Minnesota wildlife officials say the world’s oldest known wild black bear has died of old age at 39 1/2. Bear No. 56 was first captured and radio-collared in 1981 when Ronald Reagan was early in his first term.
Livonia Township, east of Zimmerman, is a rural area with many of its homes surrounded by forest.
Some first graders from Andover Elementary School got an up-close lesson on government Monday afternoon as they testified about a bill they want passed.
Some Twin Cities elementary students are adding another subject to their list of lessons: politics.
A 20-year-old Melrude man says he recently came face-to-face with a large black bear, which sniffed his cheek and snorted at him before wandering away.
Minnesota is home to about 27,000 black bears. And each year thousands of people visit a sanctuary to get an up-close look at them and learn about their behavior.