Le Sueur Co. Sheriff's Office issues ice warning


The Le Sueur County Sheriff's Office is advising residents to stay off of all lakes in the county due to unsafe ice conditions. Warm temperatures has quickly deteriorated the ice on all lakes. On Thursday, April 4, the department responded to two calls on Lake Washington, in southwestern Le Sueur County, of ATVs that went through the ice. The first call came at 4:21 p.m. in the Baker's Bay area, about 250 yards off shore. Dennis Kollasch, 46, Derrick Kollasch, 11, and Jenna Kollasch, 7, all of St. Peter, were able to get back on to the ice and walk back to their home on the lake. A short time later they received another report of an ATV through the ice at a different part of the lake that had occurred about an hour earlier. In that incident John Kocina, 50, of Le Center and passenger James Palmersheim, 54, of Shakopee, were both able to get back on top of the ice and walk to safety. 

The Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Deputies/Dive Team as well as Cleveland Fire/Rescue and St. Peter Ambulance were dispatched to the scene of the first incident, but were cancelled once it was known that all passengers were safe.