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DNR warns of ice's dangers


January 13, 2018

Richard Jenkins/Daily Globe

WHILE THERE is no visible open water on Lake Superior at Little Girl's Point Friday, some pancake ice remains as the lake continues to freeze. Pancake ice is created when the freezing ice is broken up, usually by waves. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is encouraging people to use caution when going out on ice.

With the recent warm-up and subsequent cold spell, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is warning people to be cautious when out on the ice.

"Don't assume the ice is safe just because a lake or stream looks frozen," Lt. Tom Wanless said in a DNR press release. "There are several factors that can determine the strength off the ice. Understanding and recognizing these factors, as well as using common sense and caution, will allow you to have a more enjoyable outdoor experience and to make it homes safely."

Wanless, who is the DNR's recreational safety program supervisor, gave several...

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