Lake Phalen on Saturday, April 20. The latest recorded ice-out date on the lake was April 21 until this year.
Long Lake remained mostly ice-covered last weekend.
A trio of ducks in open water near Lake Phalen’s shore.
Last year was the earliest statewide ice-out for Minnesota lakes on record. On April 10, 2012 the last lake, Greenwood Lake in Cook County near the Ontario border, was declared ice-free. Most lakes around the Twin Cities were free of ice by mid March when the mercury spiked to a record 80 degrees on St. Patrick’s Day.
This year many anglers traveling to northern Minnesota lakes for the May 11 fishing opener may worry that they will have to pull out the ice auger to reach the abundant walleye, northern pike and sauger.
Meth overdose patients hallucinating, highly agitated
Over the weekend of April 12-14, 15 cases of meth overdose were reported at hospitals in the east metro area. 12 of those cases occurred in 24 hours between Thursday, April 11 and Friday, April 12 at Regions Hospital.
According to a statement issued by Ramsey County Sheriff spokesman Randy Gustafson, this number is more than 10 times as many drug overdose cases as the hospital usually treats on a daily basis.