Plans for 2014 Sno Dayz are heating up

Milaca residents are gearing up to feverishly make their way through the snow next week, searching high and low for a medallion — and that can only mean one thing.
It’s that time of year again where area residents celebrate everything cold and frigid with the annual winter community celebration, Sno Dayz.
Sno Dayz kicks off Monday, Feb. 17, with the medallion hunt. At stake is a $100 finders fee. Clues to the medallion’s whereabouts will be posted each day at Teal’s Market, First National Bank of Milaca and online on the Times’ website,, and on the Times’ Facebook page.
If you’re lured by the opportunity to win some cash, you might also want to try your luck at the Sno Lotto. By purchasing a $1 numbered Sno Daze button, you might just have your number drawn and win the pot. There are 100 buttons available. If all 100 buttons sell, the pot will be $100, according to Tami James of the Milaca Community Action Team, the community organization spearheading the Sno Dayz celebration.
The weather might be cold outside, but the competition will be heated on Friday, Feb. 21, with a business-to-business bowling tournament at Lakeway Lanes.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m., eight teams will battle for the Sno Dayz bowling crown. Taking to the lanes will be: The Insurance Shoppe, Teal’s Market, Fairview Milaca Clinic, Mike Nelson Auto Glass, First National Bank of Milaca, Stone Heart Granite, Jim’s Mille Lacs Disposal and Ethan Allen-Paul Jackson.
The wintery event continues from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Rec Park. At the ice rink, there will be some pick-up games of broomball and a family skate with ice games, James said. Equipment will be provided, she said. There will also be a bonfire near the ice rink where attendees can warm up with hot chocolate and roast some treats on the open fire.
One of the highlights of Sno Dayz this year is the “Make Your Own Sled” contest.
Using the building materials of their choice, such as cardboard and duct tape, participants will construct a sled and ride it down the Rec Park sledding hill.
“The sled that goes the farthest will win a $25 cash prize,” James said.
Another highlight will be an up-close and personal visit with a real sled dog team. The “Silent Night” sled dog team from Bock will be at Rec Park from 1-3 p.m., James said.
There will be some indoors activities at the Milaca Arts Center, too.
A gathering of Milaca authors will convene from 2-4 p.m. at the center, located at 170 Second Ave. Come visit with authors Gary Fehring, Brenda Rueckert, Ellen Gilder, Dannelle Martin-Helget, Kris Marxhausen, Connie Herges, Linda Buturian, Debbie Blue and Bob Kozlowski.
Milaca’s Sno Dayz will be going on simultaneously with the Sno Dayz celebration at the Milaca Schools.
A whole slate of activities are planned at the school, culminating with the Sno Dayz dance on Saturday, Feb. 22.
There is no school Monday, but the remaining four days will be special dress-up days at the school. Tuesday is tourist/adventure day, Wednesday is “White-out Wednesday,” Thursday is Lazy Day and Friday is Spirit Day, a day for wearing red, white and black.
There are also some special activities later in the week.
On Wednesday during the lunch periods, there will be a slushie eating contest. Come Thursday, there will be sled races at 10 a.m.
Friday will be a fun day at the high school. There will be a snowman building contest from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by a dodgeball tournament from 2:15 to 3 p.m. (seventh hour.)
The Saturday semi-formal dance is from 8-11 p.m.