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LAKE OF THE WOODS

People wanted the ice road, and it’s definitely needed, Brett Alsleben of Points North Services on the Northwest Angle mainland said.
The ice road across Lake of the Woods, which will allow visitors traveling by road to bypass Canada, is scheduled to open Friday.
In November, the Canadian government announced that on Jan. 15, essential workers only will be allowed to enter the country if they are fully vaccinated. Northwest Angle mail carrier Fred Caravetta would rather quit.
The need is there, but whether the road actually happens will depend on Mother Nature, said Brett Alsleben of Points North Services on the Northwest Angle mainland.

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The addition of a clerk who will work from a mobile “creel shack” at major access points will provide a better picture of what anglers are actually harvesting.
A couple of weak hatches in recent years is driving the walleye decline. Meanwhile, sauger populations are booming.
A couple of weak hatches in recent years is driving the walleye decline. Meanwhile, sauger populations are booming.
In addition to the 26 fish in the livewell, there were six walleyes and 10 saugers in the cooler with fish caught that day, and 17 walleyes and 13 saugers in the second cooler with fish the group had kept the previous day – 72 fish total.
The new program is designed to honor select individuals that demonstrate exceptional community service for the prevention of invasive species, Wildlife Forever said in a news release.
A St. Thomas, North Dakota, native, Eilertson, of Andover, Minnesota, has a trailer house at Rocky Point on Lake of the Woods and has landed an astounding 107 walleyes — at last count — over 30 inches since 1977, when he bought his first boat.

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The Fuglebergs were among the throngs of Americans who returned to their cabins on Canadian soil Monday for the first time since the U.S.-Canada border closed to nonessential travel March 21, 2020, in the very early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 12th stop on our tour of 20 Minnesota State Parks is a peaceful alternative to nearby Lake of the Woods. The man-made body of water at Hayes Lake State Park features panfish, a beach, a campground and myriad recreation opportunities for visitors to one of Minnesota's northernmost counties.
Life for resort owners and other businesses on Minnesota's Northwest Angle has been especially challenging since March 2020, when the U.S.-Canada border closed to nonessential travel in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The situation is only marginally better this year.

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