Police poke fun at winter
There are two ways to react to the brutal winter of 2019 — cuss at it, or grin and bear it.
The Osakis Police Department chose the latter by having a little fun on its Facebook page with all the cold and the snow, which has dumped more than 60 inches of snow in the Osakis area so far this winter.
It posted the following: "Due to weather conditions predicted for Minnesota, the DNR is requesting all ice fishing shanties be removed from the lakes by July 3, prior to the fireworks."
The department added, "We hope the groundhog never tries his luck in Vegas."
The post was a popular one, drawing more than 120 shares and was mentioned by a St. Cloud radio station, Mix 94.9.
The Lake Osakis Fishing Guide Service joined in the Facebook fun, commenting, "Probably be ice fishing on opener. If so, I'll do a special guide trip for the officers."
A former resident, Violet Triebenbach, recalled winters that were just as bad: "I lived in Osakis between the big and little Osakis lakes," she noted in the Facebook discussion. "Remember this weather well! Also remember getting a freeze the weekend of July 4th one year!"
The police department also posted a YouTube video from WeatherNation about the Tucson, Arizona Police Department "investigating a suspicious white powdery substance" — snow, which actually accumulated there during a Feb 22 storm.
On a more serious note, the Osakis Police Department reminded residents to keep the fire hydrants near their homes clear from snow and ice, and advised motorists to drive carefully near huge snow banks that can limit visibility at intersections.
The department noted, "Please use extra caution when entering intersections and think spring — and then savage heat, humidity and mosquitoes."
A surge of snow
Here are the snowfall totals in the Osakis area for the past five winters, based on reports to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:
2018-2019 — 60.5 inches (as of Feb. 28)
2017-2018 — 36.5 inches (entire winter)
2016-2017 — 37.0 inches (entire winter)
2015-2016 — 26.4 inches (entire winter)
2014-2015 — 27.0 inches (entire winter)