Thursday, January 26, 2006


A real January thaw

The weatherman tells us that it will be 46 degrees by 3 this afternoon. Other sources are more optimistic and are predicting 50. One fellow plans to play a round of golf. January warmth like this is unpresidented. Officials tell us that this is the warmest January ever recorded in Minnesota.

Lake Winona usually would have about 2 feet of ice on it. There would be a scattering of ice houses and pickups parked near the "hot" fishing spots. But today, the lake threatens to open up, that is, become ice free. The Mississippi river has been open all month. People have launched their boats and have got in a little fishing.

Usually ice houses have to be off the lake by March 1. Maybe the middle of January would have been better this year. Notice that the ice house is sinking in the punky ice. No, I don't know how the owner will get it off the ice. He is required to do so however.


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