Local news briefs
■ Season snowfall totals
22 inches above average
The 2012-2014 snowfall season total — at least so far — was 22.41 inches above normal, according to Brainerd DNR office reports.
The DNR reported 6.5 inches of snow in April compared to an average of 4.6 inches. The average seasonal snowfall total by this date was 42.83 inches. By the end of April the Brainerd area had received 65.25 inches of snow this season.
April showers amounted to 3.72 inches this year compared to an average of 2.12 inches in April.
The year-to-date precipitation total for the Brainerd area is 6.25 inches compared to a 10-year-average of 4.82 inches.
April’s high temperature was 73 degrees on April 20. The low temperature was 9 degrees on April 2.
■ March for Babies
set for Saturday
BAXTER — March for Babies is planned for Saturday at Forestview Middle School, 12149 Knollwood Dr., Baxter. Registration starts at 9 a.m. The walk starts at 10 a.m.
March for Babies is the March of Dimes premier fundraising event. It supports research and other programs nationwide and in our community to help babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. The March for Babies ambassador family is Jenny O’Reilly and her daughter, Alayna, who was born prematurely.
The 2014 March for Babies is sponsored locally by Medica, Lakewood Health and the Power Loon.
■ Lake Margaret to be
treated for curly leaf pondweed
LAKE SHORE — For the seventh time the Lake Margaret Conservation Association (LMCA) has contracted to treat for curly leaf pondweed in Lake Margaret in 2014. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has granted the LMCA a waiver of the requirement that the association obtain the signatures of approval of owners of lakeshore property, providing a public announcement is published with treatment information.
Spraying will take place the month of May, depending on when the lake water temperature reaches approximately 56 degrees. No more than 9.09 acres will be treated at two sites — about 1.5 acres just south of the Lake Margaret channel on the northeast side of Lake Margaret and about 7.5 acres at the narrows and just beyond at the south end of the lake.
Aquathol K will be used to treat for curly leaf pondweed. It is recommended that irrigation using lake water in treated areas cease for seven days after treatment.
Landowners may request that spraying not occur adjacent to the landowner’s property by notifying Rosemary Goff, a LMCA board member, at 963-3542 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.