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Wed, Mar 31st, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

MARSHALL, Minn., March 31, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited began enhancement of another shallow lake project funded in part by the Outdoor Heritage Fund as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. The early warm weather melted snow and allowed crews get started on the Curtis Lake project near Marshall.

"To complete construction of this shallow lake project by summer, our contractor needed to mobilize the required heavy equipment, steel structure materials and rock riprap before the spring roadway load restrictions were posted," said Brad Karel, DU construction manager.

Karel and contractor Chad Monson Excavating of Willmar began working in early March on Curtis Lake to install a sheet pile water control structure designed by DU.

"After a brief shutdown for the spring runoff, we will be able to resume work as soon as site conditions dry and improve," Karel said.

Another large water control structure and a fish barrier will go in when construction resumes. This and other large and complex DU shallow lake enhancement projects create and sustain Minnesota jobs that benefit local economies.

The new water control structures will allow the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field staff to actively manage water levels in Curtis Lake. Temporary water level draw downs simulate natural periodic drought conditions that will rejuvenate the basin's aquatic ecology and optimize wildlife habitat in the lake, as well as improve hunting opportunities. Once the lake is enhanced, it will be especially important for migrating and brood-rearing waterfowl.

Curtis Lake is a 440-acre shallow lake with an average depth of four and a half feet. During their assessment in 2006, the DNR found that aquatic plants only occurred in 10 percent of the basin. This condition was due to stagnant high water levels, poor water quality and turbid conditions. Typically, a healthy shallow lake at four feet deep would have aquatic plants occurring in 100 percent of the basin because the water is clear and sunlight can reach the lake floor. The DNR legally designated Curtis Lake for wildlife management purposes in 2006. More recently the DNR was able to finalize easements with landowners around the outlet of Curtis Lake that enabled enhancement activities to move forward and will ensure management activities persist into the future.

"This project was made possible with assistance from local landowners such as the Busack and Bode fa .....
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National Weather Service to hold Skywarn training

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

The National Weather Service (NWS) will be holding a SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotter Training class in Harmony, MN, on Wednesday, April 7th. The training will be held at the Harmony Fire Station just south of town, starting at 6:30 p.m.

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Open houses on southeastern Minnesota trout streams scheduled

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold six open houses in March and April to update the public on accomplishments and goals for management of trout streams in southeastern Minnesota.

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Thu, Feb 4th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

ST PAUL, February 4, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited says full-funding for the Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Reserve program would be a good investment bringing positive economic benefits and leveraging millions in federal dollars. DU urges the state legislatur ..... 
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