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Explore ice fishing with a youth, without a license this weekend

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Minnesotans who would like to introduce a child to ice fishing can do so without a fishing license from Feb. 16-18, during Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing Weekend, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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Minnesota residents age 16 and older can fish without a license, provided they are helping a youth younger than 16.

Using the tips, activities and ideas provided at www.mndnr.gov/minnaqua/icefishing makes it easy for beginners to get out on the ice and enjoy one of Minnesota's wintertime activities.

"It takes little equipment and even less expertise," said Mike Kurre, the DNR's mentoring program coordinator. "Just do a little planning and don't be afraid to ask a nearby angler to drill a hole or two. Most will be glad to help."

Ice never is completely safe, even in mid-winter. Check with a local bait shop or people familiar with ice conditions before heading out on the lake.

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