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WINTER

The festival embraces all things cold, like ice carousels and sledding, but also hot air balloon rides and the coronation of pet royalty.
Capt. Jarrid is on the injured reserve list for a spell as he recovers from a hernia.
Many Northland lakes are still burdened with slush and slow ice formation due to heavy snow cover.
Slush still a problem in some areas; panfish action has been hit and miss.

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South Shore snowbelt could see more snow into Christmas Day.
The 61.1 inches that have fallen so far are well ahead of the pace set in 1995-96.
St. Louis River Estuary, harbor opened up, so do-over ice may be slush-free to start.
Tip-ups are taking pike on local lakes, with the occasional walleye and bass mixed in.
Snowstorm totals boosted from Duluth to Grand Portage with snow continuing into Friday in some areas.
Try smaller, shallower lakes locally, or head northwest to Red, Lake of the Woods, for early ice angling.

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December temperatures here haven't warmed enough to reduce chances for snow on the ground.
The annual event at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center is the unofficial kickoff to ice fishing season.
Past contests have yielded such clever names as “Ctrl Salt Delete” and “Snowbi Wan Kenobi,” or a nod to Minnesota native Prince with “The Truck Formerly Known As Plow.”

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