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A monstrous Ice Castle drove off the lot this summer at Smokey Hills Outdoor Store in Park Rapids, here shown off by sales manager Mark Harmon. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Ice Castles easing Oil Patch housing crunch, giving hunters luxury accommodations

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Ice Castles are easing the housing crunch in North Dakota's Oil Patch.

They're popping up as starter lake homes, luxury hunting "shacks" and vacation residences.


A special fish house for the well-heeled pheasant hunter comes equipped with a dog door and kennel for the hunting pooches. It's actually a limited edition Pheasants Forever model.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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