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Minnesota is home to two species of bunting. One is a tropical bird that migrates north to our state in the springtime to breed and nest. The other is an Arctic bird that migrates south to Minnesota to spend the winter. And while sharing similar names, each of these species of bird is vastly different from one another — in appearance, distribution, and, as it turns out, taxonomically as well. Each bird belongs to an entirely different family.
Enjoying this early taste of winter? Looks like it might be especially cold and snowy this year. Time to talk Mahube-Otwa Community Action about energy assistance help. Whether you rent or own your home, you can receive from $200 to $1,400 to help pay your heating bills, and up to $600 more later in emergency situations, if you qualify. You can also get your faulty furnace repaired or replaced.
Who would have thought that it would be such a big deal to get rid of old prescription drugs? Throw them away or flush them down the toilet, that's how it used to be done. But those old ways have come back to haunt us. Studies show that medicines flushed down the drain can contaminate lakes and streams, which can hurt fish and other aquatic wildlife, and end up in our drinking water, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
Crime victims in Becker County now have an advocate on their side—Amanda Jimenez, who has served as victim service coordinator at the Becker County Attorney's Office since April. Essentially, she lets victims know how the court process works, and does what she can to help. "Usually, they just want to know what's going on," she said. "Sometimes they are more invested and will come and sit and watch the court hearing." She has helped with hundreds of cases, at all levels—from misdemeanors to felonies.
By investing about $475,000 into sorting equipment for its new recycling building, Becker County stands to save about $100,000 a year by cutting shipping costs and improving market prices for its recyclables. Commissioners verbally committed to the plan at the Becker County Board meeting Tuesday. "I certainly can support moving forward, with these numbers," said Commissioner Barry Nelson.
This should make things a little awkward at White Earth Tribal Council meetings: Tribal Chairman Terry Tibbetts has filed charges with the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, seeking to have White Earth Secretary-Treasurer Tara Mason censured by the Tribal Executive Committee. The motion by Tibbetts received a second, but no censure vote was taken by the Tribal Executive Committee at its recent quarterly meeting.
Counties, cities, nursing homes and other government entities are scrambling to find alternative plans after getting hit with big hikes in what they will have to pay for employee health insurance next year. Small cities and others with fewer employees are seeing the biggest percentage increases. Frazee, for example, with seven full-time employees, is seeing an increase of just over 50 percent. Sunnyside Care Center, with about 40 full-time employees, is seeing a proposed hike of 49 percent.
One hundred years ago, three young Portuguese children near Fatima received a series of monthly visitations and requests from Mother Mary, culminating in a miracle witnessed by about 70,000 people—believers, skeptics and impartial observers alike.
Better not wait too long to get your flu shot—we may be in for a rough ride this season. And it could come early. Australia is just getting over a potent flu season that struck early and sickened more than twice as many people as usual—causing some alarming deaths in recent weeks, including an 8-year-old girl and a 30-year-old father. Nothing is ever a sure bet with influenza, but experts warn that sometimes the United States gets in its flu season what Australia got in its flu season, which is just coming to an end.
What do Detroit Lakes Frisbee golfers and pickleball players have in common? They are both raising money and working with the city to improve their favorite activities. The disc golf course on the east side of City Park will be expanded from nine holes to 18 holes, and the new course will be certified for tournaments.