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By now most of us would like to have a little talk with Mother Nature about the possibilities of an early spring. The enchantment of those first fluffy snowflakes has long worn off as we've shoveled, tried in vain to keep our cars salt-free, trudged through slush and exhibited some interesting flailing of arms and legs as we've hit an unseen patch of ice. While I can't do anything to make spring weather magically appear outdoors, the recipes below will help warm your insides and lift your spirits. Quick Winter Herb Bread 1 1/4 c. unbleached flour 1 1/2 t. baking powder 1/2 t.
An important date to note is the time frame to remove ice fishing shelters. Dark houses, fish houses and portables must be off the ice of inland waters no later than midnight on March 4 in the southern two-thirds of the state and March 18 in the northern third. Enforcement action will be taken if shelters are left after the deadlines. The March 4 removal deadline applies to waters south of a line starting at the Minnesota-North Dakota border near Moorhead along U.S. Highway 10, then east along Highway 34 to Minnesota Highway 200, east along Highway 200 to U.S.
Sunday, March 3 Narcotics Anonymous: 6 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church. The only requirement is a desire to stop using. Monday, March 4 TOPS 887: 8:30-9 a.m. weigh-in, 9 a.m. business and lesson at St. Johns Lutheran Church. Moms in Prayer: 9 a.m. at Evergreen Church, Park Rapids. Park Rapids Area Library: Open 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Noon meal: 11:30 a.m. at the Nevis Senior Center. Carvers: noon-4 p.m. at the Park Rapids Area Library large meeting room (bring a sheet or drop cloth). Park in the lot on the east side of library. Call 732-9643 with questions.
Reports of cougar or mountain lion sightings seem to be showing up with more frequency in area newspapers, the latest being in the Pope County Tribune. The sighting is the cause for some talk in Pope County, thanks to a photo the newspaper published of the animal. It was spotted in February by a group of coyote hunters with dogs. They came across it in a tree in a remote area. One of the hunters used his smartphone to capture a photo.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce's name is currently being misappropriated in a phishing scheme related to the Unclaimed Property Program. The emails reported to the Commerce Department use the subject line "Heritage", and are written in Slovenian urging relatives of "Andrew Novak" or other unknown relatives to claim their inheritance. The Commerce Department is working with other government entities within Minnesota and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) to identify additional victims of this phishing scam and provide information to stop the scam.