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QUANDARY: Anecdotal reports from hunters point to a poor harvest this fall, and biologists aren't sure why. Where have the grouse gone? That's the question several ruffed grouse biologists and grouse hunters tried to answer at an informal meeting Wednesday in Grand Rapids. Spring drumming counts in Minnesota indicated the statewide grouse population was up about 30 percent over last year.
WILLMAR -- Pesticides are coming under increased scrutiny in the state, and with it has come a call for a change in the law that governs the public's access to information on their use. State Rep. Ken Tschumper, DFL-La Crescent, is hosting a hearing at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Wadena Memorial Auditorium. Tschumper, chair of the House subcommittee on Environmental Justice and Healthy Housing, has authored legislation to broaden Minnesota's pesticide right-to-know law. His bill would make public the records kept by those applying restricted use pesticides in the state.
My friend Owen Oxley is a stubborn cuss. The Minneapolis advertising executive has had his ups and downs. When young British kids were being sent to the U.S. in 1940 to avoid the blitz, little Owen Oxley's parents sent him to live with his English grandparents on the Dover coast! Years later, he founded a glossy magazine, "Edina," but when the economy went south, so did "Edina." Later, he wrote a wonderful book based on the experience of living with his mortician English grandfather on the Dover coast.
ST. PAUL - Carol Molnau watched as Gov. Tim Pawlenty went before reporters to publicly veto a large transportation spending bill.
Becker County Attorney Joe Evans was named a Minnesota district judge Friday by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Evans will fill the trial court bench vacancy that will occur with the retirement of Thomas Schroeder on Oct.
A group that wants to expand power lines across the state - including into southeast Minnesota - presented its case Tuesday in Red Wing. Officials heading up the CapX 2020 project gave the public a look at plans that would extend power lines from the Twin Cities to Rochester via Hampton.
More than 200 years ago when fur traders and voyageurs traveled the St. Croix River, historians say the landscapes they saw probably looked similar to what we see today. On Sept. 29-30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors to William O 'Brien State Park, will experience the St. Croix river landscape and the fall colors while an encampment of voyageurs demonstrate their centuries-old lifestyle. "The French word for traveler is voyageur," said Diane Hedin, park naturalist at William O'Brien. "The Voyageurs were a group of men who traveled down the St.
Scott Wente email@example.com ST. PAUL - A group of Democratic lawmakers want Transportation Commissioner Carol Molnau to resign, but Gov. Tim Pawlenty's office said Minnesota's top transportation official will not be fired. Many Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party legislators long have been critical of top officials at the Department of Transportation, but Wednesday was the first time they raised their criticism to the point of seeking Molnau's resignation. She also is Republican Pawlenty's lieutenant governor. Standing near a busy St.
On the regional front this week we have a lovely book, "Little Heathens," by Mildred Armstrong Kalish (Bantam, $22). The little heathens are what the author's grandparents call her and her brothers and sisters when they come to live with the old folks in Garrison, Iowa, just as the Great Depression begins. It's a heartwarming story about the extended family, their mores and folkways, even their recipes, their surviving the dreadful economic situation and even the weather that brought famine and pestilence to the once rich countryside. The little heathens arrive in Iowa in 1930 with their mo
State Rep. Frank Moe, DFL-Bemidji, went on a self-described "rant" Monday night, which also served to rally a Beltrami DFL Party fund-raiser. A week ago, speaking to Bemidji Rotarians, state Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Dan McElroy's response to what's the role of state government was to "stay out of the way." Then, in a Sunday Opinion page column in the Pioneer, Rep.