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SERVING CLEARWATER COUNTY, HOME OF THE MISSISSIPPI HEADWATERS, SINCE 1897 VOLUME 113 NUMBER 2 Wednesday, November 4, 2009 1 Single Copy $24 Yearly Subscription Randy Bergquist (Editor's note: The following story about Randy Bergquist is reprinted from the Star Tribune with permission. This article by Mark Brunswick appeared in the Oct. 28 issue of the Star Tribune) There was no word for six days when Randy Bergquist's plane went missing in the isolated mountains of Afghanistan. But those who knew him said that if his plane was operable, Bergquist would get it out of there. Bergquist, a to speak at BHS es Minnesota native and former drug interdiction officer for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, was just that kind of pilot. "Everybody knew that if that plane was flyable, he was walking out of the mountains," said his wife, Pam.. "Careful. Common sense. So resourceful." But Bergquist's body was among three found in the wreckage of an Army reconnaissance plane that crashed two weeks ago in the mountains of northeastern Afghanistan. He was 53. The three were working for Lockheed Martin contractors and on a NATO surveillance mission. Bergquist had lived for more than 20 years in Florida but his roots were in Minnesota - - and in the air. He was born in Bemidji and graduated from Princeton High School, passing up a wrestling scholarship to join the U.S. Marines. He and Pam met and became friends while he was a charter pilot and flight instructor for Alexandria Aviation and she was one of his students. They married in 1982 and moved to Florida in 1987, where he worked for what was then United States Customs, flying fixed wing planes and Randy Bergquist Continued on page 5 Crash victim's mother lives in Bagley Randy Bergquist, 53, who died in a plane wreck in Afghanistan, was the son of Ruby Bergquist of Bagley and the late Eddie Bergquist. According to one of his cousins, Randy lived in Bagley as a young boy and was close to many of his cousins around Bagley. A memorial service will be held for him at 3 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Henning, Minn. See more on page 2. Reunited at last .... Clarice Sunderland gives her husband Jennings a peck on the cheek during their reunion celebration held Saturday at Grace Chapel, rural Bagley. The Sunderlands' long ordeal of being separated by county officials was finally over last week, when Clarice was returned home. Jennings said there was a steady crowd of people during the open house at the church, and "he thanks everyone for attending. "I never knew I had that many friends," he said. Clarice (who suffers from AIzheimer's disease) had been removed from her home by county officials on Aug. 4 and was staying in a nursing home. The story was first reported in the Sept. 23 Farmers Independent and has been ongoing. This reunion may be the final chapter of that story. He'll be at gate for deer opener By Tom Burford Clearwater County landowner Terrance Bowman told the Farmers Independent last week that he has always told any landowner who asked him that they could pass through the gate he erected on the Mallard Grade. All they have to do is call and ask him - just like the signs spell out at the gate. He explained that the gate is in place to halt the passage of those who simply use the grade across his land for recreational purposes, including hunting. The gate is no longer locked, because locks just get shot off. If the county wants to turn the Mallard Grade into a legal right of way, he might have a different attitude and be more willing to let others trespass. As it stands, he noted, he has been adding gravel to his stretch of the Grade, and he has been paying taxes on the land also. He said he is not against any landowner crossing his property to reach their land along the Grade. He also will allow any county or state official to pass through the gate. However, all others he considers as trespassers. "I've been getting heat from recreational users," he said. "They're just tearing up the road." "The trespassers have taken over," he said. He told how by trespassers utilizing the Grade over the years they have come to think of the Grade as their property to use. But according to any title for land along the Grade, the land is considered land-locked, with no public access. Bowman said he was attempting to purchase three 40-acre parcels of land owned by James Murray, while at the same time attempting to sell 2.2 acres of land near a lake. All those parcels lacked public access t~om a public roadway, but were reachable via the Mallard Grade. He spent $340 on a title opinion as he attempted to purchase the Murray land. He also took out a $133,000 mortgage on his property to make the purchase Mallard Grade Continued on page 5 Coach Doug Carlson Rep. Coilin Peterson Bagley High School's annual Veterans Day Program will be held on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11. All area veterans are invited to attend and be recognized for their service. Veteran registration is at 9 a.m., and the program officially begins at 9:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be United States Congressman Collin Peterson (D-7th Dist.). A complimentary lunch will be provided by Bagley High School forveterans immediately following the program. Deer survey in this issue The Bagley City Council has placed a questionnaire in this week's Farmers Independent regarding deer within the city limits. The survey seeks to measure the impact of whitetail deer in regard to damaging plants, shrubs and trees, auto-deer collisions, and whether or not people feel the deer population should be controlled. Interested citizens are also invited to serve on a new citizen committee to investigate the deer issue. Look inside to find the survey. By Darlene Sawyer Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch is nestled among the scenic hills of the original Hayes family homestead in Popple Township and sits just north of the continental divide at the head of the Clearwater River watershed, which flows to the Red River of the North. It is home to Duane and Mary Hayes, along with their 100 buffalo, two dogs, and two horses. Their third-generation ranch was homesteaded over 100 years ago by Grandfather Hayes who started his farming venture with raising sheep. On their ranch in Paradise Valley, Duane and Mary Hayes began raising buffalo in 1981, and have continued to develop their herd of 100 buffalo. They were the first commercial raisers of buffalo in Clearwater County. It is their hard work and promotion of buffalo production which earned them the 2009 Honored Ag Producer Award from the Clearwater County Ag Recognition Committee. They received their plaque at this year's Clearwater County Fair. Ag Producers Continued on page 8 Duane and Mary Hayes, rural Bagley, are the 2009 Honored Ag Producers for Clearwataer County. Champ Bagley High School Track Coach Doug Carlson was honored by the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association tbr his coaching of the Bagley/Fosston girls Class A championship track team. There were over 150 coaches and guests in attendance at the banquet in the Twin Cities, where he was recognized as the Girls Track and Field Championship Coach for 2009. ttis son John and daughter Alyssa were with him when he received his award on October 3. Carlson told the Farmers Independent, "This has been a group effort." He shares the recognition with his dedicated assistant coaches Scan Peterson and Nathan Ftdtz. He also recognized the impact of coaches Dave Uhlir, Pat Hanlon and Tracy Rortvedt, Coach Carlson Continued on page 5