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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 the state — at 74 of Minnesota’s state parks and recreation areas and at seven state trails. The clues to their exact whereabouts are posted on the Department of Natural Resources website, www.mndnr.gov/geocaching.



“Geocaching
is a popular way to explore Minnesota state parks and trails and create unforgettable memories with your family and friends,” said Erika Rivers, director of the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division. “In addition to enjoying the fun of a treasure hunt, we hope everyone who participates in the Call of the Wildflowers will get a little better acquainted with Minnesota’s wildflowers and pollinators along the way.”



Each of the newly hidden caches contains a logbook and a set of collectible cards featuring color photos of Minnesota wildflowers on one side and facts about the flowers on the other. Cache finders are encouraged to sign the logbook and take a free wildflower card as a souvenir of their visit.



For every 10 or 20 wildflower cards participants collect, they earn a special pollinator card. People can also pick up limited-edition wildflower cards when they attend programs about wildflowers, pollinators or geocaching at Minnesota state parks and trails.



Programs taking place this weekend include:



Geocaching 101: Saturday, April 25, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at William O’Brien State Park in Marine on St. Croix.

Call of the Wildflowers Kickoff: 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Wild River State Park in Center City.

Geocaching “checkpoints” provide free use of GPS units

At Minnesota state parks and recreation areas designated as geocaching “checkpoints,” global positioning system (GPS) units can be checked out for free.



Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt that is popular around the world. Participants use GPS devices to hunt for hidden cache containers. Typically, caches are metal ammo boxes tucked in places like hollow logs, making them a challenge to locate.

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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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Magnum Sports offers archery for all

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield The Great Outdoors

When MSX NexGen corporation began, it was simply a business started in a garage. Since that point, it has expanded greatly to include equipment, ranges, and lessons for all hunting and fishing sports needs. Regarding their selection of hunting a ..... 
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Italian and Dutchman to speak at Owl Festival banquet in Caledonia

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

The International Festival of Owls has the word ‘international’ in its name for a reason: it is where the annual World Owl Hall of Fame Awards are presented. Past owl experts who have traveled to the festival to receive awards have come from as ..... 
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No CWD detected among sampled deer in southeastern Minnesota

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

No chronic wasting disease (CWD) was detected in hunter-harvested deer in southeastern Minnesota during the 2014 firearms season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The discovery of the disease in a wild deer earlier this ..... 
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Only 1 of 500 Mississippi River samples test positive for invasive carp

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Water samples from southeastern Minnesota pools of the Mississippi River that were collected in August and analyzed in December indicate only a small presence of bighead carp eDNA, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The U.S. Fish a ..... 
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