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PARK RAPIDS, Minn. — Those who enjoy getting out on the ice for some fishing are facing two challenges this year. First, the heavy snow the first weekend in December slowed ice formation. Second, the additional foot of heavy wet snow last weekend compounded the problem, adding three to six inches of wet slush anglers have to trudge through.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. — During the holiday season, scams promising money are more prevalent. An area resident received a call on her landline recently asking her to press 1 if she was a conservative and wanted to be part of a survey. She said the next message was that those completing the survey would receive $899 in gold. She hung up, which is the action recommended by the Minnesota Attorney General.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. — Researchers from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine are taking what they learned at Itasca State Park last summer studying Lyme disease in ticks to show how mobile labs can be a useful tool for researchers around the world. Peter Larsen, an assistant professor and molecular biologist in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, was accompanied by research scientists Kenwyn Shriner, a second-year Department of Veterinary Medicine/Minnesota Public Health student, and Laramie Lindsey, a postdoctoral scholar.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. — Scott Donahue, of rural Park Rapids, was diagnosed with blastomycosis in March and is still recovering. The fungus thrives in a wet environment and is often found near rivers or lakes, according to the Minnesota Department of Health website, entering the lungs when breathing in spores. Dog died from fungus last year Donahue’s son, Max, had a yellow Lab named Buck on the property, who was diagnosed with blastomycosis in the summer of 2018.