One of my goals in returning to the Upper Mississippi was to talk to people using the river in its frozen state. I’d been hearing stories of ice fishermen for years on Prairie Home Companion, but had never seen or experienced it.
The river was only partially iced in and so there were few ice fishermen out there. But I passed by Lake Winona nearby and saw fishing shacks out on the ice. I walked out carefully on the slippery ice and talked to Bud and Sparky who were spending the evening fishing.