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Countdown starts for restored Rocket's icy re-launch

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Back in 1886, when the ice boat “Rocket” was built, ice boats hitting speeds of over 50 mph were the only things around able to match the railroads for speed.

This winter members of the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat and Yacht Club are hoping to relive those days as they wait for the thermometer to dip on the Navesink River in Red Bank, so they can launch that very same Rocket.  more...


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Ohio may institute 'thin ice' warnings for anglers

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Officials along Lake Erie are weighing whether to implement a system that would warn anglers to stay off unsafe ice, something that was not in place last month when 130 fishermen were stranded on an ice floe.

Other states have similar policies, and supporters think putting out advisories when conditions are dangerous in Ohio will increase safety and cut down on costly ice rescues.

The U.S. Coast Guard estimates it spent more than $245,000 and a sheriff said his county spent $20,000 to rescue the fishermen Feb. 7 after a miles-wide ice floe broke free and floated from shore. One man died that day, although his relatives say he was not on the ice floe. more...



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Mackey has done it again!!! CONGRATULATIONS

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The man must be made of iron - he and his dogs alike. Chosen as the World’s Toughest Athlete in 2008, he has successfully proved this point by winning, for the third consecutive year, one of the most extreme competitions the world has to offer.

Thanks to DiscoveryNetworks for posting this ad for the 2008 race.

It has been called the “Last Great Race on Earth” and it has won worldwide acclaim and interest. It is an incomparable race. Over 1150 miles of the roughest, most beautiful terrain you can imagine - jagged mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dense forests, desolate tundra and miles of windswept coast. more...



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Ice is now dangerous in southern Lower Michigan

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Ice conditions have become dangerous, especially in the southern half of the Lower Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Resources said Wednesday in its weekly fishing report.

Many lakes have standing water and slippery conditions. The rivers are not safe for ice fishing. Conditions will only worsen with additional rain and strong winds, the DNR says, so those hoping to get out and try ice fishing may have to travel to Northern Lower Michigan or the Upper Peninsula.  more...



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Happy trails in lower Mich.

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Elio Viscogliosi of Carsonville (foreground), Jim Van Hoorne of Port Sanilac (left) and Jim DeLong of Waterford said improved snow conditions in the Lower Peninsula probably will mean more trips this winter.MUNISING -- Old-timers here say it's like being back in the '70s. This area already has received about 80% of the snow it would normally get in an entire winter, and the long-term trend seems to be for plenty more before spring.

Snowmobile trails have a wonderful base from one end of the Upper Peninsula to the other. They're being groomed regularly, and they're more comfortable to ride than they have been for a decade.

But the reason they're in such great shape isn't just the massive snowfall. It's because there are fewer people riding them, and they aren't getting beat up as badly as in seasons past.   more...



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Ladies Ski and Snowboard Retreat

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Girl's Winter Getaway - Courtesy of Midwest Living MagazineCalling all ladies! Get ready for food, fitness, fashion and fun--and it's all happening at the annual ski and snowboard retreat just for women at Northwest Michigan's Boyne Mountain Resort.

Boyne Mountain Resort's new ski and snowboard retreat External Link offers women two days of fun and the chance to connect with others through skiing, snowboarding, cocktail parties, spa visits, fitness sessions, a fashion show and more. The retreat takes place on February 3-5.  more...



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Drive Your Own Team-- Dog Sled Rides

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Drive YOur Own Sled Dog TeamLearn to drive a pack of Alaskan huskies through a pristine winter wilderness on a dog sledding weekend that just might be the experience of a lifetime. Dog sled adventures in Michigan provide pure excitement, exhilarating fun and a supercharged adrenalin rush.   more...



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Anglers on the ice should avoid hypothermia

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Those heading out to fish in the cold weather are reminded of the dangers of hypothermia, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday in its weekly fishing report.

Shivering is the body's way of trying to generate heat, and mental function is most affected initially.

The DNR reminds anglers that hypothermia develops gradually and since it affects thinking and reasoning, it may go unnoticed. Anglers need to use caution and watch for signs of hypothermia.  more...



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Inside Ice Dunes

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Walking on a Lake Erie beach in winter can make the same place in June seem a world away.


The screams and splashes are long gone. The frozen sand doesn't give under your feet. Even the waves stand stuck in one position.

Those waves -- called "ice dunes" here, but also known as "the ice foot" and "ice ridges" -- are a feature seen on almost every shoreline in the Great Lakes, created when waves join frozen chunks of lake water and clumps of snow.
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Michigan slopes beckon skiers

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BOYNE FALLS, MICH.: For most of his 66 years, Tom Fanning has been an avid skier, relishing the challenge of steep mountainside runs in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming.

But the investment adviser from the Detroit suburb of Birmingham doesn't have to jet to the Rockies for an enjoyable weekend on the slopes. He simply drives north a few hours to Boyne Mountain, one of the best-known resorts in his home state.  more...



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Kayakers Use the Huron Year-Round

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January 1, 2009 - A dozen members of the Raw Strength & Courage Kayakers club conducted the 33rd Annual New Year's Day Paddle on the Huron River.

Full coverage of the event can be found here:
New Year's Day Paddle.

River levels remain high following an after-Christmas warming period, providing both challenging and enjoyable conditions between Zeeb Road and the Delhi Metropark. more...



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Icebreaker prepares to ply St. Lawrence Seaway

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The Canadian coast guard ship Griffon is about to begin its ice-breaking operations along the St. Lawrence Seaway and recreational users of the river are urged to stay clear of the vessel's track. In the coming days, the icebreaker will make its way through ice-covered sections of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River's main channel from the Welland Canal near St. Catharines to Prescott, Lake St. Francis and the Beauharnois Canal.  more...

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Toronto Puts Zambonis on Ice

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ZamboniIf you were sucking fumes after your last triple lutz, it's probably because your local skating rink uses a fossil-fuel burning Zamboni to keep the ice slicker than Rod Blagojevich's hair. That's why Toronto is resurfacing its ice with the zero-emissions all-electric IceCat.

There's a lot of ice to resurface in Toronto, where almost five dozen Zamboni's "travel" about 2,000 miles a year. But the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and mounting calls to replace the machines with cleaner technology has the city weighing a proposal to ditch the iconic Zamboni in favor of IceCats.  more...



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Excellent DN Video

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Take a ride with IDNIYRA Commodore John Harper as he sails Sand Lake in Michigan.
From  Minnesota iceboating.net [and where it was originally posted, the Toledo Ice Yacht Club website]  more...



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Bills raise Mich. snowmobile fees to avoid deficit

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LANSING — Snowmobilers would have to pay higher fees next year under bills sent to Gov. Jennifer Granholm for her signature.The state Senate approved the higher fees Thursday as a way to raise more money to maintain and improve grooming on snowmobile trails. The state snowmobile program faces a $1-million deficit next year. more...


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