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When I venture out on the ice early I’m constantly checking the thickness of the ice. I walk out with a spud bar and with every step I pound it into the ice. If you punch through turn back immediately. About every 20 yards I’ll drill a hole and measure the ice. Having ice picks around your neck and cleats on your boots are a must.
As the long, cold winter months set in, it can be tempting to stay inside and curl up on the couch with a warm blanket and a good movie. However, inhaling the brisk, fresh air and immersing in the outdoors is so beneficial for one’s mental health and overall well-being.
The buck, which has a massive set of nontypical antlers, had fallen through the ice near the new bridge on Mark Boulevard at the south end of city limits, Fire Chief Rick Beier said.
The annual event at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center is the unofficial kickoff to ice fishing season.

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Remember no ice is 100% safe. Have a plan, carry safety equipment and let someone know where you are and when you expect to return. If possible, fish with a partner.
From the cottonwood bottomlands of the Red River Valley to the richly forested southeastern bluff country, the pileated woodpecker can be seen flying in its deliberate rolling manner, or heard by its thunderous drumming on trees with its bill, or identified by its distinctive hysterical call resonating through the woodlands and the gaping tree-cavities they mine so effortlessly.
Show hours are noon to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11.
Law enforcement and natural resources agencies such as the DNR all have issued numerous news releases urging people to put safety first on the ice. Unfortunately, you can't legislate common sense.
The late-season hunt will open Friday, Dec. 16, and continue through Sunday, Dec. 18. DPAs open to this CWD management hunt are 184, 605, 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649 and 655.
The ‘Keep It Clean’ campaign started at Lake of the Woods. More recently, Upper and Lower Red Lake, Mille Lacs Lake, Lake Vermilion and the Fairmont Chain of Lakes came on board.

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Snow Friday will be followed by some chilly temperatures
The Center for Biological Diversity says current plan neglects huge swaths of current and potential wolf range.
The incident occurred the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 23, when Kittson County deputies Alex Rudnik and Dave Thompson spotted what at first glance looked like two bucks standing side by side eating in a field near Hallock, Minn.

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