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Early warm weather means an early tick season


Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Warm early spring weather has brought out ticks earlier than usual in many regions of Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) urges anyone heading outdoors in Minnesota this spring and early summer to use tick repellents and other measures to prevent Lyme disease and other serious diseases transmitted by ticks.

The most commonly reported tick-borne diseases in Minnesota are Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis. Several other tick-borne diseases are rare in Minnesota but have been detected in the state more frequently in recent years. These include Powassan disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), ehrlichiosis, and tularemia. All of these diseases can be severe.

While the peak of the tick-transmitted disease season is typically from mid-May through mid-July, coinciding with the feeding of the tiny nymph stage of the blacklegged tick (also called deer tick), other ticks are feeding now and can also transmit disease.

"Tick repellent is the best defense for anyone spending time in wooded, brushy, or grassy parts of the state," urged Dave Neitzel, an epidemiologist specializing in tick-transmitted diseases at MDH.

Neitzel emphasized that it is important to use repellents containing one of the following active ingredients:

DEET: Repellents containing up to 30 percent DEET can be used on the skin or clothing. Lower concentrations can be used but might need to be applied more frequently.

Permethrin: These repellents are only applied to clothing, and are highly effective even after treated clothing has been washed.

Since ticks climb up from the ground, focus repellent use below the waistline. Also, wear long pants and light-colored clothing to spot ticks more easily, and walk in the center of trails. After returning from outdoor activities, check your body carefully for ticks and promptly remove any that are found. These precautions are most important during the late spring, early summer, and fall, when ticks are active.

Several tick species carry diseases in Minnesota. The biggest concern is the blacklegged tick, which can carry Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Powassan disease. Blacklegged ticks are most common in hardwood or mixed hardwood forests of east-central, north-central, and southeast Minnesota. Over the past few years, they have appeared to expand their range into forested parts of west-central, northwest, and northeast Minnesota. The ticks also are c .....
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10 Tips for a Safe Spring Turkey Hunt

Thu, May 6th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

EDGEFIELD, S.C. - With wild turkey hunting season still in full swing in many states, the National Wild Turkey Federation has the safety of turkey hunters in mind.

Safety is a key element when you're in the woods mimicking the sounds of wild t ..... 
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Minnesota DNR to ease burning restrictions May 5

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Due to the significant rainfall over the past few days in some parts of the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced that open burning restrictions will be eased in many counties.



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DU ADDS FLINT HILLS RESOURCES TO ROLL OF HONOR

Wed, Apr 28th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

ROSEMOUNT, MN. April 27, 2010 - Partnering with Flint Hills Resources (FHR) has allowed Ducks Unlimited (DU) to enhance Minnesota's rich waterfowl traditions by protecting, restoring and managing tens of thousands of wildlife habitat acres. DU recent ..... 
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Upper Red Lake's mid-season slot adjustment remains for 2010

Mon, Apr 19th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Regulations that require Upper Red Lake anglers to release smaller walleye during the first month of the open water season will remain in effect for 2010, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).



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Environmental Assessment Worksheet

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

An Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) has been prepared to study the potential environmental impacts of expansion of the Valley View Campground, which is nestled along Watson Creek, one mile north of Preston. Valley View Campground is an exist ..... 
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Outdoor tourism opportunity

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Potential of Hiking and Mountain Biking trails in Minnesota's Bluff Country will be held April 20, 2010, at the Historic Mill in Rushford, MN. The program is from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. and the networking is from 4:00 - 5:00 ..... 
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CURTIS LAKE ENHANCEMENT BEGINS

Wed, Mar 31st, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

MARSHALL, Minn., March 31, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited began enhancement of another shallow lake project funded in part by the Outdoor Heritage Fund as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. The early warm weather melted snow and allowe ..... 
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National Weather Service to hold Skywarn training

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

The National Weather Service (NWS) will be holding a SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotter Training class in Harmony, MN, on Wednesday, April 7th. The training will be held at the Harmony Fire Station just south of town, starting at 6:30 p.m.

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