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“An unusual year” Longtime lake residents discuss ice-out conditions on Baptiste and Mink lakes

Some local residents have been noting its a unique year for the ice going out on their lakes. 

On Tuesday we spoke with Wally McColl, who has been on the south shore of Baptiste Lake for over 80 years.

“The ice was out in the channel, that happens every year before it goes out on the bigger part of the lake” Said McColl, noting: “Its been an unusual year, the ice has mostly re-frozen”

We also spoke with Doris and Bob Hollingsworth who have been on Mink Lake for over 50 years. They agreed it’s been a bit of a strange year:

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“Its going to be awhile before the lake is clear” Said Doris, “We had a lot of open water and then it froze”

Both parties noted they saw lots of wildlife when the ice had its early thaw including ducks, otters, robins and beavers. 

Doris also noted that every year Mink lake residents take their guess at when the ice will go out. “You’ll have to check back in to see who won the contest” she said laughing.

When asked for his guess, Bob said: ‘It always happens around April 24th’ 

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