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Word-Wednesday for February 8, 2023

And here is the Wannaskan Almanac with Word-Wednesday for February 8, 2023, the sixth Wednesday of the year, the eighth Wednesday of winter, and the 39th day of the year, with 326 days remaining.   Wannaska Phenology Update for February 8, 2023 Da Bar Wannaska becomes famous for its winter wildlife, and as usual, the DNR takes the heat. February 8 Fickle Pickle Wednesday Menu Special : Potato Dumpling February 8 Nordhem Wednesday Lunch : Updated daily by 11:00am, usually. Earth/Moon Almanac for February 8 2023 Sunrise: 7:44am; Sunset: 5:32pm; 3 minutes, 14 seconds more daylight today Moonrise: 8:43pm; Moonset: 9:13am, waning gibbous, 93% illuminated. Temperature Almanac for February 8, 2023                 Average            Record              Today High             16                     45                     33 Low              -8                   -55                     24 February 8 Celebrations from National Day Calendar National Iowa Day National Kite Flying Day National Bo
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