Many give thanks to Minnesota for producing the most turkeys
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Based on the numbers, there is a good chance that a Thanksgiving turkey came from Minnesota. Minnesota farmers grow about 45 million turkeys a year on more than 500 farms, or nearly 18% of the country’s turkey supply, according to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Americans should eat about 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving. Minnesota was the nation’s leader in turkey production in 2020 with 40 million birds. That is nine million more than North Carolina, which is No. 2 in production. South Dakota produces about 5 million turkeys a year and North Dakota about 1 million.
Looking to beat freeze, Minnesota man lands record muskie
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man rushing to sneak in a final fishing expedition before the freeze on one of the state’s largest lakes appears to have broken a 64-year-old state record. Nolan Sprengeler, of Plymouth, landed a muskie on Lake Mille Lacs Monday night that tipped the scales at 55 pounds, 14.8 ounces. The previous Minnesota record of 54 pounds was set in 1957 on Lake Winnibigoshish. After attempts to revive the fish failed, Sprengeler took the fish to renowned Lax Taxidermy in Conover, Wisconsin to have it mounted. The taxidermy also creates molds so replicas can be reproduced. The official world record recognized by most organizations is Louis Spray’s 69-pound, 11-ounce muskie that was caught in 1949 on the Chippewa Flowage in northwestern Wisconsin.
3 people found dead in suburban Twin Cities residence
FRIDLEY, Minn. (AP) — Police are investigating the deaths of three people whose bodies were discovered in a suburban Twin Cities residence. The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office was called to the residence in Fridley, north of Minneapolis, just after 2 p.m. Wednesday. A preliminary investigation showed no obvious signs of trauma and officials say there is no threat to the public. No further information was immediately available. The Fridley Police Department, Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office and Anoka County Sheriff’s Office are investigating.
HUNTING DEATH-MAN KILLED
Minnesota man dies in apparent hunting accident in Wisconsin
SAXON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a Minnesota man was shot and killed in an apparent hunting accident in northwestern Wisconsin. The Iron County Sheriff’s Office says dispatchers received a call just before 5 p.m. Tuesday in the town of Saxon. The caller reported an accidental discharge of a firearm, which left one man with serious injuries. When responders arrived on the scene, they tried to revive the 65-year-old man but were unsuccessful. KBJR-TV reports that the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident remains under investigation. Saxon is about 95 miles (153 kilometers) east of Duluth, Minnesota.
Who’s a hero? Some states, cities still debating hazard pay
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — While many workers deemed essential in their respective states have already received pandemic hazard pay or hero pay, there are thousands more still waiting for the same financial pat-on-the-back. Many work in places like Connecticut, Minnesota and cities around the country that are still trying to figure out whether and how to distribute funds to what’s become a huge pool of heroes. In Connecticut, state lawmakers in June set aside $22.5 million in federal pandemic funds for essential state employees and members of the Connecticut National Guard. But so far, no checks have been cut. Meanwhile, there’s a push to reward even more people with the money.
MANKATO BABY DEATH
Charges upgraded to murder, manslaughter in death of infant
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Officials say charges against a Minnesota man accused of killing his 2-month-old child have been upgraded to murder and manslaughter. Kristopher Henderson, of Mankato, is accused of causing fatal injuries to his daughter in September. The child died earlier this month. The 39-year-old Henderson was originally charged with first-degree assault. The Mankato Free Press reports that charges were amended to include second-degree murder without intent while committing a felony, and first-degree manslaughter while committing malicious punishment of a child. The complaint says Henderson admitted to hitting the baby on the back forcefully for about five minutes while trying to quiet her. The infant’s injuries included bleeding in her brain, broken ribs and broken bones in both legs.
Former middle school principal found dead in Minnesota jail
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former middle school principal serving a prison sentence was found dead in a Minnesota jail. Christopher Jerome Endicott had previously been sentenced to prison for identity theft, stalking and burglary, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. Crow Wing County Sheriff Scott Goddard says that Endicott was found unresponsive at the jail in Brainerd and efforts to save his life were not successful. Endicott was jailed on a Minnesota Department of Corrections warrant. He had been released from prison earlier this month as part of a program that allows inmates to live in the community under supervision.
‘They become our family:’ US farming couple rescues Afghans
FERGUS FALLS, Minnesota (AP) — A Minnesota woman who worked as an agricultural adviser in the hinterlands of Afghanistan has been using her own time and money to get the Afghans who worked for her program out of the country. So far, five of the men and their families have made it out with Caroline Clarin’s help. The 12 agricultural specialists, all traditional Afghan men, formed a deep, unexpected bond with their boss. Her wife, Sheril Raymond, has been helping the families start their life in the remote town of Fergus Falls near the North Dakota border. The Afghans say they consider them family.
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