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

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

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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.

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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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