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Names and Bling for the Owlets


Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

By Karla Bloem

Houston, Minn. -- The three owlets hatched in March as part of the International Owl Center’s Great Horned Owl breeding project now have names as well as bands.

As a condition of the state and federal permits required for the project, the owlets needed bling: numbered yellow zip-tie bands issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The owlets were removed from their aviary and the bands were placed on the owlets’ ankles (girls on the right, boy on the left) last week.

The DNA gender testing of the owlets revealed the oldest to be a girl, the middle to be a boy, and the baby of the family was also a girl. A naming contest was held to solicit names for the rapidly growing owlets, with a goal to have names that reflect gender as well as other individual traits.

Karla Bloem, the authority on Great Horned Owl vocalizations conducting the breeding project as part of her vocal research, selected the names for the owlets from over 100 sets of names submitted from around the country and globe.

The youngest owlet was named Patience, a name suggested by several since she always waits patiently to eat after the oldest owlets are fed. She also seems to have no ambition to leave the nest. The older two are already flying from perch to perch throughout the 1,000 square foot aviary, but Patience has yet to even venture out onto a branch immediately next to the nest platform.

The middle owlet was named Patrick since he was hatched on St. Patrick’s Day. Although the middle child, he was the first to spread his wings and fly to other perches in the enclosure.

Pandora was selected as the name for the oldest owlet. She jumped off the nest platform to the floor when the owlets were removed for banding, and she can be bossy with her siblings. When Patrick was first starting to fly, he would land on the Astroturf-covered ramp to climb back up to the nest. Pandora would sit at the top of the ramp and refuse to let him pass.

Once the young leave the nest, most online cams have to shut down. The live streaming video of this family will offer the public a rare glimpse into life of owlets after fledging as they will remain in captivity until they have developed their territorial hoots.

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R-P mock crash hits hard

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

“In 2008, 11,773 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. These alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 32 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States.” “The 11,773 fatalities in alcoho ..... 
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Letter about Miller’s actions

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, In this time of crisis, Southeast Minnesota deserves leadership to provide strong protections against the ravages of industrial-scale frac sand mining. Not only is Sen. Jeremy Miller not leading, he is an obstructionist to meaningf ..... 
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Marlys McCluskey

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Marlys McCluskey Marlys R. McCluskey, 86, of Rushford, Minn. died on Thursday, April 25, 2013, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford. Born Marlys Rae Anderson on December 28, 1926, in Hutchinson, Minn. to Alvin and Olive (Benjamin) Ander ..... 
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Florence Runge

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Florence Runge Florence M. Runge, 88, of Rushford, Minn. died on Friday, April 26, 2013, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford. Florence was born on September 19, 1924, in rural Lewiston, Minn. to Herman and Meta (Bergmann) Runge. She wa ..... 
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A community conversation about childhood

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Join Katy Smith, Parent Educator from Winona and the 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year in a lively conversation about childhood and what kids need from it on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30pm at the Rushford-Peterson School Theater, free of charge. Katy ..... 
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The R-P Middle School staff

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The R-P Middle School staff is proud to announce the Quarter 3 Winners of the R-P Middle School Excellence Award. The Excellence Award is in place to recognize students who strive for excellence by upholding the R-P School’s Motto of “Always Our ..... 
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A Community Conversation About Childhood

Wed, May 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Join Katy Smith, Parent Educator from Winona and the 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year in a lively conversation about childhood and what kids need from it on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30pm from Rushford-Peterson School Theater. Katy is passionate abou ..... 
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Rushford Floor Covering merges with Lyle’s Flooring America

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

For years people have echoed the sentiment that small town businesses just can’t compete with their larger counterparts. Big box behemoths, ultra-competitive pricing, and gravitation towards internet browsing and sales have staggered the potential ..... 
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