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Thursday 07/24/2014
DNR sets wolf season
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 4:42 pm

Hunters and trappers can apply for the 2014 wolf season beginning Aug. 1, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced.

Council approves Donahue payment
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 5:02 pm

International Falls has just one payment left on the Donahue property after it agreed Monday to make a $15,000 payment due July 15.

Meetings to focus on water levels
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 5:03 pm

Public meetings on two local water-related issues are planned for August.

ACT project begins survey
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Residents of the greater International Falls area could be surveyed about what is needed to become a “dementia-friendly community.”

Falls officials: City Beach still closed
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 1:35 pm

City Beach continues to be closed for swimming and camping until further notice, states a news release issued Thursday by International Falls staff.

Drowning, or electric shock drowning?
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 2:38 pm

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.

Call of the loon
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 2:44 pm

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.

Wild parsnip growth continues
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Yellow flowers known as wild parsnip are increasing around Borderland.

Planets at play in August
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 11:37 am

August is a great month for vacations, and even the planets seem to be at play.

Relief officials begin disaster assessment
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Federal and state emergency relief officials arrived in Koochiching County Thursday to begin the process of qualifying the county for federal relief funding to help recover from recent flooding.

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