Photographs of the Week
Thursday July 14, 2016: Two baby raccoons perch together on a pole in Emily, MN - photo by Julie McClellan.
Tiger Lily reaching through the ferns in a secret garden. - photo by Lynn Sweningson,Horseshoe Lake,Merrifield, MN
Raptors visit kids’ summer reading program
Summer reading program participants got to see full-grown birds of prey up close and personal on Thursday, July 21, as the Raptor Center visited the children for an educational presentation.
Mike Billington of the Raptor Center brought four birds of prey to the community center Thursday, July 21: a red-tailed hawk, a great horned owl, a bald eagle and a peregrine falcon. Billington explained that the Raptor Center is a hospital that takes in 800-900 sick and injured birds a year, and is able to release about 35 percent of those birds back into the wild.
Billington explained to the crowd that a raptor is defined as a bird that has evolved to catch and kill its food with its talons. He also fed the raptors dead mice and rats, explained how and what they eat, and talked about threats to the birds.
No injuries in recent severe storm
Crow Wing Power reported more than 8,000 people without power, and countless trees were down, after a severe thunderstorm swept through the area early Thursday morning, July 21, While there was property damage from the storm, authorities say there has been no reports of injuries as a result of the storm.
“We got clobbered pretty good. There are literally hundreds of trees down,” said Crosslake Police Chief Robert Hartman. He said several roads were blocked by trees. Some were still blocked in the afternoon on Thursday. Among the blocked roads in Crosslake were Milinda Shores, Bonnie Lakes, Anchor Point, Pine Bay Road and more. County Roads 3 and 66 were also partially blocked by trees, Hartman said.
“I drove through the campground and there’s trees down everywhere. Some campers (trailers; not people) got hit by trees, but it’s just a miracle that nobody got hurt,” Hartman said.
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