MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota law requires that all fish houses be removed from lakes by midnight Feb. 28, but state and local authorities spent last weekend urging anglers to haul them away ahead of schedule.
"It's a mess," said conservation officer Greg Abraham of the state Department of Natural Resources in a news release. "There are ice fishing houses going down all over the place and I don't know how (the owners) are going to get them out. Most importantly, we are urging people to be extremely careful before going out on the ice. We don't want anyone getting killed."
Authorities have been issuing thin-ice warnings all winter. On Sunday, they blamed the lack of sustained temperatures below freezing, poor snow cover and a cycle of freezing and thawing for the increasing danger.
High winds last week, coupled with rain expected early this week, will further deteriorate ice, they said. Temperatures are expected to climb above 50 degrees.
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