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Bria Barton

Bria Barton covers travel and tourism for Forum News Service and is based at the Bemidji Pioneer. A South Carolina native and USC grad, she can be found exploring Minnesota’s abundance of towns, food and culture. Follow her on Instagram @briabarton.

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The owner of the Hines deer farm, whose herd was infected with chronic wasting disease in early 2021, has been identified as Dean T. Page.
Last week, officials from the Minnesota DNR’s wildlife health and big game programs, along with partner representatives from the Minnesota Board of Animal Health and the University of Minnesota’s Center for Prion Research and Outreach, gathered to lead two public information sessions about Beltrami County’s current CWD status.
For nearly four decades, Lloyd Holy has amassed one of the largest toy tractor collections in the Midwest, curating the collectibles -- many of which are antiques — at his home in Bemidji. He recently donated the lot of toys to the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers for public viewing just in time for the organization’s 45th annual event set for Aug. 20-22.
According to the National Weather Service report, a supercell thunderstorm formed in northwest Beltrami County around 4:30 p.m. July 26 and intensified as it tracked southeastward across Lower Red Lake and Red Lake Nation. It then split into two storm cells as it neared the southern edge of the lake and formed one or more tornadoes over the lake, which then tracked onshore.
Explore Minnesota has kicked off its Minnesota Scoop initiative, a “deliciously rewarding ice cream adventure,” which gives ice cream eaters the chance to win a variety of prizes this summer.
With fun in the sun comes potential dangers for our furry friends. From increased exposure to ticks and fleas to sunburn and even heatstroke, all sorts of issues can arise for our dogs in the summertime. But you can avoid a potentially bad situation for your dog by staying vigilant and keeping these tips from the AKC and ASPCA in mind this summer.
There’s nothing quite so magical as seeing the northern lights. A curtain of multicolored hues fluttering across the sky, it’s a special, breathtaking sight to behold. Surprisingly, they can be seen from the Lower 48, and Minnesota’s northern location, vast skies and abundance of lakes make it a perfect location to see the spectacular.
After being canceled last year due to the pandemic, the Moondance festivals are now ready to make a comeback this summer in Walker, organizers announced Friday, March 26. The 15th annual Moondance Jammin Country Fest is scheduled for June 17-19, and the 30th anniversary of Moondance Jam will be held July 22-24.
Because of the United States/Canada border’s continued closure, the Emo Walleye Classic Tournament will be held virtually this year -- with Canadians fishing only the Canadian side of the Rainy River and Americans fishing only the American side. The event, which in a typical year is held in Emo, Ontario, Canada, is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 10-11.
Swedish fishing equipment company ABU Garcia recently published a list of the top 100 fishing spots in the U.S., and nine Minnesota locations were featured — with many located in the northern half of the state.