Along with ice dams melting in our gutters and pot holes swallowing small cars, we have another sure sign of spring: The Department of Natural Resources reminding fisher folk with shacks on frozen lakes to pull them away ASAP.
Goody. Now we in the headline writing business can gear up for another rite of spring: How to gently mock people whose common sense takes a leave of absence when they drive their pickup trucks and SUVs out onto melting ice for a date with the inevitable.
Dark houses, fish houses and portables must be off the ice of inland waters no later than midnight on March 1 in the southern two-thirds of the state and March 15 in the northern third.
The March 1 removal deadline applies to waters south of a line starting at the Minnesota-North Dakota border near Moorhead along U.S. Highway 10, then east along Highway 34 to Minnesota Highway 200, east along Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 2, and east along Highway 2 to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border near Duluth. The March 15 deadline applies to waters north of that line.
Here's some DNR background on ice safety, and some video: