- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - One of Minnesota’s most popular lakes is ready for boaters.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department’s water patrol took a spin around the 14,500-acre Lake Minnetonka and found all channels and bays are navigable. The ice-out notice from the sheriff’s department Sunday comes 19 days earlier than last year and 9 days earlier than average.

Last year, the lake reached record high levels. The Lake Minnetonka Conservation District took the unprecedented step of imposing no-wake speed restrictions for the entire lake that lasted until late July.

This year water levels are lower than normal on many lakes.

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