Ice warning rings hollow for some people

Another March day in Minnesota. Another person who had to be rescued from an ice floe.

It’s hard to imagine anyone thought the ice was safe on the St. Croix River; there’s plenty of open water there.

But Chris Dedrickson, 45, did, and lived to tell the Star Tribune about it.


His ordeal behind him, Dedrickson stood on the riverbank shortly after 2 p.m., surveying the scene. He thought of his father, who drowned on the river in a boating accident 39 years ago, not far from where the ice glided through deep, crystal blue water. Unlike the rest of the St. Croix, he said, that stretch stayed open through the winter because of the faster current.

Dedrickson said he was grateful for Tuesday’s rescue but said he didn’t panic. He was embarrassed, though, by the commotion he caused.

“I would have rather got in my friend’s canoe and saved the taxpayers a lot of money,” he said.

The people who had to be rescued from The Cribs on Lake Superior in Duluth yesterday thought the ice was safe, too.

Two adults and two children had to be rescued when they started breaking through the ice, the Duluth News Tribune reports today.

The ice provided a walkway for people to explore the cribs —
Related: Enter the Sunrise Lake Minnetonka ice-out contest (KARE).

  • Gary F

    Nature weeding out the stupid?

  • >>“I would have rather got in my friend’s canoe and saved the taxpayers a lot of money,” he said.<<

    Perhaps he should have to pay the costs of his rescue?

    • Jeff C.

      What would the cost be? A little bit of gas? My guess is that the people who rescued him were working already so their paycheck isn’t a cost. And maybe now they need to do one less training exercise because this rescue refreshed their skills. Yes, he was stupid to walk on the ice. But he wasn’t negligent. I think this is different from a person will willfully puts themselves in a dangerous situation, like sailing across the ocean in a small boat with a couple of infants on-board, and then needs an expensive rescue that involves people flying on airplanes for hours to get to them. Our tax dollars pay for good things, like professionals who can safely help people who need help after making a stupid mistake.