Barred owl, county board

Went for a ski today and scared off a barred owl. It perched nearby and stared me down with its brown eyes. I let out my best barred owl call (perfected over a summer of hooting for spotted owl, their nearest relative).

It didn’t answer back, just looked at me like I’d swallowed its mate.

Attended the Mille Lacs County Board meeting today.

By a 3-1 vote they approved the recycling contract with J. Vanderpoel, who will replace Jim’s Mille Lacs Disposal.

Board members alluded to the fact that they had received a lot of comments, some of them anonymous, calling on them to rethink their decision.

Phil Peterson of Milaca Township voted against.

There will be more in next Wednesday’s Messenger.

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