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First anniversary in business: Nancy and Rick Herman display their wood-fire oven on its self-contianed trailer.
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Jim Hawley Contributing Writer .• April 14, 2015
 

What do you get when you order a pizza from Rick Herman of Log Home Wood Fired Pizza? Per Nancy Herman, maybe not an objective witness, “Dinner and a show,” describing husband Rick’s passion for his pizza creations and his interactions with their customers – particularly the kids. The Hermans will be celebrating their first anniversary in business in June, bringing a unique food offering to the area.

On the surface, it may appear to be an odd equation for success –– a career educator and a marketing communications professional venturing into the food hospitality business. Rick spent his first career in education – teacher, principal, superintendent – finding his way to the McGregor area as superintendent in 2006, and ending up with a four-year hitch in Wrenshall from 2008-2012. “I always loved to cook,” shared Rick. “Mom always had us in the kitchen,” he continued.

After Rick’s decision to retire from education, Rick and Nancy were enjoying life in their log home in the McGregor area. Avid hunters, Rick built a smokehouse in their yard, and they also harvested maple syrup, but there was still something missing. Nancy suggested, “You need ...

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Wolves
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Options to deal with predatory wolves limited
Jim Hawley • Contributing Writer .• April 7, 2015
 

On a recent trip to Duluth, we drove past a pasture in which four llamas were present. Llamas and donkeys, natural enemies of wolves, are often employed as a deterrent by cattlemen and women to protect their herds from wolves. With calving season underway, it led to a question regarding what can someone do today related to wolf depredation (defined as killing domestic animals), as the rules have recently changed.

A few years ago, we (Voyageur Press of McGregor) covered the issue of wolf depredation in the area. That story addressed losses of cattle that had occurred, compensation for losses incurred, trapping that was allowed, and preventive measures that area cattlemen and women were employing. In December 2014 a federal court ruling, out of Washington D.C., threw out the Obama administration’s decision to remove the grey wolf in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list. As a result, the wolf is once again considered endangered, meaning that killing a wolf is a federal offense, and the ...

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“It Can Wait” campaign: McGregor students will challenge Hill City students to a friendly competition by pledging NOT to text and drive.
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Voyageur Press .• March 31, 2015
 

McGREGOR, Minn.— A recent survey found that while 97 percent of teens say they know texting while driving is dangerous, 43 percent admit to doing so. Seventy-seven percent of those teens also said they’ve seen their parents text and drive – and 75 percent say it is “common” among their friends.

McGregor School students are no different than other drivers and they have recently been challenged by Aitkin Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) coordinator Paul Bruggman.

“April is ‘Distracted Driving Awareness Month,’” shared Mr. Bruggman, “and Aitkin County Toward Zero Deaths Coalition is sponsoring a friendly competition between area schools. This competition involves participants going online and taking a pledge to NOT text and drive.”

Three McGregor seniors, Randeena Olson, Amy Gelhar and Spencer Passer will be taking that challenge. They sat down and shared their thoughts on texting and driving.

First of all, they all admitted to texting and driving at some point. Randeena and Spencer do it very seldom and Amy shared that her parents are ...

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