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APPLETON

Bow hunter fended off the attacking birds with his hands and played by the rules as two toms go after decoy he carried.
Cool temperatures and brisk winds may have tempered opening-day success, but warming temperatures this weekend and ahead have the makings for a very good 2021 turkey season in the area.
Ben Dolan was frustrated by how politicized the wearing of masks and the need to make sacrifices to control the COVID-19 pandemic had become while campaigning for state office. His frustration became personal as the hardest worker in his campaign — his mother — was diagnosed with COVID-19 and lost her life.
Curt Vacek grew up reading outdoor stories about hunting adventures in the West. Now he's showing the way for others on public lands in the mountains and range lands of the West.

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It may get crowded out there Saturday, as large numbers of hunters are expected to participate in the 2020 pheasant opener. Bird numbers are up, the harvest is rapidly progressing, and sunny skies are forecast, everything needed to get people out. And, oh yeah, lots of people are getting outdoors in this year of the pandemic.
Braxton Monte Anderson will serve a 68-month sentence for conviction of criminal vehicular homicide in the August 6, 2019, death of his passenger, Brittany Lynn Schulz, 20, of Appleton.
Pioneer Public TV is settling into its new studio, one of the most modern in the Public Broadcasting System. The generosity of Diane and Ron Fagen of Granite Falls made possible the new, modern digs, but the station stands too on the shoulders of church basement ladies and the cooperative spirit of those who built western Minnesota
Five health care centers in Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Swift counties are working together to ready the former Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton to hold 559 coronavirus patients. The facility should be ready for its first patients by Monday, and current projections indicate as many as 559 beds will be needed 55 days later
Local health care organizations combine forces to set-up a Tri-County COVID Medical Center in western Minnesota
The Swift County Sheriff's Office is seeking information from the public after an Appleton woman reported a burglary in her home Monday evening when she struggled with the suspect and was shot in the arm with her own pistol.

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Local legislators said they would work for the state purchase of the Appleton prison when the state needs new prison beds. Rep. Tim Miller and Sen. Andrew Lang met Wednesday with approximately 70 people in Appleton to discuss the future of the private prison, which has not held inmates since 2010.
APPLETON, Minn. — Opposition is forming to stop a bid by CoreCivic to open a portion of its former Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton as a detention center for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
APPLETON, Minn. — One person was killed and another injured in a motorcycle crash Saturday, Aug. 10, south of Appleton in Lac qui Parle County in west-central Minnesota.

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