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Stuck with slush, northern Minnesota resorts frozen out


February 3, 2020

DAVID BREWSTER • Star Tribune file

Ice fishing houses, like these photographed on Lake Minnetonka, are usually a common winter sight in Minnesota.

Trouble is lurking under about 3 feet of snow on many of northern Minnesota's frozen lakes. And it's killing business for resorts and others that count heavily on winter tourists to bring in the bucks.

It all started a few days after Christmas, when a major storm dumped more than a foot of snow across the region, insulating lakes that hadn't yet established a solid base of ice and slowing down the making of ice. Making matters worse, the heavy snow pushed down the existing ice, opening cracks and allowing water to seep up.


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