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Blue moon, men and women in blue, will greet holiday revelers

The moon was full over Park Rapids early Thursday morning and will be again tonight if there's sufficient visibility. (Sarah Smith/Enterprise)

A blue moon will reign over tonight's New Year's festivities.

The celestial rarity occurs when a second full moon beams during the month. And since full moons only occur every 29.5 days, blue moons generally happen during months with 31 days.

Blue moons in a 30-day month occur every 2 to 3 years, NASA says.

Nobody's really sure how the moniker "blue moon" came about; it's been around for centuries; but you could Google it from your bar stool to learn about it.

Revelers howling at the moon tonight will be greeted by a phalanx of men and women in blue (and brown) on the roads.

More officers will be assigned throughout Hubbard County and Park Rapids.

"We'll have an extra patrol out there; so will the State Patrol," said Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer.

Road officers will concentrate on the major highways and populated areas, he said, especially "during that infamous four-hour party stretch from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.

"It sure seems like we don't have the traffic we used to coming from the bars," he said. "People are more aware; they're getting the message that if you drink, have a designated driver."

But Homer said news that a Minnesota man had incurred his 20th DWI arrest earlier this winter was disheartening.

"Some things never cease to amaze me," he said. "Can you please learn?"

As a measurement of sobriety, try naming all the songs memorializing blue moons, aside from the obvious tune about standing alone without a dream in your heart or a love of your own.

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