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Food on the Thanksgiving table for those in need

Across the area, organizations are working together to make sure that those in need have food on their table this Thanksgiving. In keeping with the spirit of the holidays,  churches, businesses, charities and food shelves seek to ensure that no one will be without the traditional holiday meal.

Grace United Methodist Church, in Pequot Lakes, will host a free Thanksgiving dinner for anyone who would like to enjoy it this Thanksgiving. Their 9th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner will take place on Nov. 27 from noon to 2 p.m. There’s no charge for the meal, and everyone is welcome. There is no sign-up; attendants need only show up hungry.

The Thanksgiving dinner has become a tradition for the church, located about a mile and a half south of the stoplights in Pequot Lakes. In past years they’ve hosted around 135 people for Thanksgiving.

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Northern Community Radio announces 27 Months audio-documentary

Many people have heard about the United States Peace Corps founded in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. And quite a few people know someone who has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in some far-off place overseas. But few people know exactly what happens during those 27 months of service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a foreign country.

Independent producer David McDonald recently returned to Grand Rapids, Minnesota after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco from 2012 to 2014. During his service, he interviewed over 40 fellow Peace Corps Volunteers as well as recorded a fascinating variety of audio from all over Morocco.

The result is a ten-part audio documentary called "27 MONTHS" - an entertaining and thought-provoking series that looks at what it means to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer from the first day of training in Philadelphia to the close of service in Morocco more than two years later. With a mixture of David's narration, wide-ranging interviews with his colleagues, everyday sounds from Morocco, and loads of different music, "27 MONTHS" explores whether the Peace Corps is still relevant in the 21st century by looking at the good, the bad, the disappointing, and the fulfilling.

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DNR reminder: ice is not safe right now

Ice is forming on several lakes, rivers and ponds around Minnesota, but DNR conservation officers warn that it is still too early to venture out.

“The thin layers of ice forming on some Minnesota waters right now are not safe,” said Maj. Greg Salo, operations manager, DNR Enforcement Division.

“A few days of cold temperatures don’t create ice strong enough to hold a person,” added Salo.

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MNDNR: Hunters register 102,000 deer through second weekend

Minnesota hunters registered 102,000 deer through the second 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, hunters during special hunts, and the archery and firearms seasons, have harvested 115,000 deer, down from the 2013 to-date harvest total of 147,500.

“Comparing this year’s harvest to harvests in previous years doesn’t necessarily reflect hunter opportunity or the number of deer on the landscape in 2014,” said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader. 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.

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