Farmer donates to GHEC

GRANADA — Farmer Jim Oltman has directed $2,500 to Granada-Huntley-East Chain School through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Bayer Fund.

Celebrating its 10th year, America’s Farmers Grow Communities partners with farmers to support nonprofit organizations strengthening rural communities. The program offers farmers the chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit of their choice. It has awarded more than $33 million to over 8,000 nonprofits across rural America.

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DNR details Mille Lacs plan

ST. PAUL (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says anglers who fish Mille Lacs Lake in May will get to keep one walleye.

It’ll be the first time since 2015 that anglers on the big east-central Minnesota lake will be allowed to keep a walleye during the open-water season.

The DNR said Tuesday that anglers will be allowed to keep one walleye between 21 and 23 inches, or one walleye over 28 inches, from the May 11 fishing opener through May 31. Then the lake returns to catch-and-release-only walleye fishing.

The DNR announced earlier that the lake’s improving walleye population would allow for a limited harvest this season.

DNR fisheries chief Brad Parsons says the regulations represent a “careful balance” between expanded fishing and conserving the fishery.

Minnesota man among victims

ST. CLOUD (AP) — Family members say a Minnesota man is among the 157 people who died when a jetliner crashed in Ethiopia.

Relatives say 31-year-old Mucaad Hussein Abdalla was on his way to Nairobi, Kenya from Morocco when the plane went down on Sunday. His cousin, Mohamed Warfa, says Abdalla graduated from St. Cloud Apollo High School in 2008 and worked as a truck driver. He also studied at St. Cloud Technical School and St. Cloud State.

Warfa says his cousin was very outgoing and playful and recently got married.

Family members are still waiting for his body to be identified at the crash site. Eight Americans were among the dead.