A relatively snowless winter so far and dry conditions continue to make late season grass fires a concern even though a clipper system promises to bring a couple of inches of snow to the lakes area this week.
Crow Wing County commissioners approved the 2012 on a split vote Tuesday by a 3-1 margin.
Board Chairman Paul Thiede voted against. Commissioners Rachel Reabe Nystrom, Phil Trusty and Rosemary Franzen voted in favor. Commissioner Doug Houge was absent.
As many as 20 anglers were reported stranded Wednesday night on a large floating ice chunk on Mille Lacs Lake with three area fire departments involved in their rescue.
The anglers were reported stranded after 7 p.m.
Betting on a white Christmas may have seemed like a sure bet.
After all, last year's winter came early and stayed late.
Numerous meteorologists and the Farmer's Almanac predicted very cold temperatures and a traditional Minnesota snowfall.
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