A study by the D-N-R and state Pollution Control Agency finds since 1967, ice-in dates on Minnesota lakes have averaged about nine days later and ice-out has been four to five days earlier on average — and officials blame climate change:

“In the last 50 years, you’re seeing on average between 10 and 14 days fewer of ice cover.”

M-P-C-A Commissioner Katrina Kessler says shorter lake-ice seasons are threatening some of Minnesota’s most cherished traditions and hurting the recreational economy.  She says bold action is needed “to save winters as we know them in our state.”