Skip to main content

You might be Minnesotan if ... you use lake ice as a floating beer table

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Lots of great photos were taken during Minnesota's annual fishing opener weekend, but we got a real chuckle out of this cellphone image, shot by Dana Keliin, 31, of her husband Craig Stevens early Sunday evening in frigid Lake Bemidji.

"He loves to fish. He's really been waiting for the ice to go out," she told BringMeTheNews.

In fact, the ice hasn't entirely gone out on the lake. But that didn't deter Stevens, 30. Without a dock in yet, he pulled on wetsuit and waded in for a few casts – resting his Coors Light can on the lake ice floes.

"It doesn't surprise me at all" that Stevens braved the water, his wife said. "I wouldn't go in there."

The photo (we spotted it on Reddit) was taken from the couple's backyard. They moved from the Twin Cities to the lakeside place in January when work brought them to Bemidji.

Alas, like Gov. Mark Dayton, Stevens didn't catch anything his first day out this season.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources estimated that roughly 500,000 of the state's 1.5 million licensed anglers took to the state's famed lakes for opener weekend, including Dayton and BringMeTheNews CEO and founder Rick Kupchella.

Next Up


Ticket details released for 5-week run of 'Hamilton' in Minneapolis

The tour of the production has been delayed twice due to the pandemic.


Minnesota Board of Pharmacy files lawsuit against 3 THC edible retailers

The board has received 46 complaints in the past four months regarding the products.

Screen Shot 2022-12-05 at 2.53.55 PM

ATF now investigating fire at Lyndale Avenue apartment building

It was the second fire at a vacant building owned by the same landlord that was being used by squatters in the past few months.


Let the good times roll

Minnesota Roller Derby is back!


Beloved restaurant in southeastern MN to close after 40 years

A final night of celebrations is scheduled for Dec. 17.


MN town shelves ordinance allowing residents to sue abortion providers

Attorney General Keith Ellison advised the town to not go forward with the ordinance.

Spring Street Tavern

Man shot dead inside Minneapolis tavern is identified

The suspect is being held on probable cause murder.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Strokes to play U.S. Bank Stadium in 2023

The Strokes will provide support along with King Princess.

Mall of America exterior Tyler Vigen Wikimedia COmmons

Settlement reached between MOA, family of boy thrown from balcony

The boy suffered multiple injuries that required several surgeries.

Pixabay - police crime tape do not cross stock

Body found in burned out car near Bird Island

The Renville County Sheriff's Office is investigating.


Fishermen rescued from floating ice on Upper Red Lake

A couple of fishermen are safe after the ice they were standing on broke off and drifted across a lake north of Bemidji. The men were sinking in about 9 feet of water when emergency responders reached them.