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Lake Superior was officially listed as 91 percent ice cover as of Thursday and may be on its way to full ice cover this winter. A Thursday satellite photo, however, clearly shows lots of open water along the North Shore, while areas around the Apostle Islands are clearly ice covered. Other shades in the photo are ice of varying thickness, or clouds caused by water evaporating from open areas of the lake. (NASA satellite photograph)

Lake Superior nearing first complete ice-over since 1996

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A frigid Northland winter is pushing Lake Superior toward a complete ice-over for the first time since 1996, although there's still a ways to go before you can skate from Duluth to the Soo.

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Lake Superior had at least some ice across an estimated 91 percent of its surface as of Thursday, according to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.

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