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What appears to be a dead Angus yearling calf's head is mounted on a fence post with a "Private Property" sign in a ditch of near Howard Newton's ranch north of Dickinson on Wednesday. Newton and authorities are puzzled at who put the head there and why.

Rancher, authorities puzzled by severed calf's head on post

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Motorists traveling on a rural road just north of Dickinson on Wednesday encountered a disturbing and, so far, unexplained scene.

The apparently severed head of what appeared to be an Angus yearling calf was displayed ominously on a stake along 112th Ave. SW about two miles north of the city limits that eventually turns into State Avenue when entering Dickinson city limits.

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Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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