As I write, I have the hose running outside as I am trying to make the kids a sheet of ice so they can skate. It's 13 below, and supposedly, winter is not scheduled to arrive for another 10 days or so.
We sure do get to see a change of seasons here - a drastic change at times. About 10 years ago, I remember being on Gull Lake looking for walleyes in my boat on Dec. 13. This year, on that same date, we might have 8 inches or more of ice on areas of Gull Lake.
Looks like we are still on that every-other-month pattern - ugly August, sensational September, atrocious October, nice November and, so far, a very raw December. I am looking forward to a January thaw.
The ice is what we needed and I am thankful that the snowstorm earlier in the week did not hit home - that would not have been good for the ice conditions.
I was in St. Paul last weekend at the ice show, and after talking with a number of company representatives, it sounded like the number of those attending was up and so were sales. Maybe it will be the ice fishing industry that brings this world back to its feet.
To those of you venturing out on the ice, be safe, be smart and be ready to change your presentation and/or location.
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