Thieves spirit away 360-pound pumpkin

Police in Merrill, Wis., are chasing the thieves who somehow – and for some unknown reason – stole a 360-pound pumpkin from Gail's Place restaurant this week, CityPages reports. The owners are even more eager to recover a family quilt that had been placed over the giant gourd to protect it from frost.
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Police in Merrill, Wis., are after thieves who somehow – and for some unknown reason – stole a 360-pound pumpkin from Gail's Place restaurant this week, CityPages reports. The owners are most eager to get back a family quilt that had been placed over the giant gourd to protect it from frost.

In other pumpkin news ...

South St. Paul is offering a fun way to dispose of your jack-o-lantern. On Saturday a local youth task force will host its second-annual pumpkin-chucking benefit event, featuring a 7-foot catapult, the Pioneer Press says. It's $3, from 1 to 3 p.m. at South St. Paul High School's football practice field.

The Minnesota Zoo has another method of pumpkin disposal ... feeding them to bears and otters:

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