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Report Finds Air Pollution Harms Minnesota Fish & Wildlife

Wed, Mar 16th, 2011
Posted in The Great Outdoors

(St. Paul) - A new report from National Wildlife Federation finds that a number of wildlife species important to hunters and anglers in Minnesota are harmed by toxic air pollution and climate change. The report comes on the same week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing long-awaited proposed rules to limit mercury, acid rain, and other toxic emissions from power plants. Mercury is one of the most common and toxic power plant emissions in Minnesota and causes a variety of health disorders for fish, mammals, birds, and other species.

The Minnesota Conservation Federation, Trout Unlimited, Fresh Energy, Izaak Walton League and Audubon are calling for members of Congress to support the updating of air pollution limits under the Clean Air Act to rein in the ongoing damage to our nation's wildlife and natural heritage. Congress is currently considering several proposals that would severely weaken the Clean Air Act. The lead bill authored by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (H.R. 910) has been co-sponsored by Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. The bill will be marked up in the Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday, March 15.

WHAT: Release of the National Wildlife Federation report "Game Changers: Air pollution, a warming climate, and the troubled future for America's hunting and fishing heritage" http://www.nwf.org/cleanair.

WHERE: Minnesota State Capitol Room 118

WHEN: March 17, 2011


WHO: Minnesota Conservation Federation

Trout Unlimited

Fresh Energy


Izaak Walton League

Contact: Gary Botzek, MCF, 651-283-4511

Dawn Erlandson, National Wildlife Federation, 612-670-3158

Owl Festival a hoot for kids

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in The Great Outdoors

The International Festival of Owls may have in-depth programs for adults, but it also has a heap of fun for kids, too.

Cub Scouts can attend a special program on either Friday or Sunday to earn their Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop while lea ..... 
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Passion of hunting

Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

I awake early in the morning, before the sun has risen, trying, without much success, to fully awake myself. I turn on my country music while I get ready to brave the cold. I eat some warm food and gulp down a cup of steaming coffee, hoping it will ..... 
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Youth snowmobile safety class December 11

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Bluff Valley Riders snowmobile Club safety class has been scheduled for Saturday, December 11, starting at 10:00 a.m. at Crop Productions Services on Hwy 44 East, Harmony. The class/driving test is for anyone 11-16 years old. State law requires anyo ..... 
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Recycling 101

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

With today's technology, there are countless groups and agencies that supply us with information on almost any subject, including recycling. I know many of you search the web now and then to gain a little more knowlege about things that may be of in ..... 
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Wed, Nov 3rd, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

LAKEVILLE, Minn., Nov. 2, 2010 - Some of the most critical waterfowl habitat remaining in Minnesota will soon benefit from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' shallow lakes program plan, "Managing Minnesota's Shallow Lakes for Wate ..... 
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Boater David Seaton of Buchanan, Tenn., won Jett Loach of Ringgold, Ga., won the co-angler the BFL Chevy Wild Card tournament

Mon, Nov 1st, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

division with nine bass that weighed 23-2 to take

held Oct. 29-30 on Pickwick Lake to earn $4,779. home $2,367.

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WHAT: David Seaton of Buchanan, Tenn., caught ..... 
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Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Boater Bradley Hostetler of Muncie, Ind., caught 11 bass weighing 35 pounds, 8 ounces to win the three-day BFL Kentucky Lake Regional Championship which was held Oct. 21-23. Hostetler won a Chevy truck and Ranger boat along with a trip to the 2011 BF ..... 
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Wed, Sep 29th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

WINNEBAGO, Minn., Sept. 28, 2010 - Water level management is the goal as one of Minnesota's first designated wildlife lakes and a major waterfowl migration stopover gets a facelift. The project is funded by an Outdoor Heritage Fund g ..... 
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