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National Trout Center celebrates 4th season

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The doors of the National Trout Center (NTC) open at 10am on Tuesday, April 2nd as the organization celebrates its fourth season of operation in Preston. This year the center offers expanded hours and additional programming for trout enthusiasts.

The National Trout Center provides seminars, lectures, and workshops with hands-on activities to engage the public in awareness of the environment and the cold-water fishery resources of the driftless area and the arts and crafts of trout fishing.

Visit the NTC on Saturday, April 13, (MN Trout Opener), at noon to chat with Lanesboro artist and avid trout fly fisherman, Paul Lambrecht, for the unveiling of a unique hand-carved trout sculpture Lambrecht created using awarded grant dollars. Paul Lambrecht was a fiscal year 2012 recipient of an artist initiative grant from the MN State Arts Board. This activity was funded in part by the Minnesota State Legislature from the state’s Art and Cultural Heritage Fund with money from the vote of the people of MN on November 4th, 2008. Lambrecht has been carving full time for the past 33 years and is generously gifting his trout sculpture to the National Trout Center. The sculpture is made from a variety of woods: bass, walnut, maple, butternut, cherry, and oak, which took him five weeks to compete.

NTC Director of Programs and Operations, Heath Sershen, has been working diligently to create a fresh new website look, with an expanded social media presence on facebook and twitter. Sershen has also developed a variety of program offerings for the 2013 season that will appeal to all age and ability levels. Visit for days and hours of operation and for a complete listing of up-coming trout programs. Contact us: or 507-867-8801. The National Trout Center is located at 120 St. Anthony Street S. in downtown Preston, Minnesota.

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