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Ice conditions vary, are still uneven, unsafe
By Bill Bartusek
After fishing locally for the past two weeks, I got a taste of ice conditions up north. Normally the further north you go, the better the ice conditions are. This wasn't the case at the cabin north of Aitkin. Ice started forming there after Thanksgiving. After a good week of freezing, two big snowfalls arrived. Timing is everything, and the timing was bad.
As the sun rose over our lake Saturday morning, the lake looked fine. It had about 14 inches of snow over the ice. I drilled holes in the ice and found about nine inches of ice.