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Mike Vincent of Indiana (left) and Norbert Belz of Nixa, Missouri walk along a newly-constructed ramp connecting the docks to the Island View Lodge Thursday. The original ram is four feet below the water level. (Bob King/Duluth News Tribune)

Fishing’s good amid high water on Rainy Lake

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INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. — At Thunderbird Lodge east of International Falls, the gas pump at the boat docks is neck-deep in the tannin-stained waters of Rainy Lake.

“We’re still pumping gas. But we have to bend over to read the meter,” said Mary Jane Haanen, who owns the lodge with her husband, Rod.

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