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The singing of the hounds


Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
Posted in Features

I was invited to spend an evening with two coon hunters who enjoy the Lanesboro area’s woods and fields. What began as a mutual interest years ago has grown into a seasonal ritual for two good friends enjoying the sport of raccoon hunting with their hound dogs. Those animals have earned their spots as respected teammates of the weekly adventures, and have made an important contribution to the men’s families. Luther Olson, Lanesboro, and Mick “Mack” Macken, of Rochester, have more than 75 years of hunting experience between them and the two are full of stories galore!“It’s all about the dogs, you just enjoy listening to them,” smiles Olson as he began explaining why he hunts raccoon. “It’s not the taking of the animal, that’s the least of it. It’s seeing what your dog can do”.“When those dogs tree a coon and sound off, your heart just starts a pumping,” agreed Macken. “It’s just great being out here with them.” Olson hunts with “Pig”, a 10 year-old half Walker, half English hound dog that he’s had since it was two. He is also starting out a new dog, “Lou”, a 1-1/2 year-old Red English female. Mack tracks with a seven year-old female named “Sadie”. Each dog has a particular howl or bay when letting its owner know a track has been found. When a dog has actually treed a coon, he will give a “locate”, with the dog’s bay changing again to let it’s master know the tracking was successful. With the three animals involved in the hunt, the mixture of the deeper bay of “Pig”, the higher, crisper pitch of “Sadie’s” call, and the softer, slightly hesitate bay of “Lou”, there is a fervent, passionate melody that echoes through the woods, carried by the moist night air. The sound is both stimulating to the hunter and soothing to the soul as one makes their way through the woods toward the dogs. The hound dog . . .It is not uncommon, say the two trackers, to pay $1,000 or more for a good dog. They have seen prices run as high as $3,000 to $4,000. In any case, these “good” dogs are naturals at their job. Olson noted a handler can create a “man-made” dog, but the quality will never be as high or consistent. Both men agree the most important attribute of a quality dog is his/her ability to be consistent.“Strike (finding the initial trail), track, and tree eight out of ten times is good consistency”, stated Mack. English, Blue T .....
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Commissioners’ Report: Courthouse project ready for winter

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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“Everything is water tight,” assured David Johnson, the courthouse construction manager. “We could have a downpour now and we’re ready.” This was a timely statement as rains and threats of snow have moved into the area this past week.

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Rushford City Council Report: Rushford Council closer to resolving sewer/lift station problems

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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Monday night, October 27th, the Rushford City Council reconsidered the problem Paul and Luanne Dvorak had when the lift station malfunctioned and sent sewer water flooding their basement. At a previous meeting the council had offered to pay half of t ..... 
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Election 2003

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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The following elections and school referendums will take place on Thursday, November 4:  City Elections  •Rushford: Mayor, two year term; two Council positions, four year term.  [Read the Rest]

Coleman will sponsor Rural Renaissance Act

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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On Wednesday, Senator Norm Coleman announced plans to sponsor legislation that would invest $50 billion in rural America designed to improve an aging and somewhat outdated infrastructure.

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Preston City Council: Council spells out conditions for Heartland building permit

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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The council had passed a similar measure at their regular October 20 meeting. But Tuesday’s action spelled out, in more detail, the conditions the Mausts would need to meet in order for a building permit to be issued in the future.

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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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Felony Charges

•Lee Allen Comstock, 20, Spring Valley, and Amber Lee Finley, 23, Chatfield, were charged with two felony counts of check forgery stemming from an incident on September 15. According to the criminal complaint, the ..... 
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LMC brings Road Show to Chatfield

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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The League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) brought its annual Fall road show to Chatfield on Tuesday, October 28, the tenth of 12 regional cities the league has visited since September 30.  According to Stephanie Lake, the LMC’s Pu ..... 
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Ancestral search leads to Telemark

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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Sabotage, heavy water, and atom bomb are words one would normally not expect to encounter when merely trying to locate ancestral farms in Norway. Knowing only that the two farms were located in the area of Tinn i Telemark, my family and I set our cou ..... 
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