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RECORD PAGE 2 PAGE 3 PAGE 4 PAGE 5 & FAMILYPAGE 6 PAGE 7 INDEX COMMUNITY COMMUNITY AREA FOCUS CLASSIFIED AREA FOCUS PAGE 8 PAGE 9 PAGE 1 0 PAGE 1 1 PAGE 1 2 SPRING SP )RrS PAC00E 7 14,2004 . cents Y entinel ribune VOLUME NO. NUMBER 32 12 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition 19 rchers study Scaup at Talcot Reserve year study researchers Louisiana -- Researchers are study- decline of the Scaup ducks better tt , Bluebills to hunters and con- ClUcks are in in a serious decline. 25 years they have declined per year with their popu- from about 7 million in 1984 in 2003. are still more bluebills than of ducks. Although drop is disturbing, "It's they are going extinct, but it is said A1Afton, a water- from Louisiana State and former Minnesotan from an adjunct professor, is leading study. About two weeks ago the researchers were busy trapping and marking some 3000 bluebills in southern Iowa. The bills and wing tips of the birds are painted with special colors so they can be identified with the time they were caught. We would like to use radio col- lars but they are way too expensive at $3,000 a piece. The public is being asked to help in the project by reporting those they spot and reporting them to the research proj- ect. It is an import part of the three year study that researchers hope will help to explain the decline of the bluebill popu- lation. Afton said many of the scaup they capture are in poor condition. The ducks nest. in the boreal forest regions of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Changes in habitat in these nesting grounds could be impacting the ducks. Diet and contaminates of food could also be contributing factors. Although Afton's main theory is the bluebills may not be finding sufficient food during the migration. Researchers Continued on page 3 Tony Vidrlene left and AI Afton stood by their equipment at the Talcot Game Refuge headquarters /!! i students named princesses in County Plaetz as 2004 Princesses llerchant Tribune GROVE -- Emily and Alecia Plaetz Lucan were as Redwood Princesses. Mass of the County ADA, two ladies will next year pro- dairy business Parades, schools fair. is the daughter .trod Susan Deprez. ts an active senior Walnut School. She is volleyball, bas- FFA, serving as reporter, theater, m the polka is the daughter and Jane Plaetz. senior at Wabasso Her activities choir, dance- and band. Emily Deprez Both are looking for- ward to the opportunity to represent the dairy indus- try. In their roles as Dairy Princesses they will join other princesses attending a leadership conference in May. According to Maas, from that group, 12 will be selected to compete for the title of Princess Kay of the Milky Way at the State Fair in August. Maas was excited to have two fine representa- tives to represent the county. They will be role models for younger dairy ambassadors, and hopeful- ly they might go on to become strong promoters of the industry. 77/51 Wildly, slight chance of a thunder- stor[. 73/44 Partly cloudy. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the mid 40s. 60/46 A few thun- delltorms Highs in the low 60s and lows in the mid 40s. 59/37 Chance of showers. Highs in the upper 50s "and lows in the upper 30s. -The Magic of Spring We'keep looking at the signs that spring is just around the corner. By Carolyn Vn Lob According to the calendar, we are in the third week of spring, but spring is more than a date on the calendar. It is a birthing process that often has setbacks and rever- sals. Most of us find it difficult to be patient and wait for the conclusion of the process -- farmers preparing their fields for planting, spring flowers blooming, tree buds bursting into leaves, and gardeners joyfully tilling their gardens. I have the privilege of doing my writing at home in the comfort of our sun room with its wall of mdows. The view from those windows is priceless. I bask in the bright sunshine (most days). Since we don't have a dog, birds, squirrels, and rabbits have the freedom to roam our farm site. One day I even saw a skunk ambling across the yard? My mother-in-law has labeled the two blackbirds in her yard the yard police, because they guard her backyard and keep Leaves are budding out all over. This robin looked pretty perky. other birds away. On our farm, it some- times looks like we have an entire flock of blackbirds feasting on the goodies in our "lawn. I don't appreciate blackbirds any- more than my mother-in-law, but I have enjoyed watching them as they hunt for food and interact with eah other in the blackbird society. Robins are more abundant on our farm than I remember from previous years. They are such busy creatures flitting here and there to set up nest-keeping for another summer in southwest Minnesota. A number of robins were busy around our house Saturday after- noon, so I decided to snap a picture to accompany this article. It didn't take me long to discover that robins don't like to pose for pictures. I didn't have the patience to out wait them for a prize- winning photo because I was rather cool standing outdoors without a jacket. Readers will have to visualize the scene I witnessed Monday morning from my kitchen window. There, on our old tree swing, was a robin quietly looking over his surroundings. Of course, I didn't have my camera ready to capture the scene before Mr. Robin.flew away. Magic Continued on page 3 CHECK U T TH, E AMERICAN PROIFILE NEXT WEEK 2004 Wilder Pageant cast set Tryouts held last week By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WALNUT GROVE -- Co-directors Deb Saxton and Missie El:bes held cast tryouts for the 2004 production of the Wilder Pageant, Fragments of a Dream last week. Tryouts were concluded last Saturday morning. Saxton said, "We had a good turnout last Friday. We are probably short of adults, but most of the regulars are back." Some that were not here last year are back -- it is nice to have families involved. There are several char- acters to replace, mostly adults. Key parts of Margaret and Nellie Oleson will be played by new people as their last year players Jan Mason and Gwen Bitker will not be return- ing. The two directors said there are a lot of things that affect the return of actors from year to year. It takes a huge commitment from the actors. 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