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Fourteen-year-old Tia Liepens of St. Paul embarked on her first ice fishing trip of her life in the Park Rapids area last weekend. Tia has a rare allergy called cold urticaria that causes her skin to break out in hives after exposure to cool temperatures. (Jason Durham / For the Enterprise)

St. Paul girl literally fights off the cold

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Imagine the difficulty ice fishing would present if you truly enjoyed the outdoors, had a fondness for ice fishing, but were allergic to cold.

Sure, we all complain about sub-zero mornings, numb fingers and nostrils that freeze shut, but those are trivial issues compared to a medical condition called cold urticaria.

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