Pillager firefighters rescued a man early Sunday who fell through the ice on Gull Lake while trying to retrieve his dog.
The man fell through the ice about 8 a.m. at his home on the 2000 block of Birch Forest Road Southwest on Wilson Bay of Gull Lake.
Fire Chief Randy Lee said the man, whose name wasn't available Sunday, was trying to get to his dog, which had wandered onto the ice near his home. The man had laid a ladder on the ice to crawl out to his dog, but the man and the ladder broke through the ice.
With the man still holding onto the ladder, firefighters and a neighbor pulled the man to shore, Lee said. The man was transported by North Ambulance to St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd for observation, Lee said.
The dog was out of the water and OK when firefighters arrived, Lee said.
"The ice would hold us as far as we went, but it was cracking," Lee said.
Kerry Swenson, Cass County Sheriff's dispatcher, warned area residents that ice on lakes is nowhere near safe to walk on.
"If the dog fell through, that's a pretty good clue that you will fall through, too," Swenson said.
Saturday night an angler from northwestern Minnesota was stranded on Little Pine Lake north of Perham after his boat was surrounded by ice.
Twenty-seven-year-old Michael Huber of Glyndon had to chop the ice to get out into the lake on Saturday, but the water froze over again a few hours later.
His boat motor failed and he couldn't get back to shore, so rescue crews from the Otter Tail County sheriff's office and other agencies used their cold water rescue gear to go get him.
It happened about 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Huber wasn't hurt and was treated and released by an ambulance crew at the scene.
The news release from the sheriff's office notes that Huber declined to say if the walleyes were biting.
The DNR recommends a minimum of 4 inches of clear ice for walking, 5 inches for snowmobiles and 8-12 inches for a small to medium-sized automobile, pickup or SUV.
This story contains information from the Associated Press
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