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On May 7, Neil Ranum, Rick Loxtercamp and Gordy Berthiaume were set up about 20 feet from shore on the south end of Lake Osakis, making the best of the still frozen lake. That morning, Loxtercamp said there was still about 24 inches of not-so-good ice on the big lake and he's predicting May 13 as the official ice out date. In the meantime, Minnesota's walleye and northern pike fishing season opens Saturday. (Photo by Amy Chaffins)

2013 fishing opener keeps anglers grounded

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Speculations and predictions have been circulating about this year's fishing opener. Will the ice be melted in time to cast off on Saturday? We'll just have to wait and see.

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"I've never seen anything like this before," said Dana Freese with Christopherson Bait in Alexandria.

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Crystal Dey

Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.

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