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10th Annual Trout Day in Forestville a big success


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

The 10th Annual Trout Day event at Forestville Mystery Cave State Park on Saturday, May 1st, had the biggest turnout in its history, great spring weather, and fun for all ages. To top it off, there were even some fish being caught.

Trout Day, hosted and sponsored by Jim Wernimont, a resident of Spring Valley, and Culver's of Rochester, is a free event that invites people of all ages to enjoy a day of fishing, how-to-fish seminars, an outdoor cookout, story-telling, and a fun day in the outdoors. More than 100 people, including many family groups, came to this year's event, but even if they didn't get a nibble, says Jim, it was worth the trip.

"We live in an area that has such wonderful natural resources, rivers, parks, and forests," he says. "Not many people realize that there are more than 25,000 square acres of trout streams in southern Minnesota. It's one of the best places in the world for this kind of fishing. We need to get out and enjoy that more."

The Kevin Feller family of Rushford agrees. Kevin, Amy and their two daughters, Zoe, 12, and Kila, 9, decided to attend Trout Day after seeing the ad in the Fillmore County Journal.

"I get out fishing about 10-15 times a year," says Kevin. "I love it and wish I could go more often. Today was nice because we came out with the girls and they got to learn some techniques, like how to use different kinds of bait besides just worms. We didn't catch anything, but we sure had fun. It makes us want to go fishing together as a family more."

The DNR helps facilitate the event by giving a Trout Day waiver/permit that allows people to fish that day without a license or trout stamp. Seminars on tackle, stream preparedness, and fly fishing were available in the morning, and after a hot dog roast, local humorist and ornithologist, Al Batt, shared fishing stories. Steve Klotz, the DNR Fisheries manager in Lanesboro, capped off the demonstrations by doing "electro-fishing" in Canfield Creek to show people the different kinds of fish present in these streams. To end the day, door prizes of fishing and outdoor gear were handed out to all participants.

"Trout Day is a catalyst to get people outside," says Wernimont. "There are so many things keeping people indoors these days. That's especially true for our kids. Computers, video games, cell phones. We need to get outdoors, especially as families, to enjoy nature together and to see the beauty of where we live. If we've done t .....
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10th Annual Trout Day in Forestville a big success

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

The 10th Annual Trout Day event at Forestville Mystery Cave State Park on Saturday, May 1st, had the biggest turnout in its history, great spring weather, and fun for all ages. To top it off, there were even some fish being caught.

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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 measur ..... 
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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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