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Local hatcheries are key to trout fishing in Minnesota


Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: The Minnesota DNR, in consultation with interested parties, have put together a ten-year plan for improving trout fishing in southeastern Minnesota. This includes increasing the numbers of trophy size trout by improving habitat and implementing new fishing regulations (see accompanying story). The plan includes specific guidelines for the use of hatchery-raised trout. The Journal asked Janette Dragvold to look at the Lanesboro and Peterson hatcheries, which have been a part of the local scene since the 1920s.

An increasingly common sight along the Root River and its tributary branches are people standing on the banks or in the water with a fishing pole in their han ds. Whether they want a fish fry for supper, a huge fish to add to their trophy collection, or are just part of the catch and release program, they all have one main goal in common—to catch fish. And in Southeastern Minnesota, trout are the main draw for anglers. While fishing is an important part of Minnesota culture, it is necessary to make sure that the fish aren’t over harvested. That’s where the State Fish Hatcheries come into play. Of the five State Hatcheries in Minnesota that raise cold water species, three of them are located in the Southeastern corner of the state. Crystal Springs State Fish Hatchery in Winona County raises lake trout, brook trout, rainbow trout and splake (which are a cross between lake trout and brook trout). The Peterson State Fish Hatchery raises lake trout for in-land lakes and splake. The Lanesboro State Fish Hatchery raises brown trout and rainbow trout. Cold water fish species need cold, well oxygenated, pollution-free water to live. “The only reason we’re located here is because of the spring water,” says Lee Peterson of the Peterson Hatchery. Both the Lanesboro and Peterson Hatcheries have been producing fish for quite a few years. Lanesboro started in 1925 on the site of an old grist mill, while Peterson began as a privately owned operation 1940, but was purchased by the state in 1988. Both of the facilities’ operating procedures are fairly similar, but there are a few differences because of the types of fish that they raise. Breeding and fish productionIn both hatcheries the fish are randomly picked out for breeding. However, every two years, members from the Peterson Hatchery have to go up north to capture wild adult .....
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TJ Liquor

Judge orders psychiatric evaluation in Morton manslaughter case

Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
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On Thursday, September 4, Judge Robert Benson ordered Trevor Lee Morton to undergo psychiatric evaluation at the St. Peter Security Hospital to see “if he is able to assist in his own defense.”

Morton, 30, of rural Spring Valley ..... 
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Trout stream plan aims to continue positive trend

Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
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Anglers will find more large trout on their lines if a new 12-year fisheries plan for southeastern Minnesota streams achieves its goals.

The plan, prepared by the Department of Natural Resources, aims to improve stream quality, ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Sturgis Rules adopted

Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
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A more subdued and businesslike council worked together through Tuesday night’s agenda. Mayor David Pechulis requested a quiet moment for Council member Mike Gartner who is hospitalized.

Over the last few months council members ..... 
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Commissoner's Report: County Board goes down to the wire in making 2004 budget cuts

Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
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“It is not work that kills men; it’s worry. Worry is rust upon the blade.”  Henry Ward Beecher

“Not business as usual”, proclaimed Chairman Marc Prestby as painful deliberations continued at Tuesday’s co ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Cooperation continuing on Church Hill Cooperative development

Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
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Developers Jeff Allman and Warren Kramer of Northcountry returned to the Lanesboro City Council with a refined plan for the Church Hill Cooperative property (the Old School) on Tuesday night. The new plan calls for one handicapped and eight other ind ..... 
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Tragedy on the trail

Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
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The 11th annual “Ride the Root River Trail” wagon ride ended in tragedy on Wednesday, September 3 when a large dead elm tree fell across the trail hitting one of the wagons.

Killed was Marty Quandt, 53, of Rochester. Two other p ..... 
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Chatfield grocery closes doors after 10 years

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
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"Red pickup, yet?" inquired Bob Vondal of his customer as he carried two bags of groceries out the store’s doors.   Vondal, a 30-year veteran in the grocery business, has been subdued lately as he prepared to close the doors ..... 
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Rushford aims to build Nanobridge into 21st century

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
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Nanotechnology? Nanu, nanu? No, it’s not a flashback to the old days of Robin Williams’ Mork and Mindy! According to Kevin Klungtvedt of the Rushford Institute for Nanotechnology (RINT), nanotechnology is the “direct manipulating of atoms and molecul ..... 
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