View of Wells Lake from CR12 Bridge Rice County. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
View of Wells Lake from CR12 Bridge Rice County. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
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Rice County Sheriff Jesse Thomas confirmed for KDHL his office did receive a call over the weekend of a snowmobile being submerged in Wells Lake.

The snowmobile broke through the ice near the County Road 12 bridge between Wells Lake and Cannon Lake.

Thomas says witnesses did report seeing the snowmobile break through and the dirver left the scene.  In fact he stated someone came to pick up the operator.

A Department of Natural Resources officer joined 3 divers in assessing the situation and they felt the snowmobile will be more easily viewed when it warms up later this week and the water opens up more.

Then they'll be able to get a picture and determine the owner.

The Rice County Sheriff's Office would appreciate anyone with information about the owner, driver or anyone involved with the snowmobile to give them a call.

Just phone 507-334-4391 and ask to speak with a deputy.

I always thought there were 27 lakes in Rice County but lakeplace.com shows 58 lakes ranging in size from 2 acres to 1,593 acres in size.

Lake-Link.com lists 17 lakes in Rice County, Minnesota.

Cannon Lake from CR 12 Bridge Rice County, Mn. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Cannon Lake from CR 12 Bridge Rice County, Mn. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
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While the Minnesota Department of Tourism touts 11,842 lakes in Minnesota 10 acres or more in size if over 2.5 acres were used there would be 21,871 lakes in our state.

The most common lake name in Minnesota is Mud Lake with over 200.  There are 150 Long Lakes and 120 Rice Lakes in the Gopher state.

There are approximately 19 lakes with no names ranging in size from 7 acres to 102 acres in Minnesota.

Some Friends Stopped by to See What I Was Up To. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Some Friends Stopped by to See What I Was Up To. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
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