Searchers in Moorhead found a body Tuesday morning believed to be that of Tommy Bearson, a nursing student at North Dakota State University who had been missing since early Saturday morning, the Fargo Forum reports. The announcement was made at a 1 p.m. news conference at Fargo City Hall. The story quotes Fargo Police Chief Keith Ternes saying that the body, found outdoors at about 11:20 a.m., matched the physical description of Bearson and clothing matched what he was last seen wearing. When Bearson missed a planned trip to Sartell, his family reported him missing at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. He was a standout basketball player at Sartell High, where he graduated last spring. UPDATE: The body has been positively identified as being that of Tommy Bearson, the Star Tribune reported on Wednesday.
Tragedy struck a Renville County family twice last week, reports Tom Cherveny of the West Central Tribune. “Ken Novotny, 53, of Germantown, Tennessee, died Wednesday when he was attacked by a grizzly bear while hunting southwest of Norman Wells, Northwest Territories, Canada. Keith Novotny, 59, of Appleton, died Sunday. Friends said he was waiting for a kidney transplant. Their mother, Marjorie Novotny, learned the news of her second son’s death after reaching Tennessee to be with Ken Novotny’s family,” writes Cherveny. Ken Novotny was hunting along the Northwest Territories’ border with the Yukon when he was attacked by the bear. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police received a call for assistance at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Darkness and weather conditions prevented help from reaching the remote site that night. A helicopter reached the site the following morning and the coroner ruled that Novotny had died at the scene. The bear was found and killed on Saturday, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported. DNA testing is being done to confirm that it was the bear that attacked Novotny.
Hunters should see no shortage of waterfowl when the season opens just before dawn on Saturday, Sept. 27, reports Suzy Rook for the Janesville Argus. “The number of breeding ducks this spring was very high based on the continental duck breeding population surveys,” said Steve Cordts, DNR waterfowl specialist. “In addition, recruitment, or the number of young ducks that hatched, was also good this year.” Cordts said the breeding population of all ducks combined was more than 49 million ducks, which is 8 percent above last year and 43 percent above long-term averages. Expect an increase in ring-necked ducks and mallards, as well as Canada geese. “If you haven’t been duck hunting in a few years, this may be a good year to get back out in the marsh,” Cordts said. “Hunter numbers have been very low compared to historic averages.”
Voters in Mankato were privy to a sight few see: nuns on a bus promoting voter registration, writes Dan Linehan of the Mankato Free Press. The nuns are part of NETWORK, an organization formed in 1971 by 47 Catholic sisters. The group is on a 10-state, 75-event bus tour promoting the importance of civic virtues. “This is all about making sure that the 100 percent vote,” said Sister Simone Campbell, one of the group’s leaders. “We do not have big money, but we do have the right to vote,” she said. “Corporations don’t have vocal cords,” she said.
A woman who has been at odds with her neighbors has been sentenced for harassment after she violated a restraining order by sending them a Christmas card, writes Emily Walker of the Fargo Forum. The restraining order was the result of conflict that started as complaints between Sharon Lavonne Rousseau, 65, and her neighbors over a fence. Judge Galen Vaa called the relationship “complicated” with a “long history of discord between these neighbors.” Clay County prosecutor Pam Harris asked the court for 90 days in jail for Rousseau, with all but two days suspended. Vaa accepted the prosecution’s recommendation, adding that the card might reasonably be considered “a very sinister method of carrying on” the discord between the two parties.
The Mayo Clinic has announced a new partnership with the National University Ireland Galway to “focus on adult stem-cell therapy, gene therapy, biomaterials and biomedical engineering,” reports the Rochester Post-Bulletin. Student and staff exchange will also occur. Dr. Anthony Windebank,Mayo deputy director for Discovery at the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine, said “this is a unique collaboration which emphasizes the translation of laboratory discoveries into regenerative medicine therapies for patients.”
Hormel Foods of Austin is debuting the first ad campaign for Skippy peanut butter, reports the Austin Daily Herald. Research told the company that for the Skippy brand, consumers across the world believe peanut butter is fun. This led the company to use the beloved Skippy brand to spread yippee to peanut butter lovers everywhere. The simple joy of eating peanut butter will be brought to life across various brand platforms, from marketing to product innovations, and in the new multimedia advertising campaign.