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LSOHC Grant awarded to National Trout Center


Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Committee announced recently that a grant of approximately $400,000 has been awarded to Trout Unlimited of Minnesota for stream rehabilitation and improvement on the South Branch of the Root River within the City limits of Preston Minn. from CR 17 to Camp Creek. The work on the Root River will begin in 2015 and will conclude in 2016. Trout Unlimited will manage this project in consultation with the Minnesota DNR. This grant must be approved by the Minnesota State legislature, but approval is expected. The steam rehabilitation will include tree removal, clean-up of concrete and debris, bank stabilization; construction of multiple improved and handicap access points and installation of in-stream habitat improvements. All of these stream improvements will not only benefit angler access, but will also provide for long term gains in trout population.

The National Trout Center, located in Preston, Minn., has been an active promoter of this project, with board members serving on the various involved groups. In addition, the National Trout Center has signed up with the DNR’s “Adopt a Stream” program to become responsible for the long term stream clean-up and maintenance. This grant will be of great economic benefit to Preston, as it should bring more visitors to Preston to take advantage of these new trout fishing improvements. The NTC thanks Minnesota Trout Unlimited and the Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Commission for their support of the Preston Root River project.

To learn more about this exciting new economic development, please join us for an open house event at the National Trout Center in Preston, Minn. from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 3, 2015.

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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation seeks new VISTA partner sites

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Social Scenes

Do you need an extra hand in creating capacity and support in your organization? Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is seeking proposals from organizations ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Social Scenes

I make my dog wear a Christmas sweater (and other holiday traditions) The Christmas season is such a crazy-busy time! Shopping, baking, travel plans, holiday parties, sending out cards- I could go on, but we all know what we have on our plates th ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Secret Santa

By Alexis Jorgensen

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

By Alexis Jorgensen Lanesboro is a truly unique community with a very fun atmosphere year round. Many people are aware of Lanesboro’s various town festivities such as Buffalo Bill Days, Rhubarb Fest, and Art in the Park, but the activities that ..... 
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Two dogs (pets) shot and killed near Fillmore

By David Bau

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a case where two pet German shepherd dogs were shot and killed on or about December 6, 2014, north of Fillmore. According to Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen, on December 6 the two dogs w ..... 
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Minnesota’s adult uninsured rate falls to lowest level yet

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Minnesota Department of Health estimates that 135,000 adults ages 18 to 64 years gained coverage between 2013 and 2014 after implementation of key Affordable Care Act provisions, including the expansion of Medical Assistance and the implementati ..... 
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Getting covered is good for families in rural Minnesota: sign up by January 15 for health insurance coverage that starts February 1!

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Living in a rural community shouldn’t have to come with a hefty price tag for healthcare. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, it no longer has to. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is already making a difference in the lives of millions of rural Ame ..... 
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Red Cross blood donation opportunities

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The American Red Cross asks eligible blood donors to make a resolution to give blood regularly in 2015, beginning with National Blood Donor Month in January. National Blood Donor Month recognizes the importance of giving blood and platelets while ..... 
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“Ask a trooper” 12.22.14

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Christianson Minnesota State Patrol Question: How do you determine if your tires are unsafe? Answer: Tire talk is important for anytime of the year. But now as we get into the winter and snow season, it’s an important time to doub ..... 
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