Snowmobilers, cross country skiers and those who just enjoy the beautiful landscape are welcoming fresh snow after a relatively dry winter. As the days get longer there’s no shortage of fun in store.
Walleye, pike and bass fishing season has ended in this part of Minnesota, but avid anglers can still enjoy excellent pan fishing here. Subzero nights have kept the ice thick and slick, but safe in most places as March begins.
Ski and skijouring trails have been packed in Itasca State Park and some have been tracked. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources updates snow and trail conditions in weekly reports posted after 2 p.m. every Thursday at www.dnr.state.mn.us/snow_depth/index.html.
Or enjoy a hike to the Mississippi headwaters where there’s open water year round. Some lucky visitors this winter have seen an otter playing there. Snow can bring fun for kids and kids at heart, too. Besides sledding, ice skating, winter camping or a winter picnic, try building a snow fort or snow animals, making snow angels, going on a treasure hunt for ice cubes, making snow ice cream to eat with hot cocoa, making a snow painting or snow lanterns. Or simply measure the snow, find the deepest snow and take pictures.
If festivals are a reason to head out for the weekend, celebrate the Finnish Saint who led the grasshoppers out of Finland March 13-15 in Menahga. St. Urho Days include opening ceremonies and a concert Friday evening, horsedrawn wagon rides, the Changing of the Guards by the “Nytes of St. Urho,” a parade and barstool races Saturday and a snow sculpture contest Sunday. And don’t miss the food, including mojakka and corned beef and cabbage (in honor of that other Saint being celebrated in March).