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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His Mission Is Getting Minnesota Veterans Outdoors

Steven James was sitting in his deer hunting stand last fall when he glanced at the message on his mobile phone. “One of my soldiers became a statistic,’’ said James. The news of the suicide one day before Veteran’s Day did more than startle James. It motivated him. “I kind of made the effort to…
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Prayers For The Prairie: Photojournalist Calls Attention To Soil Erosion In Western Minnesota

People from Wisconsin have asked him: What is it? His Minnesota neighbors never need to ask. Their reaction is almost always: “Wow that is really beautiful, but it is really sad.’’ John White has been receiving a lot of comments in the last two years to the photographs in his exhibit called the “Art of…
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