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AREA PREP NOTEBOOK: Win-E-Mac carries football turnaround to basketball

December 19, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The football turnaround at Win-E-Mac High School has carried over to the basketball court. The Patriots won their first five games of the basketball season before being edged 52-50 by Fertile-Beltrami on Monday. Continue Reading

‘Billy’ the buck had been illegally penned for half a year before attacking Minnesota farmer

September 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

“Billy,” the Fertile Journal reports, “was a bad buck.” The combative whitetail deer that stalked and brazenly attacked a Fertile area farmer in early August was an “escapee” from a pen on a nearby farm, where it had been held illegally the previous seven months. Continue Reading

Prosecutor: Shooting of pugilistic deer ‘justifiable’

August 29, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Fertile, Minn., farmer still sore after Aug. 2 fight with deerMark Christianson, the Fertile area farmer who trailed by points in a boxing match with a whitetail deer until he shot the buck, won’t be charged for shooting a deer out of season. Continue Reading

Minnesota man pummeled by deer, but rifle ends hoof-fight

August 8, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The way Mark Christianson tells it, in his lilting Old Country accent, the deer started the fight. The confrontation, which left Christianson, 66, with black eyes and pink-to-purple bruises over his arms, shoulders and chest, occurred last Thursday as he stepped outside his farm home about 10 miles southeast of Fertile. Continue Reading

Fairs happening in the area

July 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

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Polk County fair fun for many, features life lessons for 4-Hers

July 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The pungent smell of farm animals and the sight of 4-H members has been a common scene here at the Polk County Fair since the county fairgrounds opened the gates Wednesday. Continue Reading

Aerial mosquito spray set for Beltrami, Fertile, McIntosh

July 4, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Aerial mosquito spraying over the Minnesota towns of Beltrami, Fertile and McIntosh is scheduled for Friday evening. Continue Reading

Fertile council OKs housing project

March 24, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

With the Fertile City Council approval of a plat, lots can now be sold in a housing development on the northeast side of this Polk County town. Continue Reading

Love story shared with Mariah Carey provides long-delayed honeymoon trip

March 12, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Amber Nelson and her husband Brett recently won an all-inclusive Caribbean trip valued at more than $6,000 from the singer’s “14 Days of Forever Love” contest. Amber’s from Fertile, Minn.; Brett, a National Guardsman and Iraq war vet, is from Cavalier, N.D. Continue Reading

Amish farmer says he forgives teens after arson

June 29, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Complaint: Barn ignited by flare gunsFour teenagers, three juveniles and Andrew Mark Dahl, 19, of Climax, Minn., were charged with arson in connection with the fire, the Polk County Sheriff’s Department reported last week. Continue Reading