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First Camp Ripley archery deer hunt is another success

Updated: October 25, 2011 - 10:33 PM

Archery hunters at the special Camp Ripley deer hunt last week bagged 287 whitetails -- the same number as last year

And the 13 percent success rate for the 2,100 hunters also was about the same as last year

"Almost everything about this year's first hunt was identical to last year,'' said Beau Liddell, DNR area wildlife manager

There was one difference

"Fewer really big bucks were registered,'' Liddell said
And the antlerless harvest increased by 3 percent

Still, it was the third-highest harvest on record for the first two-day hunt

A second two-day hunt runs this Saturday and Sunday
There were 33 fewer hunters this year Sixty-seven percent of the deer killed were antlerless and 33 percent were bucks Twenty percent were adult bucks

Among big bucks taken were a 210-pounder shot by Dylan Laudenbach of Coon Rapids, a 208-pounder killed by Adam Pickar of Brainerd, a 205-pounder taken by John Haus of Sauk Rapids and a 203-pounder shot by Joseph Barton of Fridley

Don't wait to buy

DNR officials have again urged the state's 500,000 deer hunters to buy their hunting licenses early and avoid lines The firearms season opens Nov 5 Licenses are $27 and can be bought at license agents around the state, or by phone at 888-665-4236, or online at wwwmndnrgov/buyalicense Hunters who buy by phone or Internet will receive their deer tags by mail, which can take five to 10 business days

Corn harvest

Good news for deer and pheasant hunters: Minnesota's corn harvest is way ahead of schedule As of Monday, the harvest was 79 percent complete, compared to 73 percent last year and 43 percent on average


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Minnesota National Guard leaders visit traveling tribute in Austin

Posted: 2018-05-22  10:16 AM
Traveling Wall AUSTIN, Minn. - A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was on display May 16-20, in Austin and leaders of the 347th Regional Support Group took the opportunity to visit during the event's closing ceremony.

The display, dubbed the American Veterans Traveling Tribute, was hosted by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Austin and featured a near-replica of the memorial in Washington, D.C.

"It was an honor to be part of this humbling and moving tribute to our Vietnam veterans," said Col. Stephen Schemenauer. "The traveling Vietnam Wall is a powerful display, and this event provided an opportunity to meet, and thank, service members from WWII to present-day conflicts. Regardless of their branch of service, or the era or conflict in which they served, we all share a common bond."

Minnesota Aviators lead multi-state National Guard partnership for NTC rotation

Posted: 2018-05-21  03:51 PM
2-147 NTC FORT IRWIN, Calif. - The Minnesota National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion is working together with aviation units from four different states to provide support to the Tennessee-based 278th Armored Calvary Regiment during a rotation at National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California.

Making up Task Force Ragnar is Utah-based B Company, 1st Battalion, 211th Assault Reconnaissance Battalion; Nevada-based B Company, 1-189th General Support Aviation Battalion; Michigan-based C Company, 3-238th GSAB; and Minnesota-based A, D, E and Headquarters Companies, 2-147th AHB and F Company, 1-189th GSAB.

"Early coordination with the units across four states combined with exceptional unit leadership and motivated Soldiers helped us to quickly build the task force when we closed on Fort Irwin," said Lt. Col. Kevin O'Brien, Task Force Commander. "I was thoroughly impressed with the professionalism and teamwork of task force Soldiers. This was an outstanding training opportunity that challenged every Soldier to grow as individuals and units daily."

Deployed Minnesota Guardsman honors grandfather, Hmong heritage

Posted: 2018-05-17  09:57 AM
Brandon Xiong CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - "My heritage is Hmong," said 21 year-old Minnesota National Guard Spec. Brandon Xiong from his desk at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. "A low-key culture that originated from southern Asia. Hmong is not a place, but it is a people."

Xiong, the eldest grandson of the late Col. Song Leng Xiong, is deployed in Kuwait as an information technician for Area Support Group - Kuwait.

"We were not nomadic, but have been in many different conflicts," said Xiong. "Many places I go, I am questioned about my nationality and when answered, end up being even more confused. There is a movie called, "Gran Torino", where Clint Eastwood is introduced to the Hmong culture and I think it portrays the Hmong people not so terribly."

Month of the Military Child recognizes contributions of military kids

Posted: 2018-04-07  01:54 PM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn.- The month of April is designated as the Month of the Military Child to recognize the contributions and sacrifices military children make so their family members can serve. An estimated 15,000 children in Minnesota have been affected by the deployment of a parent.

"Military children bear a lot while their family members serve," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "It is up to us to support these resilient kids and help to lessen their burden."

An event to honor military kids in Minnesota will take place April 13, 2018, at the Mall of America rotunda from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Activities will include appearances by the Teddy Bear Band and meet and greets with Nickelodeon characters.

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