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    Posted April 19, 2014 by
    Grand Rapids, Minnesota

    A frozen lake in April is the perfect place to enjoy spring


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     akeute shared photos of her springtime outing on frozen Hale Lake in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, on April 19. She says the area has been engulfed in bitter cold weather with snowfall extending into spring. 'I really wanted to add some lightness to the depressing weather conditions we've been having,’ she said.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    In northern Minnesota, spring tends to come in like a lion and leave like a lamb. This year however, it has come in like a Yeti and hasn’t left yet-i. You’ll find many people making due during this year’s extended cold and snowy conditions. Northern Minnesotans are hardy bunch who easily survive under these conditions but this year they have really taken a beating. This year, schools have used all of their snow/cold weather days plus some. To students’ dismay, many will be adding extra days all the way to mid-June. Also, ice on many of the area lakes reached 36 inches thick causing ice fisherman to use extensions on their ice augers. Not to mention, cabin fever is running rampant as families have been cooped up in their homes since the beginning of December.

    This past weekend I had the opportunity to take part in some interesting activities in order to enjoy this never ending winter. My northern Minnesota family decided to spend a Saturday afternoon enjoying spring time activities but on the frozen surface of Hale Lake. We played some softball, kayaked, and relaxed outside on the snow covered beach. I decided to take some photos to document how crazy the long winter has made us northern Minnesotans.

    Temperatures finally reached the mid-fifties in Grand Rapids, MN so we took advantage of it by going outside without winter gear. Although the lake is frozen, we took turns kayaking with a little push from another person. My sister gave me a little shove around the lake. We did wear our life jackets just in case the ice gave way. We broke out the gloves and bats and played some snow softball. My dad is no Joe Mauer but he could really smash a snowball. We even took it to the extreme by taking lawn chairs out on the two foot deep snowbanks on the beach. My parents were lucky enough to have their own built in cooler to keep their beverages cold.

    Although the day was fun, I recommend that if you’re going to live in northern Minnesota, keep your boots at the ready until the 4th of July, it’s bound to be warm by then.
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