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Mississippi reflections

One of the joys of being in Minneapolis and St Paul is walking next to the Mississippi River.  I didn't know before I came here that the river flowed through this part of the world. (In my mind the river only existed in the south somewhere, courtesy of Mark Twain).

But, as it turns out,  it's just behind the university where I'm staying and I've tried everyday to find time to stroll beside it. It's special. Sometimes I climb down from the path to sit on a rock ledge and watch it flow. 

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The hunt returns to wolf country

Gerald Tyler lives up at Ely, northern Minnesota, a town of about 3,500 people just shy of the Canadian border. It’s wilderness country, canoe country, and, most controversially, wolf country.

Tyler is a retired property developer who put himself through law school, but never really practiced as a lawyer. A few years ago, he and a friend, Minnesotan cattle rancher Dale Lueck, began agitating for a wolf hunt. Tyler says he and Lueck were worried about the number of wolf attacks on cattle and domestic dogs and feared there could be an attack on humans.

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