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Mild Milwaukee weekend ideal for golf, not safe for ice fishing

CREATED Feb 17, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - This weekend is shaping up to be a great time to be outdoors, but some normal winter activities could prove dangerous in this weather.

Mild weather has prompted Milwaukee County Parks to open up the golf courses at Grant Park in South Milwaukee and Lincoln Park in Milwaukee.

The weather - said to be the 6th warmest winter on record in Milwaukee - may be great for golfers, but it can be downright dangerous for ice fishers.

David Holtz fell through the ice Thursday afternoon in Waukesha.

He was fishing on a pond outside the apartment complex where he and his family live.

Rescue crews airlifted him to a hospital, and he is reportedly doing well.

"It's astounding what can happen to someone in the blink of an eye," warned David Davis, a family member of Holtz's.

Holtz's family warned him about falling into the pond again and again.

"We constantly tell him we've had a mild winter, 51 degrees during February and January.  It's not a good thing to sit on the ice and fish."

Another example: a fishing shanty fell through the ice on Upper Phantom Lake in Mukwonago.

No one was inside at the time.