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Preseason forecasts of plentiful pheasants panned out for a lot of hunters last weekend when the state's pheasant season opened Oct. 13. In the Madison, Minn., area, hunters bagged a few roosters in the first hour at the state's new 25th Anniversary Wildlife Management Area. Another group of 10 hunters, hunting standing corn and grass on private land, shot its limit of 20 roosters in the first hour on opening day. August roadside counts had put the state's pheasant population at its highest level in 40 years.
I've always been fascinated by Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, ever since I read "The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas" by Gertrude Stein and "The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook," by Alice B. Toklas. The first is a tour de force in which Stein really writes about herself, but titles it using her partner. That ploy enables her to have Toklas "write" stuff like this: "I have known only three geniuses in my life -- Pablo Picasso, Alfred North Whitehead and Gertrude Stein." Not bad, eh?
BENSON -- Even as more than 250 dignitaries and guests gathered Friday to celebrate the grand opening of Fibrominn, the trucks delivering the poultry litter to fuel the 55-megawatt electric power plant kept rolling in and out of the facility on the west side of Benson. "There's gold in that there turkey manure," Gov. Tim Pawlenty said. "On behalf of Minnesota, we are very proud of this facility.
DEER RIVER -- Robert Olson said he and others have discovered plenty of large footprints in Northeastern Minnesota's forests. Footprints of Bigfoot. "For every sighting we have heard about, there's probably 10 more that we don't hear about," said Olson, who will speak Monday about Northeastern Minnesota Bigfoot sightings at Lady Ocalat's Emporium in downtown Duluth, a shop that sells "eclectic and magical" items. "One of the ideas is that these creatures are moving east away from what could be a cataclysmic disaster," Olson said. Olson is one of a handful of Northeastern Minnesota Bigfoot
A 70-year-old Duluth man was sentenced Wednesday to 12-years in prison for sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl in the home where he and his wife ran a licensed child care. Joseph Wesley Custard pleaded guilty in St. Louis County District Court in July to first-degree criminal sexual conduct for engaging in sexual penetration with a victim younger than 13.
A rural Waubun man indicted for first-degree murder by a Becker County grand jury Sept. 18 will be able to see a transcript of witness testimony in that case. Kenneth Eugene Andersen, 34, of Fish Hook Lake, appeared at an omnibus hearing Monday afternoon before District Judge Mark Hansen. Andersen's attorney, William Bulmer II of Giancola Law Office in Anoka, made an oral motion to be granted access to the grand jury transcript. Becker County Attorney Joe Evans did not object, provided the transcript includes only witness testimony, not the entire proceedings.
HERON LAKE -- More than three years have passed since plans were announced to build the state's first coal-fired ethanol plant at Heron Lake, and while a few kinks continue to be worked out, the plant is now in business. "It's just a pleasure to be operational," said Robert Ferguson, president of Heron Lake BioEnergy (HLBE) on Wednesday. Nearly three years and three months after an equity drive kicked off plans to construct the 50-million gallon ethanol plant on the outskirts of Heron Lake, Ferguson said, "It's quite a window.
Two separate crashes, four miles apart and within four minutes of each other claimed three lives in northern Douglas County Monday afternoon. Cheri Dawn Reynolds, 48, and Sheila Rae Smith, 37, both of Alexandria were killed in a crash with a semitruck at the intersection of County Road 3 and 5 between Miltona and Belle River. An initial investigation shows that they were the only occupants of a 1988 Chevrolet Celebrity that had stopped at the stop sign for County Road 5 at County Road 3 but then pulled into the oncoming path of a 2000 Kenworth tractor-trailer, according to the Douglas County
In view of the disclosure of trace contaminants in area drinking water from past 3M industrial practices, the Minnesota Department of Health told the Grey Cloud Island Town Board that all home wells in the township would be tested at no charge to residents. Letters will be sent to residents, according to the agency.
WILLMAR -- For 40 years the Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory in Willmar has been quietly monitoring the state's turkeys, chickens and commercially raised upland game birds for diseases that could, if left unchecked, seriously impact the poultry industry and possibly contribute to a worldwide influenza pandemic. Dr. Dale Lauer, veterinarian and director of the lab, suspects not many residents realize the heavy responsibility that is handled every day at the lab. "This lab is our first line of defense for an influenza outbreak," Lauer said.