Ice is now a thing of the past on area lakes

By Bill Bartusek

As we turn the page on the calendar, we move into April. Even though we have already experienced temperatures in the 80s, warm weather may still be a few weeks off.

Here in the south where ice formed late in the year, it disappeared quickly off of area lakes. North of the Twin Cities, ice formed early and became very thick. As I drove north last Friday, it became very apparent where the ice line was. North of Elk River, ice is still on the lakes. Even small ponds are ice-covered. Lake Mille Lacs still has a lot of ice.

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