Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Birds Of A Feather

A retired schoolteacher who died in 2006 at age 85 left her savings of $1.8 million to the Minnesota loon.

"Iva Weir loved loons so muych that she left all of her cash- about $1.8 million- to help protect Minnesota's official state bird," The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported yesterday. About $1 million of the bequest has already been spent by the Minnesota Nature Conservancy.

"Overwhelming generosity? I'll say it is," said Peggy Ladner, director of the Nature Conservancy. "I was thrilled."

No reaction yet from Ms. Weir's niece, Chris Weir-Koerter of Bemidji, Minn., who according to the report often took her aunt canoeing.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amazing when I read that yesterday in the paper. After teaching so many children all those years it is amazing she didn't value humans more than that.
Darlene

Anonymous said...

Could you give a little public exposure to two new blogs:

http://fsspvocations.blogspot.com/
http://tradvocations.blogspot.com/

Especially, if you know of anyone in Ireland, could you let them know?

God bless you!

Ray from MN said...

I'll bet 50 cents that "Iva" didn't have a church funeral.

Joke said...

Moral of the story:

Don't take your rich aunt canoeing if she seems to be really hopped up about loons. You'll get SQUAT in the will for your efforts, and you will have had to have gone canoeing, and will have had listen to a bat[poop] crazy old lady with a loon fixation.

-J.