The grouse population index has dropped significantly in Minnesota over the past three years and there are signals that the birds are descending on their 10-year boom-to-bust cycle. The DNR predicts that this is not the bottom, one state official told the Star Tribune that grouse numbers may not begin to rise again until 2014. It's unclear what kind of impact this exodus will have on Minnesota grouse hunters.
Previously winless Nebraska blows out Gophers 53-28
Minnesota fought back from a 28-0 deficit but didn't last.