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Some changes have been made to calendar parking in the city of Thief River Falls. However, the same calendar parking rules apply to municipal parking lots like the one at the intersection of Fourth Street and LaBree Avenue.

The City of Thief River Falls has lifted calendar parking, effective immediately, due to the warmer weather. Calendar parking was initially supposed to end Monday, March 15. The decision was made and announced at the Thief River Falls City Council meeting Tuesday, March 2.

Citing muddy alleyways, council member Jason Aarestad had raised the possibility of lifting calendar parking. Mayor Brian Holmer then sought the advice of the council, noting that the long-range weather forecast seemed to favor lifting calendar parking. The council was in agreement to lift it. Holmer has the authority to institute calendar parking if needed.

In other weather-related news, city leaders urge the public to exercise caution on the Red Lake River due to thawing ice and the river current.

The weather has led to the closure of the city’s outdoor rinks. The city’s walking trails are open. Councilmember Steve Narverud said the trails are, for the most part, in good shape. However, he cautioned the public to be careful, especially on the trails east of Northland Community and Technical College. Snowmobiles have traveled there, compacting the snow in that area and making it more difficult for city staff to remove the snow.