A pedestrian crosses over the Kenduskeag Stream behind West Market Square in downtown Bangor on Thursday afternoon as the rain picked up.

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the low 30s throughout the state.

Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

Beavers were wreaking havoc with a Maine ski area’s snow guns


–Last year, beavers regularly clogged the intake pipe for water used to make snow at the Camden Snow Bowl. That problem has been solved (no beavers were harmed in the making of this story), and the ski area’s general manager said benefits include smoother snowmaking and better season pass sales.

This is why we can’t have nice things

–A New Jersey man hacked away at Maine’s beloved ice disc with an ax on Thursday, as he attempted to carve a peace sign into it.

Artist’s beloved cows are featured in this year’s Common Ground Country Fair poster


–At the Maine Agricultural Trades Show in Augusta last week, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) announced the winning design for the 2019 Common Ground Country Fair poster contest: featuring the heads of two Dexter heifers framed by springs of oats and crimson clover. This year’s winning artist, whose design stood out from over 90 submissions from Mainers and MOFGA members, was Kevin Martin.

A jury is unlikely to see the Facebook video that allegedly captured a Bangor murder

–The man who allegedly beat a Bangor musician to death in November inadvertently captured the beating on video, because he was on a Facebook Messenger call with a friend that he accidentally switched to video mode, according to a police affidavit. But it’s unknown whether Galleck’s friend recorded the call, and it’s unlikely any video record can be retrieved.

Do this: Your Maine weekend guide


–Do you like pie? Of course you like pie. Everyone likes pie. Head to Rockland on Sunday for the 15th annual Pies on Parade, featuring 27 different locations each offering a different type of pie. There’s also the Dysart’s Sno-X Snocross on Saturday and Sunday, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra on Sunday and two events honoring the legendary Scottish poet Robert Burns. Plus, tons more.

In other news…

Maine

Northern Maine residents worried about giant ice formations on St. John River

Hancock County doctor faces trial on painkiller scripts for fictional patient

Boothbay Harbor motel purchase aims to preserve working waterfront

Bangor

Pedestrian dies in Old Town crash

Orono’s school board wants marijuana shops banned from downtown

Bangor hit with heavy rain after weekend snowstorm

Business

What JD Irving’s 3-year hiring plan means for Maine

Maine Water moves to support merger with California company

Skyrocketing popularity of wine brand in Maine triggers lawsuit over who should sell it

Politics

Susan Collins: ‘This shutdown must come to an end’

Mills picks veteran medical lobbyist to lead campaign against opioid addiction

Mills moves ahead with plans to reshape Maine’s approach to opiate addiction, tribal relations

Opinion

Allowing sprawling development would hurt towns, wildlife and wilderness

Sound, fury, Covington Catholic: Beyond social media frenzy lies a serious public policy issue

When is an old tweet no longer relevant?

Sports

This state champion Bucksport wrestler posted the fastest pin in state history

Last year he led UMaine hockey in goals scored, but he’s only netted 1 this season

4 top teams look to defend regional cheering titles

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Lindsay Putnam

Lindsay Putnam is a senior editor for sports and features at the Bangor Daily News. Lindsay previously worked as an editor and reporter at the New York Post. She's a York Beach native and Colby College...