Paul Nelson column for April 9: Ice leaves many area lakes in record time
The ice is gone from all of the lakes in the Bemidji area. Many lakes in Minnesota set records for the earliest ice-out dates in their recorded histories.
The average ice-out date for Lake Bemidji in 73 years of recorded history is April 26. The earliest ice-out date on Lake Bemidji before this spring was April 11, 1973. The latest ice-out date was May 22, 1950.