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Photos from Mille Lacs Ice Tsunami

Posted on May 14, 2013

On May 11, the 2013 Minnesota inland waters fishing season opened, and – thanks to the unseasonably cool spring – ice remained on many larger lakes in the northern part of the state.

On Lake Mille Lacs in north-central Minnesota, strong winds on Saturday pushed huge ice sheets ashore right up to lakeshore owner’s doorsteps. A wall of ice moved along the south shore of the lake, causing what some have called an “Ice Tsunami.” Ice reached the doors and windows at the Izatys Resort on Saturday morning.

The DNR on Saturday said about 10 miles of shoreline were covered, with some piles of ice reaching up to 30 feet high. Below is a gallery of photos from the DNR.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Shawn Devinny said 30- to 40-mile-per-hour winds pushed the water into the ice, driving it ashore. Winds were lighter Sunday, and along with warmer temperatures, the shoreline has had a reprieve this week.

A video of the phenominan can be seen here (please be aware of some fowl language in the middle of the video).

– The AP contributed to this story.