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Journal Writing Project: Rare, spectacular and under-recognized


By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

There are billions of inhabitants on this earth with many amazing abilities and talents. Yet most people know of only a few or none of these creatures. We get so caught up in our lives that we rarely stop to think about who we are sharing our planet with. In my last article I would like to dedicate it to all the strange creatures of our world with extraordinary talents that have been left without the recognition they truly deserve.

I would like to start with the pangolin, the most hunted animal in the world. I’ll even admit that I only recently learned about the pangolin, and it is the creature that inspired me to do this article. The pangolin is a prehistoric creature that looks like a combination of an anteater and armadillo. The pangolin is the only mammal with scales. (telegraph.co.uk, 2015). The following facts also come from the same source. There are currently eight species of pangolin known to man. A pangolin’s scales are used in traditional Chinese medicine thought to cure cancer and other ailments and go for around $3,000 on the black market. Their scales are made out of keratin, the same thing our fingernails are made out of. So I do not see why they are so sought after. Pangolins’ claws allow them to climb trees and dig through concrete. Yes, concrete! Amazing, isn’t it. They curl into a tight ball when they feel threatened and release a noxious gas similar to a skunk. Some species can even spray this liquid. Finally, the pangolin can fight and can compete with a lion. Lions, tigers and other big cats are a pangolin’s natural predator. However, pangolins often outsmart the big cats by rolling into a ball. Its scales are too tough for even a lion to bite through.

The axolotl is a neotenous salamander. Neotenous means it never leaves the larvae stage, even after reaching sexual maturity. This may be the secret to its amazing self-healing abilities. Whether it is cut or a complete limb is torn off, coagulation immediately begins, and a new limb is grown, or the cut is completely healed. It can regrow its bones, blood vessels, nerves, parts of the brain, and non vital organs. It only takes a couple of months to completely regenerate its organs.

Turritopsis nutricula jellyfish can repeatedly revert back to its polyp form. This is basically like being an adult and then turning back into a baby. So it’s immortal, if it can avoid being eaten by predators in its polyp form.

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Journal Writing Project: Rare, spectacular and under-recognized

By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

There are billions of inhabitants on this earth with many amazing abilities and talents. Yet most people know of only a few or none of these creatures. We get so caught up in our lives that we rarely stop to think about who we are sharing our plane ..... 
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Fillmore County police reports - 5.4.15

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Nicole Rose Hanna, 32, Rochester, Minn.; 1/1/2015, Obstruct Legal Process - Interfere with Peace Officer, Fine $1,000 (stay $700 until 4/13/2016), Total Fees $390. Local Confinement – 90 days (stay 90 days for one yea ..... 
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Ribbon cutting for Thrivent Financial

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Features

On Friday, April 10, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony coordinated by the Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber to welcome Steve Halvorson and his new Thrivent Financial business in Rushford, located in the Pam’s Corner building (107 State Hwy 16). ..... 
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Ribbon cutting for Thrivent Financial

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Features

On Friday, April 10, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony coordinated by the Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber to welcome Steve Halvorson and his new Thrivent Financial business in Rushford, located in the Pam’s Corner building (107 State Hwy 16). ..... 
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Ribbon cutting for Thrivent Financial

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

On Friday, April 10, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony coordinated by the Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber to welcome Steve Halvorson and his new Thrivent Financial business in Rushford, located in the Pam’s Corner building (107 State Hwy 16) ..... 
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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation awards $127,909 in grants

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) recently approved seven grants totaling $127,909 to support early childhood and economic development projects within southern Minnesota. • $17,980 to Brown Nicollet Watonwan County Drug Court to pr ..... 
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Candles for Caleb

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Features

Love lit up the city park in Chatfield, Minn. on the evening of Sunday, April 26, 2015 as several hundred people gathered for a Candlelight Vigil in honor of seven year old Caleb Eide of Chatfield. Caleb was diagnosed with pre-B acute lymphoblasti ..... 
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Rushford agronomy facility upgraded to better serve farmers

By David Bau

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

April 10, 2015 — Work on Farmers Co-op Elevator’s Rushford agronomy facility upgrade is nearing completion. The new receiving and blending system will substantially increase capacity and speed up receiving, blending, and shipping this spring. Sp ..... 
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