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Tow-truck operators to the rescue:


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Tow-truck operator Jason Butler has fished pickup trucks out of frozen lakes, pulled snow-covered semitrailers out of ditches and once rescued a capsized double-decker pontoon boat.




So when Butler, the owner of City Line Towing in Willmar, Minn., read about Mike Olson’s plight, he knew he could help. He called to offer his towing services and expertise — free of charge.




Olson, of Chisago City, is the owner of the 26-foot white-and-blue fiberglass 1977 Pearson sailboat that has been frozen in the St. Croix River since Nov. 1.




Butler and a friend, Josh Schafer, division manager of Pulver Towing in Marshall, Minn., said they plan to assemble a team to remove the boat in the next few weeks.


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This week ... our Southern California weather has been in the 70's. I just can't fathom having to live and work in areas where winter has these kinds of conditions. For me, if I want that kind of cold ... I"ll stick my head in the freezer.


These ice-bound recoveries make great tow truck recovery articles. If I had my  way, that truck would sit at the bottom on the bay until the spring thaw for safety reasons, but I know the tree huggers and fish efficiandoes' would twitch and moan. I wish you guys plenty of on-scene safety and kudos Josh for a job well done.     


Randall C. Resch

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