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A young bald eagle that spent the month making the rounds of homes on Turtle Lake has died. "He died in my yard," said Evie Soukup. "I knew he was not well on Sunday night — he was in my flower bed — and Monday morning he was still in the same position in my flower bed." The DNR picked up the eagle's body Monday morning, she said. "I've been waiting for the DNR to get back to me with what was wrong with him," she said. "There was definitely something wrong — he should not have been as tame as he was — we could all get close to him."
Election Day isn't until Nov. 8, but already more than 175 people have voted in Becker County. Absentee voting has been especially popular this year, says Becker County Auditor-Treasurer Mary Hendrickson. People can vote in-person at the courthouse or they can mail in their ballots. The Auditor-Treasurer's Office was busy Friday with a steady trickle of people coming in to vote. It's been that way for a week, since absentee voting opened Sept. 23, Hendrickson said.
The high winds, cold fronts, and rain made for challenging fishing conditions and challenging fishing this last week. The weather is improving and looks to be more stable for this week. The bite activity for all species should improve, and the conditions to fish for them will be much more enjoyable. It will also be a good time to be on the water the next couple weeks, as we are approaching some of the most beautiful lake views with the color changes of the fall.
The Department of Natural Resources will sell 40 northern Minnesota parcels in three public oral bid auctions in October and November. Tuesday, Oct. 25 - Nine northwestern Minnesota parcels will be auctioned at the County Administration Building in Bemidji. Thursday, Oct. 27 - 27 northeastern Minnesota parcels will be auctioned at the Lake County Courthouse in Two Harbors. Thursday, Nov. 3 - Four parcels in north-central Minnesota will be auctioned at DNR Brainerd area office.
Ryan Damlo wants to put some pizzazz into the workaday image of Becker County Transit. Aiming to get more people on the dial-a-ride buses, the transit director hopes to land a $30,000 Commuter Challenge grant from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. He's done it before — last year he won $18,000 of the $20,000 grant application he made on behalf of Wadena County. He is transit director for both Wadena and Becker counties.
Duck hunting is expected to be good when Minnesota's regular waterfowl season opens a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 24. "The abundance of breeding ducks in Minnesota and North America has been good in recent years, so we hope that results in good opportunities for duck hunters this fall," said Steve Cordts, waterfowl specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "Wetland habitat conditions are fairly good across the state and with a little help from Mother Nature with some favorable fall weather, it could be a good season."
Here's the scenario: A tornado hits the old Pine Point School during the weekly Bingo game. Two cars are left smashed close to the front door, which is blocked. A live power line blocks the route in for emergency vehicles. There are injured people in the cars and distraught relatives trying to get to them. More people are trapped in rubble inside the building. There's a partial natural gas leak in the building, and using tools to break in the front door could spark an explosion.
The Becker County Historical Society is plugging away towards a $3.2 million goal for a new museum. The society has raised about $500,000 so far, and if the museum board can raise $2.2 million, the county will provide a 50 percent matching grant of up to $1.1 million toward the project, said Historical Society Executive Director Becky Mitchell. "It would be great to break ground sometime next year, but that depends upon fundraising and pledges being made," she said.
The annual meeting to issue permits for the 2016-2017 Hubbel Pond Wildlife Management Area trapping season will be held Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. at the DNR Area Headquarters on Lake Sallie, 2 1/2 miles southwest of Detroit Lakes at 14583, County Road 19. The number of permits will be limited to six. Individuals not issued a permit for the prior 2015-2016 trapping season will receive preference in this year's drawing.
Chad Lewis, an author and paranormal investigator, will be in Detroit Lakes on Friday with a slide show highlighting his strangest cases—including alien abductions, haunted places, mysterious creatures, crop circles and more. Lewis said the program will cover the whole spectrum of Minnesota's supernatural activity. He shows the places and talks about their background, history, witness reports, and archived newspaper accounts, as well as the results of his own investigations.