Wednesday, December 31, 2008

County-owned front-end loader breaks through ice UPDATE

Mike Raymond, who’s worked for the county for 27 years, was not supposed to have the loader on the ice, said Polk County Highway Engineer Rich Sanders. Raymond was cleaning snow from county-owned lots in town and made a detour to the public boat launch in Central Park. According to some bystanders watching attempts to pull the loader from the river, Raymond’s plan was to clear snow from around his ice-fishing house when the ice gave way.

The back end of a back-hoe operated by Dan Bertils comes off the ground as the tension increases on the chain hooked to the sunken front-end loader. The back-hoe was secured by another chain hooked to another front-end loader parked further up the boat ramp.

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