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Vulture released back into the wild


Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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Monday, June 25, 2001


When Ginny Hayssen, a volunteer with the University of Minnesota Raptor Center in St. Paul, launched the turkey vulture up in the air the bird flew 100 yards across an open field to a nearby tree. This marked the first time the rehabilitated bird had been in its native surroundings in the past six months.

Now making its home in Fillmore County, the turkey vulture was released at Forestville State Park on Saturday, June 16, as part of a formal release program between the Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Raptor Center. About 50 park visitors attended the ceremony.

Found last December by Kevin Scheevel of rural Cherry Grove, the turkey vulture was unable to fly due to a broken wing. Scheevel reported the injured bird to park staff at Forestville State Park who captured it and sent it to the Raptor Center.

Specialists at the center estimated that the bird had broken its wing three weeks prior to being captured and had to rebreak the wing to get it to mend properly.

While turkey vultures are not in the raptor family, the bird is large enough to be treated at the center. According to Raptor Center volunteer Cindy Snyder, the center, in addition to treating hawks, eagles and other raptors, treats such big birds as turkey vultures and tundra swans.

“Raptor Center specialists weren’t hopeful about its recovery,” said Warren Netherton, a Cave Specialist at Forestville State Park, who along with Park Manager Mark White captured the bird with a blanket and a box. “They said re-breaking the wing sometimes causes ligaments to stretch that leaves birds unable to fly. I guess this one was lucky.”

The Raptor Center treats about 850 birds per year. Of this number, only three or four are vultures, of which only 40% are able to be returned to the wild.

Turkey vultures are usually about 27 inches long with a wing span of 69 inches. Adults, which weigh about four pounds, have a red unfeathered head and white bill. The birds, which migrate south during the winter, feed on carrion, refuse and small animals and are fairly common in Minnesota.

Netherton said that prior to World War II, before state health guidelines required that dead farm animals had to be rendered, there were large populations of turkey vultures in the area.

“It was common for farmers to drag a dead animal into the middle of a field and let turkey vultures eat on the flesh,” Netherton s .....
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Foods Weekly Ads


Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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Spring Valley campout slated to benefit ALSBy Carol ThouinMonday, June 18, 2001

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 30 if you're looking for a fun, family event that combines great food, music and games and benefits Amyotrophic Later ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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Council postpones decision on police chiefBy John TorgrimsonMonday, June 25, 2001

“It shouldn’t take eight weeks,” interim Police Chief John Tuchek told the Lanesboro City Council at Monday night’s meeting. Tuchek was reacting to the council w ..... 
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Spend it, then shut off the lights

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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Monday, June 25, 2001

The county’s Social Services Director, Thomas Boyd, was first on the agenda at last Tuesday’s special meeting of the County Board. Boyd’s educational presentation was highlighted with explanations of budgets, and of what ..... 
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Journey to the lost city

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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Traveling the Yucatan Peninsula -- with kids!By Al MathisonMonday, June 25, 2001

When we get to Cancun, we’re going to do something totally different and adventurous, I told my wife, Linda. We would rent a car and head so ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
Hobbies: Se ..... 
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