GRAND FORKS—Many people recognize today, Dec. 21, as one of only a few days left to wrap up their holiday shopping, but scientists and historians say the date is significant for another reason. This day marks the annual winter solstice, the time Earth's axial tilt of 23.4 degrees is farthest from the sun. It's that slant, some say, that is both the reason for the season and the reason for the seasons.
CLIMAX, Minn. — He isn't sure exactly when it started, but John Vraa says it seems he's been collecting curious things for a lifetime. He started out small. First, it probably was interesting rocks. Then later, tools and books that once belonged to his great-grandfather's brother who shared his name.