Lake Minnetonka in Hennipen and Carver Counties, Minnesota
"Sheriff’s office makes it official: ‘The ice is out!’"
"The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), in partnership with the Freshwater Society, has declared an 'Ice Out' for 2014." "Over the past few weeks, HCSO has routinely patrolled areas of Lake Minnetonka to monitor ice thickness. Today, at 7:30 a.m., HCSO and the Freshwater Society determined the Ice Out to be official. The declaration is made when a boat can be piloted through all of the lake’s channels and bays without obstruction by ice. This set of requirements is different from years past in that previously, the declaration was made when a boat could navigate through the 'narrows' around Big Island and back to the Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol Unit on Lake Minnetonka in Spring Park."
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