Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 20 NO. 3  -  March 2017

Area Events in March


SLFD Perchjerker & St. Urho’s Day parade, Sunday, March 18

The annual Perchjerker on Round Lake will be held on Saturday, March 18 from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. A fundraiser for the Squaw Lake Fire Department, the event also encourages youth to enjoy a day ice fishing.

Along with grilling on the ice, there are raffles and cash winners for fishing success. Entry fee is $10. Enter from the north access. Check Facebook for notices about ice conditions.

At 5 p.m., join the crowd at The Hill to welcome in the floats from the annual St. Urho’s Day parade.

St. Urho is the legendary figure who chased the grasshoppers out of Finland to save the grape crop. Although it all happened before the Ice Age, word got to the Range where department store manager Richard Mattson wrote it all down in the 1950s. Later it found its way to a class at BSU where a student – Bruce Leino – brought it home to Squaw Lake. It’s been an annual celebration at The Hill ever since.

Colors are green and purple, topic is Finnish humor and floats are welcome.

Winterfest and Fishing Derby, Saturday, March 26

On Saturday March 26, kids are invited to the Winterfest and Fishing Derby at the Island Lake Access, sponsored by Northland Progressive. The event is for kids 15 and under (10 and under must be accompanied by an adult).

There is no entry fee for the Derby, just bring a pole and enjoy a fishing contest with prizes and concessions on the ice.

Gardeners host Latimer

by Tom Renquist

The North Country Gardeners will resume their monthly meetings at the Marcell Community Center on Monday, March 20. At 6:30 p.m., the public is invited to hear the featured speaker, local phenologist John Latimer.

John Latimer is a retired rural mail carrier who has presented the Phenology Show on Northern Community Radio for the past 33 years. Using his 100-mile daily route as a base to record the changes of hundreds of plants and animals he has amassed a database of nearly 50,000 individual notes.

Latimer will give an overview of phenology, the rhythms of nature in both plant and animal life, especially focusing on northern Minnesota spring occurrences: the appearance of peepers, butterflies, dragonflies, etc. Area residents will especially appreciate his discussion of how to keep year-to-year records, thereby becoming a careful observer of the environment.

The North Country Gardeners annual plant sale, which attracts a lot of attention from area residents, is scheduled for Saturday, June 3 at the Marcell Community Center, 9:00 a.m. to noon.

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