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"To lay an egg" – city style vs farm style

A milestone.

Even as a kid in New York City, I knew that “to lay an egg” was not a good thing. It meant you’d failed to do something you’d set out to accomplish – and everybody knew it. Why’s an egg synonymous with failure? According to numbers of Internet sources, it’s because an egg resembles a zero; and zilch is what goes up on the board when you fail to score.

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Minnesota Pet Food Drive makes a difference for rescue dogs

With the holiday season fast approaching, folks are looking for ways to give back and impact their communities. And if we know you, SWDers (and we think we do do), you’re sniffing around in search of animals in need.

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The elusive deer

I spent a few hours yesterday afternoon deer hunting (or sitting as I call it and "nature viewing" as a friend of mine calls it). It was about the twelfth time I've gone bow hunting this year and it was the 11th time I didn't draw my bowstrings back. The time I actually might have had a shot where I did take aim it was too far past sunset for me to get an accurate shot, although I do believe the deer were actually within range (for me that would mean 25 yards or less). I probably would have had a shot the very first time I went out which was opening bow hunting week in Minnesota in the middle of September but, of course, I had to reach for my bow screwed into the tree that I was sitting in and my hanging stand was only about eight feet off the ground so the deer, of course, noticed. It's too bad. Before I moved the deer was running straight towards me.

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Find a lost dog? Do these 6 things stat

As much as we don’t want anyone to lose his or her dog, sometimes it happens. Despite our best intentions and our years of dog-owning experience, sometimes our dogs get loose, especially around holidays like the 4th of July (thank you, fireworks) and Halloween (frequent opening and closing of doors, scary masks, constant doorbell ringing, etc.).

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How to keep your pet safe on Halloween

For many people, it’s one of the most anticipated nights of the year - filled with the magic of costumes, the sweetness of treats and plenty of family fun.

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How you can protect Minnesota dogs from traps this hunting season

Hunting season is upon us, which means Minnesotan hunters everywhere are donning their traditional fall colors: blaze orange and camo. Part of what people love about hunting is the chance to watch their dogs at work doing what they love most, and although pups can be handy friends when hunting, the sad truth is that running around in the wilderness can be dangerous and sometimes even fatal for our dogs. So while we don’t propose that dogs be denied the chance to hunt, we do think there’s more to be done to keep our dogs safe. And Dog Lovers 4 Safe Trapping MN has the perfect solution.

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Urban animals, part 2: Minneapolis care and control initiatives

Many children look forward to the presents they’ll receive for their birthday. Ten-year-old Ainsleigh Jensen believes so much in the importance of Minneapolis Animal Care and Control (MACC) that she requested donations for the organization in place of receiving presents for herself.

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Minnesota is first to free the beagles: A second chance at life

Back on May 20 of this year, Governor Mark Dayton signed the Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill into law, which included the Beagle Freedom Law (and the MN Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Law) — thus making Minnesota the very first state to pass the Beagle Freedom Law. Yip yip hurray!

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University of Minnesota chirps in on bird-safe glass debate

Sami Nichols has seen firsthand the death sentence that glass can be for unsuspecting feathered friends.

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Welcome Jerseys

I am sure anyone who has tried to start their own business understands the struggle to stay on top of changes in the market. But when you farm you also have to stay on top of changing weather! My the past couple of years have been weird–long, long winters, super wet springs, cool summers, etc. At least this year we didn’t have the number of severe storms we had last year. But anyway you get the picture. While we are adding a hoop house this fall for our vegetable production we decided that it was time to branch out into meat production. You have already see our pigs. Now it is time to meet the cows.

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