Scenes of northern Minnesota during a mild winter

Eddy's Marina, Mille Lacs Lake
MinnPost photo by Steve Date
Eddy’s Marina, Mille Lacs Lake

This winter’s strangely mild weather has resulted in some unusual January land-and-water vistas.

Lack of snow cover, lingering color, and thin ice on lakes are all extremely rare for this time of year.

I shot this group of photos on a weekend trip from the Twin Cities north to Fifty Lakes and Emily, Minn., last weekend.

For the record, I did not venture out onto the ice.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Keith Klegstad on 01/17/2012 - 03:14 pm.

    Steve, although your pictures from Emily and Fifty Lakes are beautiful, as to be expected in the great State of Minnesota, your description of them being from Northern Minnesota is a bit off.

    Myself, living in Kittson County in the Northwest corner of the State, see the title of this article “Scenes of Central Minnesota” as a more fitting narrative.

    I assume you live somewhere in the Twin Cities Steve. It is a general misconception of the metro population, that the international border to Canada, strikes a line just north of Moorhead, when in fact there is a couple hundred more miles to go before you reach that mark. Northern Minnesota would better describe the location of communities such as Hallock, Thief River Falls, Roseau, Warroad, Bemidji, International Falls or Ely. That is Minnesota’s “True North” area not often recognized as such.

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