BEMIDJI - As the ice season approaches in parts of Minnesota in recent days, there have already been reports of anglers testing their luck.
With ice forming on some water bodies, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone to stay on shore until there are at least 4 inches of new, clear ice.
"Ice conditions this time of year are highly variable and can change quickly. Falling into the cold water can turn tragic fast," a release said. "Safety officials stress the importance of anyone heading onto the ice to check its thickness for themselves and not rely on other people's footprints, tracks or social media posts."