Sheriff's Office issues warning about water skipping snowmobiles

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, is issuing a public notice to those that plan on participating in any water skipping activities that this practice is not allowed and those participating will be cited under Minnesota Statute 84.87 Sub 2 which states: It shall be unlawful for any person to drive or operate any snowmobile in the following unsafe or harassing ways:
• at a rate of speed greater than reasonable or proper under all the surrounding circumstances;
• in a careless, reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the person or property of another or to cause injury or damage thereto;
• without a lighted head and taillight when required for safety; or
• in any tree nursery or planting in a manner which damages or destroys growing stock
Water skipping in an unorganized fashion will be considered careless driving. Law enforcement is giving this notice that water skipping events are no longer allowed and violators will be cited.
Any group that wants to organize an event can do so under Minnesota Statute 84.87 Sub lA, as long as they follow the proper procedure of applying and receiving a permit for the organized function.
These applications must be made with the MN DNR as well as St. Louis County and information on how to do so can be obtained on their respective websites, or by calling (218) 749-7167.