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Emergency workers head out on the ice Tuesday on an air cushion craft and by foot to investigate a fish house that fell through the ice on Foot Lake near Robbins Island in Willmar. (Tribune photo by Gary Miller)

Unseasonal warmth leads to shaky ice conditions in west central Minn.

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WILLMAR -- Rescuers donned wetsuits and safety harnesses Tuesday morning to salvage an unoccupied fish house that sank through the ice on Foot Lake.

It's the last week in December, but the warm weather and lack of snow have led to ice conditions more typical of November or March.

"Extreme caution" is what Brad Lindgren, chief deputy with the Meeker County Sheriff's Office, advises for anyone venturing out onto the ice.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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