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The call came over their patrol truck radio just before 4 p.m. There was a deer in a house. In a basement, to be exact, and the owners were panicking over what to do. "We sort of laughed at first. Then we started getting other officers coming on the radio offering advice, while laughing of course, telling us to make sure to get video," said Minnesota Conservation Officer Kipp Duncan.
NORTH STAR TOWNSHIP, Minn. — Tradition is a huge part of the Minnesota deer hunting experience. Stories of big deer bagged and of missed bucks with giant racks that somehow get bigger every year. Ritual night-before-season meals. Who gets to use grandpa's gun and sit in his stand. But there's a tradition going on at the McCabe family deer camp, in the woods just north of Duluth, that's extraordinary in its longevity and which shows little sign of fading.
DULUTH — A winter storm will bring heavy snow to much of southern Minnesota and central Wisconsin Friday, Feb. 24, but the storm now is expected to just graze the northern Minnesota. The National Weather Service is forecasting 6-12 inches of snow across southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, and into central and northern Wisconsin, most of it falling during the day Friday.
The rusty patched bumble bee, a native of Minnesota and Wisconsin that was once common across the Midwest but which has declined rapidly in recent years, was officially declared endangered Tuesday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s the first species of native bee in the continental U.S. to be placed on the endangered species list.
Minnesota’s infamous winters are the absolute worst, the most miserable of anywhere in the U.S, according to the website thrillist.com. The website on Tuesday ranked every state on how bad its winters are. Hawaii was 50th, Minnesota was first. The assessment was made by Kevin Alexander and Matt Lynch who write about travel for the website. Michigan was ranked second worst, North Dakota fourth (beating Alaska which was ranked third), South Dakota sixth and Wisconsin seventh worst.
The La Nina cooling of the Pacific Ocean that was predicted to bring the northern U.S. a colder and snowier winter isn't a sure thing but still may have an impact in coming months. That was the report Thursday from the National Climate Prediction Center, which now forecasts a 55 percent chance of La Nina conditions persisting into winter.
Minnesota drivers are slightly more likely to hit a deer on state roadways this year compared to last year. That's the report from State Farm Insurance, which complies an annual list of the states where drivers are most likely to hit a deer, moose or elk. Minnesota again placed seventh out of the 50 states, with Wisconsin sixth, South Dakota fifth and North Dakota 11th. Minnesota drivers have a 1-in-80 chance of hitting a deer this year, with Wisconsin drivers at 1-in-77, South Dakota drivers at 1-in-70 and North Dakota at 1-in-91.
Water bombing airplanes and helicopters snuffed a fire in Park Rapids Tuesday before flames approached a Wal-Mart store as dry, windy conditions continue to fan any wildfires that start across the region. Winds are expected to subside some as the week goes on, but little or no rain is forecast and fire danger is expected to remain very high into the weekend.