The spring of our discontent

One year after ice out was declared on Forest Lake, frigid temps only added to the deep ice base still covering the water as spring arrived Wednesday. Below: Forest Lake resident Dan Bellows took this ice-out shot from the Willow Point boat launch on March 18, 2012. Above: Bellows dug out his camera again this Sunday, one day short of a year later, but found little similarities. (Photos by Dan Bellows)

One year after ice out was declared on Forest Lake, frigid temps only added to the deep ice base still covering the water as spring arrived Wednesday. Below: Forest Lake resident Dan Bellows took this ice-out shot from the Willow Point boat launch on March 18, 2012. Above: Bellows dug out his camera again this Sunday, one day short of a year later, but found little similarities. (Photos by Dan Bellows)

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The ice houses are off the lake and it is officially spring, but no one is scrambling to get their boat out of storage.

To many, the snowstorm that blew through over the weekend, while harsh enough, will be even harder to swallow in light of this reminder: Last year’s ice-out date on Forest Lake was March 18.

Dan Bellows, an Imperial Avenue resident, stumbled upon that cold reality after snapping a picture on Sunday from the same spot on Willow Point that he had stood on in shorts a year earlier.

“I just happened to take it in the exact same frame,” he says. “It clicked when I saw it.”

The ice along the Willow Point access started to break up recently, Bellows said, but he does not expect to see open water anytime soon.

“There was still a car driving out there that day,” he says.

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