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Sunday, March 6, 2005; Page A02

Angered by North Dakota's Limits On Hunting, Minnesota Fires Back

Flocks and herds migrate freely, and so should hunters, in the view of Minnesotans angered by restrictions imposed on out-of-state sportsmen by North Dakota, its neighbor to the west.

The moves are considered so unneighborly, in fact, that Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch filed suit in federal court. Comes now state Sen. Pat Pariseau, a Republican from Farmington, with a bill that would penalize any North Dakotan inclined to cross the Red River in search of bountiful freshwater fish.

"People are saying, 'Wait a minute -- we're talking about a migratory population that no state has full ownership of.' So any state or province that restricts our hunting, we'll restrict their fishing," Pariseau said.

She added that North Dakota's rules seem particularly unfair to Minnesotans who own summer cottages, hunting shacks or land there.

North Dakota's restrictions, designed to favor residents, have been bad for business in a sparsely populated state that profits from visiting hunters.

Editorial writers at the Forum in Fargo criticized the moves as myopic, and said a well-treated hunter would return home to sing North Dakota's praises.

"But make him feel unwelcome," the newspaper wrote, "and he is converted into a cynic about North Dakota's phony hospitality.

And he's right to feel that way."

-- Peter Slevin

From the Mayor of Las Vegas, A Message in a Bottle to Kids

Oscar Goodman, mayor of Las Vegas for the past five years, has always cultivated a reputation as big and brash and outrageous as the city over which he presides.

With a fondness for sharp suits, expensive cigars and a good Elvis impersonation, he is the kind of mayor who recently dared to show up for a Major League Baseball meeting with a showgirl on each arm.

He takes bit parts in such television shows as "CSI" and has lent his visage to poker chips in some of the finer casinos.

He may have pushed the bon vivant act a little too far last week, however, when he took it into a fourth-grade classroom.

A guest at an elementary school for a Nevada Reading Week event, Goodman fielded questions from the students. What are your hobbies? one student asked. Goodman responded, "Drinking," according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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