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Lake Mille Lacs Residents Dealing With Walls Of Ice

ONAMIA, Minn. (WCCO) -- Head north of the Twin Cities along the shores of Lake Mille Lacs and you'll find some residents dealing with large piles of ice being blown onto shore – and creeping towards their homes.

With the month of May just two days away, trees should be showing some signs of spring, but trees along Lake Mille Lacs are showing signs of distress. They're split and shoved by creeping ice.

"[The ice] will take them right out by the root. They'll tear the roots out, and (move) rocks, tear up the whole shore line really – wherever it comes in," William Anderson of Onamia said.

Boat docks are taking a beating, too, shoved by ice that has its own sound effect.

"Do you hear it? The tinkles. It makes that sound all the time," Delores Beert of Onamia said.

One shed by the shoreline had ice up to the roof.

Over the weekend when it was windy, the ice crept up to the Highway 169 and heavy equipment had to be used to clear it, since it was blocking traffic.

"Mother nature at its finest. That's what happens," Anderson said.

Now, the ice is beginning to thaw, so hopefully no more damage will occur.

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