May hoping to earn spot in Twins starting rotation

“I’m going to prove that I’m a big-league pitcher and that’s where I belong and that I can add significant value to a big-league team, namely this team.”Toward that goal he has purged his routine of what he calls “eyewash,” habits and crutches that failed to sustain him across his first three seasons in the majors.”When you’re in the minors, there’s a lot of guys and everyone wants to look like they’re working hard,” he said. Missing bats has never been a problem for May; hitting targets has.”I think the stuff was here already from Day 1,” he said. — Trevor May never has been shy in front of the media, but the Twins’ loquacious right-hander achieved what was believed to be a career first after his spring debut on Sunday. This isn’t going to make me feel any better.’ “Rather than stalk around the clubhouse in menacing silence on the day he starts, May plans to remain his same, chatty self, regardless of the calendar. “I always thought I was, but I’m just not. You got to roll with it sometimes.” He noted veteran Twins starters Ervin Santana and Hector Santiago don’t retreat into a cone of concentration on their start days, so he will follow their lead.Sunday, he said, he was “just sitting here flipping a ball in my glove and talking to people as they walked by.”No longer will May attempt to behave the way people assume a workhorse starter should behave.”Some guys are (intense) like that,” he said. Groomed as a starter since he was drafted out of Kelso (Wash.) High School in 2008, May gradually realized his 6-foot-5 frame wouldn’t hold up under the grind of such frequent work.The Twins finally came to the same realization as well, even before the new front-office combination of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine came aboard. It felt like Old Trevor.”Now 27 with more than 100 outings in the majors, May should be nearing the prime of his career, especially now that he’s fully recovered from a season-ending stress fracture in his lower back. “It’s funny. Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Trevor May (65) poses for a photo at photo day at Hammond Stadium earlier this month.l Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsFORT MYERS, Fla. Eventually, three years in, you’re like, ‘Why am I doing this? A third-person reference.”I felt as good as I could ask for,” he said after securing five outs, including a bases-loaded strikeout to end the first inning. It’s not the vision I’ve had for myself for my career.”Still tagged with another minor-league option, May recognizes the “definitely possibility” of being sent back to Triple-A to start the year. That’s just not who I am.”Also out: Trying to jam in a 10-minute meditation session before he heads out to warm up.”Everyone thinks, ‘Lock in,’ ” he said. He would rather earn a rotation spot out of camp, of course.”Don’t mess around if you don’t have to mess around,” he said. If I have to do it, that’s the opposite of what it’s all about. It’s like, ‘I forgot to relax.'”He shrugged and smiled.”Sometimes things aren’t going to work out,” he said. “You can’t let that bother you. “Pretty fresh. “It’s a real thing. In the (meditation) exercise, it’s all about recognizing things and just letting it go. First, however, he will need to win the fifth spot in the Twins’ starting rotation, a quest he seems much more intent on completing this time.”I have all the confidence in the world I can go out and prove that I deserve to be here,” he said. “I think I got a little bit of a chip.”Thrown into the bullpen out of necessity at midseason two years ago, May saw his fastball spike to 98 mph in a setup role. “I don’t need to lock in. “I don’t know if it’s a more real opportunity than last year, but it’s going to be scrutinized a little more closely.”Sunday, May touched 96 mph and pitched at 94-95, even with a two-seam fastball he’s trying to harness for the first time. Twins manager Paul Molitor admitted last year’s competition, in which May lost out to the much-pricier Ricky Nolasco and Tommy Milone, wasn’t exactly fair.”I think this time the circumstances have changed,” Molitor said. “Kind of being unclear on where I’m going and what I’m doing for the last couple years has been not ideal for me. I can just be simple and kind of loose.”The yoga devotee, video gamer and music DJ still plans to meditate each morning, but he’s going to skip the showy workplace display.”That feels like you’re forcing yourself to do it,” he said.

Big Wild trade makes it look like team is going for it all

This is a rental, as Hanzal’s deal expires at the end of the season.In that respect, a haul of draft picks could seem like a lot for a few months of Hanzal. A 6-foot-6, 225-pound two-way player, Hanzal has also won 56 percent of his faceoffs this season — a number coach Bruce Boudreau cares very much about.When asked about the potential trade before it went official, Boudreau responded, “Chuck (Fletcher) and Brent (Flahr) are locked in a room. On top of that, the Wild will also send minor leaguer Grayson Downing to the Coyotes and will get back a 2017 fourth-round pick to go along with Hanzal and White.A first-round pick by the Coyotes in the 2005 NHL draft, Hanzal will likely slide into either the third- or fourth-line center role for the Wild, providing an instant upgrade toward the bottom half of the lineup. In exchange, the Wild will send a haul of draft picks, including a 2017 first-round pick, a 2018 second-round pick, and a 2019 conditional fourth-round pick. Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal (11) skates during the first period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome last week. That said, this is a historically weak draft class, and the Wild are in the best position they’ve ever been to make a run at the Stanley Cup. He has played for the Coyotes, Montreal Canadiens, and Philadelphia Flyers and has enough position flexibility to play winger if needed. Sergei Belski-USA TODAY SportsST. PAUL – The Wild have won the Martin Hanzal sweepstakes.Amid swirling rumors surrounding the 30-year-old center, Minnesota traded for Hanzal along with center Ryan White from the Arizona Coyotes. That said, this is the first time since acquiring veteran winger Jason Pominville during the 2012-13 season that the Wild have traded a first-round pick.Aside from Hanzal, the Wild are also getting White, a 28-year-old center who has scored 58 points over his 294-game NHL career. He led the Coyotes with 16 goals this season and also tallied 10 assists in 51 games.Make no mistake about it. A third-round pick in the 2006 draft, White has seven goals and six assists in 46 games this season. I don’t know what’s going on.”Making a midseason move is nothing new for Fletcher, as he has pulled the trigger a number of times, namely acquiring star goaltender Devan Dubnyk from the Coyotes midway through the 2014-15 season. They lead the Western Conference with 84 points, and the trade for Hanzal is a clear indication that they’re going for it this season.That, coupled with the fact that the organization is flush with top-notch prospects following the emergence of players like Luke Kunin, Jordan Greenway, Kirill Kaprizov and Joel Eriksson Ek, and the trade makes even more sense from a Wild perspective.Hanzal has consistently been a second- or third-line center for the Coyotes since making his debut in 2007-08, scoring 117 goals and tallying 196 assists in 608 career games.

Not all bug repellents are equal

The tested spray-ons generally used DEET or oils like lemon eucalyptus.Like many of the wearable devices, the candle that contained citronella oil did not significantly reduce the number of mosquitoes attracted to participants’ scents.The products’ popularity and their ineffectiveness suggests there are not enough regulations in place to protect consumers, said Hansen.The researchers write in the Journal of Insect Science that consumers may feel a false sense of comfort that they are protected by these devices when they actually are not.”I think (it’s) definitely important to look at the active ingredients before you purchase something,” said Rodriguez.The researchers caution that additional studies are needed since they only used female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Clip-on—significantly reduced the number of mosquitoes drawn to the participants’ scents. Fifteen minutes after releasing the mosquitoes, the research team counted how many bugs had come close to the participant, to determine how many were attracted to the person’s smell.Without any type of device or spray in the tunnel, about 89 to 91 percent of the mosquitoes were attracted to the volunteers, depending on how far away they sat from where the insects were released.Of the five wearable devices, only one—the OFF! Altogether they tested five wearable devices, five sprays and one candle, using human volunteers who hadn’t bathed or used deodorant for at least 15 hours before the experiments.The tests were conducted in wind tunnels. The attraction rate was only about 27 percent when people were one meter from the cage. Daniel Becerril / ReutersPay attention to the ingredients of bug sprays and other repellents, because they’re not equally effective at warding off mosquitoes that carry diseases like Zika virus, researchers say. Products with DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus, which contains an ingredient known as PMD, are more effective at repelling the Aedes aegypti mosquito that carries Zika, chikungunya, yellow fever and dengue, researchers found.Wearable devices advertised as mosquito repellents should largely be avoided, their data suggest.With the recent outbreak of Zika virus, many mosquito repellents became best-selling products, said Immo Hansen, of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, the senior member of the research team.”They’re very popular,” Hansen told Reuters Health, citing the number of products for sale just on Amazon.com.For the new study, researchers purchased and tested 11 products from Amazon.com and local stores in New Mexico. An Aedes aegypti mosquito. The device uses a fan to disperse an insect-repelling chemical known as metofluthrin.The other wearable devices included a speaker to repel mosquitoes and three bracelets that emitted different oils.”None of the bracelets had any effect on reducing attraction,” said lead author Stacy Rodriguez, who is also affiliated with New Mexico State University.All of the spray-on repellents significantly reduced the number of mosquitoes attracted to the participants, with attraction rates varying from about 30 percent (with Cutter Lemon Eucalyptus and Ben’s Tick & Insect Repellent) to about 79 percent.

Area Female Athlete: Pequot’s Lane towers above competition

20. Olivia is a good shooter. “I know if I miss she’s likely going to get the rebound and put it back in and if she misses I can get the rebound. “She made a great move against Crosby. She is shooting 51.2 percent from the field and has 24 assists as she and junior teammate Corina Ruud create the area’s most dominating post combination.”It’s really beneficial having her play with me,” said Lane. Olivia Lane1 / 2Olivia Lane2 / 2Pequot Lakes head coach Jon Dale believes Olivia Lane is better than her sister Vanessa Lane was at this point in her career.That’s high praise considering the elder Lane, who now runs track for South Dakota State University, was the Brainerd Dispatch Player of the Year and helped the Pequot Lakes Patriots to the Class 2A state basketball tournament. We’ve played some good teams and she’s figured out how to adjust especially defensively.”I think she’s improved a ton from the start of the season and she’s not even the same girl as she was last year.”JEREMY MILLSOP may be reached at 855-5856 or jeremy.millsop@brainerddispatch.com. She’s quick off the dribble and obviously she gets a ton of rebounds. It was later in the game, but it was so explosive. “Our other goals this year were to beat some good teams like Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and Detroit Lakes. If one of us is double-teamed, we can always dish it over to the other side.”During the Patriots’ 66-41 victory over Crosby-Ironton in the Section 7-2A quarterfinals March 5, Lane posted 22 points, 14 rebounds and two steals.In limited action in a 73-22 win over Moose Lake-Willow River March 3, Lane still tallied seven points, six rebounds, five steals and two assists.”She can play with her back to the basket and she can also take you off the dribble,” said Dale. But Vanessa Lane blossomed in her final two seasons on the basketball court. Vanessa worked hard to turn herself into a really good basketball player by the time she was a junior and senior. She scored a season-high 26 points to go with 11 rebounds against St. We started to work faster and more as a team and that’s just helped go farther with these season.”In 20 games last season, Lane averaged 3.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals a game to go with 10 assists and 13 blocked shots.”I think she’s night and day from last year, but I also think from the start of this season to now she’s improved so much,” Dale said. It was facing the basket out by the perimeter. I think she can do both. She’s really impressive to me.”The-two year varsity player has 15 double-doubles this season including a 25-point, 17-rebound performance against Milaca Feb. We wanted to work together as a team and use our strengths more.”Our schedule we had a really hard two weeks where we had to play some tough teams and that just made us better. She doesn’t get herself in too much foul trouble. But at this stage of the game, Olivia is ahead of where her sister was.”They do have different games. “I looked up to how she rebounded and she was fast on the court.”Dale clarified: “I think Olivia is way ahead of her sister at this age level. She has a better understanding as she has played the whole year. Olivia Lane has already staked her claim as a force to be reckoned with.—   —   —   —   —Olivia LaneYear: FreshmanSchool: Pequot LakesSport: Girls basketballPosition: PostHighlights: Finished with 22 points, 14 rebounds and two steals in win against Crosby-Ironton—   —   —   —   —“I try to copy a lot of her game,” Olivia Lane said of her sister. She comes in every morning and shoots and works on foot drills. I think she’s a little taller than Vanessa was so they’re different players, but similar in athleticism.”The 5-foot-11 freshman is averaging 14.1 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 1.2 blocks per game through the first 29 games of the season. 8.”Our goal is to make it to state this weekend,” said Lane. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jeremymillsop . Cloud Cathedral Dec. That’s something she couldn’t do last year.”She works very hard. “She’s so smart.

Pequot Lakes speech team sixth in Brainerd

Placing for the Patriots were: Addie Pierson, second, informative; Katie Maschhoff, fourth, great speeches; Sydney Ellison, fourth, oratory; Sheridan Wilson and Mollie Pierson, sixth, duo; Megan Buffington and Courtney Rock, seventh, duo; Matthew Fabian, seventh, extemporaneous speaking; Rock, seventh, prose.Ashley Mixer, first, poetry honor final; Savannah Ellison, second, discussion honor final; Buffington, second, creative honor final; Mackenzie Renford, second, poetry honor final; Elena Grove, third, extemporaneous reading honor final; Zach Bauer, third, great speeches honor final; Naarah Neumann, fourth, oratory honor final; Elizabeth Blaeser, sixth, poetry honor final; and Jannah Hall, seventh, extemporaneous reading honor final.Pequot Lakes will travel to Bemidji on Saturday, Feb. Back row: Zach Bauer, Megan Buffington, Courtney Rock, Mackenzie Renford, Cole Kaneski, Austin Evenson, Savannah Ellison and Naarah Neumann.The Pequot Lakes speech team traveled to Brainerd on Saturday, Feb. Front row, from left: Elena Grove, Ashley Mixer, Elizabeth Blaeser, Katie Maschhoff, Matthew Fabian, Addie Pierson, Jannah Hall, Sheridan Wilson, Mollie Pierson and Sydney Ellison. 18, to participate in the third annual Brainerd Speech Open. Pequot Lakes finished sixth out of the 23-team field behind Thief River Falls, Fergus Falls, Rocori, Brainerd and Walker. 25, for the Bemidji Lumberjack Open. The Pequot Lakes speech team.

Minnesota baby found safe after possible abduction

The caller and the suspect did have a past relationship, but the child in question was not theirs in common, said the news release. Friday, the suspect was found and arrested at a rural Swift County address, but the child was not with him. The suspect was familiar to both the caller and the child.Around 5:30 p.m. – An 8-month-old child was found safe over the weekend after law enforcement received a call about a possible child abduction. Following additional investigation, the Willmar Police Department were led to an 18th Street Southwest address in Willmar, where the child was found in good health and unharmed later Friday night..The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, the CEE-VI Drug Task Force, Swift County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension assisted the Willmar Police Department. WILLMAR, Minn. The investigation is still ongoing, and a suspect is being held in the Kandiyohi County Jail on charges of kidnapping.In a news release from the Willmar Police Department, it was reported that the child was taken Thursday evening from a home in Willmar after an argument between the suspect, a 33-year-old Willmar man, and the unidentified caller.

Tiger Talk: Career Day for high school students is March 3

This year, we are excited to have speakers from many different industries, some including skilled laborers, machine specialists, medical, agriculture, the business industry (including specialty businesses), and representatives from local agencies (city, county and state).If you have questions about Career Day or if you would like to speak at this event, call Tina Hanneken at 218-587-8325. These professionals will, essentially, share their life story: how they ended up where they did, what advice they have for high school students today, and recommendations for students who have an interest in the same profession.Students will have an opportunity to ask specific questions and take advantage of the opportunity to hear from those working in their desired professions.In addition to providing outstanding opportunities for our students, Career Day opens our doors for professionals from the local community to be actively involved in our school. College and career readiness, community engagement, and preparing for the future are all topics frequently discussed in education today. In a couple of weeks, we will be hosting an event that matches our district goals and fits the needs of our students: Career Day!Career Day is now an event PR-B will host every other year for students in grades 9-12. We are always looking for additional presenters to ensure we can meet the interest areas of our students as best we can with the resources available.Thank you to the many people who have contributed in the past to enable us to offer such an exciting and meaningful event for our students. Throughout the morning, students will have an opportunity to spend time with professionals from a variety of professions. We are proud of how much support our community provides the school district, so it is important for the school to open its doors for outstanding community members to come share their stories, allow us the opportunity to learn from them and, in some cases, to recruit additional employees.In an attempt to attract professionals from a variety of industries, we have utilized not only the local community businesses but also relatives of our employees and PR-B graduates. We look forward to another successful event March 3. Each of those topics is currently part of the Pine River-Backus strategic plan and high school site plan. Please visit the school district Facebook page, linked from our district website (www.prbschools.org), to see coverage of the event.We appreciate the continued support for our students and school district.

Pequot Lakes Community Education to host Festival of the Arts

Student and community artists will have visual arts displays in the high school gym. Tuesday, Feb. Students will have one-on-one instruction.Cost is $10.Pre-register by calling Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200. There will be a food concession area as well.Community artists are invited to set up exhibits or to perform. The 35th annual Pequot Lakes Festival of the Arts will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in the Pequot Lakes High School athletic complex and on the stage of the high school theater. 28, at the high school.Learn about antivirus, safe internet browsing, avoiding pop-ups and social engineering. To arrange for an art display table or area, call Molly Wiste at 218-568-9252. Bring your own device if you have it. Performance artists should call Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200 to reserve a place on the stage schedule.The Festival of the Arts was started in 1982 and has grown throughout the years showcasing the artistic talent in the Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point and Crosslake area.Protection on the InternetJoin Carver Wahlstrom, Pequot Lakes High School information technology specialist, for a session on internet protection from 6-7:30 p.m. Performing artists, dancers and musicians will be on the stage in the high school theater.

Pequot Lakes mock trial season ends in Brainerd

Kayla Neuman, Sebastian Kempka and Kaleb Sundstrom received high marks for being attorneys, while Will Middleton, Maddi Choidi and Jon Spangler earned high scores as witnesses.”(I am) very proud of the hard work, growth and team building these students put forth this year,” coach Dan Moddes said. 16. The Pequot Lakes High School mock trial team saw its season come to an end with a 234-231 loss at the hands of the Brainerd High School team in the Region 1 Finals on Thursday, Feb. Brainerd now moves onto the state meet Friday, March 3.The Patriots acted as the defense in the trial.

Pequot Lakes Sno Daze king, queen crowned

16, in the high school athletic complex.2 / 3Pequot Lakes High School seniors Justin Gerber and Jasmine Danielowski were crowned Sno Daze king and queen Thursday, Feb. The Pequot Lakes High School Sno Daze attendants and candidate are, from left: Brooks Anderson, Sam Pfeiffer, John Marchwick, Jacob Tschida, Hunter Clement, Gage Westlund, Justin Gerber (king), Jasmine Danielowski (queen), Corina Ruud, Chloe Bermel, Lyndsey Johnson, Olivia Lundgren, Hannah LaRock and Whitney Fink.1 / 3Pequot Lakes High School seniors Justin Gerber and Jasmine Danielowski were crowned Sno Daze king and queen Thursday, Feb. Other king and queen candidates were Jacob Tschida, Gage Westlund, Hunter Clement, Lyndsey Johnson, Corina Ruud and Chloe Bermel. 13, with dress-up days and other activities. 16, in the high school athletic complex.3 / 3Pequot Lakes High School seniors Justin Gerber and Jasmine Danielowski were crowned Sno Daze king and queen Thursday, Feb. Attendants were Brooks Anderson, Sam Pfeiffer, John Marchwick, Olivia Lundgren, Hannah LaRock and Whitney Fink. 16.Students celebrated Sno Daze the week of Feb.

Birthing classes to be offered Thursdays in Crosby

The series of comprehensive and interactive classes are designed for mothers and fathers and/or their labor support person. They are an opportunity to get to know other expectant parents as well as a chance to practice birthing skills.The first class covers developing trust in your birth, empowerment, your desires for your birth, overview of labor and delivery, optimal fetal positioning, and how labor can begin. The final class in the series is about packing for your birth, newborn appearance and behavior, postpartum recovery, postpartum adjustment, and a tour of the birthing center.Women must register by the fifth or sixth month of pregnancy. A free series of childbirth preparation classes will be held from 6-8 p.m. For more information, call 218-546-4350. Thursdays, March 2, 9 and 16, at Heartwood Senior Living Community in Crosby. The second class includes information on active labor and transition, professional labor support, obstetrical interventions, and comfort measures.Class three covers planning for birth, pushing techniques, delivery, third stage labor, skin to skin, and the first hour after delivery.

Broom, Peters are Disney royalty at PR-B SnoDaze

This year SnoDaze and its coronation followed a Disney theme.3 / 5Travis Grimler/Echo Journal Beau Broom is applauded by his classmates as he is crowned Pine River-Backus SnoDaze King.4 / 5Travis Grimler/Echo Journal, Hannah Peters could hardly contain her excitement when she was crowned at the annual Pine River-Backus SnoDaze Coronation.5 / 5Pine River-Backus High School hosted its annual SnoDaze coronation Thursday, Feb. 16, with Beau Broom and Hannah Peters being named king and queen of the Disney-themed celebration. 16.2 / 5Travis Grimler/Echo Journal As always, Pine River-Backus SnoDaze included a skit before the crowning of the king and queen. The event started with the traditional SnoDaze skit and musical performances by Lori Kish singing “The House on Pooh Corner” and a performance by Claire Dahl, Emily Hanneken and Brianna Butricks singing “I Can Go the Distance.”Also crowned were prince and princess Nathan Brasel and Autumn Crawford. Crown bearers; Tayea Ostlund, Gilbert Stockman, Bryce Broman, Neveah Fox, candidate Avery Cunningham.1 / 5Travis Grimler/Echo Journal Beau Broom and Hannah Peters were crowned at the Pine River-Backus SnoDaze coronation Feb. Back, l to r, Autumn Crawford; PR-B SnoDaze princess, Hannah Peters; Queen, Beau Broom; King and Nathan Brasel; prince. Other candidates were Bryce Wolske, Courtni Peterson, Evan Gravdahl, Alicyn Kordiak, Tyler McAllister and Avery Cunningham.Crown bearers were Tayea Ostlund, Gilbert Stockman, Neveah Fox and Bryce Borman. Attendants were: seventh grade, Lauren Penkhus and Caleb Ruhl; eighth grade, Rylee Norman and Evan Fenstermaker; ninth grade, Katherine Hanneken and Mathias Lechner; 10th grade, Ana Crespo and Logan Gordon; and 11th grade, Veronica Hulke and Chris Krecklau.Themed dress-up days preceded the event, which was followed by a talent show. Middle l to r, attendants Lauren Penkhus, Rylee Norman, Katherine Hanneken, Ana Crespo, Veronica Hulke, candidates Alicyn Kordiak, Courtni Peterson, Bryce Wolske, Tyler McAllister, Evan Gravdahl, attendants Chris Krecklau, Logan Gordon, Mathias Lechner, Evan Fenstermaker and Caleb Ruhl.

Ted Takasaki offers walleye tips and techniques

You’ve got to have support and sponsors that assist you.Dokken: How has fishing and the industry changed since you’ve been in the business?Takasaki: I would say the thing that probably changed the fishing industry the most has been the consolidation of retailers and the consolidation of manufacturers. I usually fish four big tournaments, which is the NWT (National Walleye Trail) and then a few that are close by and that aren’t too hard to get to and are team tournaments.Most of the big tournaments I fish are a pro and co-angler or pro-am tournaments.Dokken: Looking back on the tournaments, what are your highlights?Takasaki: The 1998 PWT championship was, certainly. Pretty steady for the last 20 years. We didn’t catch a fish the first year we fished, and then the next year we said, ‘Well let’s give it another shot.’ We fished them all, and we ended up like eighth place in our division and then we qualified for the championship and we got fourth in the championship.That kind of set everything into motion. It’s crystal clear, it’s a traditional nighttime bite. That started my entire fishing career. He was the editor of Fishing Facts magazine for years when that magazine was in existence. If you can’t find fish, you keep looking.Dokken: How many tournaments do you fish annually?Takasaki: I would say between seven and eight tournaments a year. But you know, I have other hobbies—golf and poker—and so I’ll continue to develop my poker hobby. to 5 p.m. And even (live bait) rigging, it comes in handy. Maybe I’m not a specialist on any one of them, where you’re a 10 on rivers and 4 on the reservoirs, but I’ve worked hard to try to master all of them instead of one technique or one type of water.Dokken: How many sports shows and seminar appearances do you do in a year?Takasaki: I am booked almost from the first of January all the way through the end of March every weekend.Dokken: Any thoughts on why ice fishing has become so popular?Takasaki: I think the biggest thing that has changed ice fishing is the equipment. And at this point now, it’s learn through experience, so I’ve had a lot of experience on a lot of these different lakes that these tournaments are located on, and all that experience is pretty valuable.I’ve worked real hard at the different techniques and tactics you use to catch walleyes, so if a particular body of water dictates that I troll, then I can troll. We really soaked that up.We took these fishing classes from another friend of mine, Spence Petros. He taught these fishing classes once a week every Wednesday night for seven weeks in a row, and we ended up taking that class for seven years in a row, the same class.Maybe we were a little slow learners, and it took that many times to really kind of get it. But I only like to ice fish when I’m comfortable. It’s tougher and tougher to get the big fish.Dokken: If you were to pick five favorite fishing destinations, what would they be?Takasaki: It’s pretty tough to beat Lake Erie. Even when you get like second place, that’s First Loser, so that’s the difficult part of it.Dokken: To what do you attribute your fishing success?Takasaki: I think a lot of it is just paying attention to the detail. Saturday and Sunday, he will be offering the seminars, “Troll in Four Wheel Drive” and “Jig Like a Pro.”Takasaki recently took a break from an ice fishing trip on Lake Winnipeg to chat with Brad Dokken of the Grand Forks Herald about his fishing career and upcoming Fargodome seminars.Here’s an edited transcript of that conversation:Dokken: Talk about the presentations you’ll be giving in Fargo, “Troll in Four-Wheel Drive” and “Jig Like a Pro.”Takasaki: Four-wheel drive is just a form of boat control. Thursday, noon to 9 p.m. You’ve got shelters, you’ve got heaters, you’ve got electronics, you’ve got rods and reels and tackle that are all specific to ice fishing.Now we’ve got power augers instead of hand augers. I think that’s probably the biggest challenge.I’m fishing on Lake Winnipeg, and it’s not nearly like it was years ago, and I think a big reason is because it’s commercially netted. It ignited a following in North Dakota and throughout the television land, and that in conjunction with my television appearances on “Midwest Outdoors” TV and the writing that I’ve done and the writers like you guys has really accelerated the name recognition and the brand.That’s really what sponsors are looking for because a professional angler can’t make it just fishing tournaments. How much better can it get?Takasaki: Look at the boats, the evolution of boats; 1989 was my first tournament in the MWC (Masters Walleye Circuit), and when we bought a boat, we bought an 18-foot, 50-horse tiller and at that time, we were probably one of the top end boats. Do you plan to fish a few more years?Takasaki: Some people ask me what I’d do when I retire and I guess go fishing. People probably don’t realize at this point how important boat control is in catching walleyes, both trolling bottom bouncers, lead-core trolling or any kind of trolling. Right now, I travel so much, not that I mind traveling, but I’m away from my family and home, and maybe at some point in time, I might get tired of it.But it’s good right now. to 9 p.m. I think the challenge for a professional angler is finding sponsors, and there’s fewer of them.I think another thing that’s changed the landscape is social media.Dokken: What do you see as the biggest potential threats to fisheries and fishing?Takasaki: Even though aquatic nuisance species is an issue, I believe the biggest issue is probably netting—commercial fishing our fisheries. So I’m able to do all that without thinking about it or learning the technique.Dokken: Does the mindset of fishing a tournament differ from just going out and fishing for fun?Takasaki: Oh yes. So I guess I’m one of those fishermen that has taken up the sport of ice fishing because you can be more comfortable in adverse weather conditions.Dokken: Anything real big on the horizon in terms of open water fishing? When you go out and fish a tournament or practice for a tournament, you find fish, and then you leave them. I appreciate every day.If you goWhat: 52nd annual Red River Valley Sportsmen’s Boat, Camping and Vacation Show.Where: Fargodome.When: Thursday, March 2 to Sunday, March 5. I still use a lot of those techniques and a lot of the little tricks that he taught us back then even now.Dokken: How did you get started in tournament fishing?Takasaki: There was a tournament on the Illinois River, which is just about 80 miles south of Chicago, so we decided to do that tournament and we actually didn’t even catch a fish in the first two tournaments we entered. Fishing for fun, you go out find fish and just keep fishing them. We kept going and kept learning, and 26 years later, I’m still fishing tournaments.Dokken: Do you still enjoy fishing tournaments?Takasaki: Oh yeah; I mean, they’re difficult when you’re not doing well, and they’re a blast when you win. Friday, 10 a.m. And that really accelerated the learning curve a lot; that made a big difference. I was fortunate enough this last fall, I won a pretty big poker tournament for $52,000 so I love that game, and that’s a game you can play until you’re 90 years old if you want.I know I’ll at least be fishing for another five years before I retire. But I got into high school and girls and football, and everything else kind of took over at that point.When I got into college, I met a good friend, his name is John Campbell, and we started fishing team tournaments together once we graduated from college.We decided to buy a boat together and take fishing classes. Saturday and 10 a.m. It’s a fishery where a person has a legitimate chance of catching a 10-pound-plus walleye.Then I’d say Lake of the Woods, Fort Peck (Montana), the Missouri River System and the Mississippi River System.Dokken: As I recall, you’re kind of a river rat anyway as far as fishing preference.Takasaki: Yeah, I started fishing rivers, but if I was going to grade myself on the Great Lakes, rivers, natural lakes and reservoirs, I’m probably an 8½ on all of them out of 10. (Photo courtesy of Ted Takasaki)1 / 2Ted Takasaki trolls for walleyes in this undated photo. I’ll be talking about how to do it, when to do it and then two or three different presentations that are applicable for it.The jigging, I’m going to talk about when to jig, what kind of situations you’re going to want to jig in, and then the type of rod that you want to use and everything and anything you want to know about jigging for walleyes.Dokken: How did you get started in fishing?Takasaki: My dad actually took me fishing when I was a kid, so it kind of got the background started, just the initial liking to do it because my dad introduced me at a pretty young age. There’s fewer lure companies, there’s fewer dealers. The Illinois River was high and muddy and refrigerators and cows were floating down the river, you know, so that was a tough one.And then another one was Muskegon, and that’s a lake off of Lake Michigan. Ice fishing is more convenient, more comfortable and in general safer.I’m not a competitive ice fisherman, but I like to ice fish. Hours 5 to 9 .m. “A lot of good that did me,” he joked.In 1998, Takasaki won the In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail Championship on the Missouri River in Bismarck and was the PWT’s Top Gun Angler in 1995. He still holds the all-time tournament record for a one-day limit of five walleyes that weighed in at an astounding 53.2 pounds.Takasaki was president of Lindy Fishing Tackle from 1999 to 2008.Now living in Sioux Falls, S.D., Takasaki will be among the showcase speakers at the Red River Valley Sportsmen’s Show, which opens Thursday, March 2, in the Fargodome and continues through Sunday, March 5. Veteran professional walleye angler Ted Takasaki will give trolling and jigging seminars during the Red River Valley Sportsmen's Show that gets underway Thursday at the Fargodome. If the body of water dictates jigging or rigging, then I jig and rig. The veteran professional walleye fisherman and outdoors communicator says his seminars on four-wheel-drive trolling refer to the importance of proper boat control in improving fishing success. March 5.Admission: Adults $8, children 6 to 12 $2.50 and children 5 and younger free.Info: fargosportshow.com. (Photo courtesy of Ted Takasaki)2 / 2Ted Takasaki is one of North America’s foremost authorities on walleyes and how to catch them.A native of Chatsworth, Ill., a small farm town about 100 miles south of Chicago, Takasaki, 59, attended the University of Illinois in Champaign, where he graduated with a degree in engineering. I’m living the American Dream, and I get to do what I love to do for a living. Now, I run a 21-foot-9 boat with a 350-horse outboard so that evolution continues.I mean, 300-horse outboards became commercially available two years ago, and now I know 400s are available, and the boats are going to continue to get bigger and more comfortable and the tactics continue to evolve and change.Open water still dwarfs ice fishing in general.Dokken: What’s on the horizon?

Wisconsin elderly couple’s perplexing death may never be explained

18, Shirley and Richard took the Explorer and got gas at the Kwik Trip in south Superior. “It’s one factor involved. No one reported them missing or saw them on the deck, though police photographs of the scene appear to show both mail and newspapers were delivered on those days; their bodies were mostly obscured by the deck railing. But I was a day late and a dollar short.”Daily visit to Bird’s BarAccording to the investigation by the Superior Police Department, obtained by the Duluth News Tribune in a request under Wisconsin’s Public Records Law:On the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. Police investigators traced a receipt found in her pocket. Video shows Richard walking wobbly even before he had much to drink. 19 or 20. He was having a hard time getting around the house,” Todd Ellison said. 23, the final autopsy reports arrived at the Superior Police Department, with autopsies conducted by Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Ramsey, Minn.The cause of death was listed as cold exposure due to hypothermia. There were indications one of them used a plastic shovel to try to open the door and to break a large window facing the deck, even though there were two sets of house keys nearby and the side door was unlocked.They died inches apart. Police a few days later said the couple died from exposure in subzero temperatures, that the deaths were nothing “more than two people locked out of their residence and being exposed to the cold for a prolonged period of time.”What that police statement didn’t explain, however, was how Ellison, 82, and Johnson, 78, could somehow become so simultaneously disoriented after walking from their garage to their house that neither could get inside to warm up.The results of the police investigation, released after the case was closed a month ago, shed some light on what happened—but key questions remain unanswered.Richard Ellison died laying on top of a set of keys that would have let the couple into the home or into a van parked in the garage.Another set of keys lay on the sidewalk just 6 feet away from where the couple died and also would have let them into the house, or into the 1999 Ford Explorer parked in the garage that the couple had just driven home from Les Bird’s Bar.There was a working cell phone in Richard’s pocket, but no indication the couple had tried to make a call for help.The side door to the home, closest to the garage but which the couple apparently didn’t use often, was unlocked, yet there was no evidence either person had tried to gain access there.The couple struggled to get in the house and eventually succumbed to the below-zero cold. We know it was exposure, hypothermia, with a contributing factor of intoxication. Ellison and Johnson were found dead three days later on the deck of their Superior home. 18, 2016 as Shirley Johnson watches. Richard had become confrontational with employees in the recent past, and Richard had fallen off a barstool just days before, leading to the couple being asked to leave the bar.On the night of Dec. Ellison did have stents and an enlarged heart, a sign of heart disease, and suffered from diabetes. Alcohol intoxication was listed as a significant contributing condition.The manner of death was officially listed as accidental. That’s just the way he was,” Todd said, saying he was getting inklings the couple shouldn’t be living alone. Superior Police Capt. 18, they left the bar at 8:10 p.m., this time on their own terms. That’s just what they (Shirley and Richard) did. Todd Ellison said the couple decided to stay north this winter in Shirley’s Logan Avenue home. It’s a quiet area of Superior’s South End neighborhood, almost rural, with their house on a dead-end street about 200 yards from the nearest neighbor.Todd Ellison, who lives in Dubuque, Iowa, had visited the couple just a few weeks before they died. … The contents of her purse and their pockets, including dollar bills, were scattered about the deck. They were both legally too drunk to drive, but not extremely intoxicated, especially by standards for regular drinkers.Video shows Shirley putting on her jacket, Richard stopping to use the bathroom, and then the couple walking out the 58th Avenue side door of the bar with no sign of any major problem.As far as police know, no one would see them alive again.When they died—it’s not clear how long that was after they left the bar—Richard had a blood alcohol level of 0.129, Shirley 0.102, both above the legal driving limit of 0.08. Richard’s jacket was draped on the deck railing. There was a cooked but uneaten ham on the kitchen counter. Nothing appeared missing from his wallet or her purse. (Les Bird's Bar surveillance)1 / 3T02.22.2017 — Steve Kuchera — 0226117.N.DNT.FrozendeathsC2 — The deck where Richard Ellison and Shirley Johnson died is set back but visible from North 54th Street, a dead end. “I was going to try to have that talk with him. The bar is exactly one mile from their home.They took seats at the far end of the bar, video from surveillance cameras shows, and each was served a mixed drink. Both had lost their spouses to cancer, and they ended up spending the last 15 years of their lives together.They had spent all of those winters in Texas, until this winter. (Les Bird's Bar surveillance)3 / 3SUPERIOR, Wis.—When a meter reader discovered the bodies of Richard Ellison and Shirley Johnson four days before Christmas, they were frozen, probably dead for more than 48 hours on the deck outside their house in Superior. They couldn’t have survived very long outside in those temperatures, dressed in light clothing.There was no evidence of the couple alive on Dec. He said they both seemed physically and mentally weaker than the last time he had seen them.”They were both very, very forgetful. And remember it’s dark. 022617.N.DNT.FrozendeathsC1: Richard Ellison plays video poker at Les Bird's Bar on Dec. Police found everything inside the home was in order. At about 10:30 on the morning of Dec. …”Witt said it’s possible the couple was more intoxicated when they first arrived at home and their bodies metabolized some alcohol before they died — alcohol diminishes by about 0.016 per hour — but how much can never be known.Neither police nor Richard Ellison’s son say the bar staff served the couple too much alcohol. They paid at 2:47 p.m.It’s not clear where they were for the next 90 minutes or more.At 4:34 p.m. It hadn’t been an issue before,” Todd Ellison said.Home and diedIt appears Richard and Shirley went straight home after leaving the bar, but no one knows for sure.Sometime between parking the Explorer in the detached garage on the side of the house and walking about 50 feet around to the front deck of the house, something happened. The police investigation found no indication anyone else had been near them, no extra footprints, no sign the couple had quarreled.”We know how they died. “I spoke with Shirley’s nephew who had seen them over Thanksgiving, and he said the same thing.”There was no sign Richard Ellison suffered a heart attack due to a blockage, but other heart problems could have occurred that wouldn’t show up in an autopsy, Witt said. Richard played video gaming machines for the next 2 hours and 40 minutes as Shirley watched, never playing herself.The couple consumed several drinks over nearly four hours they spent in the bar. But even a heart attack wouldn’t have prevented both of them from finding shelter or calling for help.Todd Ellison used the word “senile” to describe what appeared to be happening to both his father and Shirley at nearly the same time. They talked briefly with a man at the bar. 18, 2016. They talked briefly to a woman who stopped to give Shirley a hug. They died laying inches apart, just a few feet from the door.The medical examiner’s report, after autopsies on both, found no signs of foul play, no signs of major trauma, no major physical issues. They later reviewed video from the station’s security cameras and saw the couple pumping gas. And it’s very cold. … No one would ever see them alive again. Just before 5:30 p.m. “We probably never will know” what happened.Widow and widowerShirley Johnson of Superior (via the Minnesota towns of Browerville and Cloquet) met Richard Ellison of Minneapolis in Texas, where they both spent winters at a senior citizens’ community, said Todd Ellison. Staff at the bar said they had been there Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and left about the same time.”I don’t think that alone would explain it,” Witt said of the level of intoxication. He called 911.Police arrived to find the couple obviously dead, but with no clear indication of how they might have died. Maybe Richard had some sort of attack. 21, a meter reader for Superior Water, Light & Power noticed dollar bills blowing in the yard, collected them, went to the front door and then noticed the bodies. the couple left their stools at the bar and took seats near the side door gaming area. Maybe Shirley dropped her keys. The temperature at the nearby airport in Superior at the time was 8 below zero. (To add to the mystery, Shirley had an uncashed check from an insurance company for more than $9,682.59 in her purse.)The situation was investigated by multiple officers as a possible crime until evidence eventually led police to conclude the deaths were due to an unfortunate combination of events.On Jan. But he said his father was very private and very stubborn.”If there was something he knew was wrong, he wouldn’t have told us anyway. But we may never know why or how it happened,” said Darrell Witt, Douglas County medical examiner.Todd Ellison, Richard’s son, said he still hasn’t made sense of the situation.”I had more questions after I read the police report than before,” he told the News Tribune of the circumstances surrounding the couple’s deaths. And they maybe got confused. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com2 / 3022617.N.DNT.FrozendeathsC2: Richard Ellison and Shirley Johnson prepare to leave Les Bird's Bar on Dec. Surveillance video from the bar shows that, after several drinks and sitting for prolonged periods, he had to steady himself on chairs and reach out for walls as he walked to the bathroom.Employees at the bar told police the couple appeared physically and mentally weak in recent visits.According to police reports, the owner of the bar, Jeff Thompson, told police he thought the couple suffered from dementia. the couple arrived at Les Bird’s Bar in the South End, part of what their niece told police was a “nearly daily routine” afternoon trip to their favorite tavern. Tom Champaigne said there was no evidence leading to any consideration of charges.”I don’t think anyone is at fault for over-serving them or anything like that.

Remodel or move? How to make a decision about your home

Homeowners may know about their home needs to change, but they might not be sure exactly what that is. “Don’t wait 6 months to a year to build up that down payment, because you’re not going to gain any more house in a year,” she says. Beautiful Custom Kitchen Design Drawing and Brushed In Photo Combination.1 / 2Top view of architect & interior designer working as home decoration and renovation concept2 / 2When individuals, couples and families finally outgrow their homes, they put the “for sale” sign in the yard and start their search for the next place they can call their own. “We are one of the windiest states in the country, and it’s dusty,” Schott says. While the number of days it takes to sell depends on price point of the home, average days on the market is currently at 75 days, as reported to the F-M Area Association of Realtors.”That goes for twin homes that sell in a day and the $700,000 house that sits there for 9 months. “You can cut it with a utility knife and it looks like the real thing.”• Update lighting. Swapping out outdated chandeliers, wall sconces or pendants or replacing florescent kitchen lights with recessed or track lighting can quickly bring a mid-20th century home into 2017.• Clean carpets. “But your house probably needs to be updated. You will feel better about coming home if you freshen it up a little bit.”According to Tom Spaeth, owner of Accent Kitchen & Bath in Fargo, if the home is paid for, a remodel gives homeowners nearly instant equity.”In our business, we see adding space, remodeling kitchens and baths and redoing basements as the most popular choices for refreshing an existing home,” he says.But remodeling doesn’t have to be extensive. “You can paint your countertops so they look like marble or granite so you don’t spend the thousands of dollars it costs to change those countertops,” Schott says. “You don’t even have to have a professional installer install it,” Schott says. While moving might make sense for some, remodeling may be more realistic for others.Ericka Schott, realtor and team leader of the Ericka Schott Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Premier Properties, explains how homeowners can decide whether to move or remodel.Reasons for remodeling”If you love the area you live in and your home fits your lifestyle — you have enough bedrooms, bathrooms, a big enough garage and if your yard’s a good size — there’s no point to move,” Schott says. “Even getting your carpets cleaned every 6 months to a year is huge. “If you aren’t planning on staying, why would you spend tens of thousands of dollars on the house?” she asks.Instead, make easy updates that require less effort and money, such as:• Add peel and stick backsplash tile. “People are shopping for homes earlier (in the season) than we’ve seen in the past. One of the quickest ways to freshen up the home before selling is to restore carpets by having them professionally cleaned.• Refinish outdated bathroom fixtures. Not only does the product paint over ceramic surfaces, it also fills cracks and chips.• Paint countertops. In other instances, the decision may not be as apparent. Buying new fixtures can be costly, but Schott says there’s another option. DIYers can find tub, sink and tile refinishing kits at their local home improvement store. “Power washing your house makes a huge difference.” “Not only are house prices going to go up, interest rates are going to be higher which will cost you thousands upon thousands in interest over a 30-year mortgage.”What to update and leave aloneFor homeowners that do choose to sell, Schott suggests leaving big ticket items like appliances, flooring and cabinets alone. She recommends Rustoleum counter transformation paint.• Consider curb appeal. Not only will it feel cleaner, it will smell cleaner and your carpet actually brightens up because the dust gets out of it.”Smaller changes such as paint color or adding a backsplash to the kitchen or bathroom may transform the home.Choosing to sellWhen debating whether to sell the home, one of the biggest factors to consider is the home’s floor plan.”Does your floor plan fit your family’s needs and lifestyle — not only for today but for the next 5 years?” Schott asks. Making small tweaks to the landscaping by adding grass seed or planting flowers or bulbs can add to curb appeal. Homeowners must consider if they have enough room for future children, guests or even office space.For those who opt to list their home in the Fargo-Moorhead area, the timing might be right.”Right now we have a good market — it’s very strong,” Schott says. It’s a strong average,” Schott says.Schott encourages buyers to find a home sooner rather than later. “There’s paint you can purchase where you can paint those bathroom fixtures,” she says. The kitchen and bathroom can be easily updated with DIY peel and stick tile. Classic ’70s blue, green or pink sinks, tubs and toilets stamp a date on a home. What’s great about that is the home values have started to rise a little bit earlier than normal.” According to the Fargo-Moorhead Area Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service, the average sale price of a residential home in the F-M and surrounding area is $230,334. Changing out light fixtures, updating appliances, countertops and cupboards or swapping out flooring are all ways homeowners can make their home feel new.”If you’re going to stay in the home and you really hate your kitchen and the cabinets — then go for it,” Schott says. In those cases, the reason for moving is obvious.

MN elderly couple’s perplexing death may never be explained

Police investigators traced a receipt found in her pocket. Alcohol intoxication was listed as a significant contributing condition.The manner of death was officially listed as accidental. He was having a hard time getting around the house,” Todd Ellison said. No one reported them missing or saw them on the deck, though police photographs of the scene appear to show both mail and newspapers were delivered on those days; their bodies were mostly obscured by the deck railing. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com2 / 3022617.N.DNT.FrozendeathsC2: Richard Ellison and Shirley Johnson prepare to leave Les Bird's Bar on Dec. Nothing appeared missing from his wallet or her purse. But he said his father was very private and very stubborn.”If there was something he knew was wrong, he wouldn’t have told us anyway. They talked briefly with a man at the bar. Police found everything inside the home was in order. Just before 5:30 p.m. Surveillance video from the bar shows that, after several drinks and sitting for prolonged periods, he had to steady himself on chairs and reach out for walls as he walked to the bathroom.Employees at the bar told police the couple appeared physically and mentally weak in recent visits.According to police reports, the owner of the bar, Jeff Thompson, told police he thought the couple suffered from dementia. the couple left their stools at the bar and took seats near the side door gaming area. “We probably never will know” what happened.Widow and widowerShirley Johnson of Superior (via the Minnesota towns of Browerville and Cloquet) met Richard Ellison of Minneapolis in Texas, where they both spent winters at a senior citizens’ community, said Todd Ellison. No one would ever see them alive again. …”Witt said it’s possible the couple was more intoxicated when they first arrived at home and their bodies metabolized some alcohol before they died — alcohol diminishes by about 0.016 per hour — but how much can never be known.Neither police nor Richard Ellison’s son say the bar staff served the couple too much alcohol. … 18, Shirley and Richard took the Explorer and got gas at the Kwik Trip in south Superior. 21, a meter reader for Superior Water, Light & Power noticed dollar bills blowing in the yard, collected them, went to the front door and then noticed the bodies. We know it was exposure, hypothermia, with a contributing factor of intoxication. They died laying inches apart, just a few feet from the door.The medical examiner’s report, after autopsies on both, found no signs of foul play, no signs of major trauma, no major physical issues. That’s just what they (Shirley and Richard) did. The temperature at the nearby airport in Superior at the time was 8 below zero. Richard played video gaming machines for the next 2 hours and 40 minutes as Shirley watched, never playing herself.The couple consumed several drinks over nearly four hours they spent in the bar. The police investigation found no indication anyone else had been near them, no extra footprints, no sign the couple had quarreled.”We know how they died. The contents of her purse and their pockets, including dollar bills, were scattered about the deck. 19 or 20. Maybe Shirley dropped her keys. He called 911.Police arrived to find the couple obviously dead, but with no clear indication of how they might have died. It hadn’t been an issue before,” Todd Ellison said.Home and diedIt appears Richard and Shirley went straight home after leaving the bar, but no one knows for sure.Sometime between parking the Explorer in the detached garage on the side of the house and walking about 50 feet around to the front deck of the house, something happened. the couple arrived at Les Bird’s Bar in the South End, part of what their niece told police was a “nearly daily routine” afternoon trip to their favorite tavern. Police a few days later said the couple died from exposure in subzero temperatures, that the deaths were nothing “more than two people locked out of their residence and being exposed to the cold for a prolonged period of time.”What that police statement didn’t explain, however, was how Ellison, 82, and Johnson, 78, could somehow become so simultaneously disoriented after walking from their garage to their house that neither could get inside to warm up.The results of the police investigation, released after the case was closed a month ago, shed some light on what happened—but key questions remain unanswered.Richard Ellison died laying on top of a set of keys that would have let the couple into the home or into a van parked in the garage.Another set of keys lay on the sidewalk just 6 feet away from where the couple died and also would have let them into the house, or into the 1999 Ford Explorer parked in the garage that the couple had just driven home from Les Bird’s Bar.There was a working cell phone in Richard’s pocket, but no indication the couple had tried to make a call for help.The side door to the home, closest to the garage but which the couple apparently didn’t use often, was unlocked, yet there was no evidence either person had tried to gain access there.The couple struggled to get in the house and eventually succumbed to the below-zero cold. It’s a quiet area of Superior’s South End neighborhood, almost rural, with their house on a dead-end street about 200 yards from the nearest neighbor.Todd Ellison, who lives in Dubuque, Iowa, had visited the couple just a few weeks before they died. 18, 2016 as Shirley Johnson watches. “I spoke with Shirley’s nephew who had seen them over Thanksgiving, and he said the same thing.”There was no sign Richard Ellison suffered a heart attack due to a blockage, but other heart problems could have occurred that wouldn’t show up in an autopsy, Witt said. “I was going to try to have that talk with him. (Les Bird's Bar surveillance)1 / 3T02.22.2017 — Steve Kuchera — 0226117.N.DNT.FrozendeathsC2 — The deck where Richard Ellison and Shirley Johnson died is set back but visible from North 54th Street, a dead end. They later reviewed video from the station’s security cameras and saw the couple pumping gas. He said they both seemed physically and mentally weaker than the last time he had seen them.”They were both very, very forgetful. Todd Ellison said the couple decided to stay north this winter in Shirley’s Logan Avenue home. But even a heart attack wouldn’t have prevented both of them from finding shelter or calling for help.Todd Ellison used the word “senile” to describe what appeared to be happening to both his father and Shirley at nearly the same time. The bar is exactly one mile from their home.They took seats at the far end of the bar, video from surveillance cameras shows, and each was served a mixed drink. Ellison and Johnson were found dead three days later on the deck of their Superior home. Video shows Richard walking wobbly even before he had much to drink. At about 10:30 on the morning of Dec. They paid at 2:47 p.m.It’s not clear where they were for the next 90 minutes or more.At 4:34 p.m. Maybe Richard had some sort of attack. Richard had become confrontational with employees in the recent past, and Richard had fallen off a barstool just days before, leading to the couple being asked to leave the bar.On the night of Dec. But we may never know why or how it happened,” said Darrell Witt, Douglas County medical examiner.Todd Ellison, Richard’s son, said he still hasn’t made sense of the situation.”I had more questions after I read the police report than before,” he told the News Tribune of the circumstances surrounding the couple’s deaths. But I was a day late and a dollar short.”Daily visit to Bird’s BarAccording to the investigation by the Superior Police Department, obtained by the Duluth News Tribune in a request under Wisconsin’s Public Records Law:On the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 23, the final autopsy reports arrived at the Superior Police Department, with autopsies conducted by Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Ramsey, Minn.The cause of death was listed as cold exposure due to hypothermia. They talked briefly to a woman who stopped to give Shirley a hug. Staff at the bar said they had been there Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and left about the same time.”I don’t think that alone would explain it,” Witt said of the level of intoxication. 18, 2016. And it’s very cold. (Les Bird's Bar surveillance)3 / 3SUPERIOR, Wis.—When a meter reader discovered the bodies of Richard Ellison and Shirley Johnson four days before Christmas, they were frozen, probably dead for more than 48 hours on the deck outside their house in Superior. Tom Champaigne said there was no evidence leading to any consideration of charges.”I don’t think anyone is at fault for over-serving them or anything like that. (To add to the mystery, Shirley had an uncashed check from an insurance company for more than $9,682.59 in her purse.)The situation was investigated by multiple officers as a possible crime until evidence eventually led police to conclude the deaths were due to an unfortunate combination of events.On Jan. Both had lost their spouses to cancer, and they ended up spending the last 15 years of their lives together.They had spent all of those winters in Texas, until this winter. Ellison did have stents and an enlarged heart, a sign of heart disease, and suffered from diabetes. There were indications one of them used a plastic shovel to try to open the door and to break a large window facing the deck, even though there were two sets of house keys nearby and the side door was unlocked.They died inches apart. 022617.N.DNT.FrozendeathsC1: Richard Ellison plays video poker at Les Bird's Bar on Dec. 18, they left the bar at 8:10 p.m., this time on their own terms. And they maybe got confused. They couldn’t have survived very long outside in those temperatures, dressed in light clothing.There was no evidence of the couple alive on Dec. Superior Police Capt. There was a cooked but uneaten ham on the kitchen counter. And remember it’s dark. … They were both legally too drunk to drive, but not extremely intoxicated, especially by standards for regular drinkers.Video shows Shirley putting on her jacket, Richard stopping to use the bathroom, and then the couple walking out the 58th Avenue side door of the bar with no sign of any major problem.As far as police know, no one would see them alive again.When they died—it’s not clear how long that was after they left the bar—Richard had a blood alcohol level of 0.129, Shirley 0.102, both above the legal driving limit of 0.08. That’s just the way he was,” Todd said, saying he was getting inklings the couple shouldn’t be living alone. “It’s one factor involved. Richard’s jacket was draped on the deck railing.

Cook: Another kind of winter: dove, robin, cardinal

Summer love.All put on hold up north.But for one evening, just far enough south, the coo of a dove had us dreaming again. Now we heard a blackbird from someplace near the water. Robins flitted in small groups through the tops of deciduous trees. Crows. Photo by Laura Erickson / Special to Forum News ServiceA few nights ago, two of us went for an evening walk about 700 miles south of our home in Duluth, Minn. Yes, I know a few mourning doves hang out up here all winter. The lake was liquid. The triplet murmur of a ruby-crowned kinglet.Fawn spots. Ravens. The quick loon hoot: “Here I am. And from a distance, the honking of an echelon of Canada geese. Yes, I know. Mama mallard, young in tow.Absent, all of them, in the grip of a white winter.The love calls of peepers. Nuthatches. Fiddlehead ferns. Cumulus clouds.Beach footprints. The pure, clear notes of a white-throated sparrow. And woodpeckers. I rarely see them, either.Chickadees, too. The air was lovely.I like Duluth winters. Where are you?” Thump, thump, thump on the dock followed by a huge sploosh — the sauna plunge. A lake breathing up and down a beach. From farther still came the faint call of a barred owl wondering, “Who cooks for you?”Later, I got to thinking about more summer sounds I had been missing in the midst of a northern winter. Maybe they’re from someplace much farther north, and they think of this as the South. As dusk settled over the land, a great horned owl called from a distant grove of trees, perhaps anticipating the evening hunt. But this walk, halfway to New Orleans, had yanked us back to another season.We walked through a deserted campground on a small lake, surrounded by birdsong. And I know a few robins, too, tough it out here all winter. A cardinal called, sweet and melodious.We had gone just for some fresh air, maybe a sunset. I never see them. But as so often happens when you simply get yourself out there, we had stumbled onto much more.Up here in the North, we’re a bit short on birds this time of year. A South Pier kiss. Mourning doves, roosting in a cedar copse, issued their soothing calls. The purr of a four-stroke easing away from a landing.And not just sounds, but textures, scenes. A mourning dove sits in a tree. If you drew one horizontal and one vertical line across the contiguous 48 states, they would intersect not too far from where we walked that evening. The grass was soft. America’s heartland, as they say.The first thing we noticed was the birds. The percussion of a grouse on a log. I sure don’t hear them. We were there for a funeral and had stolen away for a bit of perspective. But sometimes, you forget what you’re missing until you’re airlifted to another latitude.We kept walking.

Licorice during pregnancy linked to health issues for kids

“With licorice consumption the science is still not clear.””Women are bombarded during pregnancy with so many things they can’t do and not listen because it’s too much,” Keyes added. Some previous lab experiments have linked glycyrrhizin, a natural sweetener in licorice root, to changes in the placenta that may make it easier for the stress hormone cortisol to travel from mothers to their developing babies, said lead study author Katri Raikkonen of the University of Helsinki. Women who consume licorice during pregnancy might be more likely to have children with cognitive or behavioral problems than mothers who don’t eat a lot of this candy while they’re pregnant, a small Finnish study suggests. Some cortisol aids fetal development, but too much may alter neurodevelopmental processes and contribute to cognitive or behavior issues later in life, Raikkonen said by email.For the current study, researchers examined data on 378 children born in Helsinki in 1998 and their mothers, quizzing the women on licorice consumption after they gave birth and then assessing children for developmental issues when they were about 13 years old.Girls and boys born to mothers who ate a lot of licorice during pregnancy—which researchers defined as an amount containing at least 500 milligrams (0.02 ounces) of glycyrrhizin a week—scored lower on intelligence tests, had poorer memory and higher odds of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder than children whose mothers consumed little or no licorice during pregnancy, the study found.Girls also appeared to start puberty sooner when mothers ate a lot of licorice during pregnancy.”Our findings therefore suggest that it would be sensible to avoid licorice and other food products that contain glycyrrhizin during the 40 weeks of pregnancy,” Raikkonen said.Not all licorice contains a lot of glycyrrhizin, Katherine Keyes, a public health researcher at Columbia University Medical Center in New York said in a phone interview.”If you are going to avoid something in pregnancy, there is much more evidence for avoiding alcohol or smoking,” said Keyes, who wasn’t involved in the study. “Focusing on alcohol and tobacco is the most important, and focusing on other things like licorice is less important.”

Is homemade baby food healthier for infants?

An assortment of homemade baby foods are seen ready for storage. Forum News Service file photoBabies who get homemade food may learn to like a wider variety of food types and be leaner than infants who eat store-bought products, a recent study suggests. Most babies got a combination of both types of food.There weren’t any differences in the babies’ lengths or how much they weighed for their age based on what the infants ate. Elise Mok of the Research Institute at McGill University Health Centre and the Montreal Children’s Hospital.”Given that food preferences begin early in life, are likely to persist and are difficult to change in adulthood, providing appropriate food choices during the complementary feeding period is of importance to facilitate food acceptance and ensure healthy growth and development,” Mok added by email.WHO guidelines urge parents to feed babies a varied diet including meat, poultry, fish and eggs along with a range of fruits and vegetables starting at age 6 months.Previous research suggests that commercially produced baby food can contain high amounts of sodium and sugar and be of a consistent texture and appearance that may limit children’s acceptance of new foods with different textures, researchers write in the International Journal of Obesity.Homemade foods, by contrast, can provide a broader range of flavors and textures that might encourage children to eat a wider variety of things as they get older, the authors note.For the current study, researchers examined dietary data on 65 infants and assessments of body fat from exams when infants were 6, 9, 12 and 36 months old.By 9 months of age, 14 babies, or 22 percent, had exclusively received homemade food and another 14 infants ate only commercially produced food. They found babies who only ate homemade foods had more diverse diets earlier in life and lower body fat mass when they were 1 year and 3 years old.”The results could have implications for preventing obesity and chronic diseases associated with poor food choices,” said lead study author Dr. The study also included families that may be more affluent and educated than the general population and focused on breastfed babies, which may mean the results wouldn’t apply to all infants.The study wasn’t a controlled experiment designed to prove how infant food choices directly impact children’s eating habits as they grow up.”Although the observed association cannot confirm a cause and effect relationship, parents should be informed about the provision of home-prepared meat, fruit and vegetables during a baby’s transition to solid food is linked with increased diet diversity in the first year of life,” Mok said. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and then advises mothers to keep nursing while starting to introduce solid foods.For the current study, researchers examined whether the source of food — homemade or commercial—influences variety, infant growth and weight. Calorie and nutrient intakes also didn’t differ by group over time.However, when researchers scored babies’ diets based on how many of seven different food groups they consumed, the infants getting only homemade food achieved scores almost a full point higher than babies getting only store-bought foods.At one year of age, babies who ate only homemade food had a lower percentage of body fat than the other infants in the study.Beyond its small size, other limitations of the study include its reliance on parents to accurately recall and report how babies were fed, the authors note.

Men more at risk of cognitive impairment, death after hip fracture

despite their younger age at the time of fracture.”As reported in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the researchers compared the impact of a hip fracture on thinking skills and risk of death in 166 men and 168 women over age 80.The men had significantly more other diseases to start with, and more of them had been diagnosed with dementia. Ann Gruber-Baldini of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and her colleagues. After a hip fracture, men are more cognitively impaired—and therefore, more at risk of death—than women, researchers in Baltimore say. By 2025, the number of hip fractures in men will be as high as what’s currently seen in women, the researchers warn.That makes these fractures “an emerging public health concern for older men, their families, and the healthcare system,” according to Dr. “Compared to women, men who fracture a hip have an increased risk of mortality… Men also were significantly more impaired on most cognitive measures.After taking any pre-fracture dementia and other risk factors into account, men were still at significantly higher risk for poor scores on a variety of tests of thinking skills.Men also had higher mortality rates than women six months after hip fracture—and the men’s scores on cognitive tests were significantly associated with their risk of death: those who did poorly on the tests were more likely to die during the study.On one common test—the modified Mini-Mental-State Exam—nearly a third of the men with poor scores died within six months, compared with 15 percent of women with poor scores and 11 percent of men with no cognitive problems. By contrast, only 2 percent of women without cognitive problems on this test died within six months.No significant interaction effects were seen between gender and cognition.Gruber-Baldini told Reuters Health, “It may be valuable for clinicians to monitor hip fracture patients after hospital discharge—especially men—to see if they are still experiencing cognitive impairment and effects of delirium.”