<b>A Frozen Tradition in Minnesota</b> Located along the border of Canada on the south shore of Lake of the Woods near the “chimney peak” of Minnesota, Warroad Lions sponsor a breakfast fundraiser with a different spin. Their Ski Plane Fly-In and Breakfast attracts pilots from all over the Midwest. Many locals also attend, says Dr. Mike Thiele. He calls Lions a “skilled kitchen crew,” but admits the big draw is a chance to “chat with pilots who come from near and far, with new, old and interesting planes.” Every pilot gets a free breakfast, but only those who land on the river with skis can compete for various prizes. “The breakfast is traditionally hosted with the cooperation of the American Legion club in downtown Warroad, one block from the Warrod River where ski-planes land. Planes with wheels can also land at the Warroad International Airport and call for shuttle service to the club,” Thiele explains. Lions organize an outside work crew to prepare the frozen river landing. “Depending on ice and snow conditions, sometimes we have to place markers showing the runway area, and sometimes we have to grade the snow smooth,” Thiele says.
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