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Mike Kahlert was 14 years old when he spied a correspondence course advertised in the back of Outdoor Life magazine: "Taxidermy for Fun and Profit." Kahlert signed up and later went into business. Now in his 60s, his Great Bear Taxidermy business in Osakis prepares mounts for customers around the world. "Lions, tigers and bears, oh my," Kahlert quipped. It's true. With a handful of employees, Great Bear does prepare big cats, bears and many other game animals for customers around the world.
Discovery Middle School sent six math teams to compete against 26 other west-central Minnesota teams during a Math Masters of Minnesota meet, and all six placed in the top 10, with one team and one individual capturing first place. The sixth-grade students competed in Parkers Prairie on March 2 as individuals and as teams. In the team competition, Team 1 with Josie Hochsprung, Elle Heydt, Kylie Lattimer, Greta Oldenkamp and Joaquim Ramos placed first and received a team plaque and individual plaques.
Belle River Township Monday, March 19 6 p.m. An organizational meeting will be held at the home of the clerk. Douglas County Board of Commissioners Regular Board Meeting Tuesday, March 20 9 a.m. Call to order, invocation, approve agenda, and approve minutes from Feb. 23 special Board meeting, March 6 regular Board meeting and March 7 regular Board meeting. 9:05 a.m. Troy Wolbersen, Douglas County sheriff 1. Resolution — Accept grant agreement for boat and water safety — action
The moon that night looked stranger than the Girl Scout guide had ever seen. As Trina Weisel prepared to enter her tent in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for the night, it hung blood-red in a dark sky. "That's cool, but different and weird," Weisel remembers thinking. Then she crawled into the tent to sleep. Around her were the tents of sleeping Girl Scouts just getting to know the Boundary Waters, plus a couple of moms. It was July 2016.
State and local officials are working on a plan they say could improve water quality on Lakes Winona, Agnes and Henry while easing some regulatory pressure on the sewer plant in Alexandria. "It's well worth trying the new approach and we could be a model for the rest of the state," said Sen. Torrey Westrom, author of a bill to allocate $600,000 to aid the plan.
Since 2015, 14 percent of the septic systems inspected in Douglas County were out of compliance with government regulations, environmental planning technician Patrick Schultz told a gathering of lakeshore owners at their monthly meeting. That means that out of the 632 septic systems that were inspected, about 88 properties failed the inspection in some way, either because they were backing up, the tanks were failing or some other part of the system didn't work, he said.
Organizers hoping to bring a splash pad to Dean Melton-Fillmore Park in Alexandria said they would like to break ground as early as spring 2019.
Nicole Mulder's friends told her she was dreaming if she thought she could bring Cloud Cult to Alexandria. The Duluth indie rock band has passionate fans who have caused their shows to sell out in much bigger venues. In January, they played to a sold-out crowd at Lincoln Center in New York City, and an April concert at Orchestra Hall in the Twin Cities sold out in a day. Orchestra Hall added another performance the following day, and that sold out too, unless you count a very few remaining solo seats.
Ten years ago, when experts were looking for a Minnesota city to turn into a center of health and longevity, for free, Alexandria couldn't quite drum up the interest. "Sometimes you need a crisis to get people organized behind an idea," said Sandy Tubbs, administrator of Horizon Public Health. "It might have been too soon." Interest in the idea was piqued again Thursday after a proponent spoke at Senior College in Alexandria.
Geography whiz Sam Wicken needed 60 minutes to answer 70 questions on a National Geographic Society test. He finished them in 28 minutes. "A lot of them were easy," he said. "There were some that made you think more." Sam, a seventh grader at Discovery Middle School and son of Aaron Wicken, did well enough on that test that he is heading for the 2018 Minnesota National Geographic State Bee, which is open to top geography students in Grades 4-8. The state competition is set for Friday, April 6, at Minnesota State University-Mankato.