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With thin ice, northern Minnesota lakes get extended rescue season

DULUTH - An ice floe that broke free on Upper Red Lake recently stranded 122 anglers with 30 feet of open water between them and the shoreline - instigating one of seven rescues the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office has assisted in this season.

Canoeists tried ferrying people to shore before emergency responders got to the scene Friday and used the Department of Natural Resource's airboat and another boat to cart people across the water. In less than two hours, the anglers had all made it safely back to shore with no reported injuries, according to the county.

Rescues are common; the duration of this year's rescue season is not.


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