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Ice makes early exit

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Lake L'Homme Dieu's last bit of ice melted away on Friday, April 2 this year, making it the earliest ice out in 10 years.

The last time the ice retreated so soon was in 2000 when it left on March 25.

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This year's ice out - as determined by official Echo Press lake watchers - was 19 days earlier than last year's April 21 date and a full month ahead of 2008's May 2 ice out.

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Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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