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Eric Bolduc of Ramsey, at left, and Dirk Fultz of Bagley hoist an ice block out of Lake Itasca Saturday. (Sarah Smith/Enterprise)

Ice cutting an old-fashioned trade

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Seventy years ago Ken Felt lugged his 4-foot saw onto the ice of Lake Itasca and began cutting.

Like a stonemason, he made precise blocks of ice, 16-by-16 inches, 16-by-20 and other sizes if custom ordered.


The harvest continued through the winter until the ice went out on the lake.

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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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