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BRAINERD, Minn.—Wild rice is as synonymous with Minnesota cuisine as lakes are to the state's reputation. Wild rice has been used as a food source for centuries, and it's grown in more than half of Minnesota's counties. Clearly, it's a big deal. In this week's Northland Outdoors TV episode, we visit a central Minnesota family which has made a living on harvesting wild rice for four generations. The crew also travels to Wisconsin for a very special pheasant hunt. See it all in this weekend's episode of "Northland Outdoors TV."
WINNER, S.D. — A Winner High School student injured in a farming accident died Wednesday night, Oct. 20, a day after getting stuck in a grain bin. Taylor Watzel, 16, of Winner, died at about 7 p.m., according to Winner Superintendent Bruce Carrier. Students gathered in the school's gymnasium Wednesday and Thursday morning to talk about the situation. Principal Gerald Witte said students and faculty are struggling with the loss.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota saw a record-breaking 73,478 voters pre-register online on Monday, Oct. 17, shattering the previous one-day record of nearly 27,000 online voter registrations, according to Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon. The record number includes new registrations and updates to existing registrations, Simon said in a statement released Tuesday, Oct. 18. Tuesday was the last day for Minnesotans to pre-register to vote ahead of the Nov. 8 general election.
BRAINERD, Minn.—In this week's Northland Outdoors TV episode, we examine the plight of the prairie chicken, which is making a comeback on the flatlands of western Minnesota at The Nature Conservancy's Bluestem Prairie Scientific and Natural Area located just 20 miles east of Moorhead, Minn. And then travel with the crew to the Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve and Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory just north of the city of Duluth, Minn., which for several reasons becomes a bird migration superhighway each fall, creating a bird migration unlike you've ever seen.
BRAINERD, Minn.— In this week's Northland Outdoors TV episode, we feature northeast South Dakota veteran trapper John Almquist who for 50 years, regardless of the weather conditions, has walked his prairie trapline, not for the money, but to connect with the outdoors on a very personal basis. And join the crew as they travel to the southwestern Minnesota town of Hendricks to see how Bank Brewing Co., a successful private craft beer business, is working to preserve quality wildlife management areas and create new, premiere wildlife habitat by serving up beer.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Mall officials announced Wednesday, Oct. 5, that the Mall of America in Bloomington will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. According to a Mall of America letter sent to mall tenants and employees Wednesday morning, the decision was made so “team members can put that energy where it matters most, into making memories with the people they care about most.”
MINNEAPOLIS --It is a month before the presidential election and not all Minnesota Democrats are fully behind Hillary Clinton. Minnesotans embraced U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders when picking a presidential favorite last March, and on Tuesday, Oct. 4, he asked those supporters to back his former rival. But he did not win over everyone during Minneapolis and Duluth visits. Recent University of Minnesota Duluth graduate Josh Muhich, 23, captured what likely brought out most of the Duluth crowd Tuesday night.
BRAINERD, Minn.—In this week's Northland Outdoors TV episode, we put a couple of shotgun experts—the Gould Brothers Exhibition Shooting Team—to the test by introducing them to mourning dove hunting in Minnesota. And the crew also visits the Kicking Bear outdoors camp for kids in West Salem. Wis. See it all in this weekend's episode of "Northland Outdoors TV." Northland Outdoors TV debuted on Fox Sports North and many other local ABC affiliates across North Dakota in July. The show is hosted by veteran outdoors radio host Brett Amundson.
ST. JOSEPH, Minn. - A funeral service for Jacob Wetterling, the boy abducted and killed in 1989, is set for 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. The St. Joseph boy's disappearance was unsolved until this month, when his killer confessed in court. Click here for the live stream of the funeral from St. Benedict in St. Joseph.