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Looking Back at June 9

International Falls Journal - Thu, 06/09/2011 - 6:00am

25 YEARS AGO

Airman James C. Valentine has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base.


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Kristine Joy (Snow) Bautch, 47

International Falls Journal - Wed, 06/08/2011 - 11:38am

Kristine Joy (Snow) Bautch, age 47, of Glendale, Ariz., succumbed to complications of pneumonia Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, surrounded by her family, John L. Bautch and children, Holly A.


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Former resident arrested in murder of his wife, By LAUREL BEAGER, Editor

International Falls Journal - Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:21am

Carl Muggli expected to be charged with second-degree murder in Linda Muggli’s Nov. 26 death


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Falls High graduates 114 students, By EMILY GEDDE, Staff Writer

International Falls Journal - Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:19am

While addressing his Falls High classmates, co-valedictorian Joseph Toninato summed up Sunday’s graduation ceremony, “my fellow graduates, we’re done.”


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New way to notify blight violators, By LAUREL BEAGER, Editor

International Falls Journal - Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:17am

Residents in violation of ordinance will see colorful door-hanging tickets


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State leaders attempt deal to avoid shutdown, By LAUREL BEAGER, Editor

International Falls Journal - Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:16am

Local representatives say lack of GOP compromise during session disappointing


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RSVP ‘Bone Builders’ exercise program to expand

International Falls Journal - Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:14am

June 28 training designed to develop class leaders

The RSVP Bone Builders program will expand in Koochiching County, thanks to a grant from the Marshall N. Knutson Family Community Fund.


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Celebrity tug teams named

International Falls Journal - Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:07am

As the community’s July 2 festivities continue to be organized, the communities of Fort Frances and International Falls have announced the members of their celebrity International Tug of War: Pullin


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Track: Five heading to Hamline, By KEVIN BONESKE, Sports Editor

International Falls Journal - Wed, 06/08/2011 - 9:53am

Three senior Bronco boys qualify for state

Two individual titles and a runner-up finish paced the International Falls boys track and field team at Friday’s Section 7A meet in Duluth.


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Two Falls girls in three track and field events, By KEVIN BONESKE, Sports Editor

International Falls Journal - Wed, 06/08/2011 - 9:50am

Despite not having the Broncos’ top point scorer competing, Falls’ girls track and field team came within less than three points of bringing back the runner-up trophy from Friday’s Section 7A me


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Track: Bronco qualifiers prepare for Class A meet, By KEVIN BONESKE, Sports Editor

International Falls Journal - Wed, 06/08/2011 - 9:44am

The numbers at Falls’ track and field practices have dwindled for this week as the season continues for only five Broncos — three boys and two girls — as they prepare to compete in six events th


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Conspicuous by absence, By Kevin Boneske

International Falls Journal - Wed, 06/08/2011 - 9:43am

To say the timing couldn’t have been worse would be stating the obvious.


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Chronic Wasting Disease Update

Minnesota DNR podcasts - Fri, 02/11/2011 - 9:00am
Chronic Wasting Disease Update
Categories: Outdoors

Chronic Wasting Disease Update

Minnesota DNR podcasts - Mon, 02/07/2011 - 12:12pm
Chronic Wasting Disease Update
Categories: Outdoors

Strikemaster Lazer Pro - initial impressions

MNfishing.net - Mon, 11/22/2010 - 3:51pm

Well, I hesitantly sold off the Strike-lite last week to give the new 2-stroke Solo motor a try. Bob over @ Wayzata Bait had a Lazer Pro on the floor for a good price, so I bit the bullet and went with an 8″.

Wayzata Bait stocks most of the Strikemaster augers and if he doesn’t have what you need, it will be ordered and ready to pick-up within a couple days, fresh from Strikemaster HQ up in Big Lake. If you’re in the market for a new auger, or just need some bait and tackle, hit him up. http://www.wayzatabait.com (Shop local!)

The Lazer Pro has a 3hp, 54 cc, 2-stroke Solo engine. These new engines were released last year and I’ve heard nothing but high-praise for their power and speed.

I got the auger home and proceeded to mix up a gallon of fuel (sans alcohol) with Amsoil’s 2-stroke oil. The manual states that you must not mix any leaner than 50:1 but I’m sure 80:1 or 100:1 would be just fine. Just to play it safe, I did mix this first tank at 50:1 for a “break-in”. I’ll probably move to 80:1 on the next mix.

All the new models sporting the Solo engines come with a 24 oz fuel tank, which should help increase the number of holes drilled between filling.

The starting procedure is a bit different from the Strike-lite, but is equally as simple and fast. Turn the ON/OFF switch to ON (Yes, I have managed to bypass this required step a couple late nights out on the ice). Pump the primer until gas starts flowing back to the tank. Slide the choke lever to the START position. Here’s where the Solo motors differ, you now need to press the “decompression button” which is located next to the primer bulb. Pull up the slack in the recoil and give it a pull. You need to press the decompression button previous to each time you pull the recoil rope. At first, I thought this might be a bit annoying, but you get used to it real quick.

The Lazer popped off with just a few pulls, I then let it warm up for a few minutes. When I first gave it a little throttle, it smoked a bit but I assume that was left-over oil in the engine from testing. Once the Amsoil laden fuel worked it’s way in, there was little to no smoke in the exhaust, as expected. All the hype I had heard about this engine was well-founded, it rips. If you’ve ever used a chainsaw, you’ll notice the similarities right away. The Solo engine seems to have oodles of power and revs ski-high, electronically governed at 12000 rpms, (yes, that’s twelve thousand).

Beyond standing in my driveway longing for hardwater and making lots of noise, I really have no more to comment on at this time. I’m sure this Lazer Pro with the new Solo engine is going to pop holes considerably faster than my old Strike-lite, albeit at a bit higher decibel. I’ll update further once I get out on some ice!

http://strikemaster.com/lazer_pro.html

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