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Mike Simonson, Wisconsin Public Radio

Instead of a gold rush, there’s an ice rush in the otherwise hibernating villages of Cornucopia and Bayfield: 4,000 sight-seers are trekking to the Apostle Islands mainland ice caves each weekend and bringing a lot of business to the area.


Usually Ehler’s General Store in Cornucopia is closed until April. But Mike Upthegrove says they’re opening up on Saturday because the ice-cavers need hot drinks and brats.

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