DNR orders killing of deer cared for by Forest Lake couple

The couple wants an apology after two deer they were taking care of in their back yard were shot and killed by a DNR officer. The agency maintains the deer were a threat to spread disease.
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The couple wants an apology after two deer they were taking care of in their back yard were shot and killed by a DNR officer. The agency maintains the deer were a threat to spread disease.

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