The cold weather has formed ice on the surface of most bodies of water in Marion County, but anxious ice fishermen need to be cautions when trying to get out onto the water. Iowa State Conservation Officer John Mertz says ice needs to be no less than two inches thick to safely support one person and around four inches to support a group. Mertz says drilling several holes in the ice in various locations can help check for the consistency of the ice thickness and will help ensure the safety of those on its surface.

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