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Chris Denardo and Jave Vavrika install the J&K Marine dock at the north end of a shimmering Little Detroit Lake Tuesday morning.

'09 ice-off lags by a few days

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Warm temperatures and a stiff wind took the ice off Detroit Lake, Lake Sallie and most other area lakes on Thursday and Friday, a few days later than average.

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"It seems like a lot of ice left the lakes on April 23-24," said Assistant State Climatologist Peter Boulay. "It was warm and very windy, with a strong overnight wind. Once it gets hold of the edge of the ice, it will push it."

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