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MERRILL LEADS FLW WALLEYE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP ON LEECH LAKE


Thu, Sep 23rd, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors





WALKER, Minn. (Sept. 22, 2010) - Pro Kevin Merrill of Pierre, S.D., and co-angler Matt Hiller of Grand Rapids, Mich., brought in five walleyes weighing 16 pounds, 5 ounces Wednesday to lead day one of the FLW Walleye Tour Championship on Leech Lake. The pair now holds a 2-pound, 4-ounce lead over their closest rivals in the championship featuring 40 pros and 40 co-anglers representing 12 states and Canada fishing for top awards of up to $40,000 in the Pro Division and $12,000 in the Co-angler Division.



"What a day," said Merrill, who said he had a steady bite all morning until around noon. "I really struggled in practice and hit a spot yesterday morning and picked up some bites where they chewed up the bait pretty good and that is where I went this morning and it worked out pretty good. I probably only caught 10 fish during practice and no over's [26 inches or larger]."



Merrill was one of only a handful of anglers to bring in any over's and he had two. "We caught our fish today near the launch, so hopefully if the weather is bad that will be a good thing and we won't have to make a long run tomorrow," continued Merrill. "The weather could play a large factor tomorrow. I will try and catch my five tomorrow, but I may not get my over's, but I think there are enough under's [14-18 inches] that we can get our limit."



Rounding out the remainder of the top-10 pros and co-anglers after day one are:



2nd: Brian Brosdahl, Max, Minn., and Tim Depooter, Rock Island, Ill., five walleyes, 14-1

2nd: Terrence Filkins, Lake City, Minn., and Darrell Martin, Forest Lake, Minn., four walleyes, 14-1

4th: Pat Byle, Colgate, Wis., and Bryan Bayerkohler, Eagan, Minn., five walleyes, 13-14

5th: Scott Steil, Richmond, Minn., and Jason Anderson, West Fargo, N.D., five walleyes, 13-6

6th: Dean Arnoldussen, Appleton, Wis., and Cal Van Cleve, Wilmot, S.D., five walleyes, 13-3

7th: Bill Shimota, Lonsdale, Minn., and John Spiegel, Appleton, Wis., five walleyes, 10-13

8th: Nick Fautsch, Maddock, N.D., and Tim McClaran, Mansfield, Ohio, five walleyes, 10-9

9th: Chris Gilman, Chisago City, Minn., and Kyle Schuchard, Essex, Ont., five walleyes, 10-4

10th: Don Loch, Iron Mountain, Mich., and Jerry Chwierut, Lake Villa, Ill., three walleyes, 9-6



Overall there were 140 fish weighing 260 pounds, 1 ounce caught by 38 boats Wednesday. The .....
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Prairie walk at Houston Nature Center

Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Come for an easy one hour walk along the award-winning Houston levee prairie in Trailhead Park at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 4, at the Houston Nature Center. Find out why cord grass can give you welts and which plant holds water for the birds ..... 
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The DNR Trail Reconstruction has started TODAY! One week early. NOTICE!

Mon, Jun 7th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Portions of the Root River State Trail will be closed for resurfacing.

June 7 - July 5 between Fountain and Isinours.

July 5 - July 30 between Isinours and Lanesboro.

Construction begins near Interstate State Park

Tue, May 11th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Interstate State Park will get new sidewalks, new seating areas, and improved accessibility as part of a long awaited face-lift this summer, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Parks and Trails. The northern e ..... 
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Twin Cities Urban Birding Festival bigger and better than ever

Tue, May 11th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

The fifth annual Urban Birding Festival will be held May 13-16 at various locations throughout Minneapolis-St. Paul. It's a free celebration of springtime birds, especially those which inhabit urban areas.

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10th Annual Trout Day in Forestville a big success

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

The 10th Annual Trout Day event at Forestville Mystery Cave State Park on Saturday, May 1st, had the biggest turnout in its history, great spring weather, and fun for all ages. To top it off, there were even some fish being caught.

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10th Annual Trout Day in Forestville a big success

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

The 10th Annual Trout Day event at Forestville Mystery Cave State Park on Saturday, May 1st, had the biggest turnout in its history, great spring weather, and fun for all ages. To top it off, there were even some fish being caught.

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Early warm weather means an early tick season

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Warm early spring weather has brought out ticks earlier than usual in many regions of Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) urges anyone heading outdoors in Minnesota this spring and early summer to use tick repellents and other measur ..... 
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10 Tips for a Safe Spring Turkey Hunt

Thu, May 6th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

EDGEFIELD, S.C. - With wild turkey hunting season still in full swing in many states, the National Wild Turkey Federation has the safety of turkey hunters in mind.

Safety is a key element when you're in the woods mimicking the sounds of wild t ..... 
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