We have all made it through another cold blast. But I’m feeling very fortunate we haven’t received as much snow as people on the East Coast. That would have been scary.

In the “kids say the darnedest things” department, I overheard a young lady tell another that the honeymoon melon (honeydew) was her favorite thing to eat.

At the Valentine’s Party at WHA School, young fella was opening up his candy and found an “I love you” heart. He turned to me and said, “Why would she say that?” One of the spelling words for the week was “joke.” One of the children I worked with asked the question, “What do snowmen eat for breakfast?” The answer was, “Snowflakes!” I thought that was pretty funny.

A big thank you to the HOWA Family Center for the Valentine’s Day party. There were plenty of people and good food. Some of the helpers even used the Onigum Highway across the lake. You brave souls; just kidding! As for me, I choose to go all the way around.

There will be a youth retreat Feb. 20 at Northern Lights Casino, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is put on by Native Aspirations, Leech Lake Powwow Committee and the Boys and Girls Club. Some topics are team-building and leadership. You do not have to be a youth to attend; adults are welcome, too. I will go right after school on Friday.

I also will take youth to the March 7 Perch Jerk in Bena. Youth should dress warmly and bring a fishing rod if you have one. Youth will not be allowed on my van if they are not dressed appropriately. This means they must be wearing boots, snowpants, hats and mittens. I will send notices home when the time approaches.

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