Gabriel Lagarde / Forum News Service
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — Discussions took on something of a bleak tone when the plight of families — particularly young, rural and working parents — came up during discussion. “People are desperate,” said Christine Gesme of Harmony House of Little Falls, who noted she no longer adds more parents to her waiting list of 150 families. “I’ve had people asking me when was a good time for them to get pregnant. That’s real and that’s a real odd conversation. What do you tell these families who just want to work and raise their children?”
BRAINERD, Minn. — “I’m sorry we’ve got you lined up with numbers like the state penitentiary,” drawled Lesley Travers, the hearing’s third-party moderator. “But, it’s the only way we can ensure everyone gets their chance to speak and be heard.”
MERRIFIELD—Frustrations boiled over during a tense meeting between Minnesota Department of Natural Resources spokespeople and concerned hunters at The Woods restaurant, Monday, March 4. Now the owner of the deer farm at the heart of the controversy is speaking out. Since the Jan. 23 discovery (and Feb. 14 confirmation) of a wild deer carcass bearing chronic wasting disease—a degenerative neurological condition that inevitably ravages the brain and emaciates the body—by Upper Mission Lake, tensions are running high.