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FREE! Fly casting, fly tying and fishing instruction with the federation of fly fishers


Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Join us on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at the National Trout Center in Preston, MN for a full day of free fly fishing activities. Learn from the best. The Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) is a highly respected national organization, well known for producing talented certified fly casting instructors.

During the workshop you will learn about fly casting equipment, basic to advanced fly casting techniques, and have the opportunity to further develop your fly tying skills. Several Federation of Fly Fishers from the Twin Cities will be available for one-on-one instruction starting at 10am. Try out your new skills on the South Branch of the Root River in Preston, along Preston’s newly developed 9-Hole Fishing Course. Bring your own fly fishing equipment or use the equipment provided by FFF free of charge for the duration of the workshop.

Registration is preferred but not required to attend. You may register for the June 23rd FFF workshop by calling the National Trout Center: 507-765-4700 and leave a message. You may also register by email: info@nationaltroutcenter.org

Future National Trout Center program events include: “Spin Fishing For Trout” with Jeff Broberg, President of the MN Trout Association on Sat. June 30 and the “Laughing Trout” Fly Tying Club from the Twin Cities will host a program for the public on Sat. July 14. For a complete summer program schedule visit: www.nationaltroutcenter.org

National Bike Month promotes health in children in Harmony and Preston

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce and Preston Tourism are proud announce the “Harmony-Preston Biking Passport” for all children and youth up to age 18. To celebrate National Bike Month in May and to encourage local children and youth to use o ..... 
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Prairie Walk at Houston Nature Center

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Come for an easy one hour walk along the award-winning Houston levee prairie in Trailhead Park. Find out why cord grass can give you welts and which plant holds water for the birds to drink. Smell the plant that bears the same name as an ingredient ..... 
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Swifts enjoy communal roost in Preston

Mon, Sep 5th, 2011
Posted in The Great Outdoors

About twenty bird and nature enthusiasts spent a pleasant evening, Wednesday August 31, at the Trailhead parking lot watching a current local phenomenon. Hundreds of swifts swarm around the old Preston elementary school chimney before funneling down ..... 
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Transporting Injured Raptors - You Can Help!

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in The Great Outdoors

What should you do if you find an injured hawk, eagle, or owl? The Houston Nature Center serves as a collection and transportation hub for the sick and injured raptors of this area since the nearest wildlife rehabilitators are in the Twin Cities, bu ..... 
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Houston Nature Center & tent camping open for business

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in The Great Outdoors

The Houston Nature Center is owned and operated by the City of Houston, with no state (or county) funding. There you can meet Alice the Great Horned Owl, check out the hands-on nature displays, extensive native prairie plantings, and recycled bicycl ..... 
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Local Spring Valley man shoots wild boar

Tue, May 24th, 2011
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Recently, Dick Harreld of Spring Valley, took a trip to the foothills of Sierra, Nevada, in Placer County, hoping to shoot a wild hog. On May 14, he shot this female boar of Russian wild hog descent.

Spring into hoof health

Fri, Mar 18th, 2011
Posted in The Great Outdoors

As spring arrives with its gentle breezes, warm temperatures, and promises to eradicate winter from our memory, it also can bring unpleasant issues to the farm, especially where horses are concerned.

More often than not, someone has either h ..... 
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Outback Ranch...a family experience

Fri, Mar 18th, 2011
Posted in The Great Outdoors

"In riding a horse, we borrow freedom." - Helen Thompson

If this quote holds even the slightest bit of truth, one looking for a bit of freedom would look no further than the Outback Ranch. Nestled into the hills and valleys just east of Fill ..... 
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