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Kay Cooley, Forum News Service, Published January 11 2013

VIDEO: Bar on ice expands for second season on Lake Lida

LAKE LIDA, Minn. - One of the hottest - or coldest - bars to hit the region during wintertime is one day away from opening its doors for the second year.

After such a successful first go, the owner of Hillbillies Ice Hole Bar, located on the frozen waters of Lake Lida, is ready to get back in business.

"It was fun last year," said owner Josie Norgren. "We had a blast."

A blast that brought a lot of people through the doors of the Ice Hole Bar; men like Dave Tabery looking for a good time and a good drink.

"It was full whenever I was there," said Dave Tabery, who fishes on Lake Lida.

Tabery and his friends are new neighbors to the Ice Hole's new location.

"I enjoy them, I guess," he said.

The bar is still on Lake Lida, but away from the shore. "Because we actually wanted to catch fish," Norgren said.

This year not only did the bar move to a more central location in the middle of the lake, it also more than doubled in size, creating more space for anglers.

In addition to drinks, the bar will also have pre-drilled fishing holes: six for customers, and two behind the bar for employees. Even if the walleye aren't biting, visitors can still reel in some casual conversation, and a cold beverage.

"Just a warm place to come and fish if they don't have a fish house and something to drink, something to eat," Norgren said.

The bar opens at 3 Friday afternoon, and will be open the following Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.