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Published December 02, 2011, 11:57 AM

Minn. fishermen rescued from drifting ice block

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Two fishermen on Upper Red Lake took an unexpected ride Friday morning – first on an ice block 6 inches thick drifting in 9 feet of water and then in a Bemidji Fire Department hovercraft back to land. The men, Beltrami County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Wherley and Blackduck Police Officer Josh Arhart, were on Upper Red Lake when the ice they were on, about 100 yards from shore, broke away and began drifting.

By: Steve Wagner, Forum Communications Co.,

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