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Minnesota's fishing opener on ice?

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Small waves kissed the shoreline of Fish Lake just north of Duluth on Monday morning. A pontoon boat purred up to the landing at Hi-Banks Resort. From somewhere out on the lake came the high, clear call of a loon.


All of this was a great relief to Tim Wagner, who owns the resort with his wife, Kim.

Fish Lake had shed its thick winter coat of ice on Saturday, exactly one week ahead of Minnesota's fishing opener.

"I was worried sick," Tim Wagner confessed.

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