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Ice leaves Lake Osakis on May 5

The ice finally left Lake Osakis on Saturday, May 5 — nine days shy of the latest ice-out date of May 14 recorded back in 1950.

This spring's ice-out was more than a month behind last year's date of April 1 and 39 days later than 2016's March 27 ice-out.

The winner of the Osakis Review's Lake Osakis Ice Out Contest is Corinne Ort of North Mankato. She guessed the ice would be gone on April 27 — eight days earlier than the actual date but close enough to win the contest. She said she picked the date because it also happens to be her 60th birthday.

Ort will receive a $50 gift certificate from the contest's co-sponsor, The General Store, and the prize can be used for clothing or boots.

This year's earlier deadline to enter the contest, March 16, made the guessing game a little trickier this spring.

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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