With all the snow that blanketed Osakis in the last week, spring may seem like a far-off dream.
Here's a way to make it seem closer: Enter the Osakis Review Lake Osakis Ice Out Contest.
Sponsored by The General Store and the Osakis Review, the contest will award a $50 gift certificate to the person who most accurately predicts when the ice will leave Lake Osakis.
In case of a tie, a random drawing will determine the winner.
The gift certificate is good toward clothing or boots only at The General Store.
A registration form is printed in today's Osakis Review. One entry is allowed per person.
The deadline for entering is Friday, March 16 at noon.
Last year's winner was Isaac Hetland of Osakis. His guess was just one day off the April 1 date.
The 2017 ice out was four days later than 2016's March 27 date and 10 days earlier than 2015's April 11 date.
The median ice-out date for the lake is April 19.
The earliest ice out was March 13, 1878 and the latest ice out was May 14, 1950.
According to the state climatology office, Lake Osakis has the longest running data in the state when it comes to recording ice out dates; records go back to 1867.