrain vehicles will still be permitted on the ice. Stanek said implementation of the new regulations was prompted by dangerous ice conditions being experienced on bodies of water such as Lake Minnetonka, where two vehicles have broken through the ice and sunk to the bottom in recent weeks. In all, five vehicles have broken through the ice on Hennepin County waters this season. “Folks, it’s not worth the loss of life or serious injury just to drive on a frozen lake," Stanek said. “We’ve …
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Two men narrowly escaped through sinking truck's windows Saturday morning.
What started out as an ordinary Saturday morning on the ice ended with a truck on the bottom of Lake Minnetonka and two area men thankful to be alive. Blair Walker said he a buddy were driving across Smith Bay just after 11 a.m. when chaos seemed to erupt out of nowhere. "I was riding passenger in my dad's truck and looking down at the GPS," the 20-year-old Orono resident said. "I looked up and saw some ice that just didn't look right. Before I knew it or could say anything there was water all around the truck." As the Chevy Silverado began to sink, Walker said he and his friend escaped out of the truck's windows. "I tried to put the window down as far as I could, but it stopped halfway," he said. "I crawled out, climbed on top of the …
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Owners have 30 days to recover the vehicle. Check back soon for full coverage or click the "keep me posted button" below.
A truck broke through the ice on Smith Bay this morning and now rests on the bottom of Lake Minnetonka. The vehicle's occupants, two men in their 20s, narrowly escaped through the truck's windows—cold and shaken but otherwise unharmed. Emergency responders arrived at the scene just after 11:30 a.m. Sheriff deputies say the ice was about four inches thick in the area. Warning signs now ring the open water created by Saturday's accident, which was the second of its kind this season on Lake Minnetonka. Check back Sunday morning for full coverage, including an interview with one of the vehicle's occupants, or click the "keep me posted" button below to be notified when updates are posted.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Sheriff urging extreme caution after yesterday's unusual mid-December rain.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is urging local residents to stay off of the ice on area lakes and other bodies of water, including Lake Minnetonka bays, due to thin ice conditions. Last week, many small lakes in Hennepin County had between four and five inches of ice, the recommended minimum thickness for walking and small group activities. Wednesday’s rain and recent warm weather have diminished the ice and it is too unstable for any activity, according to a safety alert issued Wednesday afternoon. Facts and tips from the sheriff: Click here to read more about ice safety.