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The Journal Gazette

Friday, March 08, 2013 11:22 am

Ice island draws looks in northern Lower Peninsula

The Associated Press

An ice island that's formed off Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula is attracting attention.

Outdoor enthusiast Josh Baker tells WPBN-TV ( http://bit.ly/YGArTe) he and his family came across the towering collection of ice blocks Sunday in Lake Michigan off Emmet County.

Good Hart General Store Owner Jim Sutherland says cold weather and wind combine to build ice into mountains and caves. He says it's been many years since he's seen such a large ice island form in the area. It's likely been growing for 6 to 8 weeks.

The ice island is the latest winter creation of Lake Michigan to draw looks. Earlier this year, hundreds of ice balls and boulders piled up at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park. They were the size of beach balls or basketballs.

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Information from: WPBN-TV, http://www.tv7-4.com