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W 3/-12 Cloudy with flurries. Highs in the low single digits and lows - I 0 to - 14F. 1/21 912 Snow show- ors. 1/22 1/23;; 13/-5 11/9 Times of sun Sunshine. and clouds. Highs in the Highs in the low teens and low teens and lows in the lows -3 to - upper single 7F. digit s . 1124 ,: ,'fa.,, 20/11 A few snow showers. Highs in the low 20s and lows in the low teens. FARM LAND VALUES CONTINUE TO RISE PAGE 8 ,,,rUhlhh,dlH,i.hM,mdl,.,,.M.hld...M ***************MIXED ADC 50902 09113/99 SmaliTowaPal. 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW 3 SEATrLE. WA 98136-1208 6 Wednesday January 19, 2011 $1.00 VOLUME NO. 26 NUMBER 21 8 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition -DM&E train derailed just ea00;t OT Mead0wland crossing at Walnut Grove At Right Heavy equipment was being used to move the crumpled hopper cars away from the wreck site. About 40 workers were using about 14 pieces of large equipment to clean up the scene. eCOLD MIGHT HAVE BEEN A FACTOR IN DERAIL- MENT Last Tuesday night an east bound DM&E train derailed past the cross- ing just east of Walnut Grove, piling up about fifteen hopper cars loaded with wheat. Crews worked through the night Wednesday and Thursday to clear !lie :tral. The: tracks wex, re.opened_ and trains were running again early . Left: A track- hoe picked wheel sets out of the piles of Trapping is in his blood Shannon Cohrs received first place Grand Champion honors in the 2010 Minnesota Trappers Association Pelt Handling Contest By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune DOVRAY -- You might say trapping is in Shannon Cohrs' blood. He has been trapping 36 years, since he was nine years old, following in his dad and granddad's foot- steps. Growing up on a farm northeast of Dovray, he has learned the ropes of trapping from his dad, Donald. After his grandfather died his dad concentrat- ed more on the farming, and Shannon began run- ning the trap lines. His first year he used about a dozen traps and caught one mink and 60 musk- rats. The pelts brought $75 for the mink and nine dollars each for the musk- rats. "That was quite a bit of money for a young farm boy at the time," he said. During high school he started doing a lot of coon hunting with his class- mate, Donn Dibble, for about five or six years. Cohrs said "I have always enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping." During trapping sea- son, which runs from early fall through most of the winter, Cohrs starts his day around 4 a.m. He starts checking his four to five dozen traps then goes to his day job at 7 a.m. The first week or two of the season he traps mostly coyotes and rac- coons. He uses a couple different types of traps along with different sizes according to the animals he is trapping. The trap sizes go from the small- est, ought, to fives with the fives being the largest. Shannon Cohrs held one of his prize winning pelts at the awards ceremony. Submitted Photo The larger sizes are used season for beaver, musk- mainly for beavers, rat, and mink. The season for land "We are starting to see animals starts a week ear- a few otters in the area lier than the water animal but they are mostly locat- ed in northern Minnesota, and the southeast part of the state," he said. Shannon's brother Craig, who lives out in Wyoming also traps. He mostly traps coyotes and bobcats. "His top dol- lar bobcat pelt brought $600, they usually bring between $300 and $600," he said. Shannon does his own skinning and stretching of his pelts. Finished market ready beaver pelts bring between 10-15 dollars, muskrats bring about $6.50, mink run between 18-30 dollars for males, females bring less because of their size. Raccoons bring from 20-25 dollars, coyotes bring 35 to 40 dol- lars, and fox bring 18-20 dollars. Lately the fox market is down due to more coyotes around the area. "They both compete for the same food sourc- es," he said. Cohrs also traps skunk, possum, weasel, red squirrel and badger. He literally uses a ten foot pole to put down skunks. He actually has to talk the skunk down to give it a shot of acetone. Skunk pelts bring pretty good money, and the essence from the scent glands can also be recovered to be used in making hunting scents. Cohrs says the money for pelts is better now than it has been in the past. Markets have been up for the past couple of years. The Chinese people are buying a lot of the pelts. They can dye the muskrat pelts to make them look like ranch mink. The harsh Russian winters and their over hunting and trapping of raccoons have made the coon market better the past few years. Cohrs has had a couple of fur coats made from beaver and coon that he has trapped. 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