A 60-ton house moves across a stretch of White Bear Lake from Manitou Island to land in Minnesota on Wednesday.
Terry Semple of Semple Building Movers of St. Paul, didn't take the weather for granted. Last weekend, they pumped water onto the ice to make it thicker. Kraemer calculated that the lake level was 2 feet below normal, and said tests showed that the ice sat on about a foot of water and muck. And Denice Semple, Terry's wife, said the company hired an engineer who advised how to distribute the weight enough to keep the house from crashing through.
Randy Larson of White Bear Lake joked that it was the biggest ice house he ever saw.