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Food shelves help put food on holiday tables

Thanksgiving is a holiday built around gratitude, family and almost definitely food. That’s why area food shelves are helping those in need by providing Thanksgiving dinners to the familiesthey serve. As they give to those in need, they’re also grateful to those who help them give.

Area food shelves help hundreds of families and give away tens of thousands of pounds of food a month. The Crosslake, Emily, Pine River-Backus and Lakes Area food shelves all provided families who needed it with a box of food with all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner.

While they all do things a little bit differently, they all reach the same goal: putting food on the holiday table.

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Lt. Gov. Tina Smith announces free admission to state parks on Black Friday

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr announced November 13 that entrance fees to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas will be waived on Friday, Nov. 27 for “Free Park Friday,” encouraging Minnesotans to spend time outdoors, and with family, on the day after Thanksgiving.

“At a time of year when Minnesotans pause to give thanks, I am so grateful for the incredible state parks and trails we have here in Minnesota,” said Smith. “Visiting these parks is a great way to spend time with family and loved ones, relieve stress, and enjoy exercise in the great outdoors.”

Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed Friday, Nov. 27, to be “Free Park Friday” at all Minnesota state parks and recreation areas. The governor also directed the DNR Commissioner to exercise his statutory authority to issue a written order, waiving entrance fees to state parks on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

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Staged reading of playwright Phil Olson’s “A Nice Family Christmas”

Award-winning Los Angeles playwright Phil Olson will direct a free, staged reading of his latest work in-progress, “A Nice Family Christmas,” at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1 in the Journey Church at Nisswa.

Olson’s humor is familiar to audiences in Pequot Lakes through productions such as "Don’t Hug Me,” “A Don’t Hug Me County Fair,” “Mom’s Gift,” and “Crappie Talk.”

Minnesota native Olson, who is also a screenwriter, has published 13 plays that have been staged in more than 300 productions around the country as well as in Canada and Australia. Some, published by Samuel French, have been staged by Pequot Lakes Community Theatre.

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Hunters register nearly 120,000 deer through second weekend

Minnesota firearms hunters registered 118,599 deer through the second weekend of firearms deer season, up from 104,785 from the same period in 2014, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

“Hunters are seeing more deer this year as we continue to build deer populations across much of the state,” said Steve Merchant, wildlife populations and regulations program manager. “We’ve again issued a conservative number of antlerless deer permits, and because of this, many hunters are seeing deer they can’t shoot. However, patience this year should translate to more harvest opportunities in the future.”

Final numbers from the first 10 days show that the number of deer registered rose 13 percent from 2014. Buck harvest during the first 10 days of the firearms season was up 18 percent from last year, indicating that the population has in fact grown from its low point two springs ago.

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