Deer hunting was a hit in southeastern Minnesota

By Bill Bartusek

You would think ice fishing might be the lead story this time of year. Not so! Actually anglers are doing pretty well on area lakes, fishing from boats and from shore. The warm weather has kept lakes open as far north as Lake Mille Lacs as well as other large northern lakes. Shore anglers are doing very well as fish stay near shore in the cold weather. Ice fishing in our area is still a ways off.

However, in the northern half of the state, things are much different. Lakes there have been frozen over for about a week.

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