‘Canoeing With The Cree’ Inspired Them; Now, They Hope To Inspire Other Young People

MONTEVIDEO – If you’re worried that young people are too busy or preoccupied with electronics to discover the outdoors, then you haven’t met April Smith and Ally Sharbo. They just completed a four-day paddle down the Minnesota River. They survived a near tip over at Patterson’s Rapids, camped wilderness style along the way, and covered…
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Water Quality Matters In Willmar’s Chain Of Lakes

WILLMAR – With plans in the works by the City of Willmar to invest nearly $900,000 to make Robbins Island Park a regional destination, now is the time to focus on what makes it so special. Let’s keep the momentum going to continue to improve water quality in Foot, Willmar Swan and Skataas Lakes, as…
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Rural Fire Departments Helping Put Smoke In Air, For Better Habitat On Ground

Joe Blastick is looking to put more smoke up in the air, all for what it makes possible on the ground. Better habitat. Blastick is a fire manager with The Nature Conservancy’s Prairie Coteau office in Clear Lake S.D., serving southwestern Minnesota and eastern South Dakota. Thanks to a partnership with the Minnesota Department of…
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Guide To Camper Cabins Offers Look At Many West Central Minnesota Outdoor Adventures

APPLETON – For a former Boy Scout who cut his outdoor teeth as part of a search-and-rescue team based on Alaska’s Kodiak Island, this subject might seem out-of-character. Adventure Publications has just released “Best Minnesota Camper Cabins’’ authored by Tom Watson of Appleton. “Roughing it in style’’ proclaims a sub-head on the cover of the…
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License Fee Increase Seeking Support; Cuts Would Be Felt By Many

State park users would feel the immediate impact. Campgrounds at 34 state parks could close on July 1, the start of the state’s fiscal year, if the state Legislature rejects bills seeking fee increases for operations by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, according to Tom Landwehr, DNR commissioner. Hunters, anglers, and those who enjoy…
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