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Live Snakes of the Blufflands


Mon, Jun 10th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Live Snakes of the Blufflands

7:00 PM Saturday, June 15

Houston Nature Center



Sixteen of Minnesota’s seventeen kinds of snakes, including the timber rattlesnake, live in the Blufflands. Join Sara Grover of Whitewater State Park to learn how we can live, work and recreate in the Blufflands and still conserve these awesome creatures. Find out how rattlesnake/people encounters can be reduced while at the same time keeping this fascinating snake from disappearing. See a live fox snake, black rat snake and a timber rattlesnake. Bring your cameras!



This program is open to the public, and donations are encouraged. The Houston Nature Center is located one block north of the intersection of Highways 16 and 76 in Houston in Trailhead Park. Contact the Nature Center for more information at nature@acegroup.cc or 507-896-4668.

Severe Weather Hits SE MN

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Fountain The Great Outdoors

On the eve of Wednesday, May 29, severe storms hit Fillmore County. Pictured above is the roof of Drury’s Furniture Warehouse in Fountain, Minn., which was damaged by high winds in the storm. Photo by Mitchell Walbridge

Severe Weather strikes Spring Valley area

Tue, May 21st, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley The Great Outdoors

For several days the National Weather Service has been predicting strong storms that would be affecting NE Iowa and SE Minnesota and their warnings started on Sunday afternoon. It started out as a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, advanced to a Warning and ..... 
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Are you ready?

Mon, May 6th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Disasters come in all shapes, sizes, and frequencies and have lasting effects on both people and property. Recent events tell us that floods, tornadoes, chemical spills, and acts of community violence can occur any time and place. If a disaster oc ..... 
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Fossil Trail in Bluff Country!

Wed, May 1st, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

BluffCountryFossils.com, in cooperation with SE MN HBC, has created a “Fossil Trail” in Bluff Country. The new website and fossil adventure blog created by Beverly Sandlin, a fossil enthusiast and substitute teacher in Spring Valley, was created ..... 
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SWCD staff seeks to detect flush of pollutants into Root River

Thu, Apr 18th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

When snow melts or rain falls, the water picks up pollutants as it drains across land to a stream. Measuring that flush of pollutants can be tricky because some stream water levels rise and fall so quickly - in a matter of hours. It’s also importa ..... 
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Root River State Trail: Trail Construction - Minnesota DNR

Wed, Apr 10th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro The Great Outdoors

The trail segment between Lanesboro and Whalan will be closed for construction beginning April 8 through July 2, 2013. Six bridges will be replaced and the entire five mile segment will be resurfaced. There is no signed detour around this segment. We ..... 
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National Trout Center angles for State Bond Funding

Thu, Mar 28th, 2013
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Minnesota legislators recently heard a proposal request for $4.5 million in state bond funding to establish a permanent home for the National Trout Center organization located in Preston. The non-profit center is currently operating in a temporary s ..... 
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Houston, we have owlets!

Thu, Mar 21st, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

By Karla Bloem A white, fuzzy, wobbly head reaches upwards through a fluffy curtain of feathers to be met by a tiny bit of a pocket gopher, gently rubbed against its beak. Iris, the tiny owlet’s mother, utters quiet chitters of encouragement to ..... 
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