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Haugen - Letter to the Editor


Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about the new trout rules

Roger Steinberg of Rochester's letter of February 20 contains numerous misconceptions about the DNR's proposed Large Trout Management Program. Stream creel surveys and public meetings have shown that 50-60% of the people who fish trout in SE Minnesota want the DNR to manage streams for larger trout. There will be no changes to 543 miles of trout streams.

Of the over 680 miles of fishable trout streams, only 20% will have any special regulations and less than 8% will be catch and release. Most will have a protected slot of 12 to 16 inch trout that must be released. (A sixteen-inch trout is too valuable to be caught only once.) Because of the high mortality rate when releasing bait-caught trout (from 25-35% depending on the study), these stretches of streams will be restricted to artificial lures only. These may be spinners, plugs, jigs, or flies. These are not "fly fishing only" areas as alluded to in Mr.Steinberg's letter. In my opinion, these restricted harvest areas will become the most popular, freeing up other streams to those who wish to keep their catch. What's good for the fish is good for the fishing.

This three-tiered system of harvest, protected slot, and catch and release was suggested by SEMTAC (SE MN Trout Advisory Committee formed by the DNR), a group of concerned citizens, landowners, bait shop owners, and trout fishing groups. Adoption of this system, along with new stream improvement methods, will bring about larger trout and afford the opportunity for the fisherman of any skill level to enjoy a high quality fishing experience.

Almost every other state that has trout streams, uses catch and release as valuable management aid to improve trout fishing, make the best use of the resource, and provide diverse angling opportunities. People like Mr. Steinberg have kept Minnesota in the "dark ages" of trout management.

Larry K. Haugen

Rochester, MN

Clement - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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Letter about gay marriage

I am reading from the Bible (NIV), Leviticus 18:1-6 as God instructed the Israelite men as they prepared to enter the land of Canaan. Verse 1 "The Lord said to Moses," verse 2 "Speak to t ..... 
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Bell - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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Letter about recycling tires

Consider this tires can have great value. As proof, last Saturday night I witnessed an extraordinary event an outdoor welcome mat made from a recycled tire was auctioned off for $160.00. ..... 
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Rindels - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Mar 12th, 2004
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Letter about biblical literalism opinion piece

My education was very limited but like Billy Graham once said, I would rather have Bible knowledge than to have graduated from Yale or Harvard University. Having read Herb Panko on ..... 
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Jacobson - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Mar 12th, 2004
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Letter about cancer screening

I am writing to praise Rep. Davids for introducing legislation that could help improve cancer screening for women at greater risk for ovarian cancer. House File 1844 would require Minnesota HMOs to ..... 
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Erding - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Mar 12th, 2004
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Letter about zoning

Each successive week brings news of the progress being made toward improved courthouse facilities by the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners, various department heads and consultants.This is a process whic ..... 
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Dixon - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Mar 12th, 2004
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Letter about gay marriage legislation

I do not think I could be more appalled by the news that some of our elected officials in Washington and St Paul have chosen to introduce and support legislation banning the marriage of homo ..... 
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Waltzer - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Mar 12th, 2004
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Letter about gay marriage bill

Elvis Presley, in his later years, sung a wonderful song (written by the great swamp country singer Joe South) which resonated with his desire to be taken seriously as a human and not the image tha ..... 
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Skare - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Feb 27th, 2004
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Letter supporting President Bush

Lately, I have been reading a lot of letters and Editorials bashing our President. Some of them are from Left wing Democratic articles that are almost verbatim, without the courtesy of the origin ..... 
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