First Time Youth Turkey Hunt Sign Up Underway

WILLMAR — Early in the spring of 2010, Marc Iverson of Bird Island was among the volunteers who ventured into the woodlands and farm fields near Birch Coulee Park in southern Renville County. They led young boys and girls, and sometimes their moms and dads, to concealed blinds where they squawked and called and if…
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Mild Weather Is For The Birds As Willmar Area Christmas Bird Count Shows Big Tally

WILLMAR — The results have been tallied, and there is no question. Mild weather and open water added up to big numbers of waterfowl – primarily geese- when volunteers conducted the Willmar Area Christmas Bird Count on December 17. Volunteers in the area spotted 50 different species and tallied 10,126 birds during the annual event,…
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State Proposes First Wolf Hunting And Trapping Season

ST. PAUL — There’s sure to be lots of discussion when the Legislature takes up the rules for the state’s first wolf hunting and trapping season being proposed for this year. Commissioner Tom Landwehr and other officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced the proposal during the annual Roundtable held last weekend in…
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No Snow, But There’s Still Plenty Of Ways To Enjoy This Winter Outdoors

Outdoor enthusiasts are lamenting the lack of snow this winter, but they are still finding ways to make the best of it. As sports writer Rand Middleton recently pointed out, no one faces a bigger challenge than Willmar High School’s Nordic ski team. Coach Brad Haugen has led the athletes to man-made snow in the…
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Encouraging Signs Of The River Otter’s Recovery

NEW LONDON — The return of river otters to southern Minnesota is looking more and more like a wildlife success story. Some of the evidence is showing up at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource’s wildlife office located in Sibley State Park. It is one of the state’s registration stations for furbearing animals taken by…
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