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With warm weather and a deadline for fish house removal, anglers begin fishing "open ice" more often. Taking a few minutes to pick up trash on the ice, whether it's yours or not, contributes to the future health of the lakes. (Jason Durham / For the Enterprise)

Lakes are no place for anglers' garbage

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As anglers remove their permanent ice shelters from Minnesota lakes, diligence in leaving no trace behind is sometimes forgotten.

Avid campers and hikers often recite their golden rule, "If you pack it in, pack it out."

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Yet judging by the debris left behind on the ice, some people want to enjoy what Mother Nature provides without taking care of the resource.

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