Mild weather = less ice

Sheriff Brent Lindgren said Mille Lacs County's Search and Rescue team has used the hovercraft to rescue more anglers on Mille Lacs Lake this year than it usually has in the past.

Mille Lacs County Times

With unusually warm weather this December, anglers have been itching to enjoy the Minnesota pastime of ice-fishing in these more comfortable conditions.

But, as every year, officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and local public safety and law enforcement offices are reminding folks to be careful.

DNR and law officials say locally supplied information about ice thickness is usually the best.

“Always check with the local resorts who are checking ice conditions daily,” Mille Lacs County Sheriff Brent Lindgren said.”With the mild fall and warmer than usual temperatures, the ice conditions this year are progressing slowly.”

In the winter months of 2011, Lindgren said the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office had to call on the Search and Rescue Team with its Hovercraft five times already — more times than it typically has been used in its 20-year history.

“In years past, we many only have to go out once in the fall and once in the spring,” Lindgren said.

For the full story, see the Thursday, Jan. 5 print edition of the Times.