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Terry Bartness placed his unique fish house constructed of garage door panels on Fish Hook lake last winter. Unfortunately Terry only used the structure for one season before unexpectedly passing away on Nov. 4. Jason Durham / For the Enterprise

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With air and water temperatures gradually declining, it won't be long until Minnesota's lakes welcome fish houses to their frozen surfaces.


Fish house variety is what makes the structures so unique and appealing, no matter their dimensions. From single person shelters the size of a large dog house, to mini Taj Mahal look-a-likes, each shanty has its own personality. And most have a story that goes much deeper than the water they rest above.

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