ST. PAUL - Advocates could not prevent Minnesota's first wolf hunting season, but they now are asking state lawmakers to put a stop to the hunt for at least five years. "My concern is for the survival of the wolf," bill sponsor Senator Chris Eaton, DFL-Brooklyn Center, said.
Dave Larson was hunting coyotes with his two hounds January 23 south of Osakis when the dogs picked up the tracks of a mountain lion. There'd been reports of a cat in the area since November, and a buddy of Larson's, who also hunts with hounds, had treed the lion earlier in January. The tracks Larson encountered late that cold January morning appeared to be at least 12 hours old, but his two hounds only went about a quarter-mile before they jumped the cat bedded down in some grass and treed it 50 yards later. Mountain lions, also commonly referred to as cougars, are protected in Minnesota a
Identifying girls and women in the news. Do you see the difference? 1963, 50 years ago: Mrs. John Stone was elected president of the Newcomers' Club meeting held at the Legion Clubroom. Mrs. Dale Ellison was chosen vice president; Mrs. Richard Pederson, secretary and Mrs. Ronald Steen, treasurer. The newest Newcomer, Mrs. Kenneth Herrington, received the gift from Engstrom's. Outgoing members include Mmes.
Now is the time to start pruning your fruit trees. Pruning your trees while they are in dormancy reduces the possibility of fire blight in crabapples, apples and pears, as well as minimizing canker diseases in cherries and plums. A good pair of pruning shears is probably one of your most important tools. Cuts up to three-fourth inches in diameter may be made with them.
Editor's note: Marge Van Gorp, a long-time writer of the history column, has decided to give someone else a turn. The newspaper thanks Marge for all of her outstanding work over the years. Rachel Barduson is the new history columnist. She was born and raised in Douglas County and has a degree in education from the University of Minnesota Mankato.
ST. PAUL - Those on opposite sides of the same-sex marriage debate use the same argument: It is about families. Both camps made their case Wednesday as Minnesota lawmakers released a proposal that would allow gay couples to wed. "We are affirming that thing that we all prize: Love that is the center of everything," bill author Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis said, adding the bill is "changing nothing, redefining nothing." Opponents said marriage is about more than two people's decisions and legalizing same-sex marriage will have widespread impacts. "When marriage is redefined ...
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- At 65 pounds and a mop of hair, 7-year-old Clancy sleeps at the end of his master's bed every night "He smells really well but doesn't see very well because he has so much hair that goes right over his eyes," laughed Agnes Larson, the woman who has been the soft-coated wheaten terrier's whole world since he was an 11-week-old puppy. "He's a big pushover, a baby," said Larson, who admittedly spoils him.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's financial picture is improving, Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed in his Wednesday night State of the State address, but policies in the last decade have hampered progress. His solution? Approve the $38 billion two-year budget he proposed two weeks ago that includes more than $3 billion in higher taxes on the rich and a reworked sales tax. "My proposals have already aroused considerable controversy," Dayton said. "Such debate is healthy in our democracy. The genius of our system of governance is that no one gets to have it all her or his way.