EDITORIAL: Lake safety can be key

Published 9:42 am Tuesday, July 7, 2009

It’s lake season. From now through at least Labor Day Weekend, Minnesota residents and visitors will be heading up north to spend some vacation time at our various lakes and other summer hotspots.

Our communities provide the perfect backdrop for chasing the state Walleye record of 17 pounds 8 ounces, or going after Muskies and offer scores of attractions for all ages.

With summer in full swing, however, we offer the usual, but necessary reminder to stay safe.

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Lakes can potentially be dangerous, and Minnesota has tons of them.

In Grand Rapids last week, funerals were being held for two church youth group leaders who drowned while rescuing a boy struggling in Pokegama Lake.

The boy was rescued, but 63-year-old Albert Hermiston and 30-year-old Nathan Junker drowned after being swept away.

It doesn’t take long to be prepared — remember the life jackets and ask local guides about safety measures if you’re new to a vacation spot — but doing so can be the difference between a positive vacation experience and serious injury or even death.