Mild Winter Affecting Superior Ferry

Monday, February 13th, 2012 at 7:09 am

Snow lovers and people who ice fish aren’t the only people affected by the mild weather this winter.

Residents of Madeline Island are the latest in a long line of people affected by the lack of cold this winter. Normally this time of year is cold enough were people on Madeline Island can take an ice road to get to the mainland. But because of the warm weather this year, they are still required to ride the ferry to get across the water.

Madeline Island resident Burke Henry told the Duluth News Tribune that he has tracked winter ferry runs since 1965 and 1998 is the only year in which the boats operated all winter.

He also told the Tribune that people on the island look forward to this time of year so they can come and go as they please. But without the ice road, they are bound to the ferry schedule and ferry fees.

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