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post #1 of 15 Old 01-29-2019, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Shoveling the lake

By work here in Eden Prairie, MN there is a small lake behind the building. Obviously it is frozen over and probably 9-10" of snow out there. Several times now we've seen someone out on the lake shoveling a path all the way across the lake. This is the 2nd path as the prior one, which was in a different location, filled in with snow the other day. We can not figure out what the purpose is for. There is a nice paved and plowed walking path that goes all the way around the lake just feet from shoreline. I should mention it is about -10F air temp right now with a wind chill around -39F. Any ideas why someone would shovel a path across a small lake? They never are out there ice fishing so it must be for some other purpose.

The darker line closer to the tree is a shadow from a huge power pole just off to the left side of the picture.
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Any other destinations on the end side? Stores, etc?

Maybe just getting in exercise would be my initial guess if clearing path to an ice fishing location isn't viable.

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It's definitely odd but maybe the guy just likes shoveling. In the summer maybe he digs holes in the dirt for the fun of it

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Closest store for food would be about two blocks away from the shoreline on the left of the picture. On the far other side of the lake there is a senior apartment complex but the path they are shoveling goes nowhere near to the dock they have.
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With his arms out in front of him, he appears to be pushing something rather than shoveling. Maybe he is testing snow shovel prototypes? OR as stated, good exercise. Next time you see him, ask him.

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Ice fishing, perhaps?
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i will go with the short cut theory.

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Is he on skates?
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Pushing a metal detector looking for the snowmobile he lost before the ice got thick enough????

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Looked like he was pushing two shovels one in each hand. Maybe there is someone that skates through the shoveled path.
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