GOLDEN VALLEY -- Lakes all across the state are becoming ice-free 10 to 15 days before average thanks to the warm March and early April weather.
In northern Minnesota the average ice-out dates usually run from late this month through as late as early June for the ones that lie on the northern fringe of the state.
Shagawa Lake near Ely officially lost its ice last Saturday (4/3), besting the previous record by 11 days and becoming one of the earliest ice-out seasons in northern Minnesota recorded history.
Shagawa Lake's record was set on April 14th, 1998 and the average for this lake is April 27th, so this year it is breaking up 3 weeks earlier than average.
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Fall Lake near Ely lost is ice last Friday (4/2) under sunny skies and that is seven days before the previous record of April 10th, 1945.
Even massive Lake Vermilion went ice free Wednesday April 7th, three days before their record that was set also in 1945.
By the way, most lakes have a 50-80 years of accurate data on ice-out dates; some have more than 100 years of records to compare.
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