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Winter is offically over in the north when lakes become ice-free. Local people often hold a contest to guess the ice-out date in eager anticipation. For wildlife, a rich aquatic habitat becomes available. Migratory species arrive and those that spent the winter nearby appear on the scene.

Tracey Hays    Park Rapids, Minnesota    April 28, 2014Ice-Out at Bear Paw Resort

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