CORMORANT TOWNSHIP, Minnesota (KTRK) -- One of the country's most popular, good-natured and fluffiest politicians has died.Duke, the 13-year-old Great Pyrenees who became famous for becoming the mayor of a Minnesota town, crossed the rainbow bridge on Feb. 21. Duke was the write-in winner of the mayor's seat of Cormorant Township four times since 2014 and "retired" last year due to failing health. He was often photographed with his official mayor's hat and sash.In 2016, a year of great political divide, Duke won every vote with the exception of one vote for his "girlfriend," a dog named Lassie.Duke acted as an ambassador for the village, appearing in parades and on billboards. He was a fierce advocate for the Humane Society, a supporter and male ally to the Girl Scouts and the number one cheerleader at town-wide sporting events."Our beloved mayor Duke went to doggy heaven today. He will be greatly missed," a Facebook post on his official page read. "Thanks to all who express their … [Read more...] about Duke, beloved dog mayor of Minnesota town, has died
RICE, Minn. — The new mayor of a central Minnesota town was arrested for driving under the influence as he prepared to drive a school bus. Authorities say Rice Mayor Erik Bonde was taken into custody after police were investigating a report that he had a suspended driver's license. Officers say Bonde appeared to be intoxicated and they found a container with an alcoholic beverage on the bus. Police say a breath test showed that Bonde's blood alcohol content was above the legal limit for driving. There were no students on the bus at the time. Bonde was elected mayor on Nov. 6. Court records show Bonde has a previous drunken driving conviction from 2007 in Crow Wing County. Bonde did not return a voicemail message left by the St. Cloud Times . … [Read more...] about Mayor of Minnesota town arrested for DUI on school bus
By Bob D’Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk GILBERT, MINN. — Motorists are told to be alert for drunken drivers. But what about birds flying under the influence? >> Read more trending news Birds apparently enjoying fermented berries in Gilbert, Minnesota, have been flying into windows and vehicles and causing a flap in this small town, the Star Tribune reported.Gilbert’s police chief, Ty Techar, went on Facebook to warn residents about the loopy birds, and had some fun in the process.“The reason behind this occurrence is certain berries we have in our area have fermented earlier than usual due to an early frost,” Techar wrote. “Generally, younger birds’ livers cannot handle the toxins as efficiently as more mature birds.” Recommended for you Recommended for you Recommended for you Most read 1 2 charged in unprovoked attack on family of 4 at gas station 2 Palm Beach County … [Read more...] about Birds flying under the influence in Minnesota town
Antonia Noori Farzan, The Washington Post Published 5:03 am PDT, Thursday, October 4, 2018 Birds like this American robin stand in water to cooldown during hot summer days. Photo Credit: Kathy Adams Clark. Restricted use. Birds like this American robin stand in water to cooldown during hot summer days. Photo Credit: Kathy Adams Clark. Restricted use. Photo: Kathy_Adams_Clark An American robin feeds in a wild cherry tree at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center Wednesday Jan. 10, 2018 in Delmar, NY. (John Carl D'Annibale/Times Union) An American robin feeds in a wild cherry tree at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center Wednesday Jan. 10, 2018 in Delmar, NY. (John Carl D'Annibale/Times Union) Photo: John Carl D'Annibale, Albany Times Union Buy photo By Sharon Scharich By Sharon Scharich … [Read more...] about Drunk birds are causing havoc in a Minnesota town. Police say they’ll sober up soon.
AUSTIN, Minn. – The tall teenager with the buzz cut opened the museum door, extended a large hand and said cheerily, “Welcome to the Spam Museum.” Samuel Ehret is an official “Spambassador”at the museum, a hot spot for tourists who have a taste for the much-mocked canned meat that has been made here by Hormel Foods for 81 years. Samuel is also autistic, and he got this job because he loves all things Spam – its taste, its history, and especially the museum’s showpiece: a motorcycle that runs on bacon grease. He also landed the job because Austin is an autism-friendly town. Ten years ago, it became one of the first in the country to launch a community-wide effort both to reduce the disorder’s stigma and make local businesses aware of the special needs of autistic customers. It is also probably the only small town in America to employ a community autism resource specialist. The mission was “a grass-roots effort to improve our … [Read more...] about The Minnesota town that gave the world Spam is proud to be ‘autism-friendly’