• Wadena blood drive misses goal of 75 units

The Red Cross Bloodmobile collected 61 units at the Wadena Elks Lodge on Nov. 18 and 19.

On Monday, 42 units were donated out of the 75 goal. On Tuesday, 19 units were donated out of the 43 goal.

With low donations, the Wadena Red Cross encourages people to call 1-800-733-2767 or visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive to book an appointment for the next bloodmobile in February. The bloodmobile will be at Elks Lodge on Feb. 17-18, 2020.

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• Waiting game continues for safe ice

Ice was forming on the south shore of Lake of the Woods as seen in this aerial photo taken Friday, Nov. 15, but warmer weather has slowed the process. Photo / Sportsman's Lodge via Lake of the Woods Tourism
Ice was forming on the south shore of Lake of the Woods as seen in this aerial photo taken Friday, Nov. 15, but warmer weather has slowed the process. Photo / Sportsman's Lodge via Lake of the Woods Tourism

The big lake is ice covered, with scattered areas of open water, Lake of the Woods Tourism said Wednesday in its weekly report. Ice-making is off to a good start, so when colder weather returns, the lake should lock up fairly quickly, the report said. There is some spearing taking place for pike this week on back bays such as Bostic Bay and Zippel Bay. Resorts have spear houses available. Regardless of where you fish, Lake of the Woods Tourism recommends working through a resort for safety.

Up at the Northwest Angle, locals are monitoring ice conditions, and progress is being made, but no ice travel is recommended yet, Lake of the Woods Tourism said. Resorts will get the word out when ice fishing begins.

On the Rainy River, most areas are covered with a thin layer of ice, with some patches of open water, Lake of the Woods Tourism said. There is no traffic on the river at this time while ice is forming, and extra caution will be needed because of the current, which is stronger than most years. Back bays of the river also are iced up, Lake of the Woods Tourism said.

Get ice reports for more locations from The Grand Forks Herald

• 5 Things to know before you buy an engagement ring

Forty percent of all engagements happen between December and February meaning jewelry stores are in for one of their busiest times of the year. Submitted photo
Forty percent of all engagements happen between December and February meaning jewelry stores are in for one of their busiest times of the year. Submitted photo

When people wish you "Season's Greetings" over the next month, most likely they're talking about Christmas, Hanukkah or any number of other holidays that happen in December. But this is definitely also engagement season. According to a survey from Wedding Wire, 40 percent of all engagements happen from December to February. According to another site, womangettingmarried.com, these ten dates are the most popular to pop the question.

See the top 10 popular dates to get engaged

• Price of Thanksgiving dinner less than $5 a person

There's no doubt that the Thanksgiving meal fills you up, but does it also empty your wallet?

Not so much, according the the American Farm Bureau's 34th annual price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving menu.

Despite the growing popularity of prepared foods, the vast majority of Americans, 92%, celebrate Thanksgiving at home or at a family member’s home and most cook their entire meal at home, according to the survey.

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