- Associated Press - Monday, August 25, 2014
Minnesota pheasant harvest drops

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The number of pheasant hunters in Minnesota plunged last year along with the ringneck harvest.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says only 62,000 pheasant hunters took to the fields last fall, and they bagged only 169,000 roosters.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1AOD5Jrhttps://strib.mn/1AOD5Jr ) reports that’s the fewest hunters and lowest harvest in 27 years. Hunter numbers declined 19 percent and the pheasant harvest was down 32 percent from 2012.

Hunters likely were responding to a big loss of habitat, poor nesting weather and a corresponding drop in the ringneck population in recent years.

Last year, Minnesota’s pheasant population dropped 29 percent. Minnesota has recently lost more than 100 square miles of grassland habitat in the pheasant range.


Peterson urges anaphylactic kids to be prepared

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Adrian Peterson has many endorsements, and this one hits as close to home as any.

The Minnesota Vikings star has been adding his voice to a campaign to encourage kids with severe allergies like his to be prepared, that carrying an epinephrine auto-injector is not uncool.

Peterson is a paid spokesman for Mylan Specialty. That’s the pharmaceutical company and maker of the EpiPen. Peterson needed it two years ago during training camp to survive a reaction to shellfish he ate at lunch and didn’t realize he was allergic to.

Peterson filmed an educational video over the weekend with three kids with food allergies. They won a national contest to meet him as part of the Ready2Go awareness campaign, after submitting videos about how they’re prepared for anaphylaxis attacks.


Rains slow Minnesota small grain harvest

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Widespread rains have slowed Minnesota’s small grain harvest but also have improved row crop and pasture conditions.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 4.5 days were suitable for fieldwork in Minnesota during the week that ended Sunday.

Minnesota’s corn crop made a big advance last week. Seventy-eight percent of the corn crop was at or beyond the dough stage, a jump of 15 percentage points from the previous week. Seventy-one percent of the corn crop is rated in good to excellent condition.

Ninety-two percent of soybean acres were setting pods, up 7 points from the previous week. Soybean conditions improved slightly and now are at 66 percent good to excellent.

The spring wheat harvest is nearly three weeks behind the five-year average, at 22 percent complete.


Ex-chiropractor pleads guilty to sex assault

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A former Little Canada chiropractor has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a client in May.

Fifty-four-year-old Paul D. Thompson of Vadnais Heights pleaded guilty Monday in Ramsey County to third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1lswhOhhttps://strib.mn/1lswhOh ) reports as part of Thompson’s plea deal, a charge of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct will be dismissed.

The deal calls for no more than four years in prison when Thompson is sentenced on Oct. 13, and allows his attorney to argue for less time.

Thompson also will be required to register as a predatory offender.

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