South news briefs: Rinks to open just before Christmas

  • Updated: December 3, 2013 - 3:00 PM
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Back on the ice:  Lucas Lora-Varsaw chased a tennis ball at the 2012 Lake Hiawatha Heart Warmer. Shakopee and Prior Lake outdoor rinks, including one at Hiawatha Park, and warming houses are expected to open Dec. 21.

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State warns of ice dangers for kids

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is warning parents to keep an eye on kids near ponds and lakes.

The ice they are seeing may just be a thin coating.

Last winter season, from November to April, six people died after falling through ice.

An inch or two of ice is not safe, and children should not go out on the ice without adult supervision, even when conditions improve.

The state recommends anyone heading out on the ice should carry a set of ice picks, check with a local bait shop or resort to ask about ice conditions, and measure the ice.

Officials recommend:

• 4 inches for walking

• 5 inches for a snowmobile or ATV

• 8-12 inches for a car

• 12-15 inches for a medium-sized truck.

For more information, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice/thickness.html.

Rinks to open just before Christmas

At least a pair of communities now expect their outdoor skating rinks to open in time for the Christmas holidays.

Shakopee and Prior Lake both report that they expect their skating to begin Dec. 21, weather permitting. Shakopee’s parks agency offers supervised skating through Feb. 16.

Warming houses

• Green Meadows Park, 3100 Thrush St.

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