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Scenes of northern Minnesota during a mild winter

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

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.