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James C. Schneider of Willmar was able to retrieve most of his ice fishing gear from his pick up truck after it was hoisted from Foot Lake. He was able dry out his Vexlar fish locator and put it back in service. He needed only replace a corroded terminal on its battery. His gas auger is running again too. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Ice fisherman very grateful and wary after icy plunge

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WILLMAR -- Surviving the harrowing experience of having his pickup truck break through the ice of Foot Lake in Willmar has made James C. Schneider, 73, of Willmar, a grateful man, and a very wary one.

He said the experience taught him just how unpredictable ice can be, especially when the chain of events that led to his Dec. 27 plunge into the icy waters may have had its start with a flock of geese, a school of carp, or both.

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