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The silver carp captured Thursday in Illinois just downstream of the T.J. O'Brien Lock and Dam. It weighs about 8 pounds and measures 28 inches long. Courtesy of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources hide caption

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Typically, by this time in the winter, the ice is thick enough to support an ice road from Bayfield, Wis., to Madeline Island. But for the second year in a row, the ferry will run all winter long. Dan Kraker/MPR hide caption

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For Islanders In Lake Superior, Warmer Winters Mean They Can't Drive

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A red flag flies over Warren Dunes beach in western Michigan, warning visitors of a high risk of drowning. Like many Great Lakes beaches, Warren Dunes has no lifeguards on duty. Elizabeth Miller/WCPN ideastream hide caption

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Great Lakes Waters Can Take A Savage Toll On Swimmers

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Port Clinton Lighthouse is moved to its original location on Lake Erie in Port Clinton, Ohio, after spending 60 years at a private marina on the Portage River. Elizabeth Miller/WCPN hide caption

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After Decades Away, It Took Just A Day To Bring This Lighthouse Home

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Passengers aboard the Lady Michigan peering through its glass bottom in hopes of spotting one of the area's many shipwrecks. Veronica Volk/WXXI hide caption

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In Lake Huron, Underwater Treasures And A Marine Sanctuary Boost Tourism Industry

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Lake herring roe at the Dockside Fish Market in Grand Marais, Minn. Some workers at the market call it "Lake Superior Gold." Derek Montgomery for NPR hide caption

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Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great Lakes Fish

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Larry Coleman, a salesman with Trudeau's Marine, talks to Bill Floren and Kimberly Abramski at the 55th Annual Portland Boat Show on Jan. 7 in Oregon. Lower fuel costs are projected to boost boat sales this year. Kristyna Wentz-Graff/The Oregonian/Landov hide caption

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Lower Gas Prices, Faster Economy Float Boating Industry

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They're down there somewhere: The Great Lakes as seen from space on Wednesday. Lake Ontario, which has less ice than the others, is at the lower right. A bit of open water can be seen in Lake Superior, at the upper left. CoastWatch.glerl.noaa.gov hide caption

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