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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Hawk Creek Watershed Project Director Leaving

CLARA CITY – Cory Netland will be marking his third year as director of the Hawk Creek Watershed Project in January. By the end of February, he will be gone. He has accepted a position with the Department of Natural Resources fisheries office in New Ulm, Netland told attendees at the watershed project’s meeting on…
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Two Special Hunts See Success

NEW LONDON — Two special hunts held in the area proved successful once again. Sibley State Park hosted its annual, special muzzleloader deer hunt Nov. 26 -27. The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center hosted a hunt for disabled persons Nov. 11-13. Ten hunters participated in the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center hunt and harvested six…
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Small Communities Rally To Save Their Post Offices

WATSON — Residents in Watson have certainly known their differences in recent years, but on this issue everyone has found common ground. The possibility of seeing the town’s post office closed has led residents in the Chippewa County community to send letters and start a petition drive to keep it open. The story is no…
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