Anyone eager to get out cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling will find an abundance of opportunities at many Minnesota state parks and trails, thanks to this week’s heavy snowfall.
"The recent heavy snowfall and the forecast for sustained cold temperatures offers prospects of substantial, enduring snow cover deep into the month," said Greg Spoden, state climatologist at the Department of Natural Resources. "It will be the best start to the winter recreation season since 2010."
Early rising area residents were greeted this cold winter morning by a day brightener - 'Sun Dogs' or 'Sun Ghosts'.
Wikipedia says: "Sundogs may appear as a colored patch of light to the left or right of the sun, 22° distant and at the same distance above the horizon as the sun, and in ice halos. They can be seen anywhere in the world during any season, but they are not always obvious or bright. Sundogs are best seen and are most conspicuous when the sun is low."
Burnsville - With the sudden onset of winter, homeowners can expect to have their roofs covered with snow throughout the long, bitter season. Along with the fresh blanket of snow comes the risk of ice dams. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) offers advice to homeowners on how to deal with this perennial problem and protect their investment.
A recently retired Brainerd law enforcement officer is recipient of the Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths Star Award in Enforcement.
Retired Sgt. Becky Putzke from the Brainerd Police Department won the TZD Enforcement Star Award at the statewide TZD conference held mid-November in St. Cloud where more than 900 traffic safety professionals gathered.
Flu cases have hit the Brainerd lakes area, though they haven’t yet reached peak level.
At Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center, there has been one confirmed case of the flu.
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby has no confirmed cases.
Those numbers don’t fully grasp how many people have caught the virus, as not everyone visits the hospital once symptoms occur, said Kari Russell, RN and infection preventionist at Essentia Health. And not everyone who does go to the hospital needs to be tested.
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