Willmar Area Citizen Scientists Carry On Christmas Bird Count 55 Years Running

WILLMAR – Winter came late but in full force in 2016, and the result was predictable when volunteers ventured out to conduct the 2016 National Audubon Society Willmar Area Christmas Bird Count. The volunteers counted 40 different species of birds in the project area, which is below the average, according to organizers Joel Halbritter and…
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Like A Good Fishing Trip, Looking Back At 2016 Outdoor Stories In West Central Minnesota Proved Productive

WILLMAR – Looking back at the outdoor stories of 2016 proved to be like one of those fishing trips where you don’t expect to catch much, and then you feel the first tap on the rod and they continue to come one after the other. Believe it or not, there was a lot of good…
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The Beauty Of A Simple Idea

MONTEVIDEO – A simple idea can produce beautiful results. Kylene Olson and Jennifer Hoffman are witness to that fact every year, as they view dozens and dozens of photographic images highlighting beautiful sites and scenes in the Chippewa River watershed. Olson is the director and Hoffman is the watershed technician with the Chippewa River Watershed Project.…
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Ice On, And Anglers Venture Out On West Central Minnesota Lakes

  WILLMAR – This is definitely not like the Land Rush of 1889, but slowly and surely anglers are venturing out and staking their claims to locations on  ice-covered lakes in west central Minnesota. The prairie lakes south of Willmar, Wakanda and Minnetaga are seeing activity as the ice fishing season gets underway in earnest.…
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Deer Harvest Down 13 Percent In Willmar, Neighboring Permit Areas

WILLMAR – Deer hunters in this neck of the woods didn’t fare as well as expected. While the deer harvest statewide is on pace to exceed last year’s total, hunters in the Willmar area and neighboring permit areas took fewer deer this year than last. The harvest in permit area 277, which includes the Willmar…
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