Dec. 28, 1944

The meanest man

Carl Bredeson, 520 Third Avenue, went out to the woods and cut a choice Christmas tree for the family enjoyment. Leaving it for a short time in a trailer in the rear of his home, Mr. Bredeson went out to bring it in. He found the fine tree had been stolen. Mr. Bredeson said Saturday he would give the thief the trimmings also, if he would come and get them.

Jan. 1, 1970

Lamprey fight said essential

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The future of sport fishing and commercial fishing in Lake Superior depends upon the willingness of the federal government to appropriate the funds needed to control the sea lamprey — the eel-like parasitic fish that attacks lake trout, salmon and other desirable fish.

At the fall meeting of the Lake Superior Advisory Committee in Ashland, Wisconsin, members unanimously agreed that the sea lamprey control program was seriously hampered by lack of adequate funding.

Million dollar programs to restore lake trout fishing and re-introduce salmon are destined to fail in Lake Superior unless the lamprey is kept in check.

The committee passed a resolution, and point out that while material costs have increased sharply, only very slight increases in control funds have been allotted by Congress during the 15 year history of the lamprey program.

The committee, which passes its recommendations on to the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission said every possible means of supporting the commission's budget request will be utilized.

Curtailment of the lamprey control program would dash the hopes for the recovery of sport and commercial fishing in the waters of Lake Superior. Although lampreys are largely unsuccessful in attempting to reproduce in Minnesota’s North Shore streams, those hatched elsewhere come to prey on the fish available on our side of the lake.

Results of short changing the lamprey program were noted immediately this past summer when a sharp increase was observed in the incidence of lamprey scarring on trout taken from sport fishermen and through assessment netting. The increase in lampreys can be traced to the shortage of funds required to treat all lamprey spawning streams.

Man struck by pickup truck here

Arthur Lind of Two Harbors was reported recovering from severe bruises and lacerations following a mishap late last Saturday afternoon in which he was struck by a pickup truck as he was walking along Sixth Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues.

The driver of the vehicle was Richard D. Aspling, who told the police that he never saw the walking figure and felt a slight bump on his right fender.

Aspling was driving south along Sixth Street at about 5:15 p.m. when the accident occurred, police said.

Lind, about 65, was rushed by ambulance to Lake View Hospital where his condition Monday was not regarded as serious. Hospital attendants said they expected him to remain there for several days for treatment of painful bruises and cuts.