DL News Staff
Fergus Falls-based West Central Initiative recently celebrated its 20th anniversary of serving west central Minnesota.
A felony arrest warrant was filed against a Park Rapids man in Becker County District court Wednesday. Andrew Aukes, 19, of 411 North Park, is accused of one count of wildfire arson-intentionally set. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. According to the court complaint, the Minnesota DNR was investigating arson fires in the Pine Point area in mid-April. On April 15, a DNR pilot observed a vehicle near a string of small fires east of Big Rush Lake and followed it to a Pine Point residence.
The following information was taken from reports at the Becker County Sheriff's Department and the Detroit Lakes Police Department. Tuesday, May 23 at 1:05 a.m., a rural Ogema house break-in was reported. at 1:02 p.m., a two-vehicle accident in Walworth Township was reported, with injuries. at 1:05 p.m., a Cotton Lake cabin break-in was reported. at 7:07 p.m., three men were reported in the Alternative Learning Center who weren't supposed to be there. at 8:59 p.m., the Audubon compost pile was reported on fire again. Wednesday, May 24 at 2:32 a.m., two men were report
The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture have released a fact sheet outlining the progress agriculture has made and continues to make to improve habitat and conservation on private farmland.
The following are daily future price settlements on near-contracts for grain, livestock and dairy commodities for the week of May 19-25. Minneapolis spring wheat, July contract; Friday $4.69; Monday $4.80 3/4; Tuesday $4.78; Wednesday $4.69 1/4; Thursday $4.63 1/4. Chicago corn, July contract; Friday $2.60 1/4; Monday $2.52 3/4; Tuesday $2.53; Wednesday $2.49 1/2; Thursday $2.53 1/4. Chicago soybeans, July contract; Friday $5.98; Monday $5.87; Tuesday $5.86 3/4; Wednesday $5.82 1/2; Thursday $5.84 1/4. Chicago live cattle, June contract; Friday $77.79; Monday $77.22; Tuesday $7
The application deadline for the 2006 Minnesota moose hunt is Friday, June 16. A total of 279 permits are available in 30 zones in the northeastern part of the state. There is no hunting season in northwestern Minnesota. The season dates are Sept. 30 through Oct. 15, 2006. Moose hunters must apply in parties from two to four individuals. An application fee of $3 per individual must be included with the application. Only Minnesota residents, at least 16 years of age, are eligible for the moose hunt.
Minnesota state parks will hold their annual free open house on Sunday, June 4. Although no vehicle permit is necessary during open house, fees will be charged for tours of Mystery Cave at Forestville, Soudan Underground Mine and Hill Annex Mine, and the usual camping, lodging and watercraft fees apply. Here's a list of regional state parks offering special programs that day. Big Bog, Waskish Celebrate the grand opening of this newest state recreation area at 1-7 p.m.
Question: For the first time in about seven years, anglers will be able to fish Upper Red Lake for walleye. What should anglers know before tossing their lines in the water? Answer: Special regulations are in place to manage the harvest. All walleye between 17 and 26 inches must be released immediately, so anglers will need to measure their fish. The daily bag limit and possession limit for Red Lake walleye is two, and only one of those can exceed 26 inches. New northern pike regulations on the lake allow anglers to keep three pike, including one over 40 inches.
The deadline to signup for the 2006 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program is Thursday, June 1. Enrollment under the late-filing provisions will be June 2-Sept. 30, subject to a late-filing fee of $100 per Farm Service Agency farm unit. Farmers may request a 40 percent advance direct payment.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers in Becker and Otter Tail counties to count common loons this summer. DNR nongame wildlife specialist Katie Haws said the department lacks enough assistants to undertake the survey. The DNR has coordinated the annual survey, the "Minnesota Loon Monitoring Project," since 1994. More than 400 volunteers participate in the survey annually. The project seeks to document loon occupancy and reproductive rates on several hundred Minnesota lakes located across six separate index areas in Minnesota.