The big event next week will be the ‘Twas the Lights Before Christmas parade in downtown International Falls. There will be floats with twinkling lights in the evening, but in the afternoon there will be horse drawn wagon rides. so head for the downtown a little early. After the parade, Santa and Mrs. Clause will be serving hot chocolate and cookies.
Christmas celebrations also kick off with the Logging Camp Christmas, a December Second event at the Backus Community Center. It’s a fund raiser for Koochiching Aging Options that includes a full family-style Christmas dinner and great entertainment. Tickets are limited and are available at City Drug. If you’d like more information, you can call 218 283 7084.
Outdoor recreation will probably take a little break, the firearms deer season for our area closes on Sunday and with the first real snowfall of the season in the forecast, it’s pretty likely no one will be getting our fishing until after ice forms. Ruffed grouse and small game remain open though, so if the weather is pretty fair it could be worth a walk in the woods.
If there’s a lot of snow, you might consider getting out the sleds, the snowmobile season officially opens on December 1st. If you need information on snowmobiling here in Minnesota’s Vacation Paradise, click on the request information button on this page and we can send you a map and other information.
The Minnesota firearms deer season is underway and the weather is unbelievably mild. Hunters have been sitting in stands or blinds in shirt sleeves during the height of the day. Preliminary report show it’s been a good season for many hunters. The mild weather may be a hindrance as much as a help, there are plenty of theories on that.
Meanwhile, some of the die-hard anglers have taken advantage of the exceptionally mild weather too, and the reports have been good. Word is large walleye and smallmouth are very aggressive right now. jigging with a minnow will do the trick.
In International Falls, the next big event will be the “Twas the Lights before Christmas parade the day after Thanksgiving. The Chamber of Commerce has set up horse-drawn wagon rides in the downtown from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm that Friday. Santa and Mrs. Clause will also be on hand, they will be serving hot chocolate and cookies following the parade. That will be at the Centennial Park. If you’re not familiar with International Falls, the park is located at the intersection of Third Street and Third Avenue. Click on “Events” in the tool bar above and you can find out more about the Christmas Parade and other events planned here in Minnesota’s Vacation Paradise.
Reports from anglers have about disappeared, everyone with an outdoor recreation plan in Voyageur Country is concentrating on hunting. The firearms deer season open on Saturday and the forecasts at this point look good. The weather should be pretty mild for early November. There are vast tracts of public land in Koochiching County open to hunting but keep in mind that hunting is not allowed within Voyageurs National Park.
Local deer hunters are often concentrating on portions of the forest where they have a shack and know the lay of the land very well. If you can tell you are in the area of a traditional shack, give them some leeway. There are lots of other areas where you can bring a portable stand or blind or just give a try at still hunting.
Grouse hunting continues through the firearm season and you can still hike voyageur country forest trails just for the hike of it. If you do, put safety first and be sure to wear blaze orange.
This weekend also brings a timely change, the change to standard time. We go off Daylight Savings Time at 2:00 am on Sunday morning so you will want to set your clocks back before going to bed Saturday night. Comic George Carlin figured DST into one of his eternal questions, asking: “What do they do with it, and where do they keep it?”