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Mike Olson was repairing a deck for his dad, Erling, on Monday afternoon in Thief River Falls, when he came across a sight could have come straight from "Little Red Riding Hood." Olson was replacing the 2-by-8 studs that hold the decking and said he already had been working under the deck about 20 minutes, pounding away with a sledge hammer. That's when he realized he wasn't alone. "I cocked my head back, and I saw those two eyes looking at me," Olson said. "I got out real fast." The younger Olson had encountered what appeared to be a gray wolf.
Woodbury Lutheran Church is taking the high road on the party path to the SuperBowl as it is forced to cancel its "Big Game" party this Sunday due to NFL copyright policies. The NFL forbids churches and other organizations to show the game on screens larger than what one might have at home or larger than 55 inches. Woodbury Lutheran Church planned to show the game on one of its 12-foot high screens with close to 200 people attending.
Minnesota DNR says its time to conserve water Lots of hot weather and a continuing drought has the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urging Minnesotans to conserve water. "Periods of drought are a regular part of the Minnesota climate," said Kent Lokkesmoe, director, DNR Division of Waters. "The duration of a drought cannot be predicted with any degree of certainty." He added that conserving water will minimize impacts on surface water and ground water. "Wise and efficient use of water is everyone's responsibility," Lokkesmoe said.
John E. "Jack" Welch, age 87, formerly of St. Paul, passed away on April 19. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 24, at the Church of St. Rita, 8694 80th St. S., Cottage Grove, with visitation 1 hour prior. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the Special Olympics.
Daniel P. Hackl, age 63, died April 19. Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 400 W. 9th St., Hastings, Minn. Visitation 1 hour before service.
Howard Vaala, age 67, of Woodbury, died March 23. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 29, at Zion Lutheran Church, 8500 Hillside Tr., Cottage Grove. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Wulff Woodbury Funeral Home, 2195 Woodlane Dr., Woodbury.
Scott Stafne, 40, courageously died of ALS on Feb. 7. Friends and family are invited to celebrate Scott's life at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, Crossroads Church, Woodbury. Visitation starting at 9:30 a.m. Memorials preferred to the Scott Stafne Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo.
Earl E. Reinhardt, age 85, of Woodbury, went to be with his Lord on Jan. 9. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at Woodbury Lutheran Church, 7380 Afton Rd., Woodbury, with visitation at church 1 hour prior. Interment Cottage Grove Cemetery.
Carl F. Koonst Jr., age 76, of Woodbury, died Dec. 23. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at Newport Lutheran Church, 900 - 15th St. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Wulff Woodbury Funeral Home, 2195 Woodland Dr., Woodbury, with Am. Legion ritual at 7 p.m.; visitation also 1 hour prior to the service at church. Interment Glenwood City Cemetery, Wisconsin.
Tracy Lee Wirtz, age 42, of Woodbury, went to be with her Lord on Nov. 5. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 1583 Radio Dr., Woodbury, with visitation 1 hour prior. Interment Cottage Grove Cemetery.