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By the middle of a typical April, dandelions are showing their yellow faces, most of the snow has melted. But this is not a typical April. While the ice was off Fishhook Lake by April 7 last year, this year it's anyone's guess. "In general, this winter has been significantly colder than the past two winters," said Brittany Peterson of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "The last winter that was this cold or colder was the winter of 2013-2014."
Akeley Police Chief Jimmy Hansen said threats have been made towards law enforcement in the area following a major drug bust March 28 that netted 28 arrests and one warrant. Hansen said the threats, some that may be from people in the Akeley area, aren't going to stop him from continuing his work to get drugs out of his community.
Snow continues to fall, making this a late spring even by northern Minnesota standards. But eventually the snow will melt and ticks will be out in full force. Having snow cover into the spring is both good news and bad news. According to Kirby C. Stafford III, Ph.D., the chief entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) in New Haven and one of the leading tick researchers in the nation, tick forecasting is a tricky business.
An ice-fishing contest to encourage students at Park Rapids Area High School to enjoy the outdoors was started in late December by teacher Thomas Coborn. A total of 67 students participated. "My idea was to give kids more incentive to get off their phones and go outside," Coborn said. "As a teacher, it concerns me that fewer and fewer students are taking part in outdoor activities and more are spending their off-time on social media or playing video games. Some kids spend entire weekends or longer without going outside."
Friday night's snowfall that made travel difficult in some areas, combined with below-zero wind chills Saturday afternoon, reduced attendance at the annual Nevis Easter Egg Hunt. "We had about half the number of children we usually do with around 500," organizer Sara Halik said. "This was the coldest weather we've had since the hunt began." Sara and her husband, Brian, started the hunt 15 years ago. Halik said her best estimate is that Nevis received two to three inches of snow. Snowfall in the region varied widely, with Wadena picking up eight inches.
An annual Easter tradition in Nevis, this year's 15th annual Easter Egg Hunt in Muskie Park will be held Saturday, March 31 beginning at 1 p.m. sharp. The egg hunt will be held rain, snow or shine. Sara Halik remembers the first egg hunt well. It was started the year she and her husband, Brian, moved to Nevis from Florida and opened Northwind Grocery.
Anyone who has enjoyed a meal at the historic Douglas Lodge at Itasca State Park knows many of their menu items feature locally grown products, such as blueberries and wild rice. This sampling of recipes are from the collection printed in the 1994 Itasca State Park Cookbook and "A Taste of Itasca: A Collection of Recipes from Itasca State Park" from 2005. "These books are out of print, so that makes these recipes even more special," park naturalist Connie Cox said.
Nevis junior Michael Landquist, who had to be extricated from his car after an accident involving a one-ton truck on County Rd. 48 near Park Rapids Tuesday morning, faces a long road to recovery. After a four and one-half hour surgery at Sanford in Fargo, Landquist's CaringBridge website says he will be on "non-weight bearing status" for at least six weeks.
More than 200 members and friends of the Anishinaabe gathered to celebrate the coming of spring by honoring the seeds and water that bring life at the Honor the Earth powwow at Pine Point School on Saturday. Honor the Earth is a national group that advocates for environmental justice, including working to stop pipeline projects in Minnesota and North Dakota. Winona LaDuke is executive director.
"Power is not brute force and money; power is in your spirit. Power is in your soul. It is what your ancestors, your old people gave you. Power is in the earth; it is in your relationship to the earth." ― Winona LaDuke Honor the Earth is holding a Traditional Spring Powwow (Ziigwan Niimi'idiwin in Ojibwe) beginning at noon Saturday at Pine Point School. The theme is "Water is Life."