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Several local youth in the region were able to take advantage of the early youth deer hunt, which was held during the extended Education Minnesota (formerly MEA break) from school. Left: McKenzie Blauert, 13, shot her first deer, a doe, Saturday during the youth hunt. Middle: Brayden Ueke shot this nice doe on Saturday, Oct. 22,,at his Grandpa Kelly Wagenman’s farm near Dent. Pictured are Brayden Ueke and his grandpa Kelly Wagenman. Brayden is the son of Regi and Rhonda Ueke of Vergas. Right: Coltin Hukriede got this deer with his grandpa, Brett Hukriede, on Friday, Oct. 21.