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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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Posted: 2017-12-12  11:29 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade (ECAB), who recently celebrated a year full of achievements, have embraced a new name: Red Devils.

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Soldiers of the 34th ECAB, which falls under and supports the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, will continue to wear the Red Bull insignia on their uniforms. However, they will now be known and referred to as the Red Devils, a name that pays homage to the division's historical accomplishments and fierce warfighting.

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Governor Mark Dayton installs new Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General

Posted: 2017-11-04  04:16 PM
TAG installation ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton administered the oath of office to Maj. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, installing him as the Minnesota National Guard's 31st Adjutant General during a ceremony in St. Paul, November 4, 2017.

"General Jensen has been a tremendous leader of the Minnesota National Guard throughout his years of dedicated service," said Governor Dayton. "He has served in two top leadership positions, as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, and also as the Chief of Staff at the Guard's Joint Force Headquarters. I am confident that he will continue to provide the same outstanding leadership as his predecessor, General Rick Nash."

Jensen most recently served as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He previously held positions as Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff and Minnesota National Guard Assistant Adjutant General - Army.

Guard Heritage Suffers with Loss of Artillery Unit

Posted: 2017-10-04  11:22 AM
ETAB ANOKA, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard lost one of its most historically significant units when the 151st Artillery's E Battery, (Target Acquisition) cased its colors in a ceremony at the Anoka High School Aug. 19, 2017.

The Target Acquisition Battery (ETAB), 151st Field Artillery is one of the oldest and most decorated units in the Minnesota National Guard and the 34th Infantry Division. "Both Minnesota and the Division lose the proud lineage that goes back to Civil War days, through WW1 and WW2, and had a significant amount of battle streamers," said 151st Field Artillery Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Patrick Cornwell.

The 151st Field Artillery draws its lineage from the 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery of 1864 which fought two major campaigns in Tennessee during the Civil War.

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