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LAKE OF THE WOODS

Upper Red Lake and Lower Red Lake also were ice-free Tuesday, according to satellite imagery and DNR reports.
Lake of the Woods has risen by 25 inches since early April, the Lake of the Woods Control Board said.
"We should have most of the bait shops in good shape by the opener," wholesaler says.
As of Monday, only a sliver of open water was visible down the middle of the Rainy River at Franz Jevne State Park.

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Ewing embarked on the 24-hour marathon snowmobile ride as a fundraiser to help send underprivileged kids to Bible camp.
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Telle, a longtime Warroad educator, lifelong hunter and angler, and fishing guide, died Sunday, March 13 at age 90.
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Nothing came easy during a recent 45-mile snowmobile trek across Lake of the Woods from Warroad, Minnesota, to Oak Island.
In a text message Friday morning, Brett Alsleben of Points North Services said they are trying to get the road back open by the end of the weekend.
The ice road across Lake of the Woods, which will allow visitors traveling by road to bypass Canada, is scheduled to open Friday.
In addition to the 26 fish in the livewell, there were six walleyes and 10 saugers in the cooler with fish caught that day, and 17 walleyes and 13 saugers in the second cooler with fish the group had kept the previous day – 72 fish total.

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The new program is designed to honor select individuals that demonstrate exceptional community service for the prevention of invasive species, Wildlife Forever said in a news release.
Three years ago, Bemidji couple Brent Knutson and Shawna Erdmann, decided to enter into tournament angling together, becoming a team on the water, just as they are in life. Last month, they prevailed over 86 rival teams on Lake of the Woods to claim the Minnesota Tournament Trail Championship, taking home a variety of winnings that totals about $80,000.
A St. Thomas, North Dakota, native, Eilertson, of Andover, Minnesota, has a trailer house at Rocky Point on Lake of the Woods and has landed an astounding 107 walleyes — at last count — over 30 inches since 1977, when he bought his first boat.

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