Figure 1: Ice ridge formed along of the shore of Shamineau Lake in Morrison County, Minnesota

Winter Perils in a Northern Climate

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Winter weather can adversely affect properties in cold northern climates in many ways.  One such way is when lakeshore properties are constructed too close to the shoreline.  Ice heaving or ice jacking is a natural phenomenon that occurs in lakes where sheets of ice push on the shoreline soils and cause the formation of ridges.  The Minnesota Department of Natural …