No shortage of turkey permits

In years past it could be difficult for some Minnesota hunters to obtain a turkey license, but not anymore.

Bill Penning of the Department of Natural Resources has said that the state has enough permits that everyone should be able to obtain one. "It's almost unlimited" Penning said.

In the past Turkey hunting was sort of a novelty, making it high-quality for the 50,000 to 60,000 hunters that had a license. With the turkey populations re surging, the DNR has relaxed on the limit of turkey license that could be obtained.

Along with the more permits being obtained, the DNR is also looking into making more areas hunting zones, which would give hunters more options on where to hunt.

EU says half of normal flights may run Monday

Another natural disaster has brought agony to people, but not even close to that of the recent earthquakes. The volcano in Iceland last week that erupted has interfered with air travel, and millions have been waiting for the ashes to clear before they can make it to their destination.

Now, air traffic believes some flights can start taking off come Monday as forecasts have shown some clearing of the ashes in the air. The entire continent will not be cleared, however, and the sense of complete air travel once again is still unknown.

The ashes in the air can be very dangerous to a flying plane as the ashes can get caught up in the engines, shutting them down causing the plane to fall out of the sky.

The airlines have been hurting mightily because of the flying restrictions, basically losing over $200 million every day that flights were canceled.

It is unbelievable the string of natural catastrophes that has occured the last couple weeks; from the earthquakes in Haiti, Chili, Baja California-Mexico, Indonesia, Spain and China, and now the earthquake in Iceland has just added to that list.

Associated Press

A voice for abuse victims

Domestic abuse is pretty prevalant in our society, and for many who are victims of it tend to be afraid to report it for a variety of reasons. But then their is Ellen Pence who has spent the last 30 years helping people deal with domestic abuse.

The "Duluth Model", which Pence came up with 30 years ago which helps coordinate responses from police, courts, prosecutors and others. It is currently being used in all 50 states and even 17 countries.

she has now come out with a new plan to cut domestic abuse even more, which she calls the "Duluth Model on steroids."

St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington believes this new model could cut homicide rates by nearly a third.

Pence will be featured in a movie by director Peter Cohn where he wants to try and compare Pence's efforts of calming abuse to that of civil rights movements.

Pence is an extremely hard worker, and doesn't slow down even though she is dying to breast cancer.

While Pence is a fierce fighter against domestic abuse, she luckily was never involved in such a conflict. Her love to help people has lead her to do this for 30 years.

Star Tribune

To balance books, libraries close, take new forms

"Shutting down a library ... that would be like shutting down the arts." That is how Margaret O'Brian feels as many small libraries are about to close as the funding to keep them open just isn't currently available, including the Arden Hills library that O'Brian loves to go to.

But the libraries will not go down without a fight. They argue that the demand for library use has increased. It is hard to justify, however, as libraries nationwide are having the same problem and many are already closed.

Funding for libraries has always been provided by the state, but with the recession nearly 75 percent of libraries have seen their budgets drop.

According to some, the funding hasn't been able to keep up with the demand for nearly 30 years, and now with the demand going up, the funding keeps going down.

For some of those libraries that are extremely struggling, they may not close but hours may be cut from employees or the libraries could be moved into bigger buildings. While in some cases combining the small libraries with other ones has shown improvement, it is still a possibility that many libraries in the state, and country, will be closing in the near future.

Pioneer Press

5 airlines won't charge for carryons, senator says

With all this talk about airlines charging more for carry-on luggage, a few airlines are about to give people a sigh of relief. While this is great news for riders, those 5 airlines have been hurting recently as they have reported losses in revenue for the first quarter.

According to the report by Harry Weber for the Associated Press, as many as 26 of U.S. airlines have been adding fees to everything from carry-ons, food, and even pillows to make up for the high gas prices. But these airlines are afraid of losing their customers with the charges and have decided not to add the fees.

According to New York Sen. Charles Schumer, the five airlines that have made this decision are American, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, US Airways and JetBlue Airways. The senator, along with other officials, are planning on meeting with Spirit Airlines representatives to talk to them about their carry-on fees.

The plan by the senators, including Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, are in talks of taxing airlines for charging the carry-on bags.

Fork the Fire lends a hand

Two local favorite restaurants; Heidi's and Blackbird were recently burned down by a fire. While each restaurant owner wants the business to come to them, they all usually watch for each other as well.

So after both restaurants burned down, Anoush Ansari of Hemishpere Restaurant Partners, along with other restaurants in the communtiy, came together and did Fork the Fire benefit to raise money for each restaurant.

The fundraiser was held at Mission restaurant, which is a part of the Hemishpere Restaurant Partners, and over 80 businesses made donations to help the cause.

It is pretty cool seeing all these restaurants and businesses come together to hep each other out like that.

Mary Kay Gallagher: The Gaurd Dog

The real estate agent who is trying to sell a 12-room house on Marlborough Road isn't about to show the house to just anyone as she is very protective of her neighborhood. The 90-year-old real estate agent can tell the difference between those who are serious about buying and those who just like to stop an look.

The agent, who has been so since 1922, has patrolled and been selling homes in Prospect Parks, a 2.5 square mile section in Brooklyn. Many other agents call it a monopoly she has on the area. Because of this, many of her competitors don't get along with Gallagher, but some of her competition respect her and see her as an icon.

Mangia, Mangia

A unique story in Italy where Nicoletta De Thomasis, along with his family, took in the writer, Matt Gross, and they dined on tons of sphaghetti and sausage, with a glass of wine.

Gross stoppe to have the inner with the family to get a sense of real Italian foo made by real Italians, rather than what is deemed "Italian food" at the restaurants, even in Italy.

Italian food is held at such a high level that there is even a group called "Home Food" that is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the Italian dishes.

People that sign up to be members of "Home Food" gets a catalage of different Italian dishes and they can actually pick out something that looks good to them to them and can order it for a price.

Goats and sheep, among so many others, are just the beginning of a long list of local meats used to make the entrees.

Louisville Slugger Museum

This piece was found in the travel section of the Pioneer Press.

Now this is a cool museum I would like to go to. Lousiville, Kentucky is home to the Louisvile Slugger Museum where bats once swung by greats like Pete Rose and Johnny Bench are kept for show and can even be touched by those in attendance.

Not only is this a museum of some of the greatest bats swung, but it also shows how these bats were crafted as well. Hillerich & Bradsby Co. is the name of the company that has been making bats since 1884 and distributes around 1.8 million wooden Louisiville bats a year.

One of the cooliest attractions to the Louisville Museum is the nearly 120 foot bat standing straight up on the outside of the museum.

The museum and factory are right next to each other which makes it possible to few the past bats and witness the future ones being made.

One of the most prized possessions owned by the museum is a bat used in 1927 by one of the greatest players of all-time: Babe Ruth.

And one of the greatest things that the museum offers is a place where you can hold a number of the bats once used by greats in the past.

Gleason's Gym in Eagan

Bill Ward of the Star Tribune did a piece on Gleason's Gym, which features senior citizens doing acrobatic moves such as back flips on trampolines and cartwheels on beams.

Every week for lessons or open gym, the middle-aged people of the community come out to have fun and work out with younger trainers, some who are even their offspring.

While it is a workout and challenge for many of these older people, what attracts them is the fun aspect such as jumping on trampolines where the trainers showed them how to o different flips and aerials.

One of the things Gleason's preaches is to set your mind to something, your body will allow for it to happen. Think positive, if you think you can't, you won't. If you don;t worry about it and just do it, you can accomplish it.

I think it would be funny, but cool to see a 63-year-old man doing back flips on a trampoline.