Slowing The Water Remains The Challenge In Hawk Creek Watershed

RENVILLE – Hawk Creek is pouring way too much sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus into the Minnesota River, and as a result continues to fall short of the goals set for it as a prairie stream in an agricultural landscape. Reaching those goals is largely a matter of putting on the brakes. “We need to be…
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Renville, Redwood Counties Working To Make Minnesota River Corridor An Outdoor Destination

OLIVIA – Renville and Redwood counties are moving closer to their goal of making the Minnesota River Valley corridor they share a destination for its outdoor, historical and cultural resources. A newly-released report based on public comments of how people view the river corridor will help shape the Minnesota Valley Master Plan the counties intend…
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Snowshoes Offer Opportunity To Explore West Central Minnesota’s Hidden Beauty

WATSON – Strap on a pair of snowshoes, “and you can pretty much go anywhere,’’ according to Tom Watson. An outdoor enthusiast and author from Appleton, Watson offered an introduction to this popular sport at the Lac qui Parle State Park last Saturday. For Watson, the freedom to explore off trail is one of the…
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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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