"The Department of Transportation has no science, no precedent, nor anything approaching supportive data for endangering Minnesota’s state flower and many other wildflowers that find their homes in these ditches," writes Fargo resident Dr. Ron H. Miller on a recent proposal to cut down trees along Highway 34.
Nothing’s yet official, but the positive case near Climax, Minnesota, likely will mean a baiting ban for hunters on the North Dakota side of the river in Unit 2B, which follows the Red River from Fargo north to Grand Forks.
The illegal trade of spruce tops and birch pole continues in Minnesota and Wisconsin, now with stronger ties to convicted felons, many with drug backgrounds. On a good night, two cutters can remove 1,000 spruce tops and clear $1,000 profit.
Hunting dates in the CWD management units, including permit areas 261 and 262 along the Red River, are Friday, Dec. 17, through Sunday, Dec. 19, and Friday, Dec. 31, through Sunday, Jan. 2, the DNR said. Hunters can participate in both hunts using any unfilled archery, firearms, muzzleloader or landowner deer hunting license. Hunters who filled their tags can purchase disease management permits for $2.50.
Early ice conditions can be especially dicey during freeze-ups like this year, when brief cold snaps are followed by warm-ups, and calm days are followed by wind, which of course can wreak havoc on early ice. This time of year, ice can be here one day and gone tomorrow.