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One of the most touching films I've seen in years is "Remains of the Day," a story set against the backdrop of pre-World War II, which tells of the unrequited love of the housekeeper (Emma Thompson) of a baronial manor and the butler (Anthony Hopkins). The movie drips with Britishness, manor houses, Rolls-Royce, Nazi sympathizers. The novel is based on was written by Japanese-English author Kazuo Ishiguro and won the Booker Prize.
School days are upon us and what better way to welcome in the first semester than to read "That Old Cape Magic," by Richard Russo (Knopf, $25.95)? Russo's new novel is about three generations of a family intersecting at a wedding in old Cape Cod. Now Cape Cod is not my favorite place. After spending a week there a few years back and putting up with the endless traffic and the crowded streets, I vowed never to go there again. So why Russo's book? Because this is a book not about Cape Cod but about the family, three of them academics.
Two novels merit your attention for your trip Up North, when rain is pounding down on the tin roof of your cottage and the fish haven't been biting for days. "Cutting for Stone," by Abraham Verghese (Knopf, $26.95). Recognize the author? He wrote a fine non-fiction book years ago that described his experiences as a medical doctor in Tennessee. "My Own Country" was nominated by the National Book Critics Circle for best non-fiction of 1994. Now the M.D. who teaches in the med school at Stanford, has made the difficult transition from non-fiction to fiction.
Snail changes rules for infested Winnie near Deer River, Minn. Anglers and boaters must adhere to stricter rules on Lake Winnibigoshish near Deer River because the lake has been designated "infested waters" under state regulations. The infested-waters designation was made May 7 because of an exotic species, the faucet snail, first found on the lake in 2007.
A longtime Lake Superior troller has caught what is believed to be the largest "lean" lake trout taken at the Duluth end of Lake Superior. Fishing from his wife's cousin's boat on Sunday afternoon, Tim Jezierski caught a lake trout that was 45 3/4 inches long and 31 inches in girth. Jezierski of Duluth kept the fish after a long and hard fight, but he couldn't weigh it. Don Schreiner, Department of Natural Resources area fisheries supervisor at French River, estimates the weight of the fish at between 35 and 40 pounds.
A black bear took quite a ride all day Easter Sunday on an ice floe in Lake Superior near Bayfield. The bear was first seen by ferry staff at 7:45 a.m. near Madeline Island. It rode an ice floe in the direction of Basswood Island, Hudson said, then eventually drifted back to Bayfield, a distance of perhaps five miles. Currents and wind affect ice movement. "It saw that it was going to be able to get to land and made a break for it," Hudson said. It climbed up a breakwall and collapsed, where it proceeded to take a long nap, she said. Nobody knows where it went after that, Hudson said.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota communities facing the flooding threats need more state assistance, the top state senator on public works projects said. Sen.
ST. PAUL - Efforts to establish veterans' cemeteries in northeastern and southwestern Minnesota are moving ahead slowly, but proponents say they are far from dead. The cemeteries must wait in line, like a funeral procession, until land and money open up. The northeastern plan seemed nearly a done deal: Complete some bureaucratic formalities and a new cemetery would be built on scenic Minnesota parkland.
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources may have to shed some of its leaves if a Minnesota House bill passes. The bill, being considered by the Game, Fish and Forestry Division committee, would begin a five-year process of dismantling and selling the DNR's state-run seedling nurseries. The DNR would close either the General Andrews Nursery in Willow River or the Badoura Nursery in Akeley. The other facility would shrink over the five-year period and would eventually be sold. The bill's author, Rep.