PLYMOUTH, Minn. – It's the ultimate lesson in patience for those in the boating, bait or dock business.

"Everybody is waiting," says Joe Hardy, owner of Hardy's Boats and Bait on Medicine Lake.

It's all eyes on the ice as business owners like Hardy feel stuck between seasons.

"Mother nature is the boss," he says. "There's nothing that you can do now with that ice sheet you have there."

Hardy says one shift in the winds could damage docks if they're placed in the water too soon. As for boaters, he believes the calls will start coming in soon.

"People want their toys and we're waiting for the opportunity to provide that."

Ice out dates were 10 days to two weeks past their averages last season. This year won't be historic, but it's still later than average.

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