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Cones mark off the dangerous area where firefighters did cold water rescue training Sunday. Warm temperatures are causing pond ice to melt.

Warm winter means ice is still unsafe, FFD says

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When Farmington firefighters went into the icy water at the Prairie Waterway Greenway near Prairieview Park Sunday, they were wearing rescue suits and had ample equipment there for their cold-water rescue practice.


They were ready to go into the icy water. Most people who fall into the cold winter waters aren't as lucky.

That's a concern in Farmington, where there are more than 100 ponds, none of which his likely frozen over enough to sustain a person's weight right now.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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