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26th November 2014
Minnesota hunters registered 111,000 deer through the third and last weekend of firearms deer season. So far this year during special hunts and the archery, early antlerless and firearms seasons, hunters have harvested 127,000 deer, down from the 2013 to-date harvest total of 144,000. This year’s lower harvest is by design because regulations were implemented to place more deer – particularly does – off limits to increase Minnesota’s deer population. The DNR’s ongoing deer management work also includes upcoming revisions to the deer population goals for large portions of northeastern, north-central and east-central Minnesota. This is part of a multi-year goal-setting process for the entire state. People interested in helping set these deer population goals can get more information on the process and opportunities for involvement atwww.mndnr.gov/deer. Additional deer will be harvested during the late southeastern season, which runs through Sunday, Nov. 30, and the muzzleloader season, which begins Saturday, Nov. 29, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 14. The archery season also runs through Wednesday, Dec. 31.
25th November 2014
Thanksgiving Week got underway Monday at the Minnesota State Capitol. Governor Mark Dayton and Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson, along with Minnesota Turkey Growers Association President John Gorton, and Colleen Moriarty of Hunger Solutions Minnesota kicked off the week’s festivities. A Minnesota-grown turkey was also on-hand for the occasion.
Minnesota is the largest producer of turkeys in the United States. The state’s 450 turkey farmers raise an estimated 46 million birds annually, generating $800 million in economic activity and supporting 26,000 Minnesota jobs. Turkeys grown in Minnesota also consume $163 million of corn and $169 million of soybean meal – adding approximately $251 million to the value of corn and soybeans in Minnesota.
Governor Dayton, Minnesota’s turkey farmers, and Hunger Solutions Minnesota also addressed ending hunger across the state, encouraging Minnesotans to donate to their local food shelves. More information about those efforts can be found in this news release from the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association.
24th November 2014
Governor Mark Dayton honored three high school student athletes for their outstanding sportswomanship at the Girls Class A State Cross Country Running Championship in early November. Governor Dayton welcomed Jessica Christoffer, a freshman from Jackson County Central High School, Kailee Kiminski, a senior from Esko High School, and Tierney Winter, a junior from Waterville-Elysian-Morristown High School, to the Governor’s Residence for lunch on Friday. The student athletes were joined by their coaches and families. “Like their parents and coaches, I am very proud of these three tremendous young women,” said Governor Dayton. “Their outstanding character, integrity, and sportswomanship are an example for all athletes, and all Minnesotans.” During the State Tournament this month, Ms. Winter and Ms. Kiminski noticed Ms. Christoffer fall to the ground just 100 yards from the finish line. The two stopped to help Ms. Christoffer up and began to run, arm in arm, once she was on her feet. The three crossed the finish line together in an outstanding display of character and good sportswomanship.
13th November 2014
Minnesota hunters registered 54,000 deer during the first three days of firearms deer season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Final numbers from the weekend show that the number of deer registered dropped 30,000 from 2013. So far this year, including special hunts and the archery season, hunters have harvested 67,000 deer, down from the 2013 to-date harvest total of 100,000. Comparing this year’s harvest to harvests in previous years doesn’t necessarily reflect hunter opportunity or the number of deer on the landscape in 2014,” said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader. This year’s lower harvest is by design because regulations were implemented to place more deer – particularly does – off limits to increase Minnesota’s deer population. In much of Minnesota, the deer season continues through Sunday, Nov. 16. Additional deer will be harvested during the northern rifle zone season, which continues through Sunday, Nov. 23; the late southeastern season, which runs Saturday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 30; and the muzzleloader season, which begins Saturday, Nov. 29, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 14.
13th November 2014
On November 11, 2014 at 4:37 PM the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Jay Walter Bloom, age 55, at his residence on Outpost Rd NW, located near Fourtown, approximately 95 miles northwest of Bemidji. Bloom was distraught and making threats about harming himself or others with a firearm. Beltrami, Marshall and Roseau County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, US Border Patrol agents and Minnesota State Patrol Troopers responded to the location and established a perimeter at Bloom’s home. Bloom was taken into custody without incident by the responding officers at 6:42 PM. Bloom was transported to the Beltrami County Jail where charges are pending for “felon in possession of a firearm and violation of an Order for Protection.” A review of charges from the County Attorney’s Office is forthcoming. Additional assistance was provided by the Grygla Fire and Rescue Team, Great Plains Medical Ambulance and the Headwaters SWAT team.
12th November 2014
Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, in collaboration with Beltrami County Health and Human Services and Red Lake Family and Childrens Services announced today that they have secured a grant of more than 1.6 million dollars to reduce prenatal substance abuse in Beltrami, Clearwater and Hubbard County. The grant is from PrimeWest Health’s Community Re-investement Grant Program. Over the course of three years, the grant will fund a collaborative local program called Reducing Substance Abuse to Improve Pregnancy Outcomes, designed to support sobriety during pregnancy and decrease the adverse effects of prenatal exposure to drugs and alcohol through education awareness and early intervention. When the program gets rolling - there will three case managers employed by Sanford Bemidji, Beltrami County Health and Human Services and Red Lake Family and Children Services to provide intensive case management to folks who exhibit a high risk or past evidence of substance abuse.
10th November 2014
The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office Division of Emergency Management is participating in the state-wide Winter Hazard Awareness Week campaign taking place November 10th-14th, 2014. Promoted by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Division of Homeland Security Emergency Management, Winter Hazard Awareness Week allows Minnesotans an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the hazards we face each winter season from dangerous winter weather to hazards from heating sources and ventilation. Beltrami County Emergency Management will also be providing more detailed information daily on the BCEM facebook page and will be having a drawing for a winter survival starter kit for your vehicle. Just visit the BCEM facebook page to see the rules and how to enter the drawing.
10th November 2014
Mahnomen County authorities investigating a hunting accident that resulted in the death of a 50 year old hunter from Laporte. Paul Scholl was hunting in an area about 16 miles southeast of Mahnomen. Around 5:30 Saturday afternoon, the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a hunter down. Scholl was coming out of his hunting area when he was shot. Scholl’s two brother-in-laws picked him up and met with the Mahnomen and Naytahwaush ambulances. Scholl was taken to Mahnomen Health Center where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death.
6th November 2014
The DNR says hunters may not see fewer deer when firearms deer season opens Saturday, November 8, but regulations implemented to help increase Minnesota’s deer population will place more of those deer off limits.
“By design, this year’s deer harvest will be one of the lowest we’ve seen in decades,” said Leslie McInenly, big game program leader. “In fact, our total harvest this year may end up coming in around 120,000, a level not reported since the early 1980s.”
Because hunters can only harvest bucks in some places and fewer antlerless permits were offered, the 2014 harvest will fall significantly from the 170,000 deer harvested in 2013.
A one-deer bag limit rules most of the state and opportunities to take additional antlerless deer are few and far between, with only seven of 129 deer permit areas and some special hunts allowing the use of bonus permits. The greatest impacts will be in the northeast, the region hardest hit by severe winter weather the past two years, where most of the permit areas only allow the harvest of bucks.
6th November 2014
Hunters can register deer they harvest by making a telephone call, using the Internet, or bringing deer to a big-game registration station, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Registration instructions for all methods are available online.
“Our system gives hunters the ability to choose the registration option that works best for their situation. Electronic or phone registration is convenient for many hunters,” said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader. A number of hunters still choose to go in person to registration stations.
However, hunters in the southeastern Minnesota deer permit areas of 348 and 349 must register deer in person during the opening weekend of firearms season because the DNR is conducting voluntary surveillance for chronic wasting disease in these areas. Phone and Internet registration will be available for these areas once enough samples have been collected.
In all areas, deer must be registered within 48 hours after the deer was taken, and before being processed and before antlers are removed. Deer can be transported out of the area where they were taken before being registered. Registration is important because it provides data on harvest that’s used for management of deer populations.