Counting The Reasons To Support Increase In License Fees

A recent opportunity to take a 12-year old panfishing produced a small stringer for her, and an opportunity for me to reflect. What a bargain we enjoy when we fish or hunt. A $17 resident fishing license opens up the outdoors for 365 days. That fee could rise to $22 if a bill introduced by…
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Record Warmth May Hurt Maple Syrup Season

SPICER — It’s fast approaching maple syrup making time, but this burst of record-breaking warmth may make the season a short one. Dick Clayton, park naturalist at Sibley State Park, is preparing to his host annual programs on collecting maple sap and making syrup. He has programs scheduled for March 24 and 31 at the…
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Asian Carp Are At Our Doorstep, And There’s No Stopping Them On Minnesota River

WILLMAR — News this week that Asian carp have now been netted in the Mississippi River near Winona rings the alarm bells all the louder. It will bring renewed calls for stopping their upward migration in the Mississippi River beyond the Twin Cities. No one is offering any defensive measures for the Minnesota River, meaning…
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Kubly’s Compassion Came From Seeing, Helping Those Less Fortunate

GRANITE FALLS — A lot of kind words, all of them deserving are being offered as we eulogize Gary Kubly. I’d like to add one because it will always define him for me. Compassion. I believe it motivated much of what he did. I also believe some of his compassion came from the fact that…
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‘Pollutants Of Emerging Concern’ Deserve Our Attention And Action

We are only beginning to learn about many ‘’pollutants of emerging concern’’ that are adversely affecting aquatic organisms in our waters. Dr. Heiko Schoenfuss, a biologist and director of the aquatic toxicology lab at St. Cloud State University, gave an idea of the challenges we face during a presentation at the Hawk Creek Watershed Project’s…
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