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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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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