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Lower Mission Lake in Merrifield Open Water

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Could there be another mysterious black hole on a lake in the Brainerd lakes area? Lakeshore residents on Lower Mission Lake in Merrifield wondered about this possible mystery this past week as the lake they have always known had open water -- a large hole -- in the northern part of the lake, which has always has been frozen during the winter months. The entire lake froze over in November, but since then the ice in the northern area began to melt and was open water for days -- giving geese and swan a place to gather. The open water began to get a coating of ice early Wednesday morning as frigid temperatures began to hit the lakes area.