A sweet donation
A troop of first-grade Daisy Girl Scouts donated $120 of their cookie money to adopt Whisper, a barn owl at the University of Minnesota Raptor Center. The girls visited the center on April 16, where they met the owl. Adoption gifts help feed, house and provide medical care for raptors at the center that can’t be released back into the wild due to extensive injuries. Pictured here are, from left, Kiki Ruddy, Annika Culver, Alice Wagner-Hemstad, Genevieve Batchelor, Elise Dunne, Kaisa Lindfors, Teodora Kamenov, Siri Pattison, Ishana Vora, Naomi Kempcke, naturalist Adam Barnett and Whisper. The troop leaders (not pictured) are Dina Kountoupes, Jenifer Culver and Dana Wagner. The girls all attend St. Anthony Park Elementary School.