Lake Minnetonka victims identified

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Feb 4, 2013 at 6:45 am

WAYZATA, Minn. (AP) Two people have died after their car crashed through the ice on Lake Minnetonka.

It happened Saturday afternoon. Thirty one year-old Harland Dietrich of Maple Grove was in a vehicle with his grandmother--87 year-old Mary Ann Haram--when it plunged through the ice under the Gray's Bay Bridge in a channel of the lake.

Dietrich called 911 to tell authorties his car was sinking in the lake.

It took dive crews about an hour to pull the victims from the water--and by that time they were both unconcious. They were pronounced dead that night at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Authorities say it's extremely dangerous to drive or walk on channels or pressure ridges on Lake Minnetonka. Fourteen vehicles have gone through the ice on that lake this winter.

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