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Winthrop News Wednesday, May 7, 2003 Page 7 m 2003 :%/ With the opening of the 2003 Minnesota walleye and northern pike fishing season on May 10, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources offers some tips that will help make outings more safe. Have all the boating safety equipment required by Minnesota law. This is a good idea not just because it will keep you from get- ting a potentially expensive ticket, but because any of the items can sa,)e your life, according to Tim Smalley, DNR boating safety spe- cialist. That includes a U.S. Coast Guard approved Type I, II, III or V wearable personal flotation device, more commonly known as a life jacket, life vest or PFD for each person that will be on the boat. Boaters also need one additional Type IV throwable device (boat cushion or ring buoy) in a boat that is 16 feet or longer. The life jackets also have to be the correct SIZE for the person they are intended. Lack of the correct number, type and size of life jackets is the number two boating law ticket issued - right behind expired boat registration, Smalley noted. And not wearing a life jacket is the num- ber one reason people die in boating accidents, he said. "Seat cushions are no longer good enough as the only type of flotation device on your boat," Smalley said. "They need to be the kind you can put on, zip up or buck- le and wear." The law doesn't require life jackets to be worn, but they do have to be easy to get to in case of an emergency. Sealed in a plastic bag, or locked or zipped into an enclo- sure is not acceptable in the eyes of the law. "Now days, there is no reason not to wear a life jacket the whole be blocked by people, the motor, least two seconds that can be heard time you are in your boat," Smalley etc. If people can't see you at night, for at least one mile. said. "It was once argued by some eventually, you are going get hit." Spare parts and tools ..... that life jackets were too hot wear When the boat is under powerAlthough not a legal requirement, in warm weather. With the new after sunset and before sunrise tools and spare parts like spark U.S. Coast Guard approved inflat- (even if only trolling), the red and plugs and shear pins (if your motor able personal flotation devices, you green bow lights and the white stern uses them) are a good idea. can be comfortable even on the light must be illuminated. For a Cellphone or marine radio ..... hottest Minnesota summer day," motorboat that is anchored or drift- Bring a cell phone along in case of Navigation Lights ..... Make 'ing, the white stern light has to be emergencies. sure they work and carry a couple on, without exception. No booze or beer ..... The errors of spare bulbs, Smalley advised. Fire Extinguisher ..... Many in judgement brought on by alcohol And check that your lights aren't motorboats are required to carry a can get a person in trouble long blocked by equipment or passen- U.S. Coast Guard approved firebefore the level of legal intoxication gers. This is a common problem extinguisher. Unfortunately, many of .10. "It gets expensive if you are with bow mounted trolling motors extinguisher cartons are poorly caught operating your boat under and the canopies on pontoon boats marked, so Smalley said purchasers the influence," Smplley said. obscuring the boat's lights, might have to open the box to "Lawyer fees, fines, civil penalties "The problem with many check the extinguisher label itself, and a conviction for boating while clamp-on stern lights is that theHorn or whistle, .... Another lit-intoxicated goes on your auto dri- mounting pole is too short," tie-known requirement is that boats ver's license. You can even lose Smalley said. "The white stem light 16 feet or longer must carry a hand your boat if you have a couple of is legally required to be visible from or power operated whistle or horn alcohol offenses." 360 degrees around the boat and not capable of producing a sound for at ltigIB School held its Junior-Senior Prom on Saturday, May 3. Lacie escorted by Tony Draeger. P,oros by Michael Mattison '::i.iiii! :~i!: ":'!i iii~!!i.~. i!:+ .iii i- ".~:~i:::. i:i~i!i:ii :iiii the gymnasium. got the 2003 Prom going as the first cou- ~ghanie Bauer was escorted by Mark Monson at Prom 211113 Enchanted "radise" lures could be out of their aquarium only a short time, all the students Charter School Week is were able to see them, ask questions, it's back to our regular and the very brave were able to at LCS. It was a fun-filled touch and hold them. It may be the a good way to make our only time some of them will ever aware of all the activities have the opportunity to hold a sea on a daily basis at ourserpent in their hands. Many thanks to the Gjerdes ibr sharing. Week we had a very unique This is just a reminder that our Our library was trans- spring music program is tomorrow, ocean adventure land. (Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. The stu- Gjerde were in charge dents, under the direction of Sylvia for the day and, with the Kunz, will present "Celebrate You heir mother, Wendy, andand Me," which focuses on respect. Davis, they displayed treating others the way we would fish exhibit. Included want to be treated, and building crabs, starfish, a sea healthy minds and bodies. The event serpent, a sea urchin, and is open to the public, sO please join The Gjerdes have had us for this energetic evening of creatures for approximately music. g them at Pet That's about all for this time. Ikato. While the rea- Have an enjoyable weekend. As many brides- and grooms-to-be can attest, it's often tempting to fast for- ward to your picture-perfect wedding day, past the parade of showers, engagement parties, bachelor parties, luncheons and more. The reality is, however, that there are many affairs to host and attend before you're spirited away on a cloud of wedded bliss. And while it's easy to imagine looking good on the big day, it's just as important to look and feel your best during the rounds of parties and events leading up to it. pre-nu Women's look-good tips Take a mental health day, and resolve to spend the ..... day doing nothing at all. When you're running from ..... : fittings to showers to lunch- i:i:(i : cons, you need at least 24 :; : hours to recharge. Head to the spa or :::: i :: salon, even if it's only for an hour or two. Treat the gym at least three times a week. yourself to a massage, a pedicure and a mani- ,. Even if you don't work outside, your cure and rediscover a whole new you. hands can look red, raw and rough -- not a Sneak away with your intended for a little good look when she slips on the ring. Get a private time. Dinner for two, an escape to the manicure to repair damaged cuticles and bro- movies, a game of tennis -- whatever you do, ken nails. You might even try a good moisturiz- keep it a secret rendez-vous, ing lotion on your hands before turning in at Keep your skin smooth and touchably night. soft. Your skin is often the first place to show Pamper the skin you're in. Shave in the signs of stress. Remember to moisturize night- direction of the hair growth. Take your time and ly and immediately after a shower or bath. shave carefully over sensitive areas (your nose, your chin, above your lip). Guys' Grooming Guidelines Calm wedding jitters. Minimize caffeine With all the parties you're attending, intake and drink six to eight glasses of water a you're bound to indulge. 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