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Newest state record fish hooked in Root River, again


Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Chad Wentzel of Minneapolis caught a state record golden redhorse for the second time, this time from the Root river in Fillmore County. Photo Submitted

May 8 is turning into a red-letter date for angler Chad Wentzel.

Last year on that day, Wentzel landed the state record golden redhorse. A year later to the day, on the bank of the Root River in Fillmore County, he broke his own state record by one ounce.

The Minneapolis resident used 8-pound test line and worms as bait. He left the rig on the bottom to catch a 4-pound, 1-ounce golden redhorse that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed as a new state record.

“Wentzel fishes with a group of fellow anglers who target all sorts of fish beyond walleye, bass and panfish,” said Mike Kurre, who coordinates the state record fish program for the DNR.

“Indeed, there are many types of fish to catch in Minn. We keep state records on five types of redhorse alone, and in all there are state records for 62 species of fish.”

State records are measured by weight. To certify a fish as a record:

• Take it to a DNR fisheries office for positive identification.

• Fill out a record fish application.

• Locate a state-certified scale (found at most bait shops and butcher shops).

• Weigh the fish with two witnesses present.

• Send a clear, full-length photo of the fish with the application to the address listed on the application form.

The record-fish form and guidelines can be found online under the list of state-record fish at www.mndnr.gov/fishing/staterecords.html. The list is also published on page 83 of the 2015 Minn. Fishing Regulations booklet.

Check for ticks

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Tick-related illness is common from June to August. Fillmore County Public Health reminds you to protect yourself from black-legged tick bites so that you do not become ill from Lyme disease. Lyme disease symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, ..... 
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Fillmore County residents invited to public meeting concerning emerald ash borer Public can also weigh in on adoption of a formal quarantine of Fillmore County

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Residents in Fillmore County are invited to a public meeting on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 regarding the discovery of emerald ash borer (EAB) in the county. On April 24, 2015, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) confirmed an EABV infestatio ..... 
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Minnesota state parks and trails offer new bike tune-up stations

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has installed 31 new bicycle tune-up stations in state parks and on state trails. The stations are equipped with basic bike maintenance tools, including air pumps. “These stations are a convenient n ..... 
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Minnesota state parks and trails launch new statewide geocaching challenge

Wed, Apr 22nd, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Everyone is invited to celebrate Earth Day by answering “the call of the wildflowers” by participating in a new statewide geocaching adventure that begins today, April 22. Camouflaged containers are hidden and waiting to be discovered throughout ..... 
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That squirrel is not an albino, probably.

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Most white squirrels are not albino squirrels, but are those who have a white fur coat due to leucism, which is caused by a recessive gene found in certain eastern gray squirrels. In short, most of the white squirrels are not albinos, but both term ..... 
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Help us conserve bees, protect sensitive areas

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Conserving bees and other sensitive species and foliage requires effort from everyone. We need your help identifying areas that might be sensitive to pesticide or fertilizer spraying. Every year Farmers Co-op Elevator employees attend applicator t ..... 
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Preston hears NTC update

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

George Spangler, NTC board of directors chairman, presented a detailed five year review of the National Trout Center since its inception in 2009 at the Preston City Council’s March 16 meeting. Councilman Charles Sparks was absent. The environmen ..... 
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Barrel racing is an exciting sport

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Sports fans and athletes have a plethora of sports to enjoy in this country and around the world, and those options include equestrian events. Equestrian sports have a deep-rooted history and have inspired some avid fans, including those enamored wi ..... 
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