The Free Press, Mankato, MN


September 22, 2013

Ducks, water scarce in SW Minnesota on opener


By 10 a.m., the fog was gone and under a high, blue windless sky, so were the ducks.

The seagulls, a few pelicans and myriad shorebirds that found the mud-ringed lake to their liking winged past us.

But the only waterfowl in the air were a few high-flying, hunter-educated Canada geese.

Curiously, during the course of the morning, we never saw a wood duck and only a mallard or two.

In Nobles County, water can be a scarce commodity.

So can the ducks.

John Cross is a Free Press staff writer. Contact him at (507) 344-6376 or by e-mail at

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