Over a dozen years ago when I took my two young kids on a simple little sharp-tailed grouse hunt along an old fence line adjacent to a grassy field, my then five-year old daughter asked while we walked, “Dad, what does a grouse look like?” I had forgotten that important lesson, so, we stopped for a moment to talk about the bird. “A sharp-tailed grouse is a chicken-like bird about the size of a duck and is brownish and is usually with other grouse,” I replied. “Are those grouse?” asked my daughter pointing to a flock of white-throated sparrows.
Thielen named Maverick’s Offensive MVP Detroit Lakes graduate Adam Thielen was honored by the Minnesota State University Mankato football team for his stellar play this past season. A senior wide out, Thielen was named MSU’s Offensive MVP. Thielen served as the Mavericks leading pass threat last season as he led the team with 1,176 receiving yards and eight touchdown catches.
Landowners from 14 additional counties now can enroll land in the Walk-In Access program, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said. Walk-in lands provide public access to private land. Landowners, in turn, are paid for the access. The program now includes 35 counties in the western half of the state. “We’ve had many requests to expand the area of our Walk-In pilot program,” said Marybeth Block, DNR walk-in access coordinator. “As we enter our third year for the program, the time seems right to add some additional counties.”
The Board of Trustees of Lake Agassiz Regional Library concluded a regional search by naming Liz Lynch as its new library director. Lynch was selected from a field of five candidates. “Liz has an impressive track record in library administration and management,” said LARL Director Kathy Fredette, who is set to retire in early March. “Her leadership skills and ability to develop a collaborative working style made her the best choice to lead our rural library system into the future.”
A 17-year Itasca County Sheriff’s deputy was charged Wednesday — a day after he resigned — with a felony for allegedly attempting to videotape a teenage girl in a bathroom. Aaron Edward Apitz, 45, Deer River, is charged with felony interference with privacy against a minor. The incident reportedly happened at Apitz’ residence.
It’s March and now is the time to order seeds now to start indoors under florescent lights later this month or start new houseplants from tip shoot slips for new houseplants or to add to early next. Check seed packets to see how many weeks ahead of transplanting they must be started. Cut slender branches of pussy willow, Nanking cherry or red maple late this month or early next to force into bloom indoors. Re-cut the stems and soak them in a warm (not hot) water bath overnight, then in a bucket of warm water in a 60 to 65 degree location with indirect light.
Frazee-Vergas Community Education has several upcoming sessions with a variety of topics.
The Frazee Lady Hornet basketball team went into the Section 8-2A tournament knowing that there was a good chance they could make a deep run in the playoffs. But Frazee also knew that there were at least seven teams which felt the same way. Frazee played one of those teams in the opening round Thursday night in Frazee as the No. 5 seeded Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines edged No. 4 Frazee 47-46 to advance to the second round.
BOWLING Middle School-High School 2-23-13 Watro-Wendt-Kluenenberg 45 11 Halver-York-Meyer 43 13 Soyring-Gordan-Ende 34 22 Wendt-Greggersen 29 27 Bashford-Leitheiser 25 31 DeGroat-Willette-Joh 24 32 Becker-Brunner-Halv 23 33 Scheiben-Krabbe 20 36 Graspy-Kimball 19 37 Steile-Kramer 16 40 Handicap Game: Watro-Wendt-Kluenenberg 583, Soyring-Gordan-Ende 519, Halver-York-Meyer 444. Handicap Series: Watro-Wendt-Kluenenberg 1683, Soyring-Gordan-Ende 1522, Halver-York-Meyer 1278.
Minnesota employers added 12,100 jobs in January, according to figures released recently by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The department also released revised figures from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics showing the state gained 16,700 more jobs over the previous 21 months than originally reported. January’s job gains combined with the revised federal figures means the state has recovered nearly 90 percent of the 160,000 jobs that were lost during the Great Recession, with 50,000 jobs added over the past year.