Only in Minnesota: Sheriff says no cars on lake for the Eelpout Festival, upsetting organizers


February 14, 2017

That didn’t take long. The Cass County sheriff announced a decision Monday to restrict vehicle traffic on Leech Lake’s Walker Bay during the annual Eelpout Festival. Within hours, organizers were crying foul, noting the ice is plenty thick enough to handle all the traffic for season’s largest tourism draw in Walker, Minn.

At the core of the dispute: How thick does ice have to be for such a gathering?


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