Icky icky icky! Here's the news story: http://kfor.com/2012/07/25/brown-recluse-spiders-invade-stillwater-apartment/ We've seen a few before and one bit me on the foot. I have a picture of what that looked like...pretty nasty, but the ER doc refused to acknowledge it was a recluse since it didn't eat the skin, but it did affect my whole foot before it started healing and I think that how I cared for it may have helped, and perhaps the spider was small enough to not cause it the skin to die? The more I learn about this state, the more I'm convinced that it wasn't meant to be inhabited. Extreme heat, natural disasters, they're closing the lakes due to sickening/deadly algae...I don't get why people settled here. I do get why the cost of living is the lowest I've seen in any state though, which in a way makes it easier to deal with. Still, it's like the powers that be gave every indication that modern living in this area just isn't a good idea. Perhaps, like central Alaska, it is meant for more natural living...sparse populations of groups who stick together and live off it naturally. There simply seems to be too many dangers and too little resources for "typical" Americans to live here. I'm sure there are other places like that besides here and Alaska. What do you think? Are we being "poor stewards" when we try to live in places like this and force modern lifestyles into areas where they seem so obviously not meant to be? By modern, I don't mean just recent years...I mean settled areas with permanent structures and places to shop and such, rather than surviving off hunting and building structures that are designed to withstand the natural violence of nature and are not a great loss and life altering if they are destroyed.