On Dec 8th 2021, ICE has formed completely across Budd Lake! Sherman reports that Amber Lake was frozen a couple days earlier. I saw someone testing the ice by the edge. It looked like a dance. I imagined he was very happy. We are excited for the Ice Fishing Contest as well. However, the ice is far from safe!! Don’t be these guys:

Survive Ice Break

truck sinking on Ice

Check out this link from the DNR: Ice safety, Minnesota DNR

Speaking of winter and ice, salt is horrible for the lakes. Tyler Cowing suggests these links:
Snow removal: Do it better, cheaper and pollution-free!
Chloride 101: Minnesota waters need a low-salt diet
Ice fishing shelters DNR Regulations
Danger Thin Ice
Ice thickness guidelines

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