The 40th anniversary of Voyageurs National Park and 50th anniversary of Voyageurs National Park Association is right around the corner. The celebration of both is kicking off early with a photo contest, seeking entries that show all the fun activities families can enjoy in the park - from wildlife viewing, fishing, houseboating, and camping to snowshoeing, hiking, and snowmobiling.
The St. Louis County Medical Examiner has identified a man who was fatally shot during an assault in a Ray, Minn. home this weekend. Benjamin Beaudoin, 34, Mendota Heights, Minn., was shot shortly before 6 a.m. on Saturday.
10/12/75 Pete Brascugli made a “garden” in our back yard - a hazard to snow removal. I hauled about 10 wheelbarrows of dirt from it to our driveway entrance. I can feel it in my back. I am damned soft. To Pickle Barrel Pub for supper. Not bad - for $7.00! It sure helps to eat in a place that doesn’t serve hard liquor. As I raked the dirt in our driveway, my mind ran back 55 years to Buck Lake where as a boy of 14 I worked on county road for $2.00 a day. I made about $50.00. One half of it bought a shotgun from Oscar Lindberg (I still have it) and the rest my father helped me use to buy worthless stock in a lead and zinc mine. No wonder that we have our “fortune” in Savings and Loan.
Hello International Falls and Fort Frances! My given name is “Truly.” I am a beautiful girl who is still trying to figure out why I have dogs living underneath me — it’s kinda strange. I moved here because the people I was staying with had other animals that I was unsure of, so they felt I spent too much time in the basement and they wanted me to be a lot happier, so the BHS was called and they took me in. I have a lot better chance of finding the home and people of my dreams if I can meet more people, so here I am. I can’t want to meet my forever person. I am patiently waiting for him or her to walk through the door. Until then, I can only dream. — Dreaming of you, Truly
While standing at the end of your boat dock, you see a person struggling in the water. Do you recognize that the person is drowning, or is something else going on? And what should you do? Doing the right thing could help save someone else’s life, and might keep you from losing yours.
In some places this spring, Minnesota’s state birds were driven from nests by biting bugs and flooding. But these Borderland loons appear to have survived the challenges of spring. Mike Thiele captured these photos of an adult loon on a nest, and a loon floating near Rainy Lake’s Bald Rock Point. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources noted the common loon has four calls. The tremolo, which sounds a bit like maniacal laughter, is an aggressive call. The wail is a long, drawn-out sound. The hoot, a shorter call, is used to communicate among parents and young. The yodel is sounded by male loons guarding their territory. Together the male and female build a nest out of reeds and grasses on the edge of the water. They take turns incubating the one to two eggs the female lays. After 28 to 30 days blackish brown chicks emerge from the eggs, soon ready for a swim. One of the ways parents care for their young is to carry them on their backs to keep them safe from fish and turtle predators. Young loons don’t fly until they are more than two months old. Loons don’t begin breeding until they are 3 or 4 years old.
Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 8.8 cents in the past week, averaging $3.41 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has decreased 3.3 cents in the last week to $3.57 per gallon, according to gasoline price website MinnesotaGasPrices.com.
Ever wanted to write your own comedy skit? Here’s your chance. The Arrowhead Library System presents “Sit Down with a Stand Up,” a free comedy writing workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the International Falls Public Library.
The Harmony of Nations Music Festival, which took place in Fort Frances over the weekend, featured headliners Chad Brownlee and Buffy Sainte-Marie, as well several other acts — including the Sloughgrass Band from Birchdale.
9/20/75 George and Maria set to go by 9:30. We said goodbye at landing and off for town. Did some shopping and home by noon. At 5:30 Buck arrived in his houseboat carrying the 4 Abellera. We had just finished eating but served a drink all around and they stayed for about an hour. A quiet evening at home for us - we enjoyed it. Not bad to be alone.
Hi, my name is “Mumble.” I think I got that name because I like to talk. I am a black and white, 1-year-old, petite girl who enjoys the company of other cats and people. One thing I really like is when people hold me. I am even comfortable when people flip me over on my back and rub my tummy. I am an easy-going girl. Oh yes, I also like catnip — it is like a little slice of heaven — it is a lot of fun. Did you know if I have an upset tummy that catnip will help settle it? Just a little fact I wanted to share with you. I am looking for a forever home where I will be loved forever and ever and ever. I promise if you adopt me, I will be a good girl and snuggle with you. — Sincerely, Mumble