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Corey Waller navigates a boat through a field of lily pad-shaped blocks of ice along the Mississippi River between Hastings and Red Wing.

Ice fishing isn't the only way to get your angling fix during winter in Minnesota

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In the dead of winter, open water isn't exactly easy to find in Minnesota. Unless, of course, you are on the Mississippi River between Hastings and Red Wing.


The massive Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant spews so much relatively warm water during the winter months that an expansive stretch of the Mississippi River stays mostly ice free. Open water can be found just upstream from the Red Wing dam and then downstream for miles.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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