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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.

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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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Whitefish Warrior adventure run is Aug. 6

On Aug. 6, the Parks and Library (PAL) Foundation and the Crosslake Community Center will host their first-ever adventure run. The run will include mud, obstacles and more for a challenging run open to anyone 10 years and older.

Parks and library director Jon Henke said the run will include kayaking, archery, climbing, a muddy portion and several other obstacles. The entire course will be about two miles in length. Henke said that while the course is challenging, it won’t be extreme. All the obstacles are voluntary.

“It’s an adventure. We’ll have all kinds of things to experience and do that you maybe won’t find at another run,” Henke said.

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Whitefish Chain Yacht Club and Bertha Boatworks sponsor Boating Safety Classes for Women

Offering boating safety classes for women, the Whitefish Chain Yacht Club and Bertha Boatworks sponsored Women at the Helm classes on July 8th and 9th for any woman wanting instruction on the operation of a boat and knowledge of boating rules in Minnesota. Twelve women were given instruction on the safe operation of a runabout and pontoon boat by Jonny and Jody Wallin of Bertha Boatworks. The classes included an understanding of buoys and channel markers on the lakes, and the safe operation of boats. Participants were also given materials to do a home study of safe boating rules and regulations, given to young boaters by the Minnesota DNR.

For many women, this was the first time they operated a boat even though boats had been in their families for years. Most often, it is the male who takes the helm. With this class, women were given an understanding how a boat works, how it propels, safe ways to navigate the lakes and knowing the fundamental boating rules and navigation symbols. “Many women give the reason for taking this class is to know what to do in an emergency”, stated Jody Wallin, one of the course instructors. “By giving the women the opportunity to take this class, pilot a boat in a relaxed setting, I can help them overcome fear and gain confidence so that they can also enjoy all aspects of boating as a sport.”

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