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The National Trout Center, an investment in our future


Thu, Jan 2nd, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The New Year celebrates the fifth operating year of the National Trout Center (NTC) in Preston, Minn. Conceived in 2009 by the Preston Economic Development Authority as a regional economic development engine, the NTC showcases the extraordinary landscape and cold-water fishery assets of the driftless area, the unglaciated region of the Mississippi River valley. The NTC seeks to conserve our natural and cultural heritage of trout and their cold-water environments by engaging the public through education, practice and awareness. The center provides programs and exhibits about trout, cold-water stream ecology, the arts and crafts of trout fishing, and the biology and natural history of the driftless area. Presently, the center is located in a temporary home, but in 2014 the NTC is seeking bonding funds from the state legislature to build a permanent home in the Root River valley.

The new NTC building and grounds will be another tourism attraction, enhancing the current program by engaging additional fishers, recreational visitors, and people of all ages. The permanent home will feature a “living stream” exhibit introducing people to the science of flowing waters and experiments that demonstrate the special adaptations of cold-water aquatic organisms to their environments. Trout Center programs draw upon volunteers, technical experts, craftsmen and practitioners from across the region who provide high-quality instruction in the fishing arts and trout stream ecology. Visitors experience first-hand the benefits of a healthy and renewable cold-water stream habitat, and become aware of how enduring economic benefits ensue from wise stewardship of the environment. The trout center multiplies the return on investments already made in parks, trails, and other learning centers in the area, such as the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minn. and the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center in rural Lanesboro, Minn. Through the NTC website (www.nationaltroutcenter.org), the Trout Center endeavors to become the go-to place for “All Things Trout”.

The driftless area trout fishery generates economic activity of more than $1.1 billion annually in the region, exceeding the combined revenues of all five of the major league professional sports teams in Chicago. The trout fishery value is equivalent to approximately 10 percent of the total annual statewide tourism economy in Minnesota.

Over the past 25 years, over $45 millio .....
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CD based youth snowmobile safety class

Thu, Dec 26th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The CD Based youth snowmobile safety training class is an introductory class designed primarily for the snowmobile rider with little to no experience in snowmobile operation. Students obtain and study the safety information on the interactive CD a ..... 
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Tips for staying safe on the roads over the holidays

Thu, Dec 26th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The holidays are a time of good cheer, but they can also be a time for battling traffic and inclement weather all the way to the homes of your loved ones. Staying safe should be a top priority for all travelers, so Better Business Bureau of Minnesota ..... 
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The value of Trees

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

December commentary from the Fillmore Soil and water Conservation District Board of Superviors: Travis Willford, Harmony Brian Hazel, Lanesboro Pamela Mensink, Preston Tim Gossman, Chatfield Leonard Leutink Jr., Spring Valley The winter winds ..... 
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US Fish and Wildlife boat launch at Dresbach Bridge opens Dec. 14

Tue, Nov 19th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Access to the US Fish and Wildlife boat launch from the Dresbach Travel Information Center will open to the public Saturday, Dec. 14, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Access to the USFWS boat launch ha ..... 
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Donating deer hides helps habitat and educates kids

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Since 1985, Minnesota’s deer hunters have unselfishly participated in one of the nation’s most unique recycling projects; Hides For Habitat, a project of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA). Thanks to Minnesota’s deer hunters over ..... 
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MnDOT, snowplow crews gear up for winter weather

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s snowplow operators are trained, experienced and prepared for another winter weather season. “MnDOT has the equipment, technology and know-how to continue to provide first-r ..... 
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'A Call to Climate Action – America's New National Purpose'

Wed, Oct 30th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Rob Hogg to present Luther College guest lecture Nov. 14 DECORAH, Iowa – Rob Hogg, state senator from Iowa, will present a Luther College guest lecture, "A Call to Climate Action – America's New National Purpose," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in ..... 
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Visit the natural playground

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

In the day and age of television, computers, and video games there is a Natural Playground a short drive away that will stir your child’s imagination in a new way. The Houston Nature Center, in Houston, Minn., has long been a favorite for families ..... 
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