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Star Party August 17


Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

A good look at the night sky above you can be a humbling yet exciting experience when you realize just how much more is out there beyond our own little planet. Join the good folks of the La Crosse Area Astronomical Society with their BIG telescopes to go on a tour of the myriad objects in the sky above us after dark.

The moon will be dominating the sky, so you’ll be able to see many of the moon’s features. The moonlight will make faint objects difficult to see but you’ll still see open and globular star clusters, colorful double stars, and the brightest nebula and galaxies. You’ll also get to check out some free software to help you further enjoy the night sky.

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

Star Party

8:00 PM Saturday, August 17

Houston Nature Center

Spin Fishing for Trout with John Eggers - “The Spin Doctor”

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Join us at the National Trout Center on Saturday, August 17 for a free spin fishing workshop with fishing guide & maker of the “Bow Spinner”, John Eggers, also known as “The Spin Doctor”. Eggers has been featured on Dave Carlson’s Sunday m ..... 
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Falconry Program August 10

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Falconry...the taking of wild quarry with a trained raptor. That is the definition of the Sport of Kings, but you don’t have to be a king to practice it. Have you ever been curious about falconry? Do you enjoy watching raptors such as hawks, f ..... 
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Bike Trail Update

Tue, Jul 30th, 2013
Posted in Whalan The Great Outdoors

Here is the latest Trail Report: The contractor has two more expansion joints to install on the first bridge west of Whalan and one on the confluence bridge. He is doing the confluence bridge today, July 26, and the bridge near Whalan on Monday, Ju ..... 
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Visit the HOUSTON Overlook Sign

Tue, Jul 23rd, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Saturday, July 27, 7:00 PM Meet at the Houston Nature Center Ever want to go up to see the huge stone “HOUSTON” sign on the hill north of Houston but didn’t know who to call or how to get there? Here’s your chance! All landowners and r ..... 
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Attention Veterans, Widows and Widowers of Veterans:

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

If your home sustained damage from the flooding events over the weekend of June 21, you may be able to get some assistance from the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs.  Some of the items that you may be able to be reimbursed back for are: ..... 
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Injured Raptor Training July 13

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

What should you do if you find an injured hawk, eagle, or owl? The Houston Nature Center serves as a collection and transportation hub for the sick and injured raptors of this area since the nearest wildlife rehabilitators are in the Twin Cities. ..... 
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Fillmore County Board Declares State of Emergency

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The county board at its June 25 meeting declared a state of emergency in Fillmore County due to major losses from the flooding this past week and adopted a resolution to use emergency procedures to repair roads and bridges. The declaration allows th ..... 
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Hike to Indian Monument

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

High atop the bluff on the south side of Houston, Minn. and hidden amongst the dense tree canopy lies a large and interesting rock formation locally known as “Indian Monument.” There is no known connection to Native Americans, but the hike and f ..... 
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