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Mardi Gras Fun Facts


  • More than 500,000 king cakes are sold each year in New Orleans between January 6 and Fat Tuesday, and another 50,000 are shipped out-of-state via overnight courier.
  • The king cakes include a tiny plastic baby doll inside; the person who finds the doll is declared “king” and must buy the next cake or give the next party.
  • The metro area’s 37,000-plus hotel rooms are traditionally 95% filled during Mardi Gras weekend.
  • An economic impact study released by the University of New Orleans estimates that Mardi Gras generates over $840 million annually.
  • The largest of about one dozen Mardi Gras supply houses in New Orleans sells an estimated one billion pairs of beads for a Mardi Gras season.
  • The super parades of Endymion and Bacchus, scheduled for the Saturday and Sunday before Fat Tuesday, feature a combined total of 67 floats, 60 marching bands and more than 250 units. Their 4,200 members toss more than 1.5 million cups, 2.5 million doubloons and millions of beads.
  • One of the most photographed objects in all of Mardi Gras is the Boeuf Gras float in the Rex parade. Since the Middle Ages, the bouef gras (fatted bull) has been the symbol of the last meat eaten before Lent. While once a live bull was included in the procession, now a huge papier-mache’ figure appears.
  • The five truck parades that follow the krewes of Rex, Argus and Grela on Fat Tuesday feature more than 350 decorated flatbeds with nearly 15,000 costumed maskers aboard.
  • (courtesy of
Country News

Jason Aldean Celebrates His 40th Birthday

Jason Aldean is celebrating his 40th birthday today (Feb. 28) with trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado!  The surprise trip was planned by his wife, Brittany, who posted some pics on Instagram of her husband playing hockey with his pals. Jason also posted a celebratory pic with his buddy, Kurt Allison, who is his touring guitarist.


A post shared by Brittany Layne (@_brittanylayne_) on Feb 27, 2017 at 2:07pm PST


Surprise Birthday trip for my man!!! @jasonaldean 💙❄️🎉🎂🍾

A post shared by Brittany Layne (@_brittanylayne_) on Feb 26, 2017 at 1:38pm PST


The most entertaining thing we’ve seen in a while😂🙈

A post shared by Brittany Layne (@_brittanylayne_) on Feb 27, 2017 at 3:09pm PST

Lakeshore News

Clean Up After Your Pet

The City of Manitowoc has recently received several complaints about citizens not cleaning up after their pet. As the snow melts, it reveals the areas people like to walk their dogs by exposing numerous piles of pet waste. Many times neighbors know who walks their dog in these areas and they have asked the City to take action.
The City of Manitowoc would like to remind all residents that it is unlawful to leave pet waste on any public property. Pet waste carries diseases that can be transmitted to people and it has a degrading affect on our water quality. Proper disposal of pet waste is a simple yet significant way to help reduce storm water pollution.
Please take a plastic bag with you on walks and clean up after your pet.


Kurt Busch Wins Daytona 500

Kurt Busch led just one lap of Sunday’s season-opening Daytona 500, but it was the one that counted the most.  After race leader Chase Elliott slowed with a fuel pick-up problem and then Kyle Larson ran out of gas on the final lap, Busch’s Number-41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford was well-positioned – sweeping around Larson’s sputtering Chevrolet to win “The Great American Race.”  His margin of victory was twenty-two one-hundredths of a second over Ryan Blaney as Ford swept the top two spots.  A-J Allmendinger, Aric Almirola and Paul Menard completed the top five.  Elliott, bidding to become the first pole winner to also win the “five hundred” since Dale Jarrett in 2000, led thirty-nine laps Sunday before yielding the lead less than three laps from the finish … Kevin Harvick started fifth and led a race-high fifty laps, finishing twenty-second in the forty-car field … Sunday’s race was the first Cup Series event run under NASCAR’s new three-stage format.  Kyle Busch won the first segment but was later sidelined by an accident and finished thirty-eighth.  Harvick won Stage-2


Recap of Last Year’s Xfinity Daytona Race

Chase Elliott outdueled Joey Logano in a stirring last-lap battle to claim victory as Cup Series drivers took four of the top five finishing positions.  Elliott’s margin of victory was four one-hundredths of a second with Kasey Kahne third and Austin Dillon fifth.  Elliott Sadler grabbed fourth place as the highest-finishing X-FINITY Series regular … Logano led a race-high forty laps on the way to his runner-up finish.  There were nineteen lead changes among nine drivers.  Elliott led three times for nineteen laps, including the final fourteen trips around the two-point-five-mile oval.  Pole sitter Ty Dillon led only two laps and finished thirteenth … The race included four cautions for seventeen laps … Brandon Jones was the highest-finishing rookie, in seventh place … Elliott’s win was Chevrolet’s thirteenth victory in the X-FINITY Series season opener over the last fifteen years … There have now been eleven different race winners in the last eleven races contested at Daytona dating back to July 2011: Elliott, Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon, Ryan Reed, Kasey Kahne, Regan Smith, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, James Buescher and Joey Logano …  Dale Earnhardt Junior leads all active drivers with six X-FINITY Series wins at Daytona but is not entered this weekend.


Recap of Last Year’s Daytona 500#

Denny Hamlin charged from fourth to first on the final lap, passing teammate Matt Kenseth for the lead and then surviving a dramatic side-by-side duel down the stretch with Martin Truex Junior that ended with Hamlin scratching out the victory by a mere one one-hundredths of a second.  It’s the closest finish in the fifty-eight-year history of the Daytona 500.  After taking the white flag, race leader Kenseth went to the high side to block a fast-closing Hamlin and when he did, the Number-11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota darted into the middle lane and into the lead.  Truex briefly got a nose in front before Hamlin reclaimed the lead to win by an estimated four inches … Kyle Busch finished third and Carl Edwards was fifth, giving Joe Gibbs Racing three of the top five finishing positions.  Kevin Harvick rode home in fourth place.  After losing the lead to Hamlin on the final lap, Kenseth slipped back in the field and finished fourteenth … Pole sitter Chase Elliott suffered damage to his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in an early-race spin and lost a number of laps while repairs were made.  He finished thirty-seventh.


Can-Am Duel Results

Chase Elliott & Denny Hamlin win Thursday’s Qualifying races as the starting field was set for Sunday’s Daytona 500.  Elliott started from the pole and finished at the front of the field in the first half of the Can-Am Duel at Daytona, leading the final twenty-four laps and beating runner-up Jamie McMurray to the checkered flag by fifteen one-hundredths of a second as Chevrolet swept the top two finishing positions.  Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth completed the top five.  Hamlin gave Toyota its turn in Victory Lane by winning the nightcap, storming past race leader Dale Earnhardt Junior with an outside move on the next-to-last lap then driving off to secure the Number-4 starting spot in Sunday’s “Great American Race.”  Hamlin beat Clint Bowyer to the finish by two-tenths of a second with Kurt Busch, A-J Allmendinger and Austin Dillon completing the top five.  Earnhardt finished sixth … With his second-place finish in Thursday’s first race, McMurray will line up on the inside of Row-2 alongside Hamlin for Sunday’s official season opener.  Front-row qualifiers Elliott and Earnhardt were locked in after topping last weekend’s time trials and will lead the field to the green flag Sunday in the fifty-ninth running of the Daytona 500 … Thirty-six of the forty starting spots were guaranteed to teams who are part of NASCAR’s one-year-old “Charter” system, leaving just four transfer spots available for non-Charter drivers in Thursday’s doubleheader.  Those went to Corey LaJoie, Brendan Gaughan, D-J Kennington and Elliott Sadler.  With forty-two drivers entered this year, two failed to qualify: Timmy Hill and Reed Sorenson.