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A Bronze Star awarded to a Detroit Lakes man in World War II somehow ended up for sale at a gun show in South Dakota, and now the purchaser hopes to return it to the man or his family—if anybody can be located. Corporal Theodore A. Lindsey was awarded the Bronze Star in July of 1945, after spending a very tough 2 1/2 years fighting the Germans, Italians, and (even briefly, the Vichy French) in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, Germany and Austria from Nov. 8, 1942 to May 8, 1945, when the war in Europe ended.
A tournament hosted by the Frazee Sportsmans Club on May 20 resulted in 10,000 pounds of carp taken from lakes in Becker and Otter Tail counties. Fifty bow fishers in 14 teams braved the chilly, rainy weather and brought in a record number of common carp, which are designated an invasive species by the Minnesota DNR. In the annual event, each team picks six fish to be weighed, and the team with the most weight wins to top cash prize.
Before the Humane Society of the Lakes pet shelter was built 10 years ago, dogs and cats had to be kept in foster homes, if any were available, and the organization held adoption events at Becker Pet & Garden so potential owners and homeless dogs and cats could meet. Since the shelter opened, more than 2,600 dogs and cats have been adopted-out, said 15-year volunteer Beth Pridday, who was working at a Humane Society shelter open house Saturday. "That's what a shelter can do," she said.
The most popular baby names in Minnesota for 2016 makes it clear how the popularity of names change over time—Henry and Evelyn topped the most recent list, according to the Social Security Administration. The top five boys and girls names for 2016 in Minnesota were: Boys: 1) Henry, 2) Oliver, 3) William, 4) Owen, 5) Liam. Girls: 1) Evelyn, 2) Olivia, 3) Emma, 4) Charlotte, 5) Harper Popular culture has a role in making some names popular.
How sweet it is. A two-part art project by eighth-graders at Circle of Life Academy in White Earth has resulted in a second runner-up award (third place) in a Congressional art contest. Each spring, the nonprofit, bipartisan Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to encourage artistic talent in the nation, and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.
Saying it was "reckless and foolish" to cut $505 million in projected spending, Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the health and human services budget bill last week. Now the Republican-controlled Legislature and the DFL governor will have to compromise on a new bill to avoid at least a partial government shutdown. And when that happens, the state's youngest and most vulnerable residents should be kept in mind, said Jim Koppel, assistant commissioner for Children and Family Services for the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
When maps and graphics just don't cut it, one way to help a community visualize what a proposed street project will look like is to show them—right there on the street. That's what the Missing Link project is all about. Using all-temporary materials, like potted trees, bike lanes, removable street art, pedestrian bump-outs, street signs and other tricks, a community can spend several weeks "trying out" a design before launching the permanent project.
A rural Waubun man has been charged with three felonies in Becker County District Court for allegedly causing the death of three horses under his care through neglect and starvation. Michael Erwin Dahl, 42, faces three charges of mistreatment—torture of animals. According to court records, on Jan. 24 the White Earth Tribal Police Department was contacted about three dead horses on property near Strawberry Lake Store, on the White Earth Reservation in Becker County.
The White Earth Tribal Police Department is moving towards conducting its own crash investigations, but will continue to rely on the Minnesota State Patrol for fatal accident investigations, said Al Fowler, highway safety officer with the White Earth Tribal Police Department. He was speaking before a group of law enforcement officers, including state troopers, and others, Thursday at the fifth annual regional workshop of the West Central Minnesota Towards Zero Deaths initiative, held at Thumper Pond near Ottertail village.
Want to have fun in retirement? Fahget about Florida, Texas, Arizona, California—Minnesota beats them all in a new ranking of most fun states. Ha! Take that, warm weather states! With summer just around the corner, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2017's Most Fun States in America.