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Watch out for changing ice conditions on lake

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As Minnesotans know, weather can vary throughout the state; the same is true for ice conditions. In the north, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conservation officers report more than 800 ice houses on Lake of the Woods, while boat anglers are fishing on parts of the Mississippi River near Le Crescent in the southern part of the state.

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Given the uneven conditions, the DNR urges people to think twice before going out on the ice.

"Ice is never 100 percent safe," said Capt. Greg Salo, DNR regional enforcement supervisor in St. Paul.

Many lakes and rivers across the state have between five and six inches of ice. Ice conditions can change at any moment.

Salo recommends anyone heading out on the ice should carry a set of ice picks, check with a local bait shop or resort -- ask about ice conditions -- and measure the ice.

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