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FNS Photo by Brad Dokken Allen Edman of Grand Forks uses a propane-powered auger to drill holes through the floor of a Sno-Bear tracked vehicle and through more than 3 feet of ice and snow Feb. 25 on the Ontario side of Lake of the Woods. Edman, a middle school teacher who guides on weekends, has started using a Sno-Bear for ice fishing because the vehicle provides the ideal mix of mobility and comfort.

Adventures in crappie country: Heading north over the Canada border for fishing on Lake of the Woods

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LAKE OF THE WOODS, Ontario -- The Canada Customs officer at the other end of the line somewhere in another part of the country didn't quite know what to think when Allen Edman said he was taking a crew of fishermen from Minnesota's Northwest Angle into Ontario in a Sno-Bear.


"A snow what?" the official wondered. "Is it like a snowmobile?"

Well, kind of, Edman said.

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