This is the proper technique for releasing an eagle back to the wild.

Eyes to the sky. Feet wide apart. Tongue out. Eagle wondering what the heck is happening.

Photo: Minnesota State Patrol Facebook page.

Trooper Paul Kingery is no rookie at this eagle stuff. Perhaps you remember the last time he and the eagle, now known as Trooper, met.

Photo: Minnesota State Patrol.

He was plucking it — poor choice of words, perhaps — off the ground after it had been struck by a car about a month ago.

At the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center today, Kingery got some advice on how one dispatches an eagle into the air…

Photo: Minnesota State Patrol Facebook page.

.. and then followed the instructions completely. More or less.

Photo: Minnesota State Patrol Facebook page. Photo: Minnesota State Patrol Facebook page.

Stay away from the cars, Trooper.

You too, Trooper.

This might be the biggest news since it was revealed Lassie was a boy.

Are you sitting down?

The Vikings did not wear horned helmets, Vox is reporting today.

Minnesota, you’re living a lie.

Vox says the notion that the Vikings wore horned helmets actually comes from a costume designer for the 1876 performance of Wagner’s classic Norse saga, Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Doepler’s horned helmets were the result of some fascinating historical transposition. Germans were fascinated by Vikings, at least in part because they represented a classical origin story free from Greek and Roman baggage. That had a lot of appeal in an age of nascent German nationalism. As a result, Doepler and other scholars intertwined German and Norse history in a surprising way: They put stereotypical ancient and medieval German headdresses — like horned helmets — on Viking heads. Norse and German legends were intertwined in the popular imagination, and we still haven’t untangled them.

In other news, the Minnesota Wagners announced today newly drafted wide receiver Laquon Treadwell will wear number 11.

Q: What do you call it when a cast member from The West Wing takes over a job in the actual West Wing?

A: A good start.

Allison Janney was making a pitch to draw attention to the opioid epidemic.

That didn’t stop longtime CBS reporter Mark Knoller from asking who President Bartlett was supporting in the upcoming election.

By the way, among the announcements from the White House was that 191 schools of nursing will soon require their advanced practice registered nursing students to take some form of prescriber education by the time they graduate, in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The list includes Augsburg College, the University of Minnesota, and Winona State University.

The conversations between the pilot of Prince’s private jet and air traffic controllers don’t reveal much about why the jet had to make an emergency landing in Moline, Ill., just a few days before Prince died.

But they do show the difficulty of getting a jet on the ground safely in a hurry, and the skill of pilots and controllers to accomplish the task. Read more