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Nursery celebrates milestone anniversary BY JACKIE BUSSJAEGER LOWDOWN EDITOR

Sometimes people come into Abrahamson Nursery to reconnect with the rich scent of the earth, said Joie Nielson. In the long Minnesota winters, it's something that she and the other employees of Abrahamson appreciate deeply. It all started in 1928, when the Abrahamson family established a farm store along St. Croix Trail N. in Scandia. Dan Sandager began working there as a teenager in 1960s. His father was an agriculture teacher in the Forest Lake school district, and he found his way to the Abrahamson farm through the FFA program. He worked there during high school and then college, when he began attending the University of Minnesota to study agriculture. Sandager remem-

bered that produce was a large part of the early business, and said that the Abrahamson family even did some on-the-road sales. “I was just a worker guy,” Sandager said. “The first job I ever had was potting roses in the greenhouse.” He also remembers doing a lot of fieldwork in his early days at Abrahamson. “They were more growers than they were retailers,” he said. “Although the sold what they grew. It was a much smaller business; very labor intensive.” In 1972, the Abrahamsons felt they could no longer run the family business. Sandager and his wife Sue bought the nursery, and expanded it into the business it is today. The nursery's 90-year legacy continues to grow. Today, landscape design is the business's primary specialty,

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The tack room is clean and orderly and the stables and pens for the ponies, sheep and goats are clean under thick bedding. The Shetlands and Welsh ponies and maybe the mule are a bit rotund at the end of winter—they’ll slim down when under a saddle for a while—but the feet, eyes and coats JIM MORTWEDT | COUNTRY MESSENGER of the creatures all say Coming face to face with a good health. goat is unforgettable and it The Little K Ranch happens all the time at Kiat the Kiwanis Scout wanis Scout Camp managed Camp south of Marine on St. Croix nears read- by Dave Denn and assistant Scott Franzmeier. iness as a new season approaches. Longtime camp manager Dave Denn shows a reporter around while providing some commentary. “What’s the word?” he asks, then answers himself, SUBMITTED

90 years after its humble beginning as a farm and garden, Abrahamson Nurseries is a thriving grower, garden center and landscape design business.

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Summer day camp offerings New ‘Art in Action’ camp Although the weather doesn’t look it, summer break is just around the corner. Registration is now open for the City of Scandia’s summer recreation programs. Activities are offered in partnership with Camp Lakamaga, including full-day and half-day camps. New this year is the "Art in Action" program offered through St. Croix Festival Theatre for children ages 7-13. At the SEE DAY CAMP, PAGE 2

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NURSERY: 90 year milestone anniversary FROM PAGE 1

St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin greenhouse sprouted in 2010. The Scandia location also added a new addition within the last year, converted from the Linder's greenhouse in St. Paul that went out of business in 2013. While Sandager primarily spends his time designing landscapes, Nielson said he and any member of the family can be found pitching in wherever help is needed around the nursery. Dan's son Greg Sandager is now the majority owner of the business, and his wife Andrea and 5-year-old son Howie are also regulars around the place. “The business has thrived because of the support of the community,” Dan said. “We always try to give them what they want, or need. The community has supported us and we've done well by that.” Over the years, that

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relationship has worked both ways. Abrahamson plants have been involved in many community initiatives, such as local church gardens and FFA projects. An open house will be held Saturday, April 21 to celebrate Abrahamson's 90-year milestone. All are invited to come to the Scandia location 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for lunch, cake, beverages, door prizes, sales and more.

To learn more about Abrahamson Nurseries, visit www.abrahamsonnurseries.com or call 651-433-2431 (Scandia), 651-439-2140 (Stillwater) or 715-483-3040 (St. Croix Falls). Jackie Bussjaeger is the editor of the Forest Lake and St. Croix Valley Lowdown, and can be reached at 651-407-1229 or lowdownnews@presspubs.com.

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River Grove School seeks nominations for board River Grove: A Marine Area Community School is seeking nominations for board members to help shape and lead the school. The founding board of directors, which began meeting more than a year before the school officially opened, will gradually transition off the board over the next three years with the goal of bringing new members to the board. The board is responsible for directing the affairs of the school and exercising its powers subject to state law, the articles of incorporation, and the bylaws of the organization.

How to run Persons interested in serving are asked to provide a brief statement of qualifications to share with eligible voters. Within the statement, include your reason for seeking a board position, any specific skills you feel will benefit the board, and

general information about yourself. Limit statements to 300 words. Submit nominations to info@marineareaschool.org by April 30, 2018. For more information about board responsibilities and the commitment required, contact any current board member via the email addresses on the school website (www.marineareaschool.org/ macs-board). For a copy of the state statutes, articles of incorporation, or bylaws please email the school: info@ marineareaschool.org.

Election The community will be asked to vote and elect board members at its annual meeting on May 19, 2018. Eligible voters include parents of students attending River Grove, employees of River Grove, and current board members. The two seats elected will serve a three-year term starting July 1, 2018.

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camp, kids will create and perform an original short play, design and create the backdrop and costumes, and learn about story structure and acting “tools:” the voice, body and imagination. Register for the "Art in Action" program online at www.FestivalTheatre.org. The popular K-6 Tennis Camp is returning this year. Each class includes individual and group instruction designed to match a player’s skill level. For younger players, simple drills and games give practice with handling ground strokes and volley with partners. Older players will play in

single or double matches and work on consistency and strategies. The first camp runs the week of June 11-15.

Wojtowicz Skate Park The Wojtowicz Skate Park transforms from a hockey rink in winter to a skateboard park from spring through fall. Amenities include bump-to-bump, kicker, four-foot street spine, fun box and grind rail. Camp Adventurers, Woods and Water (Grades 1-5) is a day camp experience at Camp Lakamaga with swimming, kayaking, fishing, biking, archery,

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APRIL 18 Relay for Life kick off meeting Relay for Life of Polk & Burnett County will have a Relay Kick Off meeting at 6 p.m. at the St. Croix Falls Library. Learn what’s new, idea sharing, join a team.

APRIL 19 What do Minnesota Turtles Do All Winter?

Minnesota turtles don’t just sit still under the ice all winter. Learn about fascinating new research into the behavior of painted turtles and softshell turtles. Presented by Tim Lewis, professor of biology at St. Thomas University. Donations accepted. Thursday, April 19: Social hour 6:30, speaker at 7 p.m. Prairie Restoration (21120 Ozark Ave. N., Scandia).

Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid

Members of the Minnesota State Retirees Council will be speaking at the Bayport Library on Thursday, April 19 on Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid: Economic Security for All. The presentation and discussion, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will consider the extent to which our social safety net helps assure a secure and dignified retirement for elders and supplemental support for the disabled and families in need. The speakers will also address current threats to the safety net and ways to strengthen it. The presentation was developed by the Minnesota Citizen’s Federation Northeast, a non-profit, non-partisan organization.

APRIL 19-21 Feed My Starving Children MobilePack

The Lakes Area FMSC MobilPack has spots open. The goal is to pack 272,160 meals at a cost of nearly $60,000. Visit www.hosannaforestlake. net/fmsc-mobile-pack to

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APRIL 20 Fiesta Ball La Danza Dance Club Presents: Fiesta Ball Friday, April 20, 2018 The Heights Hall & Club, 5880 Omaha Ave N, Oak Park Hgts, MN 55082 Live Music: Tim Patrick Social Hour: 6:30-7:30 PM Appetizers: 6:30-7:30 PM There is a fee. Dance: 7:30-10:30 PM There is a fee. Dance Attire: Smartcasual For more information: ladanzastillwater@ hotmail.com, Facebook. com/LaDanzaDanceClub/Events or 651/2387636

APRIL 21 Poetry Crawl Bring a lawn chair and the Marine Library Association will provide refreshments. 7 p.m. at Ostlund’s Marine Garage (180 Judd St.). Event will crawl to the Marine Village Hall (121 Hudd St.). Poets: Marge Barrett, Nancy Cosgriff, Kathy Lewis, Bill McCarthy, Don Mitchell, Kevin Nyenhuis, Trish Perryman, Jim Powell, Greg Seitz.

APRIL 22 Music Series Fourth in the Sunday afternoon folk music series at the historic Taylors Falls Memorial Community Center (312 Government Street), Amanda Oliver and the New Pedestrians perform contemporary blues, bluegrass and country rock. Family-friendly setting; 2 to 4 p.m. Admission at the door ($10), children under 12 free. Sponsored by Friends of the Taylors Falls Parks & Recreation Commission and The Houdeks. FFI: www.facebook.com/ TFSundayMusic or call (651) 240-0125.

APRIL 27 Gammelgården season opening Gammelgården Museum tours begin: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. April 29 – His Royal Majesty Carl XVI Gustav’s birthday. Cupcakes to celebrate.

MAY 3 National Day of Prayer The Forest Lake National Day of Prayer will be observed Thurs., May 3, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Forest Lake American Legion (355 W Broadway Ave.). The event will include area pastors and citizens offering prayers for our community, clergy, families, media and youth. The Legion Post 225 Color Guard will present the Colors. Music will be provided by Maranatha Church and Emily Brogan. There will be refreshments following the prayer service.

MAY 5 Chicken Dinner The Scandia Marine Lions will hold their annual chicken dinner from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Scandia Community Center. Kids 6 and under eat free. There will also be bingo, kids games a plant sale, and hat contest. The Kentucky Derby will be simulcast with a prize for the best derby hat. Proceeds will go to the 2018 Scandia-Marine Lions scholarship fund.

MAY 17 Wasp Watchers The public can participate in a unique citizen science project at their local baseball diamond or park. Citizen scientists can intercept the foraging wasps using an aerial net and the beetle prey can be captured and identified to determine if Emerald Ash Borers, the invasive insect that destroyed hundreds of millions of ash trees in more than 20 states, are present at that

site. Presented by Jennifer Schultz, Wasp Watchers program coordinator with the University of Minnesota Extension. Tuesday May 17: Registration, 6:00 p.m. Presentation begins at 6:15 p.m. Scandia Community Center (14727 209th St. N., Scandia).

MAY 19-20 Wood Carving and Wire Work These two-day classes are special to this season’s theme at the Gammelgården Museum, Swedish Folk Art. Both will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are for adults and older teens (over 15 years). Advance registration required: gammelgardenmuseum.org/ events. Carved Figures OR Wooden Spoon: May 19 to 20 and June 16 to 17 with instructor Bill Jeager ($135 + $10 materials). Wire Work: May 19 to 20, and June 16 to 17 with instructor Faith Clover ($135 + $20 materials). Advance registration required. FFI: 651-433-5053.

MAY 27 Immigrant for a Day Buildings open for free tours, activities for children. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gammelgården Museum. FFI: gammelgardenmuseum.org/events.

ONGOING Stillwater support group for families NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) sponsors free support groups for families who have a relative with a mental illness. Led by trained facilitators who have a family member with mental illness, the support groups help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. The group meets on the first and third Mondays of each month, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Stillwater Library,

224 Third St. N., in Margaret Rivers Room A. Please use the Third Street entrance and free parking ramp. FFI: Call Marie or Bob at 651-770-1436.

Alcoholics Anonymous AA Big Book Study: Mondays, 7 p.m., at Elim Lutheran Church, Scandia, in Room LL2 (lower level 2). Enter through the preschool door.

Tri-County Seniors (50+) DFL Luncheon Meeting (Eastern Anoka, Southern Chisago, & Northern Washington County’s) 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (First Tuesday of each month) Vannelli’s By The Lake Restaurant - Broadway & 55 - So. Lake Street. Forest Lake, MN 55025 For more information email: ckgenz@msn.com or call 763-227-7536.

Camera Club The St. Croix Valley Camera Club meets the third Monday of each month, 7 p.m. at the Chicago County Government Center in Center City. The group will not meet July 2018. Meetings typically include a presentation by a professional or award-winning photographer, followed by more casual time for discussion. Photographers of all interests and abilities are welcome.

Swedish Language Class April 16 through May 21 at Gammelgården Museum. Three levels ($60). For more information or to register, contact Signe at (651) 429-1012 or

email pfluegel@att.net. The fall session will be held September 10 through November 12 (sign up at above contact).

Annie’s Coffee Party Three course coffee party. Reservations are required and close the Wednesday of the week of the event ($15/person). Please call 651-433-5054 to inquire about available space. FFI: gammelgardenmuseum.org/ events. Thursday, May 10, 10 a.m. (new date) • Thursday, May 17, 10a.m. (new date) • Saturday, September 8, 10 a.m. • Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. • Saturday, November 10, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. • Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. • Saturday, December 8, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Bluegrass and Lemonade in the Shade A lazy Sunday afternoon of pickin’, plunkin’ and harmonizin’. June through September on the fourth Sunday of the month (June 24, July 22, August 26, September 23), 1 to 4 p.m. Free lemonade for all in the shaded back yard of the Gammelgården. Bring an instrument or just enjoy listening! In case of rain, meet inside the Välkommen Hus. (Guided tours of the five historic buildings are offered at 1 and 2:30 for $7. Purchase tickets in the Butik gift shop.)


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an Fleming’s secret agent James Bond ordered his martinis “shaken, not stirred” and the catchphrase, like the character, instantly became cool in popular culture. Recent events at our house had me thinking about this phrase. No, I’m not a secret agent and I haven’t taken up preparing martinis. My wife and I did something more daring — we adopted two six month old kittens. Regular readers of this column know that we are cat and dog people. Within the past month the last of our cats that made the move to from Iowa going on six Publisher Wisconsin years ago had to be euthanized. One of the cats, Nekko (Japanese Tom Stangl for “cat”), was a feral kitten found living at my parents’ home after my father died. My mother had passed 18 months earlier, so my siblings and I were cleaning out the house and discovered a stray mother cat with kittens. We brought two home with us. It was on some level a way to continue a connection with my childhood. Nekko was 17 years old, a sweet boy who had a mass on his liver. His passing was unexpected, occurring a month after our blind cat Bell passed. In an unrelated but serendipitous decision, we had decided earlier in the week to adopt the kittens as companions for our three year old cat Macie. One of the benefits of owning companion animals is learning the value of unconditional love and becoming aware that life is finite. We have had cats that lived as long as 21 years, so making the decision to adopt involved taking a look at our own mortality. It’s a sobering exercise. The last thing any of us want to do is make life harder for our loved ones, so decisions about pet ownership are not to be taken lightly. We consider pets to be members of the family, so we don’t want their lives to be disrupted if we would pass away. But for someone who has always owned multiple animals it is a strange thing to realize that the kittens we play with are the final animal companions we will know. Our fates, which were always linked, seem to be a bit more final. My wife and I made a pact before the adoption that we would live at least another 21 years. In some ways, I suppose having these cats may extend our life spans. I sure hope so. Enough heaviness. The kittens, Felix and Willow, are litter mates that we adopted from the local humane society. They are sweet natured and are currently sequestered in a bedroom with food, water, a litter box and lots of toys. We jokingly refer to the room as the “nursery” now. In time, they will be introduced to Macie and our dogs George and Gracie. After some closely monitored interactions, hopefully we will have a peaceable kingdom. These things take some time. For now, it’s a great respite at the end of the day to go to the room and spend time with playful kittens. There are few things in life that have the same power to melt away stress. I highly recommend it. Life at our house will be “shaken, not stirred” for a while as everyone adapts to the new members of the family. It will be exciting and perhaps a bit frustrating, but that’s fine by me. As always, I welcome your comments. You can reach me by email at tstangl@theameryfreepress. com, telephone 715-268-8101 or write me at P.O. Box 424, Amery, WI, 54001. Thanks for reading; I’ll keep in touch. Feel free to do the same.

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his weekend I watched snow swirl, seemingly endlessly, outside my window. I’m guessing you did the same. The late-season blizzard caught most of us by surprise, even those who’d known the forecast. Because who could believe this was coming? But here they are, our April showers. In the form of snow. The birds at the feeder, in colors and patterns we haven’t seen all winter, seemed a bit bewildered by the weather, and not the least bit pleased. I wasn’t either. In December there might have been some excitement to accompany snow piling atop more snow. For Editor days. By now the feeling has long Suzanne Lindgren since expired. Some dared to venture out over the weekend. I was not one of them. I heard reports of cars in the ditch and cancelled any semblance of plans. Turns out I wasn’t the only one. On Saturday, churches announced the cancellation of Sunday morning worship services (something I recall happening precisely never before). And on Sunday, schools and childcare centers announced that they would be closed on Monday. And still, for some reason, I was surprised to find that we were snowed in on Monday morning. My husband had managed to plow our driveway on Sunday. He event made it to the store for a few groceries.

But by Monday morning the driveway had drifted back over, a combination of new snow and a little extra blown there by the wind. Drifts were waist high in some places. Even with a plow it proved impossible to leave. The wily wind and snow served us another weekend treat. Sunday we woke to a cold house. The furnace wasn’t working. Matthew’s troubleshooting revealed that snowdrifts had covered the outdoor vent, shutting the whole system down. He dug us out and restarted the furnace. We spent the rest of Sunday warm and grateful, but woke up Monday to the same scenario. Any other Monday, I might have left and said we’d worry about it when we got home from work. But there would be no leaving. Was the whole world shut down? Not the newspaper office, where the staff worked diligently to get the paper out on time. Doing my part to meet deadline, I bundled up and wrote from under the covers, sending this very column via email as Matthew and Strummer worked to revive the heater. With the thermostat at 52 (and falling), my lips were blue and my fingers getting hard to use when the furnace fired up again. Thank goodness! For now, I’m just happy to be warm and wishing you the same. I welcome your response to this editorial column: editor@countrymessenger.com.

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Life is heavenly at 50

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will be a half century old this week. Over the last 5 years I’ve dreaded this day a lot. For most of my life I’ve thought fifty was old. I remember when my dad turned 50. His friends and family hosted a big party and gave him gag gifts wrapped in black paper. His cake looked like a giant pile of cow dung with fake flies perched on wax paper cut and folded to look like toilet paper. Dad happily walked around the party wearing his ‘I’m over the hill’ tie. I remember looking around the living room, counting the number of people with gray hair, which inWild Chow cluded almost everyone there. Was my dad officially old? Lisa Erickson Looking back, my dad was not old at all and neither am I. I’m just 50. I’m not over the hill—I’m still climbing! I’ve stopped worrying about being 50 and imagining all that could happen in the next 10 years and what I want to accomplish. My health immediately came to mind. The next thought was, I could be a grandmother since our kids will be in their mid 30s or late 20s. Also, I want to travel more. It’s all uphill. I just need to get through the birthday party my family is planning. Maybe there will be an overthe-hill black hat for me and gag gifts. I’d like a cloud cake, because life is heavenly at 50. After thinking about the last 10 years, there is no way I want to turn back the clock! I’ve learned so much and I love whom I’ve become. Fifty came with trials and hard work that are paying off huge dividends. Here I come 60!

Wrestling match takes backstage to political drama

After Raymond Cooper received the first seven votes of the ballot count, Iris Long wondered if she was the only voter who cast her ballot for Dick Bland. Halfway through the count, Vera Pinrod made the decision to call a 10-minute break. After 382 votes had been tallied, Raymond Cooper led with 205 votes, compared with 177 for “Silver Tongue” Dick Bland. Because it was a runoff election, write-in votes were not allowed. There was a definite buzz in the VFW section, as Cooper supporters anticipated an overwhelming win. Word also spread throughout the crowd that Dory Funk Jr. had defeated The Sheik at the Spring County Fair using his signature move, the spinning toe hold. Marvin Walsh, overcome with emotion, shouted, “It looks like true Americans are carrying the night!” As the break approached the 15-minute mark, folks took their

places as they sensed history taking place before their eyes. After five more minutes, Sheriff Dibble approached the microphone. “Due to a medical issue, Mrs. Penrod will not be able to continue,” Dibble announced. “Diane Curtis is driving her to Spring County Hospital.” A murmur grew throughout the crowd. Suddenly, the election count was a bit less important. Vera was like family to everyone in the Valley. Dibble went on, “Mrs. Penrod said to tell everyone she would be fi ne, and she requested that Iris Long take her place counting the ballots.” “What?” exclaimed Elbert Lee Jones. Earl Goodman had thoughts of his own. “No way!” he shouted. A sharp glance from Chief Dibble in their direction quickly calmed things down. He then looked in the direction of Iris, who had been tallying the vote on her own reporter’s pad. “Mrs. Long, would you continue the vote count?”

You wouldn’t think a hardened news reporter would get nervous, but Iris stammered, shocked by the turn of events. “I guess so.” Long took Vera’s seat in front of the crowd. Chief Dibble placed the ballot box in front of her, and she withdrew a slip of paper. “Bland!” she shouted with as much energy as she could muster. “No way!” shouted Walsh. Dibble had about as much as he could stand. He quickly made his way to Marvin, said a few words only Walsh could hear, then made his way back to the stage. Marvin quickly became unusually subdued. “Bland,” continued Iris. Then, “Bland,” again. You could feel the heat rising from the VFW section, but no one dared say a word with Dibble at full attention. As the count continued, the tallies on each side of the board became closer. At one point, Iris stopped to catch her breath. That’s when Beatrice Justice SEE SLIMP, PAGE 8

Heavenly Cloud Cake Adapted from a recipe by Mercedes Sandoval, Claire King and Hitomi Aihara 6 egg whites 1 ¾ cups powdered sugar 2 tablespoons cornstarch 2 tsp. vanilla, divided 2 cups heavy whipping cream 1/3 cup sugar 1 cup blueberries 2 cups strawberries, sliced 3 kiwis, sliced Preheat oven to 280 degrees. Prepare 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. In a large bowl, beat egg whites with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. In small bowl, combine powdered sugar and cornstarch and mix well; gradually add to the egg whites. Once the egg whites form stiff peaks with a glossy sheen, fold in 1 tsp. vanilla. Spread half of the mixture onto one prepared baking sheet in a circle. Repeat with the other half of the mixture on the other baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour. Then turn off oven and let cloud cakes sit in hot oven with the door closed for another two hours or until the oven is completely cool. Remove from oven. Whip together the heavy cream and sugar until fluffy, then add the other 1 tsp. vanilla. Spread the whipped cream over one layer and top with half the fruit. Carefully place the second cake layer on the whipped cream and berries. Repeat with the second layer and top with remaining fruit. Serve immediately. Lisa Erickson is a food columnist who loves adventure and food. You can find more recipes at www. wild-chow.com or email her at wildchowrecipes@ gmail.com.

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was driving down a freeway the other day when I noticed a bird flying down the road about 100 yards in front of me. It was 25 feet above the ground and taking curves as if it were a car on the road. As I closed the gap I recognized it as an American crow. As I pulled up alongside the bird it didn’t vary from its flight pattern nor did it pay me any mind. It was just cruising over the shoulder scanning the area as if looking for food/garbage that often gets tossed from cars by people who don’t care about littering. Crows are not many people’s favorite birds but they are amazWild River ing birds. I never gave them much thought until I saw a documentary Trails years ago that showed how intelligent they are. Some people say Jim Bennett crows relate more to human behavior than any other creature on earth. The documentary showed a crow retrieving food from a busy crosswalk. The street was so busy that the crow could pick up food was when traffic stopped. An enclosed bus stop had a button to push to open a glass door to enter. Once inside, another button would stop traffic when pushed allowing peo-

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ple to cross the street or get on the bus. The amazing part was watching the crows push the buttons to gain entrance to the bus stop and then to hit the traffic stop button to pick up their lunch. What made it more amazing was to watch the birds work together to complete the tasks. One would push the open door button while another crow went in and pushed the traffic stop button but only when there was food on the street. The crows would then walk onto the street alongside pedestrians to pick a few French fries or burger buns. Even more impressive was the fact that it had been going on for years, meaning that the crows were teaching their young how to do it. There are 45 different species of crows in the world. The difference between a crow and a raven is that ravens are about a third larger. Crows migrate from Canada in the winter to the US. Most people either hate or love crows. People hate crows because they are loud, messy and they eat baby birds. But SEE BENNETT, PAGE 8

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SCOUT CAMP: Lessons from the creatures at Kiwanis FROM PAGE 1

“Discrimination.” It’s not limited to the human race, he says, in explaining the distance the ponies maintain from the mule. “He’s smarter than they are,” Denn says. Then he explains how the mule makes certain he’s in position to get to his pen before his equine competition so he’s within reach of helping himself to a pony’s feed bunk. So is the mule—who by definition is half horse—standoffish of his own doing or do the ponies keep their distance because they don’t trust him? The question goes unasked as a surge of goats—all nonintact horned billies—get boisterous behind us. They’re all vying for Denn’s attention, likely mindful of some tasty commercial feed they connect to Denn’s presence. It doesn’t take much observation to see the hierarchy among the goats. There’s clearly an alpha but he may not be all that dominant, the other smaller billies test the big guy constantly. One gets out of line and gets an assertive butt in the ribs. Imagine a child first realizing that the goat pen has some similarity to the playground! Later Denn, speaking of his own rural upbringing in Frederic, Wis., laments today’s state of childhood entertainment—so free of creatures and so electronic— while holding an imaginary remote and clicking imaginary buttons with alternating thumbs. He likes to bring kids to the “Little K” corral, let them start to interact with the animals, and then let the good times roll. It’s not structured, it’s not scripted, it’s just proximity to the wondrous creatures with their own personalities, instincts, faces and smells. You can’t make it up, there’s no substitute for getting firsthand experience with the animals, and to a child, the wonder shows on their faces and gets impressed on their minds, Denn says. Many of the animals have been donated to the scout camp by owners looking for a good home.

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Since 1992 Dave Denn has managed Kiwanis Scout Camp. Ponies and goats are the second greatest attraction, Denn says. The big swimming pool—a lot of work—is first to summer campers along the St. Croix.

“We raised three girls here,” Denn says, all off on their own now, all did chores here. Initially, he thought the job wouldn’t hold his interest long. But only a few months later, 25-plus years ago, with the St. Croix flowing by the camp, and young people daily learning the profound lessons taught atop a horse, his tune changed. “This is about as good as life gets,” he recalls realizing back in the day. The camp has 40 acres on the east of Highway 95, and 120 acres on the west, mostly hills. There’s a dining hall, conference center, and more, all available yearround for rental. The camp has 1800 feet of shoreline and a 30’x60’

probably be at day care. It’s called Discovery Day Camp and runs August 6-10 this year. There’s more info on the website. Minnesota’s agrarian past is recalled here. It’s the animals. They’re so outside of the life of kids today that it’s now a peak experience. One little boy and his father, for example, remarked on one outing that there were beautiful black marbles to be found everywhere the goats were. But soon enough, Denn says, the lesson of nature dawned upon father and son and a laugh was enjoyed. So much has changed, the Kiwanis of St. Paul don’t exist anymore. But their foundation and its aid remains. Kids aren’t immune to change either. But as for the appeal of animals, and their ability to impart wisdom to youth, that’s about timeless as scouting itself.

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PINE NEEDLES: Artists-in-Residence selected for 2018 Season at Research Station abstract paintings with water and sediment honorably harvested from local waterways. She plans to incorporate the natural elements of the area into her work, and to also listen to community residents’ stories and conversations about the river. She will open a solo show in mid-summer at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona. “From experimentation to refinement of this technique, I am deepening my relationship with Mother Earth and tending to her shorelines,” Hejny said. “This bond resonates through my paintings and encourages awareness about basic water usage and the foreboding shift in our relationship to these waters.”

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participants to pursue artistic interests. It also gives artists the opportunity to interact with Research Station scientists and the community, informing their creative process. The program received a nearly record number of applications from the U.S. and Europe this year. Applications were reviewed by station staff and outside judges. The Research Station is comprised of a team of scientists studying water issues around the state, country, and world. Leigha Meredith is an undergraduate environmental science major at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. She will finish her college work in 2018-19 by completing a minor in studio art, focusing on connections between science and art. She plans to study ecology and the Pine Needles habitat through the lens of observational science, creating field notebooks, biological illustrations, and paintings. “I came upon my art practice late in life, when I discovered my fascination for the science of nature went hand in hand with its aesthetic beauty,” Meredith said. “I realized the power of creating to translate experience and develop and artistic vision for a re-enchantment of everyday life, reawakening our profound sense of wonder by turning attentions and intentions back to the natural world." Moira Bateman of Minneapolis is a mixed media and textile artist, trained as both an artist and a landscape architect. She will create pieces that represent specific waterways and connect to issues affecting those ecosystems and the water itself. Bateman collects and crushes organic materials from remote landscapes, wraps and ties raw silk into bundles with these materials, and seeps the fabric bundle in the lake, bog, or river water for a number of weeks. She then finishes

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these stained silks with a variety of additional media. “Through this residency, I hope to push my artwork so that it better represents specific waterways and connects strongly to specific aspects and issues affecting those ecosystems and the water itself,” Bateman said. Greg Lecker is a Minneapolis plein air painter who will focus on portraying differences in water – its accessibility, quality and clarity. Lecker has written and illustrated over 100 nature columns for a neighborhood newspaper, as well as multiple pieces for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and is completing an 18-month residency at the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley. “During my Pine Needles artist residency, I hope to deepen and broaden a body of work that I’m calling 'Exploring dis-a-re,'” Lecker said. “I’m examining concepts from dismissal, dis-

turbance, and discoloration through discovery and recovery to rebirth, rejuvenation and reunion. My paintings will focus on painting differences in water — its accessibility and quality — particularly issues of clarity.” Annie Hejny of St. Paul creates

The Pine Needles cabin was originally built in 1912 by conservationist J.W.G. Dunn and was later owned by his son James Taylor Dunn, who served as chief librarian of the Minnesota Historical Society from 1955 to 1972 and published the first major history of the St. Croix River in 1965. It was donated to the St. Croix Watershed Research Station in 1998, the Pine Needles residency was piloted by writer Laurie Allmann in 2001, and was opened up to other artists starting in 2002.

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BENNETT: Crows FROM PAGE 5

cute little chipmunks eat more baby birds than any other creature so you have to hate cute little chipmunks too. Snakes and squirrels, especially red squirrels, eat baby birds as well. Ants, raccoons, possums, blue jays, hawks and mice eat more baby birds than crows that eat as many baby birds as white-tailed deer do. It’s all been caught on film. If hunted they soon figure out and move out of gun range. A gathering of crows is called a “Murder of Crows.” Parrots are the only bird as smart as a crow. Did you know that crows make tools to gather food? In fact, they make hooked tools to gather food, something chimpanzees are unable to do. If another crow drops something the crow next to it will pick it up and give it back to the bird that dropped it. Males are bigger than females and they nest in April, making a new nest every year that they keep hidden so well people never see them. Just sayin’!

Man dead after deputies’ response to suicide call goes wrong An effort by Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies to stop a man from killing himself went wrong early late Thursday morning. Just after midnight on April 12, the Washington County Sheriff's Office received a call of a suicidal male, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office. The caller reported that a 23 year old white male had made suicidal comments. Washington County deputies found the subject armed with a handgun in Lake Elmo near the intersection of Lake Elmo Avenue and 34th Street North, according to Chief Deputy Brian Mueller. “Deputies made contact with the subject and began to talk with

him in an attempt to de-escalate the situation,” Mueller wrote in the release. “At some point during the encounter deputies used less lethal ammunition. Later, one deputy discharged his firearm at the subject. Life-saving efforts were administered on scene prior to the subject being transported to Regions Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.” The Washington County Sheriff's Office has asked the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigate the case. The name of the subject and deputy have not been released. It was not immediately clear whether the incident was captured on body cam or squad dash cam.

Lions Club announces raffle winners The Scandia Marine Lions Club had their monthly drawing for Community Raffle winners. Winners for April are: $25 Lion Ron Fredrickson from Scandia $25 David D. Amalfi from Forest Lake $50 David Steinhoff from Scandia $50 T.J. Galleberg from Scandia $50 Walt Peterson from Marine $50 Leslie Ptak from Princeville, Illinois $100 Renae Hochule from Marine Seven more raffle winners drawn next month.

Jim Bennett is an outdoorsman who lives and worked in the St. Croix River Valley and can be reached at jamesbennett24@gmail.com

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spoke just loud enough for most in the crowd to hear her. “Romans 2:11,” was all she said as if she, too was out of breath. Perry Pratt, almost to himself, but again loud enough for most to hear, uttered “They’re tied.” Indeed they were. With 742 votes tallied, Bland had caught Cooper with 22 ballots left. The room became silent, waiting for Long to continue the count. As those final 22 votes were tallied, Chief Dibble no longer sought to quiet the crowd. With every ballot, there was a roar which grew louder with each slip Iris pulled from the box. “Cooper!” Iris yelled. Then,

“Bland!” The count went back and forth, much like the match between Gorilla Monsoon and Jerry Lawler taking place at the fairgrounds. With one ballot remaining, Cooper had 381 votes. Bland had 382. Would there be a second runoff? Could there really be a tie? As Dibble again attempted to quiet the crowd, word spread that Lawler and Monsoon fought to a draw in their match. Iris pulled the final ballot from the box. Dibble needed try no longer. You could have heard a pin drop in the room. Iris looked at the ballot for what seemed like minutes, but was only a few seconds. Putting her hand

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to her chest, she read the name on the paper, “Bland.” It took a moment to sink in. Raymond Cooper had been defeated by two votes. “It’s a fix!” screamed Walsh. “Iris Long has fixed this election!” Like most others, I stayed in the Town Hall for several minutes, realizing I had just witnessed history in the making. This was quite possibly the most exciting night in the history of the Valley . . . so far. Kevin Slimp makes his home in Knoxville, Tennessee these days. Learn more about the Good Folks at LennoxValley.com.

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Wildlife should stay wild this spring BY JACKIE BUSSJAEGER LOWDOWN EDITOR

FUN FACT: It is a myth that baby birds touched by humans will be rejected by its parents. Birds do not have a very strong sense of smell. The best thing you can do with a fledgling bird on the ground is place it back into its nest. If you are lucky enough to find a baby owl on the ground, let it be. Owlets prepare to learn flight by jumping from branch to branch near their nest. Occasionally they fall, but are adept at climbing back to their nest using their beaks and talons.

AMERY—Seeing a newborn animals in spring is one of the many special pleasures of the season, but wildlife experts want you to know that the best way to care for these animals is to let them stay wild. Amery resident Yvette Tourville is a volunteer with Tammi's Wildlife Rescue in Frederic. She remembers taking in “orphaned” animals such as young raccoons and gray squirrels when she was growing up, but it wasn't until later she realized that there is a better way to look out for these animals. Licensed rehabilitators have special permission to keep and care for these animals while they recover. Some of these rescued creatures can be released back to the wild, but others have become too accustomed to humans, or are too severely injured to survive without care. Taking

in a wild animal is no small feat. Licensed rehabilitators such as Tamara Larson, the owner of Tammi's Wildlife Rescue, have a lot of work on their hands. For everyone who doesn't have a license for this work, keeping a wild animal is illegal. “This is for the protection of the animal as well as humans it could come in contact with,” Tourville explained in a an email interview. “It seems like everyone knew someone with a 'pet' raccoon growing up. What ended up happening to that raccoon? The lifespan of a captive raccoon is more than 20 years. I haven't heard of anyone taking in an orphaned raccoon and keeping it for 20 years.” Wild animals such as raccoons can't really be house trained, and they are destructive, messy and will bite. They can grow to more than 25 pounds, and can become particularly aggressive during breeding season. “If you raise a raccoon with humans and domestic animals you can't expect to 'just let it go' when you get sick of it,” Tourville wrote. “Wildlife rehabilitators are required to keep wild animals separate from domestic animals and not get them habituated to humans.” Wild animals can present a risk of disease to humans who come in close contact with them. This includes brucellosis, salmonella, rabies and ringworm. In addition to being potentially dangerous to the human, keeping a wild

creature is often inhumane for the animal. In one famous example gone horribly wrong, a group of tourists at Yellowstone National Park in 2016 put a bison calf in their car because they thought it looked cold. When rangers tried to return the calf to its mother, it was rejected by its herd due to human interference, and had to be euthanized because it was not old enough to care for itself. “One of the biggest problems is people taking animals when they are not in trouble,” Tourville wrote. “Does don't

time of year. “You will find young rabbits that seem to be too small running around on their own,” Tourville wrote. “Don't touch them. Mother cottontail rabbits typically only feed their young once a night. And they do come out of the nest to run around pretty early in life. Your dog got into a nest? Put the living ones back, cover the nest and keep your dog away for a couple of weeks.” She said that 90 percent of rabbits taken from the wild don't live past the first week. The best course of action is to call a licensed rehabilitator if the animal is injured, if a dead parent is nearby or if the animal is crying and wandering. “While most people have good intentions when trying to save an animal on their own, it usually doesn't end well,” Tourville wrote. “Meeting the nutritional requirements for a wild animal as well as the mental and physical needs is more difficult than most people realize.” Tourville said that not many people realize that wildlife rehabilitators such as Tammi's Wildlife Rescue do not get any funding from the state. All of the money that goes toward feed, enclosures, bedding, gas, employees, vet bills, medicine and any other needs comes from donations or straight from the rehabilitator. So what are the best steps when you do encounter an animal that seems to be injured or orphaned? First of all, make sure the animal is protected from further harm,

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stay with their fawns all day and night. They feed them 2-3 times per day and then leave them alone. If you come across a fawn, leave it alone! If it's standing in the middle of the road move it about 20 feet into the ditch. Mom will find it later.” Cottontail rabbits should also be left along during this

such as cold and predators. Place the animal in a safe environment such as a small cardboard box, and place it in a dark, quiet place. Provide a heat source such as a heated pad under the box, or a hot water bottle if you can, but make sure the animal has room to move away from the heat if it needs to. Do not feed the animal - although you can give it water. Call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator as soon as you are able. Learn more about how to keep wildlife wild at dnr. wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/ orphan.html, with tips on how to handle each type of animal you might find.

Resources for wildlife rescue: Tammi's Wildlife Rescue, 562 335th Ave., Frederic; 715491-2352 Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, 2530 Dale St. N., Roseville; 651-486-9453. Minnesota Raptor Center, 108, 1920 Fitch Ave, St. Paul; 612-624-4745 Wildlife Conservation Inc., 18470 Franconia Trail, Shafer; 612-624-4745 Find more in your area of Minnesota or Wisconsin at www.dnr.state.mn.us/eco/ nongame/rehabilitation/injured-wildlife.html or https:// dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/directory.html. Jackie Bussjaeger is the editor of the Forest Lake and St. Croix Valley Lowdown, and can be reached at 651-407-1229 or lowdownnews@presspubs. com.

AREA CHURCHES Ascension Episcopal Church

Forest Hills United Methodist Church

Lord of the Lakes Lutheran Church (LCMS)

Osceola United Methodist Church

St. Joseph Catholic Church

214 North Third Street N, Stillwater (651) 439-2609 • www.ae-church.org Rev. Marilyn Baldwin Rev. Buff Grace, Rector Rev. Brenda Hoffman Mindy Boynton, Christian Ed/Youth Nancy Whipkey, Music Sunday: 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist, no music 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist, with music

Hwy. 97 at County Road 34 S.E. Forest Lake (651) 464-5249 Pastor: Rev. David Werner www.foresthillsumc.net 10:15 a.m. Sunday worship

25402 Itasca Avenue Forest Lake, MN 55025 651-462-3535 / lordofthelakes.org Pastor Craig Bertram Regular Worship 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Communion First and Third Sundays 9:00 a.m. Coffee Fellowship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Adult Bible Class

306 River Street Osceola, WI (715) 755-2275 osceolaunitedmethodistchurch@gmail.com Sunday: Worship 10 a.m. Fellowship at 11 a.m.

490 Bench St., Taylors Falls, MN (651) 465-7345 Father John Drees Sat. Mass 5:30 p.m. Sun. Mass 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

River Valley Christian Church

St. Joseph Catholic Cluster

Maranatha Church Chisago Lakes Campus

Lake Elmo (651) 430-9950 5900 Lake Elmo Avenue N. (Hwy 36 & County Road 17) Pastor Jon Neitzel, Teen Pastor Greg Hamm Children’s Pastor Karen Hynes Sunday Worship and Childrens’ Church 9:30 a.m. Nursery available. Saturday Worship and Children’s Church, 6:00 p.m. Sunday Teen Service 7:00 p.m.

Osceola (715) 294-2243 Rev. Andy Anderson Saturday Mass: St. Joseph’s, 4 p.m. St. Anne’s, Somerset 5 p.m. Sunday Mass: Assumption, East Farmingon 8:30 a.m. St. Anne’s, Somerset 8 & 10 a.m. St. Joseph’s, Osceola 10:30 a.m. Call for weekday mass and reconciliation schedules.

The Baha’i Faith For information about Baha’i Faith or times and places of meetings call (651) 433-3686.

Christ Lutheran Church 150 Fifth Street, Marine (651) 433-3222, office ext. 10 Pastors Joel Martin and Hannah Bartos Sunday Worship 8:15 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Kid’s Church during 9:45 service. Wednesday Life Night schedule: Community Supper at 5:30 p.m. Faith formation classes for all ages at 6:30 p.m.

Elim Lutheran Church Scandia (651) 433-2723 www.elimscandia.org Senior Pastor Scott Westphal Associate Pastor Meredith McGrath Sunday Worship: 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. in Elim Sanctuary Christian education for all ages: 8:45 a.m.

Faith Lutheran Church (ELCA) Forest Lake (651) 464-3323 886 North Shore Drive Pastors: Rev. Philip Peterson, Rev. Paul Brown Sunday Worship: Traditional, 7:45 & 9:00 a.m. Praise Service: 10:30 a.m.

Grace Church 722 Seminole Ave. Osceola Pastor Mark Barlow Amy Germain, Day Care Bety Greydanus, Office Manager “The Cure for the Common Church” e-mail: info@gracechurchosceola.com www.gracechurchosceola.com or call (715) 294-4222 or (715) 755-3454 Sunday: Praise and Worship Service 9 a.m. with Children’s Church Adult Bible Study 10:45 a.m. Children’s Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Christian Child Day Care Monday-Friday 5:30 am – 6 p.m.

Hosanna Lutheran Church (ELCA) Living, loving and serving as Jesus did... so that all may know him. 9300 Scandia Tr. N. Forest Lake (651) 464-5502 www.hosannaforestlake.net Linda Friesen, Lead Pastor Jen Collins, Associate Pastor Sept-May Worship Schedule Sunday 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. In Great Hall (lower level) Wednesday (thru Apr) 6:00 p.m. in Garden Chapel (upper level)

Lakes Free Church www.lakesfree.org Lindstrom (651) 257-2677 29620 Olinda Trail N. Senior Pastor Richard Stanghelle, Associate Pastor Jason Carlson Sunday Worship 9 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9 & 10:30 a.m.

10963 Lake Blvd. (Hwy 8) Chisago City (651) 257-8605 Pastor Bill Headley Worship service Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Sunday service 9:30 a.m.

Osceola Community Church 2492 Education Dr., Osceola, WI Larry Mederich, Pastor (715) 417-0608 • www.occconnect.org Sunday Worship 9 a.m. with provided Nursery Kids Church 9:30 a.m. Meeting in home groups throughout the week. Call for details, 715-294-4332.

Osceola Medical Center Spiritual Care 2600 65th Avenue, Osceola, WI www.myomc.org/specialtyserv_1chapel.php 715-294-5645 fax: 715-294-5712 email: alan.hagstrom@myomc.org Chapel open daily for meditation.

St. Croix Falls United Methodist Church Upper St. Croix Parish 300 N. Adams St. • (715)-483-9494 Pastor Carolyn Saunders Pastor MIke Brewbaker Sunday Service 10 a.m.

St. Croix Valley Friends Meeting Stillwater (651) 439-7981 Seventh Day Adventist Church, Fifth & Laurel Streets Sunday Worship: 10:00 a.m. Childcare available.

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Franconia (651) 465-7345 Sunday Mass: 9:15 a.m. Father John Drees Three miles north on Hwy. 95 from Hwy. 97. West on Redwing 1/4 mile.

Trinity Lutheran Church (WELS) Osceola (715) 294-2828 300 Seminole Avenue Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. Sunday School/Bible Class: 10:15 a.m. Wednesday worship: 7 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church Stillwater (651) 439-7400 www.trinitylc.org • 115 North Fourth Street Pastors: Dan Poffenberger & Stephanie Vos, Saturday Evening Worship: 5 p.m. Sunday Worship: 9 a.m Traditional; 10:30 a.m. The WALK Contemporary Worship Children’s Learning, Sunday 9 a.m. and on Wednesday 6 p.m. Wednesday 7:15 p.m. “The River” Youth Worship


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APRIL 6 At 8:04 a.m. a complaint about an animal on Judd Street was received.

APRIL 11 At 9:56 p.m. a suspicious car on Robert Street was reported.

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APRIL 4 At 5:51 p.m. public assistance was needed on Scandia Trail. At 6:07 p.m. a dog at large was reported on Layton Avenue. At 8:14 p.m. loose dogs were reported on Mead-

owbrook Avenue. At 9:15 p.m. a medical need was reported on Perkins Avenue.

APRIL 5 At 3:20 p.m. a driver on St. Croix Trail was stopped for speeding. At 4:41 p.m. a possible accident on 185th Street was reported. At 4:44 p.m. an accident with unknown injuries on Scandia Trail, west of Olinda, was reported. At 9:12 p.m. a medical need was reported on Margo Avenue. At 9:24 p.m. an animal concern was reported on 218th Street.

APRIL 6 At 8:46 p.m. a medical need was reported on Lakamaga Trail. At 9:33 p.m. public assistance was needed on Pilar Road.

APRIL 7 At 11:59 a.m. a welfare check was done on 228th Street.

APRIL 8 At 3:54 p.m. a welfare check was done on 205th Street. At 8:53 p.m. a vehicle vs. deer incident on Olinda Trail, one mile south of city hall, was reported. At 11:10 p.m. a complaint

about a driver on Scandia Trail, east of the elementary school, was reported.

APRIL 10 At 6:32 p.m. fraud was reported on Lofton Avenue. At 7:58 p.m. a concern about shooting on 228th Street and Lofton was received. At 9:17 p.m. a complaint about a driver on Lofton, north of Scandia Trail, was received.

APRIL 11 At 10:06 a.m. a scam was reported on Manning Trail. At 12:53 p.m. an animal welfare concern came

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APRIL 12 At 8:22 a.m. a welfare concern was reported on Peabody Trail. At 9:03 a.m. an injured deer in 220th Street was reported.

APRIL 13 At 8:12 a.m. a welfare concern was reported on Scandia Trail. At 10:54 a.m. a permit for deer possession was issued on Olinda Trail and 205th Street. At 11:05 a.m. a scam was reported on Oakhill Lane.

APRIL 14 At 2:03 p.m. a 911 call was abandoned on Oakhill Lane. At 4:20 p.m. until 6:20 p.m. three reports were received of cars off the roadway on Scandia Trail or Manning.

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At 3:33 p.m. a complaint about a neighbor came from Panorama Avenue. At 4:48 p.m. assault and threats were reported on Panorama Avenue. At 9:12 p.m. an animal concern came from Paul Avenue and Ostlund Trail.

At 5:58 p.m. a medical need was reported on Moonlight Bay.

APRIL 6 At 3:13 p.m. a sick raccoon was reported at River Grove School. At 7:16 p.m. a 911 call was abandoned on 126th Street. At 7:35 p.m. a complaint about noise came from Panorama Avenue.

APRIL 7 At 1:40 a.m. a medical need was reported on Manning Trail. At 8:59 p.m. damage to a sign was reported on Arcola Trail.

APRIL 8 At 2:59 p.m. a driver on Square Lake Trail and Norell was stopped for speeding.

APRIL 13 At 5:58 p.m. loose cows were reported on Square Lake Trail, one mile west of Highway 95.

APRIL 14 At 3 p.m. a 911 call was abandoned on Morgan Avenue. At 7:13 until 7:30 p.m. two vehicles needed tows on Manning and 122nd Street.

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