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Winter weather can't keep locals inside

Carol and Matt Bradley pull their ice fishing equipment onto the ice during heavy snow Thursday, Dec. 28. Erin Bormett / Echo Journal 1 / 9
Matt Bradley shovels snow away from ice fishing holes before setting up a tent for himself and his wife Thursday, Dec. 27. Erin Bormett / Echo Journal 2 / 9
Carol and Mike Bradley ice fish during heavy snow Thursday, Dec. 27. Erin Bormett / Echo Journal 3 / 9
Snow and ice stick to Carol Bradley's coat while she ice fishes during heavy snowfall Thursday, Dec. 27. Erin Bormett / Echo Journal 4 / 9
Carol Bradley scoops ice chunks out of a freshly-drilled hole while ice fishing Thursday, Dec. 27. Erin Bormett / Echo Journal 5 / 9
Carol Bradley prepares her fishing rod out on the lake while fishing Thursday, Dec. 27. Erin Bormett / Echo Journal 6 / 9
Matt Bradley grabs minnows to use as bait while ice fishing Thursday, Dec. 27. Erin Bormett / Echo Journal 7 / 9
Matt Bradley drops a line into one of the seven holes he drilled while ice fishing Thursday, Dec. 27. Erin Bormett / Echo Journal 8 / 9
The Bradleys' drill sticks out of the ice while they prepare to fish Thursday, Dec. 27. Erin Bormett / Echo Journal 9 / 9

The heavy snowfall this week didn't stop locals from enjoying the outdoors.

For Crosslake residents Carol and Matt Bradley, they spent the afternoon ice fishing. Both have been fishing their entire lives, and now as a married couple it continues to be a favorite pastime.

"I prefer ice fishing (to summer fishing)," said Carol. "It's much quieter, there aren't as many people out."

The Bradleys fished until dusk in the middle of the white tundra as snow swirled around them, but they didn't seem bothered by the weather.

They weren't the only ones out in the snow. Fish houses have popped up on lakes across the region as winter settles in, and the fresh snow allowed snowmobilers and snowshoers to take to the trails.