Champlin youth get an early start celebrating the New Year
by Eric Hagen
About 100 people rang in the new year 12 hours early at Springbrook Nature Center.
When the clock struck noon Dec. 31 balloons, instead of champagne corks, were popped, but like Times Square in New York City, confetti rained down on everyone’s heads.
Before recognizing the coming of 2014, the 68 kids and their parents at Springbrook Nature Center’s Noon Year event created colorful masks, ventured briefly in the frigid outdoors to go snowshoeing or warm up with some hot apple cider or hot chocolate by a roaring campfire and watched in awe as Tara Rogness, Springbrook’s interpretative program specialist, showed them a fox snake, a snapping turtle and boa constrictor.
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