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Near-misses on the ice

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The Todd County Sheriff's Office issued a dangerous ice warning Thursday night and said no one should operate vehicles or ATVs on the ice. There have been several near-miss incidents in the area:

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• A 20-year-old man from Fargo fell through thin ice on his ATV on Prairie Lake near Pelican Rapids. The man's fishing partner was unable to pull him out of the water, and called 911. The Pelican Rapids Fire Department responded within 20 minutes and were able to pull the man from the icy water.

• A man went through the ice on his four-wheeler on Norway Lake in Otter Tail County on Christmas Day around 7 a.m. The 45-year-old Monticello man was unable to see the open water because it was still dark. He was able to pull himself from the water and get back to shore safely.

• On the evening of Christmas Day, an ATV went through the ice on Osakis Lake near Lindberg Point in Todd County. The ATV occupants made it to safety. The ATV was recovered the following day.

• On Dec. 26, a four-wheeler partially fell through the ice on Otter Tail Lake near the Riviera public access. The driver, from Ottertail, fell through the ice as he was crossing an ice ridge that had formed.

• On Dec. 27 around 11 p.m., the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office responded to an ATV falling into the open water on the southwest side of Dead Lake. Two men from Austin, Minn. were riding on the ATV and pulling a Clam portable fish house. One of the men went into the water but was able to swim out.

• On Dec. 29, a 30-year-old man and his 3-year-old son broke through the ice on Fairy Lake near Sauk Centre. Both survived the ordeal.

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