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WILLMAR

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Our late spring is a challenge for migrating birds and frustrating for us, but it's not without its drama.
Two more commercial turkey flocks — in Blue Earth and Meeker counties — were added to the growing list of confirmed avian flu sites in Minnesota as of Friday's noon update, bringing the statewide total to 40 sites and 1,939,067 birds affected.
Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott made the donation to Planned Parenthood North Central States, which operates 28 health centers in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.
Jeff Drexler built his first fish house in 1997 at the request of a dealer selling the backyard storage sheds he was manufacturing at the time. Montevideo-based Ice Castle now produces 50 different models of its popular RV/fish wheelhouses, and demand continues to grow.

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Inclement weather proceeded throughout much of the day, with an expected 6 to 10 inches of snowfall from the storm being expected by the time the storm started tapering off in Kandiyohi County on Friday evening.
Our deer herd is healthy, according to Kelly Straka, the Minnesota DNR's new wildlife section manager. Keeping it that way is now her responsbility. Hunters are critical to it all.
Make no doubt about it, riding the rails is as illegal and dangerous now as it was back at the turn of the 20th century, but when life gives you few choices, you do what you can to survive.
English teacher Joan Marie Quinn advised her students' newspaper and was a member of the League of Women Voters. A celebration of life for Quinn, who died at age 72, will be July 20.
It's a tradition for many anglers to head north for the fishing opener, but last year's COVID-19 pandemic led many to stay close to home. There's good reason to stick with that strategy this year as well, as lakes in southern Minnesota offers lots of good fishing.
Cool temperatures and brisk winds may have tempered opening-day success, but warming temperatures this weekend and ahead have the makings for a very good 2021 turkey season in the area.

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Roger Strand grew up as an avid duck hunter, but now it's April in place of October that is his favorite month of the year. He's been maintaining nesting boxes for wood ducks beginning with his first in 1952, and keeping records that reflects the best of citizen science.
Sioux Falls resident Algene Leeland Vossen, 79, is awaiting trial for murder after a Willmar Police Department cold case review team zeroed in on him in 2020. A Willmar, Minn., native, Vossen is charged in the January 1974 homicide of Mabel “Mae” Agnes Herman, 73, of Willmar.
Worth Knowing: Carol Morgan died Friday, Feb. 19, of heart failure at Carris Health Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, Minn. She was 72.

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