• Fire damages home in Rochester

Rochester firefighters battle a house fire at 1104 5th Ave. NE on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Rochester. Andrew Link / The Post Bulletin
Rochester firefighters battle a house fire at 1104 5th Ave. NE on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Rochester. Andrew Link / The Post Bulletin

An 80-pound female mountain lion was killed earlier this week when it was hit by a vehicle on Interstate 90, which confirms a rare sighting of the predator in Davison County.

Officials with the Davison County Sheriff's Office and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department responded to the scene between 9:30 and 10 p.m. Monday night near mile marker 319, the Mount Vernon exit. Officers with the sheriff's office first arrived on scene following a report of a deer carcass in the interstate.

When the deputy looked at the animal, he recognized it was a mountain lion and then he called GF&P.

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• Officers confirm mountain lion hit on I-90 in SD

Photo courtesy of Pixabay
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An 80-pound female mountain lion was killed earlier this week when it was hit by a vehicle on Interstate 90, which confirms a rare sighting of the predator in Davison County.

Officials with the Davison County Sheriff's Office and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department responded to the scene between 9:30 and 10 p.m. Monday night near mile marker 319, the Mount Vernon exit. Officers with the sheriff's office first arrived on scene following a report of a deer carcass in the interstate.

When the deputy looked at the animal, he recognized it was a mountain lion and then he called GF&P.

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• 50 years of donating blood

Kenzie Meier of the Red Cross inserts a needle in John Schenk's arm for his blood draw at Alexandria Motors. Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press
Kenzie Meier of the Red Cross inserts a needle in John Schenk's arm for his blood draw at Alexandria Motors. Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press

In 1969, John Schenk donated his first pint of blood when he was a college student in Alexandria. He came back to Alexandria last week to donate again, celebrating 50 years of giving and his 35th gallon.

It took just six minutes and 33 seconds for a pint of blood to flow from John Schenk’s arm into the donation bag at the Red Cross blood drive Thursday morning at Alexandria Motors.

Before the process began, as Schenk sat at the donation station set up on the showroom floor of the automobile dealership, Red Cross account representative Brenda Coyer fastened a pin to the collar of his bright blue polo shirt.

The gold pin, in the shape of a droplet with the Red Cross symbol on a white background, was given to Schenk to commemorate yet another milestone.

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• Pumpkin Patch Festival in full swing

It’s pumpkin heaven at the Nelson Farm located south of Litchfield, open weekends through Oct. 27. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune
It’s pumpkin heaven at the Nelson Farm located south of Litchfield, open weekends through Oct. 27. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

In a season where everything pumpkin is awesome, a trip to the Pumpkin Patch Festival at the Nelson Farm is an explosion of pumpkin —and outdoor agricultural — sensory experiences for children and adults.

This is the 30th year that Mr. Farmer Nelson (also known as Don Nelson) and Mrs. Farmer Nelson (aka Sonja Nelson) have hosted the festival at their farm, which sits in a grove of mature oak and walnut trees along Youngstrom Lake southwest of Litchfield, Minn.

The month-long festival is held weekends through Oct. 27, as well as Thursday and Friday during the long school convention weekend, Oct. 17-18.

See more pictures and learn how to visit the Pumpkin Patch