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Chronic wasting disease response efforts highlighted during deer season opener

The long-term health of the state’s wild deer depends on collective Minnesota action

As deer hunters gear up for the firearms season that opens statewide this weekend, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is highlighting the importance of everyone’s compliance with regulations related to chronic wasting disease in wild deer.

“CWD is relatively rare in Minnesota, and we want to keep it that way for all of the Minnesotans who want our deer population to stay healthy,” said Michelle Carstensen, DNR wildlife health program supervisor. “This neurological disease is always fatal when contracted by deer. Acting now is our best chance to keep CWD contained and maintain our wild deer population’s health long-term.”

CWD affects the cervid family, which includes deer, elk and moose. It is spread through direct contact with an infected animal’s saliva, urine, blood, feces, antler velvet or carcass. There is no vaccine or treatment for this disease.

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Swatara Man Charged with Murder of Outing Woman

The Aitkin County Sheriff’s office announced Thursday, November 7, 2019 that Joshua Emil Karjala was arraigned on one count of Felony Murder in the 2nd Degree in the strangulation death of Michelle Mary Mae, age 35 of Outing, MN.

The arraignment happened in District Court of the 9th Judicial District, Aitkin County, MN. Judge David F. Hermerding set unconditional bail in the amount of $5,000,000 or conditional release in the amount of $2,000,000 bond and $500,000 cash bail.

On October 4, 2019, upon location of missing person Michelle Mae’s 2004 Jeep Liberty, investigation and searches began. Mae’s vehicle was transported to the BCA for processing.

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Kaleidoscope - A Celebration of Courage Cancer Fundraiser a Success

A total of $42,281 was raised for area cancer patients at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Kaleidoscope—A Celebration of Courage fundraiser for area cancer patients on October 29 at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge.

The proceeds will benefit the Courage Cabinet which makes the journey a little easier for cancer patients by providing financial assistance to help meet basic needs and allow them to focus on healing. The funds  are used to provide things like travel assistance, nutrition supplements, medications, compression garments and more to those in the fight of their lives.

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Annual Faith In Action Fundraiser Raffle a Great Success

In celebration of another successful raffle fundraiser, Faith in Action for Cass County held its Raffle Open House on Thursday, November 7, 2019, at Bites Grill and Bar in Pine River. Around 25 people gathered to talk, eat snacks, and witness the drawing event. At 6:00 p.m. Miss Pine River Cynthia Tennier and First Princess Kansas Tilbury performed the honor of mixing up the tickets in the large raffle tumbler and drawing out the 13 winners.

After the drawing, a call was made to the Grand Prize winner, Theresa Halverson of Crosslake, MN, who was surprised and excited to be the winner. Ms Halverson purchased her winning ticket from the Lucky Moose in Walker.

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