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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hunters register 111,000 deer through third weekend

Minnesota hunters registered 111,000 deer through the third and last weekend of firearms deer season, down 31,000 from the same period in 2013, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

So far this year during special hunts and the archery, early antlerless and firearms seasons, hunters have harvested 127,000 deer, down from the 2013 to-date harvest total of 144,000.

This year's lower harvest is by design because regulations were implemented to place more deer – particularly does – off limits to increase Minnesota's deer population.

The DNR's ongoing deer management work also includes upcoming revisions to the deer population goals for large portions of northeastern, north-central and east-central Minnesota. This is part of a multi-year goal-setting process for the entire state. People interested in helping set these deer population goals can get more information on the process and opportunities for involvement at

Additional deer will be harvested during the late southeastern season, which runs through Sunday, Nov. 30, and the muzzleloader season, which begins Saturday, Nov. 29, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 14. The archery season also runs through Wednesday, Dec. 31.

Dakota County accepting Whitetail Woods camper cabin reservations Dec. 1

The camper cabins in Dakota County's newly opened Whitetail Woods Regional Park have never before been used, and you could be one of the first guests to enjoy a night's stay.
At 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, the park will begin accepting camper cabin reservations for Dec. 5, 2014–April 30, 2015.
The camper cabins are 227 square feet with a 100-square-foot deck and hold up to six people. They feature two full beds, two multi-purpose twin day beds, electricity, heat, a picnic table, fire ring and more.
Reservation requests are submitted online and will be processed in the order they are received.
For more information, visit and search camper cabins.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Students Reach Marathon Goals

Pastor Fr. Stan Mader and Principal Molly Whinnery congratulate students following weekly all-school Mass at St. John the Baptist School-Vermillion for achieving their fundraising goals toward the school's annual marathon biking event. Students received a religious statue of Our Lady of Guadeloupe, blessed by Mader.  The preschool through sixth grade school raised $24,664 to fund school scholarships, technology improvements, and other operational needs of the rural school. In addition to students pictured, another 10 preschool students reached their fundraising goals. The tradition of the religious statue prize dates back to the 1970s when the marathon fundraiser event was started by the Vermillion Father Kaesen Knights of Columbus Number 5199. At that time, the president of the Vermillion Bank, the late Francis "Rusty" Poepl, and the owner of Werner Implement, the late Ernest Werner, gifted prizes, one being a large religious statue, to the top boy and top girl fundraiser in the school. This continued for decades, until the school began to award smaller religious statues to any student who reached their marathon fundraising goal. Top fundraisers this year were sisters Abby and Mary Strommen who tied for 1st place. Today, the Father Kaesen Knights of Columbus, Vermillion Bank, and Werner Implement continue to be three of the school's major sponsors of the marathon each year, in addition to other local businesses and families with ties to Vermillion or St. John the Baptist School. Many students have a bedroom dresser covered with different religious statues by the time they leave St. John the Baptist School.