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Tim Wagner, who runs Hi-Banks Resort on Fish Lake, looks out over a narrow strip of open water across the mostly ice-covered lake Thursday morning. --Bob King

As fishing opener looms, ice lingers on some northern lakes

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TOWER, Minn. — Julie Kranz’ phone rings often in these last days before the Minnesota fishing opener. Kranz manages the Hoodoo Point Campground on Lake Vermilion, just a mile from downtown Tower on a point that juts into the 40,000-acre lake.

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The callers all want to know the same thing: Will the ice leave the popular lake in time for Saturday’s fishing opener?

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