Two Vehicles Go Through Ice on Big Kandi Lake


(West Central Tribune/Willmar, MN) The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office responded to two reports of vehicles going through the ice on Big Kandi Lake late Saturday.

According to a news release from Sheriff Eric Holien, the first vehicle was a 2008 GMC Sierra pickup which went through the ice east of the island, possibly near an ice heave. The occupants, Debra Bonnema and Bennett Bonnema, both of Raymond, were able to get out of the truck and onto the ice. They were located by rescue personnel. Their truck was completely submerged.

The second call was received about another vehicle going through the ice when emergency responders were on their way to the first incident. The first was reported shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday, and the second was reported at about 11:15 p.m.

Logan Niedzielski and Levi Milausen, both of Willmar, were in a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup when it broke through. They were able to get out of the vehicle into the water and then to a nearby fish house. The pickup was partially submerged near an ice heave near the Northern Lights access.

Authorities say both vehicles will be removed later.

There were no injuries, and none of those involved were transported by ambulance.


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