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Goodhue and Pierce County authorities are warning travelers to beware Lake Pepin ice. A pressure ridge near the Florence Beach public access is blamed for three ice breakthroughs this season.­ staff photo by Cody Buckalew

Two men, ATV go through ice on Lake Pepin

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Two men learned Tuesday that even precautionary moves can be risky.

Frontenac, Minn., resident Robert Hoeft and Scott Balster of rural Red Wing, Minn., had begun the process of removing an icehouse from Lake Pepin. But around 4 p.m., the men and Hoeft's all-terrain vehicle broke through the ice near Florence Beach on the Minnesota side.

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