DNR announces 1st plan to manage

Minnesota deer population

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has outlined the state’s first deer management plan.

The plan announced Tuesday seeks a target harvest of 200,000 whitetails. The plan is the result of a two-year effort that included meetings around Minnesota and input from a 19-member citizen advisory committee.

DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr says the agency has listened, “and the plan reflects that.”

The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association had advocated for a yearly target harvest of 225,000 deer. The Star Tribune reports the plan calls for an annual harvest of 200,000 deer, after DNR deer biologists pushed for a target of 190,000 deer.

Sex offender charged

with kidnap, sexual assault

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Bail is set at $5 million for a convicted sex offender charged with abducting a woman at gunpoint from her home near Fergus Falls and sexually assaulting her.

Thirty-nine-year-old Anthony Randklev, of Pelican Rapids, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and several other counts in Otter Tail County. He remains jailed.

Randklev is accused of kidnapping the woman Sunday and leading police on a chase near Pelican Rapids that ended with shots fired by law enforcement officers and Randklev in handcuffs.

Randklev served prison time for a similar case in 2008, involving a kidnapping and assault. His court-ordered supervised release ended last month.

In the latest case, the woman’s husband told investigators a man believed to be Randklev showed up at their house Saturday night asking for gasoline.