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Mother, Son Accused Of Stealing $5000 In Gopher Feet

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My brother and I (both born and raised in the great state of Minnesota) used to trap pocket gophers.  Now this was, as they say, back in the ‘olden days’.

As I recall we’d get 25 cents for a pair of gopher feet (and I think it was 50 cents if we trapped them off the local cemetery).  Sometime in the fall we’d take our mason jars of gopher feet (buried in salt) and bring them over to Ray Beckering’s farm.  I guess he was the country extension agent?  I don’t know what his title was, but he was the gopher guy.  Out there in his driveway he’d count out the pairs of feet and we’d go home with our treasure.

Now, I’m not sure what pair’s of gopher’s feet in the Gopher State are going for these days (and I know darn sure our Mom would not let us keep them in the freeze), but this is one strange story from my native Minnesota!

(AP) – A Minnesota mother and her 18-year-old son are accused of stealing nearly $5,000 in frozen gopher feet and selling them for a bounty.
 
     Thirty-seven-year-old Tina Marie Garrison and Junior Lee Dillon, both of Preston, were charged last month with receiving stolen property and theft. They allegedly gave the feet to local townships that offer rewards as they try to limit the gopher population.
 
     Garrison has pleaded not guilty. Her son has a hearing next month.
 
     The complaint says a gopher trapper reported to authorities that bags of feet were stolen from his freezer. According to the complaint, the owner found Dillon had turned in $1,014 in feet in November. In December, Garrison turned in $3,780 in feet.
 
     The Post-Bulletin reports Dillon denied turning in any feet for the bounty.

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