Case you didn’t know:
> The Angle is part of MN, but just barely. To get there by road…customers have to cross into Canada, drive north for about an hour, then cross back into the U.S. — 2 international border crossings — both of which are closed right now in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
So ’til the border opens back up (no one knows when that will be) the only way to get to and from the NW Angle has by boating 40-ish miles across Lake of the Woods — staying on the U.S. side of water.
And now resorts are coming together to make an ice road from the south end of Lake of the Woods to the Northwest Angle mainland:
> Joe Henry: “These resorts are uniting and doing everything they can to bring some commerce to the Northwest Angle, which has been cut off from society other than a 40-mile boat ride all year long. We’re looking for another way to try and preserve these Northwest Angle resorts that have already lost their spring, summer and fall. We had to do something.”
The amount of hours…days…that are going to be spent behind the wheel of a plow truck to keep the road open are mind blowing. More info on that here.
2. MN DNR says ice derbies can be “spreader events.”
> It’s not yet official, but the MN DNR “in all likelihood” will not issue permits for ice fishing contests with more than 250 participants this winter as COVID-19 cases continue to increase.
> “You can drill holes 10′ apart to spread out on the lake, but there’s always pinch points and gathering points. A lot of these events have a big tent set up for weigh-ins, they have a beverage and hospitality tent, they have a raffle tent.
> “So even if you’re spread out, you’re going to get a lot of people in a small area, especially if it’s cold.”
Which is why the world’s largest charitable ice-fishing derby is going virtual.
Meanwhile, ND says they’re not changin’ for no one (lol).
3. Yetti Fish Houses is a-growin’!
> “We’re excited to announce our recent expansion, a new 30,000 sq. ft. finishing facility located in Pine River, MN! All Yetti Fish Houses will now be 100% completed in-house by Yetti’s parent company, Voyager Industries! We look forward to continuing our industry-leading customer service and quality, inside and out!”