Herald Staff Report
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is encouraging ruffed grouse hunters in northern Minnesota to voluntarily submit samples from birds they shoot for a West Nile virus research project. The DNR is collaborating on the project with researchers in Wisconsin and Michigan and will share protocols and results.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday stocked its outdoor fish pond and indoor tanks as part of its State Fair exhibit. The Minnesota State Fair gets underway Thursday and continues through Monday, Sept. 3, Labor Day. The DNR's live fish exhibit is one of the State Fair's most popular attractions. Started in 1905, the State Fair's first live fish exhibit used aquariums purchased from the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. This year's exhibit is expected to display about three dozen species of fish, DNR staff said.
More than 1,000 antlerless whitetail deer gun licenses remain in three southwest North Dakota units after the Game and Fish Department recently completed its second lottery drawing. Individual results are available online at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov.
WARREN, Minn.—A criminal case alleging an Alvarado, Minn., man forced a woman to have sex with him earlier this year has been dropped after his accuser left the area. Marshall County Attorney Donald Aandal filed paperwork Monday to dismiss a third-degree felony of criminal sexual conduct against Justen James Lawrence Ekholm, 27. Ekholm had faced a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, but the accuser in the case appears to have left the area, according to a proposal from Aandal's office to dismiss the charge.
Grand Forks investigators have identified a 29-year-old man found dead in an apartment building. There is no indication foul play was involved in the death of Grand Forks resident Zachary Savageau, whose body was found at 6:50 a.m. Monday at 1811 22nd Ave. S., according to a news release from the Grand Forks Police Department. Paramedics and firefighters who responded to the scene attempted to perform CPR, but Savageau was pronounced dead at the apartment building, the release said.
Deer and deer management will highlight open house sessions hosted by area Department of Natural Resources wildlife managers from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, in Thief River Falls and Middle River, Minn. The open houses, meant to enhance local relationships and foster two-way communication, are set for the Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area office, 42280 240th Ave. NE, Middle River; and the Thief River Falls Joint Operations Conference Room, 246 125th Ave. NE.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has scheduled an open house for 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8 at Lake of the Woods School, 210 Third Ave. NE, Baudette, Minn., to take public input on two proposed regulation changes on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River. The proposed changes would take effect March 1, 2019. The DNR on Lake of the Woods is proposing to lower the winter walleye-sauger limit from eight, with no more than four walleyes, to six, with no more than four walleyes, same as the summer limit.
North Dakota archery deer season opens Aug. 31 North Dakota's archery deer season opens at noon Friday, Aug. 31, and continues through Jan. 6, 2019.
No foul play is suspected in the death of a man who was found unresponsive in an apartment stairwell in Grand Forks, police said Monday morning. Officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of 22nd Avenue South about 6:50 a.m. Monday for a report of a man who was found unresponsive. Altru paramedics and the Grand Forks Fire Department attempted CPR but the victim was pronounced dead on the scene.
Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg scored 42 first-half points en route to a 49-28 win over Larimore on Friday night at Cushman Field in Grand Forks. Sam Satrom rushed for three scores to lead the Patriots. Satrom scored on runs of 7, 95 and 3 yards. Logan Wakefield scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns for the Polar Bears. Wakefield caught touchdown passes of 68 and 3 yards from quarterback Jacob Schempp.