For generations and generations men in Minnesota have religiously gone out and spent their winters ice fishing in the land of ten thousand lakes.
During the winter of 2011-2012 this way of life has been threatened by above average temperatures which have prevented many lakes from freezing sufficiently to make fishing safe.
Local economies have been impacted as sales of beer, bait, and snack foods have suffered but there is a greater social cost that has gone un-reported.
These men that would normally be out there fishing from dawn to dusk now have to stay home and spend time with their families and many have been challenged to remember the names of their pets, children, and sometimes even struggle to remember the names of their spouses.
It is a horrible situation that is also being seen in other mid western states although not to the same degree that is has been in Minnesota.