MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Spending time on a frozen lake is a rite of passage for many of Minnesotans. But for military families, that tradition got a unique twist Saturday as technology connected families to ice fish.

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WCCO-TV photojournalist Dave Wertheimer captured a military ice fishing festival known as Holes for Heroes.

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At the event, which took place on Medicine Lake in Plymouth, Minn., deployed military personnel from Minnesota got a chance to see their loved ones ice fish via Skype.

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Watch the video above to get a feel from the experience.