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Ice Out Contest is off and melting

A thick sheet of ice still covers most parts of Lake Osakis. When will it melt away? Enter your guess into the Ice Out Contest. (Jeff Beach | Osakis Review)

Ready to catch some spring fever?

Dream about when the ice will melt off the lakes by entering the Lake Osakis Ice Out Contest.

Sponsored by The General Store and the Osakis Review, the contest will award a $50 gift certificate to the person who most accurately predicts when the ice will leave Lake Osakis.

In case of a tie, a random drawing will determine the winner.

The gift certificate is good toward clothing or boots only at The General Store.

A registration form is printed in today's Osakis Review. One entry is allowed per person.

The deadline for entering is Friday, March 17 at noon.

Last year's official ice out date was Sunday, March 27. The contest winner was Laura Bjerke of Osakis. She guessed the exact day and was the winner of a $50 gift certificate.

The 2016 ice out was 15 days earlier than 2015's April 11 date and a month ahead of 2014's date (April 27).

The median ice-out date for the lake is April 19.

The earliest ice out was March 13, 1878 and the latest ice out was May 14, 1950.

According to the state climatology office, Lake Osakis has the longest running data in the state when it comes to recording ice out dates; records go back to 1867.

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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