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Julie Kranz, manager of the Hoodoo Point Campground on Lake Vermilion, checks the ice situation on Wednesday. Kranz predicted that all of Pike Bay surrounding Hoodoo Point would be open by Saturday's fishing opener. (Sam Cook /

Minnesota opener: There will be fish. There might be ice.

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TOWER — 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.


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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