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Aerial Deer Hunt  Concludes in TB Management Zone

by Rob Crowe

    While it ended a bit sooner than planned, a local DNR official considers the recent aerial deer hunt in the TB Zone a success.
    “We harvested 216 deer with the aerial shooting. We shot less deer than last year, but there are fewer deer. We had set up 36 shooting blocks that we wanted to cover and we covered 33 of them,” says Thief Lake WMA Supervisor  Randy Pracher, “We stopped because of the flooding. We had to be able to get to the deer that would have been shot but there was a lot of slush and water in the woods. We had planned on finishing the blocks and reshooting some, but couldn’t.”
    “We had one suspect deer of the ones we harvested.,” Pracher said, “it is important to note that the deer is only a suspect, it will be months  before the tests are completed and we find out for sure if it had Bovine TB.”
    Pracher continued, “ We were feeling our way as to when to end. We had originally planned to shoot through this week and into the next, but the conditions required a quick decision. It went very well and did what it was supposed to do.”
    “The ground hunt is still going. We will be sharpshooting in some of the blocks, but that is done differently, said Pracher, “the sharp shooters set up baits and work around those baits. We know where there seem to be concentrations of deer, but the deer movements change and sometimes we catch the deer in those transitions.”
    Pracher concludes, “the deer are moving from winter to summer range, and we will be trying to catch some of the deer on their way into the Management Zone.”
    Pracher is a 20 year veteran with the DNR and has been Supervisor at Thief Lake for three years. He is also serving as interim supervisor for the Roseau River Area.
    For more on DNR’s TB eradication efforts go to
For more on the Minnesota Board of Animal Health’s overall coordination of the state bovine TB response, go to


Southwest Angle  

by Rob Crowe

     An old joke I remember from my childhood was told by my Dad, frequently. Born and raised in Kentucky, he wasn’t a big fan of a good, old-fashioned Minnesota Winter. He’d say that in Minnesota there are nine months of winter and three months of tough picturesledding.  I think of that joke every spring when the test riders and engineers from Thief River falls come down with their multi-colored sno-cats, many of them un-marked, to test on the Lake of the Woods. I know, I work at the Blue Star, but I still like to go and look at the Cats at play on the lake. 

     I stopped over there the other day and talked to the fellas, the ones that would talk. I commented to one driver that it was a nice day for riding. I shouldn’t have been surprised when he said, “This is work!” It was mild out, but somewhat foggy so he couldn’t see the bumps. I did know what he was talking about, having ridden on the lake in near white-out conditions  on one of my trips with David. In those conditions, often, one finds oneself suspended in mid-air with only the handlebars for support, not a good feeling.

I drove over to the Skoien ranch the other night. Normally, it should be just a quick trip, but I hadn’t figured that the road would bepictureclosed between here and there. The gravel portion of County 13 was rutted and extremely difficult to navigate, causing me to take a 5 mile detour. As can be seen from the picture, the AWD Aerostar survived well, powering through a good portion of the muck. A good thing, because trying to explain a stuck or broken Ford to Trapper or Ms Toyota is something to be avoided... 

I went back down a couple of days later to take pictures of the ruts and ice chunks on the ditch flowage, but the road had been graded and was in good shape. Quite different results with a couple of days of sunshine. I did manage to get some pictures of a deer herd in Gary and IdaMae’s CRP. It was going to be on the front page even though I couldn’t get a real clear picture with the old Mavica, but I got lucky on my way to visit Chadwick Thompson later and took a closer deer picture that ended up on the front page.

pictureSpeaking of Ms Toyota, she has been missing the Southwest Angle staff meetings at Roseen’s Corner. I told her I was going to dock her pay, but for some reason it had no effect. I guess if I actually paid her for her work, it might make a difference.

I finally coughed up and paid for Sundaes at the Dairy Queen Coffee last Friday. I was first careful to make sure there were very few in attendance and, fortunately, Jake must have forgotten to bring his cell phone. I actually got out of there for under $10, thanks to a gracious couple who declined the offer to indulge in hot fudge, must be some sort of a record.

Another week in the great north, see you next week!

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Sure Sign of Spring—Garage Sale

The posted starting time was 9:00 am, but cherry pickers arrived much earlier to Chad and Amanda Thompson’s place Saturday morning last for one of the season’s first Garage Sales. Though they live more than 9 miles south of Warroad, nearer the Beltrami Wilderness than anything else, many bargain hunters found the place and sorted through the clothes, videos, trinkets and other treasures.

     Chad’s garage is well lit and heated, it serves as his welding shop, so the customers shopped in comfort. As one would expect, this was a family operation. Chad’s job was to take infant son Samuel with and put up the signs, and  daughter Savannah helped wife Amanda check out the customers.

A couple of days later, the sale remnants took up a small area in the garage as Chad worked on his next project, a 4-wheeler drawn corn planter for deer plots. Enjoy the pictorial of the Thompsons’ Garage Sale.




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     Many kids came to Roseau on Saturday to hunt for Easter eggs courtesy of Women of Today. Here are some pictures of the Bunny and the attendees.

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Scenes from a Kid’s Birthday Party


On this Day, You are invited to take some time to re-read the events that took place in Jerusalem some 2000 years ago … from Matthew 27

 1Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people came to the decision to put Jesus to death. 2They bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate, the governor.

3When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. 4"I have sinned," he said, "for I have betrayed innocent blood."
      "What is that to us?" they replied. "That's your responsibility."

 5So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.

 6The chief priests picked up the coins and said, "It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money." 7So they decided to use the money to buy the potter's field as a burial place for foreigners. 8That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day. 9Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: "They took the thirty silver coins, the price set on him by the people of Israel, 10and they used them to buy the potter's field, as the Lord commanded me."[a]

  11Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?"
      "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied.

 12When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. 13Then Pilate asked him, "Don't you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?" 14But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor.

 15Now it was the governor's custom at the Feast to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd. 16At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas. 17So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, "Which one do you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?" 18For he knew it was out of envy that they had handed Jesus over to him.

 19While Pilate was sitting on the judge's seat, his wife sent him this message: "Don't have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him."

 20But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.

 21"Which of the two do you want me to release to you?" asked the governor.
      "Barabbas," they answered.

 22"What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?" Pilate asked.
      They all answered, "Crucify him!"

 23"Why? What crime has he committed?" asked Pilate.
      But they shouted all the louder, "Crucify him!"

 24When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. "I am innocent of this man's blood," he said. "It is your responsibility!"

 25All the people answered, "Let his blood be on us and on our children!"

 26Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

 27Then the governor's soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. "Hail, king of the Jews!" they said. 30They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

 32As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. 33They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull). 34There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. 35When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.[b] 36And sitting down, they kept watch over him there. 37Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 38Two robbers were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. 39Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads 40and saying, "You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!"

 41In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. 42"He saved others," they said, "but he can't save himself! He's the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, 'I am the Son of God.' " 44In the same way the robbers who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

 45From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. 46About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi,[c] lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"[d]

 47When some of those standing there heard this, they said, "He's calling Elijah."

 48Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49The rest said, "Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to save him."

 50And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

 51At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. 52The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

 54When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, "Surely he was the Son[e] of God!"

 55Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. 56Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's sons.

 57As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. 61Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.

 62The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63"Sir," they said, "we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, 'After three days I will rise again.' 64So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first."

 65"Take a guard," Pilate answered. "Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how." 66So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard...

To be continued...

Cat Invasion at the Point...

Late every winter, the Cats come down from Thief River to invade the Point in Warroad. Here are some scenes from this year’s invasion



Picture of the Week

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Another neat looking old barn, but paint is something it hasn’t seen in decades. Where is this barn located?


Last week’s picture was taken from County 129 just north of County 2,  looking towards the west at the Ludwig’s bright red barn.

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