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Thief River Falls National Guard member charged with murder

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A National Guard member with ties to Thief River Falls has been charged with fatally shooting a man at a state park in south central Minnesota. A second-degree murder charge was filed Thursday against Pvt. 1st Class David Michael Easter, 26, who was arrested Tuesday at Helmer Myre Big Island State Park near Albert Lea,

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Local News Podcast, Friday, August 26, 2016

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Local Sports Podcast, Friday, August 26, 2016

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Sports Shorts 8.26.16

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(Sydney, Australia) — The college football season officially kicks off tonight. Cal and Hawaii square off in Sydney, Australia. Most teams get going next week beginning on Thursday, September 1st.

(Fargo, ND) — North Dakota State begins its national championship title defense tomorrow. The Bison host Charleston Southern from Gate City Bank Field at the Fargo Dome. This is the first meeting between the two programs. Easton Stick takes over for Carson Wentz at quarterback. Kickoff set for 6:30.

(Minneapolis, MN) — James McCann went 4-for-5 with a three-run homer to help power the Tigers to an 8-5 win over the Twins and three-game sweep at Target Field. Jose Berrios gave up six runs in five innings to fall to 2-and-4 with the loss. Robbie Grossman and Max Kepler each drove in two runs for Minnesota in defeat.

(Minneapolis, MN) — The Twins have optioned struggling pitchers Jose Berrios and Tyler Duffey to Triple-A Rochester. Berrios is just 2-and-4 with a 9.24 ERA in nine starts this season. Duffey is 8-and-10 with a 6.24 ERA in 22 starts.

(Toronto, Ontario) — The Twins begin a six-game road trip tonight with the first of three against the Blue Jays in Toronto. Minnesota will also make a stop in Cleveland during the trek. Pat Dean will start for the Twins tonight. The Jays will counter with left Francisco Liriano.

(Eden Prairie, MN) — The Vikings will host the San Diego Chargers in their home opener at US Bank Stadium. Minnesota is 2-and-0 so far following last Thursday’s 18-11 win in Seattle. Those of you who were hoping to see Adrian Peterson play in the preseason are going to be disappointed. Yesterday, the Vikings star announced that he will not play in a game until the regular season. The news shouldn’t come as any surprise considering Peterson hasn’t played a down in an exhibition game in three years.

(Minneapolis, MN) — The Lynx return to action tonight at Connecticut. Minnesota won six straight to enter the Olympic break 21-and-4 on the season. The Sun are 8-and-16.

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State’s Wolf Numbers Increasing

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Minnesota’s wolf population remains stable.

According to the latest survey by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the state’s wolf population is increasing and is above the state’s 1,600 minimum goal, and the federal recovery goal of 1250 wolves.

Survey results estimate that state-wide there were 439 wolf packs compared to 374 packs in 2014. Officials say there were 2278 wolves last winter, and 2221 wolves in 2014.

Meanwhile the number of wolves in a pack is down this year. An estimated average of 4.4 wolves per pack, down from an average pack size of 5.1 in the 2014 survey.

Wolf packs used less area on the average than the previous year, 62 versus 73 square miles, resulting in an increase in the estimated number of packs.

According to DNR wolf research scientist John Erb, when prey numbers change, wolves must re-adjust to the new conditions.

“In recent years we’ve observed a decline in prey that translated into larger wolf pack territories, and the reverse is now to be expected if deer numbers continue to increase, regardless of the explanation, over the past 30 years, average mid-winter pack size has not shown much variability.” Erb said.

The DNR’s goal for wolf management is to ensure the long-term survival of wolves in Minnesota while addressing wolf-human conflicts.

The population survey is conducted near the low point of the annual population cycle. Immediately following birth of pups each spring, the wolf population typically doubles, though many pups do not survive to the following winter.

Wolves in Minnesota were returned to the federal list of threatened species as a result of a federal district court ruling in December 2014.

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Construction, E-cig Ban Discussed at Meeting

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It’s a good time to borrow money.

That is according to Paul Steinman with Springsted Incorporated, as Pennington County this week sold millions in jail and capital improvement bonds to finance a new Justice Center.

Steinman says the sale was good enough to downsize the cost of the project by more than a hundred thousand dollars, thanks to low interest rates combined with the County’s Bond Rating.

Steinman says the County’s Bond Rating is made up of a number of factors, including in this case, strong reserves and little debt.

In other business Tuesday, Commissioners heard from owners of the Kruse In, of St. Hilaire, concerning potential application for the County’s First Off-Sale Liquor Permit. Application would include the need for a public hearing as well as approval from the County Board and State of Minnesota.

Helen Anderson, with the Minnesota Tobacco Free Communities, talked to Commissioners about a potential Indoor Clean Air Ordinance, stricter than current state law, that would ban use of electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes, citing fears over potential lithium battery explosion. Commissioners referred the draft ordinance presented by Anderson to County Attorney Alan Rogalla.

County Engineer Mike Flaagen also outlined plans for bridge replacement on Pennington County Road 219, and advised Commissioners concerning a DNR Public Hearing next week, to lower the water level in the Goose Lake Marsh, on the Pennington/Polk County Line, to conduct a controlled burn focused on cat-tail reduction. The hearing will be held Monday, beginning at 6:30 at the offices of the Red Lake Watershed District on Pennington Avenue in Thief River Falls.

 

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Thief River Falls Police Report 8-25-2016

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DWI On Aug. 21 at 12:46 p.m., the sheriff’s office performed a traffic stop near the intersection of Highway 1 East and Longren Drive. Roger Lee Shaffer, 65, Thief River Falls, has charges pending for DWI. He was arrested. Accident On Aug. 17 at 3:16 p.m., police received a report of an accident at the

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