The Todd County Sheriff’s Office has issued a dangerous ice warning for all lakes in Todd County. The Todd County Sheriff’s Office is asking that no one operate ATVs and motor vehicles on area lakes until ice conditions improve with colder weather.
Ice conditions have been deteriorating over the past week to 10 days due to above average temperatures, high winds, rain and lack of cold nights to maintain and thicken ice.
At 12:52 p.m. Thursday the Todd County Sheriff’s Office, the Sauk Centre Fire and Rescue and the Sauk Centre Ambulance responded to a report of a Polaris Ranger ATV going through the ice on Fairy Lake six months north of Sauk Centre.
The ATV was driven by Travis Ritter, 30, of Sauk Centre. A passenger, Ritter’s 3-year-old son, Gabriel Ritter, was also on the ATV and both father and son went into the cold water. The two were able to pull themselves up onto the ice and walk to shore. They were treated at the scene and taken to St. Michael’s Hospital in Sauk Centre. They were apparently not injured.
Two young teenage witnesses were ice skating on the lake and observed the ATV go through the ice and called 911 on a cellphone. The ATV is currently lying in approximately 10-12 feet of water and will be recovered at a later date.
This is the second report in as many days the Todd County Sheriff’s Office has heard of ATVs going through the ice on area lakes. An unconfirmed report of an ATV going through the ice on Maple Lake the day before with no one being injured and the ATV recovered from the water.
Use extra caution while traveling out on the ice. Above normal temperatures and high winds are forecasted for the coming days continuing the deterioration of ice on area lakes.
People who currently have ice shelters on area lakes are asked to monitor them on a daily basis to ensure that the shelters have ample ice to maintain the shelter’s weight.