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PINE RIVER, Minn.—Amidst the growing epidemic of opioid abuse, north-central Minnesota's Cass County has hired a fulltime person to help respond to the epidemic. The position is unique in Minnesota. "We are the only ones in the state with this position who is really focusing on it like this," said Richie Bean, whose title is Rx prevention coordinator. He said Cass County, which only has a population of about 28,500 people, will become a hub for some of the most targeted efforts to combat opiate addiction.
BRAINERD—Unmanned aerial vehicles are taking off in many industries, but Crow Wing County Emergency Management is at the forefront of Minnesota's expanding emergency use of drones. Thanks to an $80,000 grant from the National Joint Powers Alliance (now called Sourcewell), Crow Wing County was able to start a drone response program in late 2017/early 2018. The grant paid not only to buy two foldable Mavic Pro drones, but also two large Matrice 210 drones with two cameras, one with zoom and one with infrared capabilities.
PINE RIVER, Minn. — Effective hunters don't get trophy deer by accident. They plan and train, and that's exactly how 11-year-old Tyler Day of the Pine River-Backus area bagged his first deer — a once-in-a-lifetime piebald doe. Preparation for this legendary deer included target practice, surveillance and careful deer stand placement. Before the firearms season, Tyler had monitored game cameras to find something worth hunting.