LAKE OF THE WOODS: Resorts along the south shore are pulling their houses in the wake of Monday’s rain and the recent warm snap. Ice roads also have closed to large vehicles, and any anglers looking to venture out on their own should use extreme caution and, at the very least, check with area resorts or bait shops.
It started about 10 days ago with a phone call from a friend who found himself just south of West Fargo. In a rather excited tone he related how he had just seen a huge flock of snow geese moving north; a flock he estimated at roughly 50,000 birds.
Probably, the birds most associated with Christmas are the goose and the partridge. Both of these traditions come to us from England — and in fact are among the few authentically English Christmas traditions in the United States. Most American Christmas traditions come from the Netherlands and northern Germany — Santa Claus, for instance, who is an outgrowth of a Dutch tradition.
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