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Fort, Earl D. (05/14/2014)
Earl D. Fort, age 89, of Winona, passed away on Monday, May 12, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Burial will be  ... 

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SOAR with the Eagles festival this weekend (02/27/2013)
The National Eagle Center’s SOAR with the Eagles festival opens this weekend, March 2nd and 3rd. Celebrating the spring bald eagle migration along the Mississippi River, the annual SOAR festival offer ... 

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‘Science Fun Night’ Friday (11/07/2012)
The Winona State University Physics Club will present a night of science adventure and fun with “Science Fun Night” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in the Goodview Elementary School Gymnasium.

This even ... 

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BCHS Backroads Tour of Naples Sept. 22 (09/19/2012)
...Updated.....

The 27th Buffalo County Historical Society Backroads Tour will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2012, beginning at the Mondovi Tourist Park, working its way east through the Town  ... 

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Horses running at large (09/19/2012)
The Winona County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the owner of two painted horses found running at large Monday night.

According to Sheriff Dave Brand, the tame ho ... 

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Westfield Tuesday Morning Ladies Golf (09/19/2012)
September 18

Event: Blind Partners (Net)

1st Place: Diane Wohletz and Mary Ellinghuysen---73

2nd Place: Cathy Kirkeby and Mia Martin---74

Low Putts: Ursula Hogenson--14

Chip In: Cathy Ki ... 

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Perrot State Park programs (08/22/2012)
All events are free, thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Perrot. A vehicle sticker is required for all motorized vehicles stopping in the park.

Saturday, August 25

10:00a.m. Introduction to ... 

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Whitewater State Park activities (08/22/2012)
Interpretive Naturalist Programs

August 27 -

September 3, 2012

Following is a list of programs offered by Whitewater State Parks Interpretive Services. Stop at the visitor center, call (507) 93 ... 

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Motorcycle fatalities pass 25-death milestone (08/15/2012)
From: Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications, MnDPS

The number of preliminary Minnesota motorcyclist fatalities hit 26 following a deadly July when seven riders were killed, tied with May for dea ... 

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Nature talk at Alma Sunday (08/15/2012)
On Sunday, August 19th, at 1:00 pm, Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center will host Kenny Salwey, the Last River Rat and Alma’s master storyteller, as he shares stories about life on the backwaters of t ... 

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Warrior football opens fall camp (08/15/2012)
The sound of whistles once again filled the air inside Verizon Wireless Stadium as the Winona State football team opened its fall camp Saturday afternoon.

On a comparatively cool August afternoon the ... 

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Winona Chiefs update (08/15/2012)
The Minnesota Baseball Association has just released the updated Class C bracket for the 2012 State Tournament at Putz & Faber Fields in St. Cloud. The single elimination tournament features 48 teams  ... 

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Falconry program at Houston Nature Center (08/08/2012)
Saturday, August 18 at 7:00 PM

Falconry . . . the taking of wild quarry with a trained raptor. That is the definition of the Sport of Kings, but you don’t have to be a king to practice it. Have you  ... 

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Applications for September mentored youth waterfowl hunt due Aug. 13 (07/25/2012)
Youth who want to experience waterfowl hunting for the first time can apply by Monday, Aug. 13, to be one 80 participants in this year’s mentored youth waterfowl hunt on Saturday, Sept. 8, the Minneso ... 

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Climatology speaker July 29 (07/25/2012)
Garvin Brook Disaster Relief Fund (GBDRF) is hosting a presentation on Climatology at the Community Center, 600 D Street, Stockton, MN on Sunday, July 29, 2:00 pm. Featured speaker be Pete Boulay, St ... 

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Houston Nature Center groundbreaking event Aug. 1 (07/25/2012)
The Houston Nature Center is inviting KIDS to bring their toy trucks, excavators, sand shovels, and buckets to do the initial groundbreaking and construction for the new Natural Playground that will b ... 

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Paulson to lead WSU men’s golf program (07/25/2012)
Brian Paulson, a former All-American at Winona State, has been named the Warriors’ men’s golf coach, Athletic Director Eric Schoh announced Tuesday.

“I am excited to have Brian join our team,” Winona ... 

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Refuge honors volunteers (07/25/2012)
The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge – Winona offices held a Volunteer Recognition Event on-board the Living Lands and Waters education barge which was tied at the Winona levee  ... 

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Winona State football season ticket information (07/25/2012)
Winona State football season ticket holders are currently able to renew their ticket purchases for the 2012 season, with season and single-game tickets going on sale to the general public on August 6. ... 

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Perrot State Park free naturalist programs (07/18/2012)
Friday, July 20

9 p.m.: Universe in the Park

Billions and billions of stars...join UW-Madison Astronomy folks for an amazing view of the night sky! Our program will begin at the Nature Center with a ... 

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Whitewater State Park Interpretive Programs (07/18/2012)
July 30 – August 6, 2012

Following is a list of programs offered by Whitewater State Parks Interpretive Services. Stop at the visitor center, call (507) 932-3007 extension 226 or email sara.grover@s ... 

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Whitewater State Park Programs (07/08/2012)
July 9-16, 2012

Following is a list of programs offered by Whitewater State Parks Interpretive Services. Stop at the visitor center, call (507) 932-3007 extension 226 or email sara.grover@state.mn.u ... 

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‘Wisconsin Birding’ showcases Alma’s birding opportunities (06/20/2012)
Alma will be featured on the entertaining TV show, Discover Wisconsin, as the show’s “Wisconsin Birding” showcases Alma’s birding opportunities this June 23rd and 24th, 2012. The episode highlights W ... 

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Perrot state park events (06/20/2012)
All programs are free, thanks to the Friends of Perrot, although a vehicle sticker is required for all motor vehicles stopping in the park.

Saturday, June 23

10:30am: Master Caster

Join Steve and ... 

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Whitewater State Park programs (06/20/2012)
June 25 - July 2, 2012

June 25-29, July 2, 1-2pm

Nature Time at the Beach

Hey kids! Join a naturalist at the beach for a fun, hands-on nature activity. Different activities will be offered each  ... 

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National Trout Center in Preston summer events (06/10/2012)
On June 23rd, the Lew Jewett Chapter of the Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) is going to put on a full day of fly fishing workshops for us around Preston. We’ll begin the day at 10:00 am with fly cast ... 

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River clean-up June 2 (05/30/2012)
Members of Mississippi River Wild and the Pool 8 boathouse owners association, or CARP (Concerned About River People), will team up with staff from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish and W ... 

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DNR outlines wolf season details, seeks public comment (05/23/2012)
Minnesota’s first regulated wolf hunting and trapping season will be conducted this fall and winter. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comment on details of the pro ... 

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Kicking Bear 1 on 1 (05/23/2012)
Archery Shoot and Campout June 22-23

The Lewiston Sportsmen’s Club is sponsoring its Tenth Annual Kicking Bear 1 on 1 Archery Shoot and Campout will be held June 22-23, 2012. Registration will ope ... 

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Whitewater State Park May programs (05/23/2012)
Following is a list of programs offered by Whitewater State Parks Interpretive Services. Stop at the visitor center, or call (507) 932-3007 extension 0 for additional information. There is no charge ... 

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Summer paddling event May 26 (05/20/2012)
Paddle the Long Lake Canoe Trail with the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

Mississippi River residents and summer visitors are invited to participate in a summer full of padd ... 

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Whitewater State Park programs May 17 - 20 (05/16/2012)
Following is a list of some programs offered by Whitewater State Parks Interpretive Services. Stop at the visitor center, or call (507) 932-3007 extension 0 for additional information. There is no c ... 

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The urban farmer (05/09/2012)
by Vicki Englich

No, not burger or taco joints. I’m

thinking about radishes, spinach, lettuce, and chard. Now is the time to plant the vegetable seeds that will germinate fast and grow fast. The  ... 

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DNR: Residents, dealers reminded to review dock and boat lift canopy regulations (03/21/2012)
Spring boat shows are popular this time of year, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds residents to review dock and boat lift canopy regulations before investing in new equip ... 

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Refuge fur catch reports deadline April 15 (03/21/2012)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reminds Refuge trappers to submit their fur catch reports before the April 15, 2012 deadline. There were 353 Refuge trapping permits issued for the 2011-2012 trappin ... 

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Winona man testifies before Congress for Refuge (03/21/2012)
Dr. Todd Paddock, a Winona resident and former professor in the Sociology Department at Winona State University, was invited to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriat ... 

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Foreign landowner notification (02/29/2012)
Jim Hannula, Trempealeau County Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency informs foreign investors who buy, sell or hold a direct or indirect interest in agricultural lands in the United States t ... 

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Adult softball umpires needed (02/15/2012)
The Winona Park & Recreation Department is in need of MSF certified Adult Softball Umpires to work our adult softball games. We anticipate our leagues beginning the first week in May ending in mid to  ... 

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Events at the Friendship Center (02/15/2012)
The Winona Senior Friendship Center is open to all individuals age 55 and over. For more information about our classes, hours, or nominal class or participation fees, please stop in or call 507-454-5 ... 

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2011 Minnesota Futurity Horse Show (09/21/2011)
Minneapolis, Minnesota The Minnesota Saddlebred horse community will celebrate breeders at the 2011 Minnesota Futurity Horse Show, September 30 through October 2 at the Minnesota Equestrian Center in ... 

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2011-12 trapping units (09/21/2011)
Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge will offer trapping units for muskrat and beaver during the Wisconsin 2011-12 trapping season.

Bidding for the units will take place Wednesday evening, September ... 

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Buffalo County Historical Society Backroads Tour on Saturday blends natural beauty and historic places (09/21/2011)
The 26th Buffalo County Historical Society Backroads Tour will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2011, beginning at the Roadhouse Bar, in Czechville, working its way up Highway 88 to Yaeger Valley wh ... 

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Consider benefits of tourism ‘on the farm’ (09/21/2011)
by Kent Gustafson, University of Minnesota Extension

ST. PAUL, Minn. (9/12/2011) —This fall, farmers will be diligently harvesting their crops: corn, soybeans, sugarbeets and...tourists.

Touri ... 

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Dream Line takes BMX dirt contests to new heights (09/21/2011)
The sport of BMX dirt is about to change when Red Bull Dream Line takes charge at Coffee Mill Ski Area in Wabasha, Minnesota on September 21-24th. The slopes of the mountain have been converted into a ... 

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Dry conditions a challenge for waterfowl hunters (09/21/2011)
In spite of abnormally wet conditions earlier this year, waterfowl hunters may find access to lakes and wetlands challenging in some areas this fall.

“Some hunters may be surprised by water levels, e ... 

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Focus on farm safety this fall (09/21/2011)
Ag News Wire

by Katherine Waters, University of Minnesota Extension, and Murray Madsen, former Associate Director, Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health

The tragedy of an agricultural death  ... 

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Horse and Harvest exhibit At Wings Over Alma (09/21/2011)
Wings Over Alma is currently hosting an invitational art exhibit entitled "Horse & Harvest." The exhibit runs through November 15th at the Nature & Art Center located in downtown Alma, Wisco ... 

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MDA encourages safety and awareness this upcoming harvest season (09/21/2011)
Everyone has a job this harvest season – it’s keeping safety in mind. That’s the message from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) as many farmers across Minnesota gear up for fall harvest. I ... 

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Raise a buck to run amuck! (09/21/2011)
Looking for a more unique running experience? Join the 2nd Annual Big Muddy Run on Saturday, October 1 at La Crosse’s Myrick Park, starting at 10:45 am. Choose a 5k or 1 mile route, each with obstacl ... 

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Refuge to offer a special waterfowl hunt for persons with disabilities (09/21/2011)
Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge will once again offer a special waterfowl hunt for hunters with disabilities on October 15 & 16, 2011.

To participate in this special Refuge hunt, all applicants ... 

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Register for the 4th annual Warrior Waddle (09/21/2011)
The 4th Annual Warrior Waddle will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2011, in conjunction with the Winona State Homecoming activities. The 5k (3.1 miles) walk/run will kick off at 8:00 a.m. starting a ... 

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Saint Mary’s invites public to Fall Frolic Oct. 1 (09/21/2011)
The public is invited to participate in the 24th Fall Frolic 5K fun run/walk at Saint Mary’s University Saturday, Oct. 1.

Registration will run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in SMU’s Toner Student Center with ... 

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Senior events (09/21/2011)
The Winona Senior Friendship Center is open to all individuals age 55 and over. For more information about our classes, hours, or nominal class or participation fees, please stop in or call 507-454-5 ... 

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This is a great year to start hunting grouse (09/21/2011)
by Jay Johnson

DNR hunting recruitment and retention coordinator

Ever hunted ruffed grouse?

If not, this is the year to start.

The tasty, fast-flying forest game bird is at high population lev ... 

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Whitewater State Park Naturalist programs (09/21/2011)
September 21 - 28, 2011

Programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center, unless noted otherwise.

Wednesday, September 21

5:45-7:15p.m. Bird Banding Demonstrations - Join Rochester area bir ... 

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Winona Airport adopted (09/21/2011)
The Winona Municipal Airport, Max Conrad Field, has been adopted by the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association under a program sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Aeronautics.

T ... 

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Winona Soil & Water Conservation District Cover Crop program (09/21/2011)
The Winona Soil & Water Conservation District will once again be offering cost-share for landowners to plant cover crops within the Rush-Pine Creek Watershed in Winona County. This cover crop program ... 

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Fall birding event Sept. 11 (08/31/2011)
Sunday, September 11th, Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center is sponsoring their annual fall birding event. Participants will be birding by mini-rail train through the Tiffany State Wildlife Area and  ... 

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Whitewater State Park Naturalist programs (08/28/2011)
August 31 – September 4, 2011

All programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office) unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, August 31

1-2p.m. Bird Watching for Kids – Join us for a ... 

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Perrot State Park programs (08/14/2011)
All programs are free, thanks to the Friends of Perrot State Park. A motor-vehicle sticker is required for all vehicles stopping in the park.

Saturday, August 13

10:00am: The Giving Tree

Trees a ... 

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Whitewater State Park Naturalist programs (08/14/2011)

August 17-23, 2011

All programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office) unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, August 17

1-2p.m. Dragonflies – Dragonflies have been soaring the sk ... 

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Perrot State Park events (06/26/2011)
Saturday, June 25

10:00am: Slugs are Slimy

Beginning with the delightful book, Slugs, we will explore the world of decomposers! Bugboxes will be available for everyone to use during the program ( ... 

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Refuge events June 24-25 (06/22/2011)
Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge will celebrate National Pollinators Week and the beauty of refuge prairies by offering several activities on June 24th and 25th, 2011. Pollinating animals, includ ... 

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Whitewater State Park programs (06/22/2011)

June 27-July 4, 2011

IN THE EVENT OF A STATE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, STATE PARKS WILL BE CLOSED, AND INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS WILL BE CANCELLED UNTIL THE SHUTDOWN IS OVER.

All programs begin at th ... 

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Fossil Collecting Trip (06/19/2011)

Saturday, June 25, 7:00 PM

Houston Nature Center

Are you interested in finding fossils that are twice as old as a dinosaur? Meet at the Houston Nature Center to find out about fossils that look l ... 

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Perrot State Park events (06/19/2011)
Saturday, June 25

10:00am: Slugs are Slimy

Beginning with the delightful book, Slugs, we will explore the world of decomposers! Bugboxes will be available for everyone to use during the program ( ... 

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Whitewater State Park Naturalist programs (06/19/2011)
June 20-27, 2011

All programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office) unless otherwise noted.

Monday, June 20

1-2p.m. Beavers at the Beach - Beavers are back in Whitewater Stat ... 

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Kids ice fishing clinic Feb. 26 (02/09/2011)

Children ages 6 through 13 will discover the fun and excitement of fishing through the ice at the Ice Fishing Day Clinic to be held on Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Lake  ... 

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Master Naturalist course at Whitewater State Park (02/02/2011)
A ten-week course to teach area nature enthusiasts about the natural history of Minnesota’s hardwoods region will take place at Whitewater State Park beginning Wednesday, March 16, 2011. The Master N ... 

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Minnesota deer harvest climbs eight percent in 2010 (02/02/2011)
Ideal hunting weather during the opening weekend of Minnesota’s firearms deer season helped hunters harvest 207,000 deer during the 2010 season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resour ... 

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SE Minnesota forest history and climate change presentation (02/02/2011)
Are you interested in SE Minnesota’s forest history, ecology, and how climate change may impact our forest?  If so this presentation is for you. We will review forces and historical developments that  ... 

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DNR candlelight events this winter (12/29/2010)
With so much snow on the ground already, this promises to be an exceptionally good winter for outdoor recreation. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering 25 candlelight events ... 

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Ridgeway Community School Nordic Ski Club seeks ski and snowshoe donations (12/29/2010)
Ridgeway Community School, a kindergarten to fifth grade elementary school in southeastern Winona County, is seeking donations of used youth-sized, cross-country ski equipment for its after school Nor ... 

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Trail camera trappers wanted (12/29/2010)
Don’t put your trail camera away for the winter! As deer seasons are ending you may be thinking about storing your trail cameras. Instead put them to good use and some more fun.

The Minnesota Deer H ... 

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DNR seeks input on Root River, Harmony- Preston trails (08/25/2010)
Informal meetings to discuss the content and location of new interpretive exhibits will be held in Harmony and Lanesboro. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is working with a company  ... 

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Prairie Walk at Houston Nature Center Sept. 4 (08/25/2010)
7:00 PM Saturday, September 4

Houston Nature Center

Come for an easy one hour walk along the award-winning Houston levee prairie in Trailhead Park. Find out why cord grass can give you welts and wh ... 

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Houston Nature Center event July 10 (06/30/2010)
Mosquito and Tick Borne Diseases with Eric “The Bug Guy” Dotseth

7:00 PM Saturday, July 10

Houston Nature Center

Yes, mosquitoes and ticks can transmit diseases to humans, including some really not ... 

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Perrot State Park July events (06/30/2010)
All events are free, thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Perrot State Park. A vehicle sticker is required for all vehicles stopping in the park.

Saturday, July 3:

10:00am: BugBox Safari ... 

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Whitewater State Park programs (06/30/2010)
Unless noted, programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

Wednesday, June 30

1-2:30p.m Mini Monsters at the Beach – Many small creatures live in Whitewater’s cold  ... 

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DNR lifts temporary road and trail closures in many Minnesota state forests (04/21/2010)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has opened many – but not all – of the roads and trails temporarily closed to highway licensed vehicles, commercial vehicles, and off-highway vehicl ... 

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Park and Rec acitivities (04/21/2010)
PARK AND RECREATION SUMMER PROGRAMS

Summer camp, swimming lessons, soccer, diving, golf, the Bob Welch Aquatic Center and more. The summer program guide is available online now, and we are taking re ... 

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Trap shooting to begin (04/21/2010)
The Winona Sportsman’s Club announces the start of the 2010 Trap Shooting League An organizational meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 26, at 6 p.m. at the club. All interested shooters are encour ... 

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2010 fishing licenses, walleye stamps available (03/10/2010)
Minnesota’s 2010 fishing licenses and the state’s second-ever walleye stamp are now on sale.

Anglers who purchase a license early in March can fish for 14 months, since the license does not expire un ... 

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Maple syrup making demonstrations at Whitewater (03/10/2010)
Celebrate spring in Whitewater State Park’s sugar bush! On Saturday mornings and afternoons March 13, 20 and 27 the park will be offering maple syrup making demonstrations. Each activity will introdu ... 

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Several open houses on SE Minnesota trout streams scheduled for our area (03/10/2010)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold six open houses in March and April to update the public on accomplishments and goals for management of trout streams in southeastern Minne ... 

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Revised Trempealeau County Bike Loop Map (08/09/2009)
Trempealeau County’s just released its updated map of the bike loop system. This is an easy to carry along on your ride 16 panel fold out color brochure. On the map side the 17 loops of the entire cou ... 

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Whitewater State Park Naturalist Programs (08/09/2009)
Unless noted, all programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

Friday, August 14

8-9pm. Snakes of the Blufflands - Sixteen of Minnesota’s seventeen ki ... 

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DNR seeks watercraft inspector applicants (04/08/2009)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking watercraft inspector interns for the summer boating season. Positions are available in Cook, Itasca, Otter Tail and Douglas counties, as  ... 

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Garvin Brook Disaster Relief Fund holds meeting (04/08/2009)
The quarterly board meeting of Garvin Brook Disaster Relief Fund was held recently held at the Riverway Learning Community. After agenda approval, the members spent time remembering the volunteer wor ... 

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Prescribed burning in state parks (04/08/2009)
Over the next few weeks, Minnesota DNR staff will be completing a series of controlled burns at Great River Bluffs State Park, (located at Highway 61 and Interstate 90 near Dakota) and John Latsch Sta ... 

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DNR: Bear hunt permit application deadline May 1 (04/01/2009)
Applications for this fall’s black bear hunt now are available at any of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) 1,650 license agents or online.

Hunters interested in the Sept. 1 - Oct.  ... 

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Public invited to free events for WSU bike week April 13-17 (04/01/2009)
Winona State University will host its second annual Bike Week April 13-17, featuring a series of activities, bicycle education and daily prizes.

Pump Up Your Bike will be held from noon-4 p.m. dail ... 

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Deer hunters encouraged to buy license early (10/29/2008)
With more than 475,000 firearms deer hunters in the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages hunters to purchase their licenses early to avoid long lines and any system is ... 

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Minnesota State Parks holding special deer hunt (10/29/2008)
Thirty-five Minnesota state parks will be holding special resource management deer hunts this fall. Access to the public will be varied around the state during the special hunts. Fifteen parks will b ... 

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National Eagle Center Deck Opener (10/29/2008)
November 1 & 2, 2008 9am–6pm. The National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minn. will be celebrating the recovery of the Bald Eagle in Minnesota and across the nation. The National Eagle Center’s Deck Opene ... 

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Houston Nature Center program (08/10/2008)
Composting program 7:00 PM Saturday, August 23

More than 60% of household waste is recyclable yet it finds its way into landfills. Only 8% of Americans compost their waste materials that could easil ... 

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Grulkowski, Donald S. (08/06/2008)
Donald S. Grulkowski, age 71, of Bluff Siding, WI, died on Monday, August 4, 2008, at his home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 AM on Saturday, August 9, 2008, at the Cathedral of ... 

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MinnAqua Fishing Festival at Whitewater State Park (06/11/2008)
Whitewater State Park is reopened and in full swing for summer after last August's flooding. A Fishing Festival will be held at the park on Friday, June 27 from 1:00-4:00 PM. Children in grades 1-6  ... 

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Whitewater State Park naturalist programs (06/11/2008)

Saturday June 14, 2008

Unless noted, programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

12:30-1:30pm Sculpting the Blufflands - The Flood of 2007 in Whitewater State Park Wal ... 

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Refuge lifting entry restrictions on Mertes Slough heron colony (06/04/2008)
The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is lifting the entry restrictions which were placed on the Mertes Slough heron colony beginning Friday, May 16, 2008. Beginning Monday, Ju ... 

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Whitewater State Park reopening June 7 (06/04/2008)
teers, staff and dignitaries in celebrating the Grand Reopening of Whitewater State Park on Saturday June 7. Several activities (listed below) are scheduledthroughout the day with the actual Grand O ... 

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Houston Nature Center program June 14 (06/01/2008)
The Wondrous Lives of Butterflies

7:00 PM Saturday, June 14

Houston Nature Center

Joel Dunnette will demonstrate how you can enjoy first-hand the lives of caterpillars and their magical transformat ... 

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Eagle migration, swan watch events in Nov. (11/04/2007)
The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in Winona will be the site of a TUNDRA SWAN WATCH BUS TOUR on Saturday, November 17. Come see migrating tundra swans and other waterfowl o ... 

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Refuge auction for 2007-08 trapping units Oct. 2 (09/23/2007)
Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge will offer trapping units for muskrat and beaver during the Wisconsin 2007-08 trapping season.

Bidding for the units will take place Tuesday evening, October 2, 2 ... 

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DNR news (09/16/2007)
NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR SOLDIERS

Minnesota military members who have served at any time in the preceeding 24 months in federal active military service outside the United States and who have been discha ... 

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Pheasants Forever will host a hunt (09/16/2007)

The Winona-Root River Chapter of Pheasants Forever will sponsor a youth pheasant hunt for interested young people, ages 11-17, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, at the Chuck Boehmke shooting preser ... 

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Pheasants Forever’s 2007 pheasant hunting forecast (09/16/2007)
Minnesota - In each of the past two years, hunters in Minnesota have harvested nearly 600,000 roosters, the most since 1964. pheasant nesting and brood-rearing conditions this year and abundant habit ... 

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New hunting and fishing regulations take effect at Refuge (09/12/2007)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today published a final rule in the Federal Register to implement hunting- and fishing-related actions in the approved Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the  ... 

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Invasive species class offered Sept. 25 (09/09/2007)
The Buckthorn, Emerald Ash Borer, and Other Invasive Species class will be at Camp Winnebago, 19708 Camp Winnebago Rd., Caledonia, from 5:30"”8:00 PM, on Tuesday, September 25, 2007. This session prov ... 

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Park Rec news (09/09/2007)
YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL GRADES 1 - 4

This program will provide young players the understanding and skills of the game using good sportsmanship and fun! Grades 1 & 2 start Wednesday, September 12 and con ... 

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Refuge holding contest to name new islands (09/09/2007)
The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is sponsoring a contest to name newly-constructed islands in Spring Lake near Buffalo City, WI. The 500-acre, $3.7 million Spring Lake pro ... 

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Park rec activities (09/02/2007)

YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL GRADES 1 - 4

This program will provide young players the understanding and skills of the game using good sportsmanship and fun! Grades 1 & 2 start Wednesday, September 12 and c ... 

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Perrot State Park (08/29/2007)
Naturalist Programs

Trempealeau, WI

*All programs will start from the Nature Center*

Please notify the Naturalist if you require special accommodations to attend our programs!

A special thank yo ... 

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Park Rec news (08/26/2007)
YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL GRADES 1 - 4

This program will provide young players the understanding and skills of the game using good sportsmanship and fun! Grades 1 & 2 start Wednesday, September 12 and con ... 

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Merrick and Perrot State Park events (08/22/2007)
Friday, August 24

**AT MERRICK PARK NATURE CENTER**

9 pm

Universe in the Park

Join local experts from the UW-Madison Astronomy Department to take a closer look at what's what in our universe. The ... 

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Whitewater State Park activities (08/19/2007)
Naturalist Programs

August 24-25, 2007

Unless noted, programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

Friday, August 24

8-9p.m. Go Batty - All seven of Minnesota's bats  ... 

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Disabled deer hunt Oct. 6-7 at Fort McCoy (08/15/2007)
Disabled hunters still have time

to apply for the Oct 6-7 special hunt held on Fort McCoy. But don't wait too long as the application deadline of Aug. 24 is fast approaching.

Individuals participat ... 

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Perrot State Park (08/15/2007)

Naturalist Programs

Trempealeau, WI

*All programs will start from the Nature Center*

Please notify the Naturalist if you require special accommodations to attend our programs!

A special thank  ... 

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Refuge offers waterfowl hunt for persons with disabilities (08/15/2007)
Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge will once again offer a special waterfowl hunt for hunters with disabilities on October 13 & 14, 2007.

Permit applications are available at the refuge office or m ... 

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Whitewater State Park (08/15/2007)

NATURALIST PROGRAMS

August 17-18, 2007

Unless noted, programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

Friday, August 17

8-9p.m. Snakes of the Blufflands - Sixteen  ... 

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Wings over Alma has new wildlife exhibit (08/15/2007)
Wings Over Alma has an exciting new nature and wildlife exhibit. The exhibit will run until the end of October and can be viewed every day from 10 am to 5 pm. There will be an artist reception, open  ... 

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Houston Nature Center event (08/12/2007)
Birdfeeding Program

7:00 PM, Saturday, August 25

So you like to feed birds. But you'd like to attract different species. What can you do? Learn which kinds of birds can be lured with food, and ... 

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Local WTU Chapter seeks Minn. and Wis. beginning hunters (08/08/2007)
The Mississippi Valley Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited is looking for young hunters from Minnesota and Wisconsin for its second annual Learn to Hunt Program this September. Local chapter committee mem ... 

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Whitewater State Park (08/08/2007)
Naturalist Programs

Saturday August 11, 2007

Unless noted, all programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

Morning Youth Fishing Workshop - Whitewater State Park is ... 

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Perrot State Park (08/01/2007)
Naturalist Programs

Trempealeau, WI

*All programs will start from the Nature Center*

Please notify the Naturalist if you require special accommodations to attend our programs!

A special thank yo ... 

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Houston Nature Center event Aug. 11 (07/29/2007)
Tree & Shrub Walk

Saturday, August 11, 7:00 PM

Houston Nature Center

Have you ever wondered how "ninebark"¯ got its name? Did you know that there's an evergreen tree that loses all of its needl ... 

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Houston Nature Center event Aug. 4 (07/29/2007)
Rare & Endangered Species List Updates

Saturday, August 4, 7:00 PM

Even though the blufflands area of Minnesota comprises about 3% of the state's area, it is home to a whopping 43% of the state's  ... 

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Perrot State Park (07/25/2007)
Naturalist Programs

Trempealeau, WI

*All programs will start from the Nature Center*

Please notify the Naturalist if you require special accommodations to attend our programs!

A special thank yo ... 

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Houston Nature Center event (07/22/2007)
Visit the HOUSTON Overlook Sign by Car Saturday, July 28, 7:00 PM

Meet at the Houston Nature Center

Ever want to go up to see the huge stone "HOUSTON"¯ sign on the hill north of Houston but didn' ... 

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Park rec activities (07/22/2007)
RHYME SPITTING AT THE EAST RECREATION CENTER

Turn tables, rapping, recording, etc"¦if it has to do with hip-hop culture, it is going to happen here at the East Recreation Center. This is not a show!  ... 

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Whitewater State Park (07/22/2007)
Naturalist Programs

Saturday July 28, 2007

Unless noted, all programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center

(Park Office).

Saturday July 28

Morning Youth Fishing Workshop - Whitewa ... 

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Houston Nature Center event (07/18/2007)

Visit the HOUSTON Overlook Sign by Car Saturday, July 28, 7:00 PM

Meet at the Houston Nature Center

Ever want to go up to see the huge stone "HOUSTON"¯ sign on the hill north of Houston but did ... 

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Perrot State Park (07/18/2007)

Naturalist Programs

July 27-29

*All programs will start from the Nature Center*

Please notify the Naturalist if you require special accommodations to attend our programs!

A special thank you t ... 

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Whitewater plans youth fishing workshops (07/18/2007)

Saturday mornings July 28 and August 11 Whitewater State Park is hosting fishing workshops for youth that want to learn about fishing, but have little or no experience. Minnaqua, a Department of Na ... 

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Houston Nature Center event July 21 (07/15/2007)
Going Batty"¯ with Betty the Bat

7:00 PM Saturday, July 21

Houston Nature Center

Who is Betty the Bat? Join us for an evening program all about bats! We will dispel the myths about bats, learn  ... 

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Perrot State Park (07/11/2007)
Naturalist Programs

Trempealeau, WI

*All programs will start from the Nature Center*

Please notify the Naturalist if you require special accommodations to attend our programs! A special thank you ... 

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Whitewater State Park activities (07/11/2007)
Naturalist programs

July 13-14, 2007

Unless noted, all programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

Friday July 13

8-9p.m. Snakes of the Blufflands - Sixteen of Minn ... 

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Houston Nature Center event July 14 (07/04/2007)
Eat wild edible foods with Monique

7:00 PM, Saturday, July 14

Join European-trained chef Monique Hooker to learn how to make our local wild edible foods into mouth-watering delicacies! Monique wi ... 

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Park rec activities (07/04/2007)
MURAL PAINTING AT THE EAST RECREATION CENTER

Join us Saturday, July 7th, from 7 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Let's add color, let's add character, let's add PAINT to the walls of the Rec.! Designs are chosen by ... 

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Perrot State Park (07/04/2007)
Naturalist Programs

Trempealeau, WI

*All programs will start from the Nature Center*

Please notify the Naturalist if you require special accommodations to attend our programs!

A special thank yo ... 

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Refuge event Saturday (07/04/2007)

Guided Canoe Tour and Prairie Blooms Walk to take place at Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, July 7th, Trempealeau Refuge will be offering a guided canoe tour. The tour will be led  ... 

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Whitewater State Park activities (07/04/2007)
Naturalist Programs

July 3-7, 2007

Unless noted, all programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

Tuesday, July 3 8-9p.m. Snakes of the Blufflands - ... 

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Park rec activities include mural painting (07/01/2007)
CAMPS IN GOODVIEW-

Preschool Camp for ages 3, 4, & 5; EZ Camp for grades Kindergarten to 2nd and Explorer Camp for grades 3 to 5. These programs are the same great camps that we have in Winona locat ... 

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Houston Nature Center events (06/27/2007)

Owl Pellet Dissection

7:00 PM Saturday, July 7

Houston Nature Center

What do owls in southeast Minnesota eat? Pick apart an owl pellet to find out! We will use skulls from the nature center  ... 

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Perrot State Park (06/27/2007)
Naturalist Programs

Trempealeau, WI

*All programs will start from the Nature Center*

Please notify the Naturalist if you require special accommodations to attend our programs!

A special thank yo ... 

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Whitewater State Park activities (06/27/2007)

June 29-30

Saturday, June 30 at 8p.m. Ernie Boszhardt, Regional Archaeologist with the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center, will be at Whitewater State Park to introduce area prehistoric rock a ... 

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Eagle Bluff event July 14 (06/24/2007)
Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, in Lanesboro, Minnesota invites you to their Summer Celebration, Saturday, July 14th. This day is for anyone that has always wanted to do the Tree Tops High ... 

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Park rec activities (06/24/2007)
Park rec activities

CAMPS OFFERED IN GOODVIEW-NEW!

Preschool Camp for ages 3, 4, & 5; EZ Camp for grades Kindergarten to 2nd and Explorer Camp for grades 3 to 5. These programs are the same great ... 

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Perrot State Park (06/24/2007)
Perrot State Park

Naturalist Programs

Trempealeau, WI

June 29 - July 1

Friday, June 29th

7:00 pm

Fur Trading Introduction

Join the naturalist for a short slide show presentation and discussi ... 

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Houston Nature Center events (06/20/2007)
Fern Hike in South Park Woods

7:00 PM, June 30

Houston, MN

Prepare to drool over the lush growth of ferns as you explore the new hiking trail in Houston's 118-acre South Park woods. Ferns come  ... 

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Whitewater State Park (06/20/2007)
Naturalist Programs

June 22-23, 2007

Unless noted, programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

Friday, June 22

8-9pm Snakes of the Blufflands * Sixteen of Minnesota*s ... 

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Duck stamp winner on display at Refuge (06/13/2007)
This year's winner of Wisconsin's Best of Show in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp contest is 18 year old Mark Villanova. He is from Arrowhead Union High School in Hartland. Villanova's acrylic painti ... 

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Perrot State Park (06/13/2007)
Naturalist Programs Trempealeau, WI June 15-17

*All programs will start from the Nature Center*

Please notify the Naturalist if you require special accommodations to attend our programs! A special t ... 

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Whitewater State Park (06/13/2007)
Naturalist Programs June 15-16

Unless noted, programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

Friday, June 15

8-9p.m. Go Batty * All seven of Minnesota*s bats live in Southeas ... 

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Houston Nature Center events (06/10/2007)
Saturday, June 23

If you've ever seen a majestic Bald Eagle in the throws of a lead poisoning induced seizure, you'd never use lead tackle again. And you're probably getting sick of seeing plastic ... 

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Park rec activities (06/10/2007)
CAMPS-NEW-OFFERED IN GOODVIEW

Preschool Camp for ages 3-5, EZ Camp for grades Kindergarten to 2nd and Explorer Camps for grades 3 to 5. These programs are the same great camps that we of in Winona l ... 

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Houston Nature Center events (06/06/2007)
Fossil Collecting Trip

Saturday, June 16, 7:00 PM

Are you interested in finding fossils that are 400-500 million years old? Meet at the Houston Nature Center to learn some things about the fossi ... 

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Whitewater State Park (06/06/2007)
Naturalist programs

June 8-9, 2007

All programs, unless noted, begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor

Center (Park Office).

Friday, June 8

8:30-9:30p.m. So, How Can You Learn to  ... 

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YMCA preschool camp June 13-15 (06/06/2007)
The Winona Family YMCA is opening their camp season with Preschool Camp! Preschool Camp will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, June 13, 14 and 15th. Preschool Camp offers and introductory out ... 

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Houston Nature Center event June 9 (06/03/2007)
Firewood! 7:00 PM Saturday, June 9 at Houston Nature Center

Did you know that it's now illegal to bring your own firewood if you plan to camp in a Minnesota State Park, state forest land or other sta ... 

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Refuge night programs in June (06/03/2007)
Friday, June 8th and June 15th, Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge invites everyone to come out for two different and unique night programs. On June 8th, Dr. Jennifer Anderson, Assistant Professor o ... 

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Perrot Park (05/30/2007)
Trempealeau, WI

*All programs will start from the Nature Center*

Please notify the Naturalist if you require special accommodations to attend our programs!

A special thank you to Friends of Perrot  ... 

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Whitewater State Park (05/30/2007)
Naturalist Programs

June 1-2, 2007

Unless noted, all programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor

Center (Park Office).

Friday, June 1

8-9p.m. Mystery Animal Slide Show - Jo ... 

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Youth camp at Eagle Bluff June 17-20 (05/30/2007)
A Whitewater Sate Park Excursion camp is being offered by Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, in Lanesboro, Mn., June 17"”20 for students entering grades 7, 8 or 9. Eagle Bluff will be the sta ... 

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Park rec news (05/27/2007)
SUMMER PROGRAM REGISTRATION

Take advantage of Early Bird prices on programs and Aquatic Center memberships register before June 4th.

YOUTH AND ADULT TENNIS

Youth tennis program consists of differe ... 

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DNR offers wildlife guide (05/23/2007)
Vacationers facing the high cost of gasoline can beat gas prices by cutting back on longer trips. By staying closer to home, Minnesotans will discover some of the most exciting wildlife species and wi ... 

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Houston Nature Center events (05/23/2007)
Owl Movie Night

Saturday, June 2 at 7:00 PM

Meet Ward and June, a very special pair of Barred Owls, and see them through the trials and tribulations of raising a family of three owlets. Will Ward ... 

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Park rec activities (05/23/2007)

YOUTH AND ADULT TENNIS

Youth tennis program consists of different age and ability levels, ages 6 and above. Adult tennis program has Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced levels running June 12-July  ... 

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Perrot State Park (05/23/2007)
Naturalist Programs

Trempealeau, WI

All programs will start from the Nature Center. Please notify the Naturalist if you require special accommodations to attend our programs!

A special thank you  ... 

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Whitewater State Park (05/23/2007)

Naturalist programs

MAY 25 - MAY 27, 2007

Unless noted, all programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

Friday, May 25

8-9p.m. A Pond Full of Frogs!  ... 

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WSU offers Summer of Service day camp (05/23/2007)
Winona State University offers a day camp for youth interested in getting involved in the community through hands-on service learning. It is available for students entering grades 6-12. The camp is h ... 

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Fort McCoy offering free fishing June 2-3 (05/16/2007)
Anglers can fish Fort McCoy waters for free during the "free fishing weekend"¯ from Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3.

During these two days, anglers can fish in Fort McCoy waters without having to ... 

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Houston Nature Center events (05/16/2007)
7:00 PM Saturday May 26

Which frog sounds like a loose banjo string being plucked? Which frog snores? Which one can stick to your windows? Find out the answers to these questions and more as yo ... 

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Whitewater State Park activities (05/13/2007)
May 19, 2007

All programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

10-11:30a.m. Vulture Walk - What soars the skies over the Whitewater River Valley in search of smelly dead an ... 

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Park rec news (05/06/2007)

4.8 SKATE PARK-OPEN

The Skate Park is open for the season. The hours during the school year are Monday through Friday, 3-9 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday 1-9 p.m. and Summer hours are 1-9 p.m. daily.  ... 

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Whitewater State Park (05/06/2007)

May 12, 2007

Programs begin at the visitor center, unless noted.

9a.m. 12p.m. North America Migration Day Count - Join veteran birders Andy and Joyce Buggs on Whitewater*s part of this nati ... 

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Children’s garden program will again be held (05/02/2007)

The Women's Resource Center, in collaboration with Master Gardeners of Winona and the Land Stewardship Community Garden, is pleased to announce that it will once again hold a Summer Garden Program f ... 

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Refuge annual birding festival May 12 (05/02/2007)
Saturday, May 12th, Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge invites everyone to come to the Refuge for the Annual Birding Festival and Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD)!

In addition to ... 

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Whitewater State Park activities (05/02/2007)
May 5, 2007

All programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

Afternoon Morel Mushrooms and Wildflowers in Abundance - Morels, Minnesota's state mushroom, are up and wildflow ... 

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DNR fishing-related podcasts in advance of walleye opener (04/29/2007)
Learn about walleye, water quality, invasive species and more in a new series of podcasts about Minnesota's fishing opener, now available on the Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Web site.

Podca ... 

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Eagle Bluff events (04/29/2007)

Wind energy seminar

To help citizens become better informed about wind energy and local possibilities a series of four informational seminars will be held at Eagle Bluff, in Lanesboro, MN.

T ... 

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Lovejoy, Rev. Donald (04/29/2007)

Reverend Donald Lovejoy, 78, of Bartow, GA and formerly of Rochester, died Tuesday, April 24, in Bartow.

Reverend Lovejoy was born in Rochester and was a minister in the United Methodist Church for ... 

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Park rec news (04/29/2007)

4.8 SKATE PARK-TENTATIVE OPENING-SATURDAY, APRIL 28

The tentative opening date for the skate park is set for Saturday, April 28. We still have items to take care of before we can open. The hours  ... 

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DNR: make summer camping plans now (04/25/2007)
With the summer holidays right around the corner, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says there is still time for people to make their camping and lodging reservations at Minnesota state parks. ... 

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Pacific Trail hike fund-raiser underway (04/25/2007)
Cheryl Watson, 49, has lived in the Winona community for 26 years. She plans to give back to the community by helping raise funds to renovate a newly purchased building, located in downtown Winona, fo ... 

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Camp We-No-Nah volunteer opportunities (04/22/2007)
If you are a seventh through twelfth grader and are looking to volunteer to help build a resume or serve as a future job reference, then Camp We-No-Nah is looking for you! Camp We-No-Nah's Junior Cou ... 

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Park rec news (04/22/2007)
ADULT SOFTBALL EXHIBITION/REGULAR GAMES BEGIN APRIL 29, 2007

Managers have received their materials and game schedules. The exhibition games and regular season games begin the week of April 29, 2007. ... 

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Refuge cleanup day is April 28 (04/22/2007)

Calling all volunteers! On Saturday, April 28th from 10am-1pm we invite anyone who is interested in helping cleanup one of our most beautiful wildlife areas by participating in a highway cleanup.  ... 

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Whitewater State Park (04/22/2007)

April 28, 2007

All programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

8-9a.m. Tweets and Treats - Join the Park Naturalist at the visitor center's feeding station for some g ... 

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Refuge names manager of the year (03/28/2007)
Don Hultman, refuge manager of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge was honored as the 2007 Refuge Manager of the Year at a ceremony held March 23 in Portland, Ore.

Friends  ... 

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Whitewater State Park activities (03/28/2007)
Celebrate spring in Whitewater State Park's sugar bush! On Saturday afternoon March 31 the park will be offering its last maple syrup making demonstrations of this spring. The activity will introduc ... 

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DNR permit required when burning leaves, brush (03/21/2007)
If you plan on burning your grass clippings, leaf or brush piles, a DNR burning permit is required. These permits are free and can be obtained by contacting your local Fire Warden or the DNR Forestry  ... 

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Help Minnesota’s wildlife (03/18/2007)
Minnesotans who forgot to donate to the line with the loon on their state tax forms now have a second chance to help Minnesota's bald eagles, trumpeter swans, blue herons, peregrine falcons and bluebi ... 

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Two inducted into World Owl Hall of Fame (03/07/2007)
An owl who motivated an autistic child to begin speaking and the man who founded the world's first and foremost owl conservation organization were inducted into the World Owl Hall of Fame at the Festi ... 

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WSU offers wilderness first responder course in May (02/28/2007)
Winona State University's Outreach and Continuing Education Department sponsors a Wilderness First Responder course May 15-27.

This course is a nationally recognized program that trains participants  ... 

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Eagle Bluff hosts firearms safety training classes (02/07/2007)
Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center in Lanesboro, MN will be holding a Firearms Safety Certification Class. This class will be held over two Saturdays: February 24th and March 10th. Class will ... 

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Minnesota deer harvest second highest (02/07/2007)
Minnesota hunters harvested nearly 270,000 deer during 2006, the second highest deer harvest ever recorded, according to a final numbers announced today by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource ... 

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Refuge seeking entries for duck stamp design (02/07/2007)
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) is coordinating Minnesota's Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design and Conservation Program (Junior Duck Stamp). Ongoing for fifteen years, this conservati ... 

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Former area resident places in fishing tournament (02/04/2007)
In the 2007 Bassmaster series championship at Lake Guntersville, Guntersville, AL, Thomas Borkowski of Savage, MN, placed eighth.  ... 

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State parks reservation system closed until Feb. 12 (02/04/2007)
Minnesota state park visitors who wish to make camping or lodging reservations will need to wait until Feb. 12. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Parks and Recreation announced t ... 

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Wings over Alma hosts MVP meeting Feb. 7 (02/04/2007)
Wings Over Alma will be hosting the Mississippi Valley Partners (MVP) meeting, Wednesday February 7th. The center will open at 6 pm, which will provide time to tour the new attraction and have a lig ... 

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Centerville Curling Club welcomes Scots this Saturday (01/17/2007)
The 2007 Scottish Men's team will visit the USA from January 13th to February 5th, 2007, playing at 29 curling clubs.

There will be four teams from Scotland that will play in Centerville. The loc ... 

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Former area resident competes in national fishing tournament (01/17/2007)
After years of learning his craft of bass fishing and entering numerous Minnesota bass fishermen tournaments, Tom Borkowski, a native of Goodview, Minnesota, has taken on the challenge of performing a ... 

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Stream trout fishing season now open (01/14/2007)
Those looking for a cure for the winter blues might want to cast a glance toward southeastern Minnesota where the stream trout season is now open.

The winter trout fishing season in the southeast, wh ... 

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DNR state park permits available Jan. 1 (12/31/2006)
‘Preserving Pristine Places' is the theme for Minnesota state parks in 2007. To illustrate this, three state parks - Cascade River, Judge C.R. Magney and Temperance River - are featured on the n ... 

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Snowmobile trails not yet open (12/27/2006)
The lack of snow throughout Minnesota continues to hinder riding opportunities on the state's more than 20,000 miles of snowmobile trails. Although trails typically open in early December, snow depth  ... 

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Whitewater State Park activities (12/26/2006)
Following is a list of some programs offered by Whitewater State Parks Interpretive Services this winter. Many require reservations. Stop at the visitor center, or call (507) 932-3007 extension 0 fo ... 

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Bue joins Pheasants Forever (11/29/2006)
Pheasants Forever (PF) announces the hiring of David Bue as the organization's new director of development. Bue joins PF after spending the last two years as district president for Wells Fargo Bank's ... 

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2006 deer harvest likely to rank among state’s top five (11/22/2006)
The number of deer harvested during the 2006 firearms season will likely exceed 250,000, below the 2003 record harvest of 290,000, but still among the top five harvests in Minnesota, according to prel ... 

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Keep deer hunting fun: Don’t get sick from venison (11/15/2006)
by Lou Ann Jopp

Food science educator

U of M Extension Service

Thousands of deer hunters enjoy the yearly ritual. But to keep it enjoyable and reduce the risk of foodborne illness, hunters need t ... 

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Alma Swan Watch naturalist programs November 11 & 18 (11/08/2006)
The Alma Swan Watch will be holding naturalist programs on November 11 and 18 at 4:15 p.m. at the Alma Lions Club, 110 North Main Street, Alma, Wis. Both programs are free and open to the public.

The ... 

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Comments requested on rule changes governing Mississippi Wild and Scenic River District (11/08/2006)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) requests comments on a possible amendment to Minnesota Rules parts 6105.0800 to 6105.0960, which govern management of the Mississippi River from St. ... 

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DNR hosts podcast show on deer hunting (11/08/2006)
Deer camp isn't the only place to hear about whitetails this year. Deer hunting, along tips on tactics, habitat and safety is the subject of a new podcast, now available on the Department of Natural R ... 

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Snowmobile safety training to be held (11/08/2006)
Snowmobile safety training for youth certification will be held at the Wilson Fire Hall, Thursday, November 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Thursday, December 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Thursday, December 14, 6:30-8:30 p ... 

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Whitetails Unlimited banquet on Saturday (11/08/2006)
Whitetails Unlimited is sponsoring the Elgin-Millville Area Whitetails Unlimited fund-raising banquet on Saturday, November 11, at the Whippoorwill Campground, Route 1, Theilman, Minn. This special ev ... 

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Whitewater owl banding program (11/08/2006)
Friday evening November 10, Whitewater State Park is conducting a northern saw-whet owl netting and banding program. Greg Munson, of Rochester's Quarry Hill Nature Center, will set up nets, play reco ... 

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Wild Game and Fish Recipes (11/08/2006)
by Kris Winkelman

Venison Hash

I usually make this recipe as the main course for a hearty dinner. But it's also great as a side dish. And if you make it in conjunction with poached eggs and ... 

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Fall yard care tips include mowing leaves into lawn (09/24/2006)
By Bob Mugaas

Extension Service horticulturist

As leaves begin to fall, you can just mow them into the lawn, says Bob Mugaas, horticulturist with the University of Minnesota Extension Service.  ... 

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Greenwing Field Day Sept. 23 (09/20/2006)
A demonstration by Winona County Deputy Sheriff Chris Cichosz and his canine companion Blitz, a decoy toss and a duck calling contest for five separate age categories will be featured at the 2006 Wino ... 

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Hunters can locate public hunting land with DNR maps (09/20/2006)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Public Recreation Information Maps (PRIM) can assist people in finding land open to public hunting this fall. The set of 51 separate maps identify ... 

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DNR finds milfoil in eleven new lakes
Lake Winona added to list
(09/13/2006)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has confirmed the discovery of Eurasian watermilfoil in 11 new lakes, all but one of which are within 50 miles of the Twin Cities.

Eurasian waterm ... 

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Fall camping promotion announced for Minnesota state parks (09/13/2006)
A two-for-one camping promotion in Minnesota state parks begins Sept.15 and runs through Nov. 9, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). During this promotion, customers who camp one n ... 

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Pheasant count close to last year (09/13/2006)
Minnesota's pheasant index remains at its highest level in 20 years, thanks to favorable habitat and nesting conditions in southern and western portions of the state, the Department of Natural Resourc ... 

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Trempealeau NWR to offer permits for deer hunting (09/06/2006)
The Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge will once again offer deer hunting permits for the nine day state gun season and the late archery season.

Permit applications are available at the refuge offi ... 

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Whitewater State Park Naturalist Programs (09/06/2006)
September 8-9, 2006

Unless noted, all programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

Friday, September 8

Evening Introduction to Archery and Bowhunting * This activit ... 

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Corps of Engineers terminates Pool 5 drawdown (08/06/2006)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, ended its plans for a 2006 Pool 5 drawdown last week.

Recent surveys of the main navigation channel in Pool 5 indicate there has been some in-fill ... 

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Awesome fishing on the Root River (07/30/2006)
Jake Benson caught this beautiful trout on the Root River near his home in Rushford. The rainbow was 26 inches long and weighed a whopping 7.6 pounds. Although he didn't reveal his secret fishing spot ... 

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DNR: Each Minnesotan has a role in water conservation during drought (07/30/2006)
by Kent Lokkesmoe

Director, DNR Division of Waters

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today urged Minnesotans to conserve water during the ongoing drought. Conserving water will minimize  ... 

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Duck stamp design winners on display (07/12/2006)
Wisconsin youths' winning designs for the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition on display at Refuge 0ffice

Holmen High School student Timothy Wucherer has been awarded Wisconsin's Best of Show in ... 

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Houston Nature Center events (07/12/2006)
Fun with Forestry

7:00 PM Saturday, July 22

Be a forester for an evening! Forester Jon Sobiech will give you hands-on experience in using a variety of tools including an increment borer for aging ... 

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Whitewater State Park naturalist programs (07/12/2006)
Unless noted, all programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

Friday, July 14

8-9p.m. Poisonous Plants and Animals of Whitewater What can "get"¯ you in this park?  ... 

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Houston Nature Center offers program on North American owls July 1 (06/18/2006)
Owls in Need are Friends Indeed- 7:00 PM Saturday, July 1, Houston Nature Center

None of us will ever have a chance to see a live Laughing Owl due to human ignorance. Find out about several spe ... 

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Naturalist programs at Perrot State Park (06/18/2006)
All programs will start from the Nature Center. A Wisconsin State Park sticker is required for all motorized vehicles.

Reptiles and amphibians week.

Friday, June 23rd

8:30pm - 9:00 pm

Video: "A ... 

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2006 North American safe boating campaign launched (05/24/2006)
Survivor cast member Rudy Boesc encourages life jacket wear among America's boaters

In preparation for the 2006 boating season, the North American Safe Boating Campaign will launch nationally during ... 

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Mississippi River and Waterfowl Numbers: Ups and Downs Over 80 Years (05/24/2006)
Join Ric Zarwell for a trip through the history of the Mississippi River Valley at 7:00 PM, Saturday, June 3, 2006, at the Houston Nature Center, that will include personal reflections, stories and co ... 

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Great River Birding Festival May 12
Try Birding by Kayak
(05/07/2006)
The Fourth Annual Great River Birding and Nature Festival will be held May 12, 13, & 14, 2006 to celebrate spring migration through the Mississippi Flyway. A nature component has been added to the bi ... 

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Whitewater State Park naturalist programs (04/30/2006)
May 6, 2006

All programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

9-11a.m. Trout Fishing for Beginners -

This family activity is designed to take away the fear of trout f ... 

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Minnesota’s spring wild turkey hunt underway (04/16/2006)
Turkey hunters who will take to the woods for the 2006 spring turkey hunting season should remember two things - be sure to have permission to hunt on the land and hunt safely.

"Don't assume that if  ... 

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Smaller streams in good shape for trout opener (04/16/2006)
Trout anglers will find good fishing conditions on smaller streams on April 15, when streams statewide open for harvest of trout, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Sm ... 

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Whitewater State Park Naturalist Programs (04/16/2006)
April 22, 2006

All programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

8-9a.m. Tweets and Treats - Join the Park Naturalist at the visitor center's feeding station f ... 

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Backyard birds: Clean feeders keep birds healthy (04/12/2006)
It's spring, a time when birds are moving from wintering areas to summer nesting spots. Bird watching during the spring migration will often bring unusual species to feeders.

Unfortunately, spring is ... 

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DNR announces deer zone boundary changes (04/12/2006)
Deer zones in central Minnesota will better reflect habitat and deer population goals under a boundary realignment announced this week by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The boundary chang ... 

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Podcast on turkey hunting (04/12/2006)
Minnesota's woodlands aren't the only place to hear wild turkeys this year. Turkey calls, tips on tactics, habitat and safety are the subject of a new podcast, now available on the Department of Natur ... 

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Upper Miss Refuge Bald Eagle Survey (04/12/2006)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service coordinated a Refuge-wide bald eagle survey on March 22, 2006. Volunteers, Wisconsin DNR and Refuge staff counted 2,773 migrating and nesting bald eagles along a 26 ... 

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Mars to escape through the horns of Taurus; (pink) ‘egg moon’ will rise three days before Easter (04/02/2006)
by Deane Morrison

The familiar winter stars head into the sunset during April, dropping westward as Earth leaves them behind in its movement around the sun. In the midst of them is Mars, the nearest  ... 

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Nuisance turkeys, the DNR and the dogcatcher (04/02/2006)

by Tom Conroy

Information Officer DNR

Southern Region

It doesn't happen often but occasionally wild turkeys turn the tables on us.

Anyone who has ever hunted them knows wild turkeys are as wary ... 

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Soil and Water supervisors to meet (04/02/2006)

The Winona County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors will hold their regular monthly meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 12, 2006, at the ag service center in Lewiston. ... 

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Wilderness First Aid class (04/02/2006)
The Winona County Red Cross will be offering a Wilderness First Aid Class. This 16 hour course is intended to serve as an educational resource for those involved in activities that take them beyond t ... 

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Frozen road declaration ending (03/15/2006)
Forecasts for fluctuating weather throughout the state have prompted the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to declare that spring thaw requirements were in effect statewide on Class II roads effe ... 

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Make plans for bird and nature festival (03/15/2006)
Great River Birding and Nature Festival will be held May 12-13-14. Fourteen river towns from Winona to Red Wing and Alma to Bay City will be celebrating spring on the Mississippi Flyway. Featured will ... 

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DNR seeks watercraft inspector applicants (03/09/2006)

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking watercraft inspector interns for the upcoming boating season. These inspectors are stationed at public accesses on lakes and rivers infested with ... 

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Dogs chasing and harassing wildlife a serious problem (03/09/2006)
Conservation officers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are receiving a growing number of reports about dogs chasing and harassing deer.

Minnesota DNR Chief Conservation Office ... 

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Whitetails banquet set for March 18 (03/09/2006)
Whitetails Unlimited is sponsoring the Winona Area Whitetails Unlimited Banquet on Saturday, March 18, at the Winona Elks Lodge, 4540 North Service Drive, Goodview. This special event will feature a d ... 

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Whitewater offers eagle field trips and maple syrup making demonstrations (03/09/2006)
"¢On Saturday mornings March 11 and 18 Whitewater State Park Naturalist Dave Palmquist will lead Bald Eagle Field Trips in cooperation with the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN. Participants will ... 

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Boundary Waters (02/23/2006)
increased motor boat quotas thrown out by court

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit today issued an opinion finding the United States Forest Service's recalculation of motor boa ... 

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DNR reminds anglers to pick up litter as ice fishing shelter removal dates approach (02/23/2006)
Minnesota's ice fishing shelter removal dates are fast approaching to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Dark houses, fish houses and shelters must be off the ice of inland waters no later tha ... 

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Heritage Society will celebrate Wildlife Refuge 70th anniversary (02/23/2006)
The Trempealeau Community Heritage Society, Village of Trempealeau, WI, is presenting a program celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge, Trempealeau County, Wednesday, March 8 ... 

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Owl Research Workshop March 3 (02/23/2006)
Whether you're a researcher yourself, a high school or college student, a birder, or someone who is really interested in owls, you won't want to miss the Owl Research Workshop at the Festival of Owls  ... 

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Service reopens comment period on removing the bald eagle from the Endangered Species Act (02/23/2006)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed voluntary guidelines and a regulatory definition designed to help landowners and others understand how they can help ensure that bald eagles continue to b ... 

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Start planning for your fall hunt now! (02/23/2006)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says now is the time to sign up for a Firearms Safety Hunter Education class if you plan to hunt this fall. You can't buy a hunting license in Minnesota a ... 

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approves four nontoxic shot types (02/15/2006)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently approved four new nontoxic shot types for waterfowl and coot hunting in the United States.

"The Service's approval of these four shot types demonstrates  ... 

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Whitewater offers bird banding demonstration (02/15/2006)
Want an up close encounter with birds? If so, Join Quarry Hill Nature Center Director Greg Munson at Whitewater State Park Saturday February 18 from 1:00-2:30p.m. A fine mist net will be used to cap ... 

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Bluff Country Deer Hunters program a big success (02/12/2006)
Once again, the Bluff Country Chapter of Minnesota Deer Hunters Association would like to give a big thanks to all hunters who donated venison for the Hunters Against Hunger Program. Special thanks to ... 

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(02/09/2006)
In Minnesota and 24 other states, the harvest of snow geese, including blue-phased, and the smaller Ross' geese will be allowed under a federal conservation order this spring.

Since 2000, when Minne ... 

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Birdwatching Saturday (02/09/2006)
Join the Hiawatha Valley Audubon Society (HVAS) on Saturday, February 11th, for a morning of winter bird watching in comfort! HVAS members will lead a field trip to the Whitewater State Park headquar ... 

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Celebrate National Wild Bird Feeding Month (02/09/2006)
Why devote a month each year to the hobby of feeding the birds?

Because backyard birdfeeding is enjoyed by over 52 million North Americans, and is the hobby second only in popularity to gardening i ... 

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Great Backyard Bird Count 2006 (02/09/2006)
Tens of thousands of Americans will be counting birds February 17-20, 2006. Be one of them.

Take part in the 9th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). The count involves people of all ages and a ... 

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Ice Fishing Day for Kids (02/09/2006)
Children ages 6 through 13 will discover the fun and excitement of fishing through the ice at the Ice Fishing Day Clinic to be held on Saturday, February 25, 2006 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Lake Pa ... 

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Make your own maple syrup (02/09/2006)
Interested in tapping a few maple trees in your yard and making high quality maple syrup? You can learn how by attending a Maple Syrup Clinic offered by the University of Minnesota Extension Service.  ... 

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Message in the wind (02/09/2006)
by Tom Conroy

DNR Information Officer

The American flag that hangs from a pole just down the street catches my eye each morning on my way out to the dog kennel.

On a recent blustery morning, I glan ... 

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Owl pellets in your classroom (02/09/2006)
Sunday, March 5, 2006 at the Houston Nature Center - Houston, MN

Attention teachers! The Festival of Owls will be holding a special hands-on program to show teachers how to use owl pellets to teac ... 

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Youth Hunter Applications Flock to DNR for 2006 Spring Gobbler Season (02/09/2006)
Courtesy of the National Wild Turkey Federation

More than 800 youths 12 years old and younger have applied for turkey permits during Minnesota's 2006 spring gobbler hunting season.

The 2006 spring s ... 

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Advanced hunter education classes, Golden Eagle count and ice harvest demonstration (01/18/2006)
Snow or no snow, winter activities are on at Whitewater State Park! Three will take place in the near future.

A six-part Advanced Hunter Education Class, which will start Thursday evening January 1 ... 

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DNR seeking comment on duck plan (01/18/2006)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comment on its newly-released draft plan to recover the state's breeding and migrating duck populations. Building on the 2001 p ... 

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Ice fishing fun for kids planned (00/00/2006)
Children ages 6-13 will discover the fun and excitement of fishing through the ice at the Ice Fishing Day Clinic to be held Saturday, February 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lake Park Lodge, Lake W ... 

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DNR offers tips for safer snowmobiling (12/21/2005)
Another snowmobile season is upon us, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging snowmobilers to get this season off to a smooth, safe start. "I want people to take advanta ... 

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Trout Unlimited and Partners receive funding for restoration in Midwest’s Driftless Area (12/21/2005)
Trout Unlimited (TU) and state partners received a Multistate Conservation Grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Sport Fish Restoration Fund in early December to support the restoration of t ... 

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Winter bird feeding activity at Whitewater State Park (12/04/2005)
Do you want to attract more birds to your feeders? An activity, planned at Whitewater State Park Saturday December 10 from 1 to 2:30p.m., will help you do just that! You'll get tips from experts on  ... 

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Making sure to clean the plate (11/09/2005)
by Tom Conroy

There is a song about a young boy tossing a baseball into the air. He swings the bat and misses. Again he tosses the ball into the air, swings and misses. Time and again, he swings a ... 

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Ski passes required for cross-country ski trails (11/09/2005)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds cross-country skiers before they hit the ski trails this winter they need to purchase a ski pass, and carry it with them while skiing. The p ... 

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Search for Goodview man continues (10/16/2005)
By Andrea Mikkelsen -- The search for a missing Goodview man continues, even though the Winona County Sheriff's Department admits to having no new leads in the case. Kurtis Lee Palmquist of Goodview has been missing for ove ... 

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Audubon Society to meet (10/12/2005)
The migrating tundra swans that will soon be arriving on the river in great numbers will be the speaker's topic at the Coulee Region Audubon Society meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 in the lower level of the ... 

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Fall home tips that help protect the environment (10/12/2005)
If you're like many Minnesota homeowners, you're preparing your home and yard for winter. As leaves and temperatures begin to drop, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency reminds you that some simple ... 

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Study shows National Wildlife Refuges generate nearly $1.4 billion in economic activity (10/12/2005)
National Wildlife Refuges operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Midwest attracted more than 7.4 million visitors in 2004, generating more than $257 million in economic activity and 3,6 ... 

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Whitewater Park programs (10/12/2005)
October 15, 2005

All programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

8:30-9:30a.m. Treats and Tweets - Fall migration is underway! Recent arrivals at the visitor center' ... 

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Hunters asked to be on look-out for missing man (10/09/2005)
By Cynthya Porter -- One minute he was there and the next minute he was gone.

This is all the information the Goodview Police Department has on the whereabouts of Kurtis Lee Palmquist in a case that has grown increasingl ... 

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2006 Minnesota DNR waterfowl stamp contests entries due (08/17/2005)
Contest entries for the 2006 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) waterfowl stamp will be accepted beginning Aug. 22. Design entries must be received no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2 ... 

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Funding available for shooting range construction improvements (08/17/2005)
Shooting range operators got a shot in the arm when the 2005 Minnesota Legislature approved $300,000 in grant money to build or improve firearms and archery shooting ranges throughout the state.

Th ... 

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Whitewater Park programs (08/17/2005)
Friday, August 19

8-9:30p.m. "Winged Migration"¯ - Celebrate the mystery of bird migration! For four years Academy Award winning producer Jacques Perrin had film crews scattered around the world li ... 

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DNR sets 60-day, four-duck season (08/10/2005)
Minnesota waterfowl hunters will have a 60-day duck season and four-duck daily bag limit, including one hen mallard, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today.

The duck harvest in  ... 

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Pool 5 drawdown will temporarily affect access (06/15/2005)
Recreational boat access will be affected while a Pool 5 drawdown on the Mississippi River is conducted this summer, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

In an effort to temper the ... 

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Fishing license required (05/11/2005)
It's an oft-repeated scene: A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer asks for someone's fishing license, and the answer is, "Well, I have one, but I just forgot to bring it wit ... 

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Help with prairie restoration (01/30/2005)
The Mississippi Valley Conservancy [MVC] seeks volunteers to help begin restoration of the Chalsma sand-prairie site near Holmen, Wisconsin, at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 12, 2005. Volunteers a ... 

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New WMA will protect cave, trout stream (01/23/2005)
Cherry Grove Blind Valley SNA (Scientific and Natural Area) in Fillmore County will receive further protection and the public will have additional land for recreation thanks to the purchase of an 80-a ... 

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Owls on move, use caution when observing (01/19/2005)
The largest irruption of northern owls ever documented is occurring in Minnesota this winter. Many people have noticed the unusual numbers of great gray owls, northern hawk owls, and boreal owls.

Th ... 

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Public invited to SMU 10K Nordic ski race (01/19/2005)
Saint Mary's University is inviting the public to the first "SMU 10K" Nordic ski race, SMU athletic director Chris Kendall announced Monday.

"We're blessed with great ski trails right  ... 

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DNR to survey deer from air (01/16/2005)
Those helicopters that will soon be zooming and hovering over parts of the landscape in southeast Minnesota will be no cause for alarm, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) advises.

"We� ... 

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New publication highlights WSU’s collection of Minnesota duck carvers (01/16/2005)
Winona State University announces the introduction of Artists in Wood, a publication representing the Winona State Waterfowl Collection and the Antique Art of the Minnesota Decoy Foundation.

The WSU  ... 

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Archery shoot (08/15/2004)
Be prepared for that one shot!!!

Labor Day

Annual Broadhead shoot

Registration starts Monday, September 6th at 6:30 AM.

All scores must be in by 4:00 PM

Cost is just $8.00 per shooter. Kids 14 an ... 

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Don’t miss REBART in Houston (08/15/2004)
Please join us for the 4th annual REBART show!

When: Saturday, August 28, 2004

Where: Houston Nature Center, (Trailhead Park), 215 W. Plum Street

11:00 AM

Celebrating recycling, bicycling and a ... 

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Minnesota whitetail deer photo contest (08/15/2004)
Minnesota Deer Hunters Association is holding a photo contest for youth and adults. You have a chance of winning cash or cool prizes. The contest is open to MDHA members and non-members with youth and ... 

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2005 Minnesota waterfowl stamp entries to be accepted (08/11/2004)
Entries for the 2005 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Waterfowl Stamp will be accepted beginning Aug. 30, and must be received no later than 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at 500 Lafayette Road, St. P ... 

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Birds, birds, birds at Perrot Park (08/11/2004)
**ALL PROGRAMS WILL START FROM THE NATURE CENTER**

Friday, August 13 WHAT MAKES A BIRD A BIRD?

4:30PM Hey kids!!! Grab your parents and join the naturalist for a demonstration on bird b ... 

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Deer population remains high (08/11/2004)
While last year's record harvest helped hold Minnesota's deer numbers in check, the population remains high thanks to abundant habitat, readily available food and another relatively mild winter.

Sta ... 

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Five hunters get elk permits (08/11/2004)
Five Minnesota hunters were recently chosen by the Department of Natural Resources to hunt four antlerless elk and one bull this fall near Grygla in northwestern Minnesota. A total of 1,109 hunters ap ... 

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Minnesota ranks third in Bald Eagle pairs (08/11/2004)
More than five years after proposing to take the bald eagle off the endangered species list and declare victory for our national symbol, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has still failed to comp ... 

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Special hunts and youth season for deer (08/11/2004)
According to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials, a booming deer herd and a strong commitment to the future of hunting, have led to the expansion of special youth deer hunting op ... 

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Three new shot types approved for waterfowl hunters (08/11/2004)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service yesterday approved three new non-toxic shot types--tungsten-bronze-iron, a new formulation of tungsten-iron, and tungsten-tin-bismuth--for use in waterfowl hunting.  ... 

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Where to hunt mourning doves (08/11/2004)
Q: The 2004 hunting seasons open Sept. 1 with the first mourning dove hunt in nearly 60 years. Hunters looking for places to hunt are in luck because Minnesota has a lot of land that is open for publ ... 

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Wisconsin bats, life on the river topics at Perrot (08/11/2004)
**All programs will start from the Nature Center

Friday, August 20 WISCONSIN BATS

8:00-9:00PM

Michael Bakke, a Wisconsin Bat Specialist will be in the park this evening to discus ... 

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Izaak Walton League to meet (08/08/2004)
Brad Redlin, the Mississippi River/Ag. Coordinator for the Midwest Office of the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA), will be speaking to the Winona (Will Dilg) Chapter of the IWLA at the Monarch Ta ... 

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Prairie Walk (08/08/2004)
Prairie Walk

7:00 PM Saturday August 21

Houston Nature Center

Come for an easy 1 hour walk along the award-winning Houston levee prairie in Trailhead Park. Find out why cord grass can give you wel ... 

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Whitewater programs (08/08/2004)
All programs, unless otherwise noted, begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

Friday, August 13

8-9p.m. Frog Love Songs Fill the Air - From early spring through summer the ... 

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Wild turkey federation president Mahlke meets with President Bush (08/08/2004)
David Mahlke, Winona, Minn., met President George W. Bush during an event to announce conservation initiatives in Le Sueur, Minn.

Mahlke, state chapter president for the National Wild Turkey Federati ... 

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DNR to conduct state land sale Aug. 24-25 (07/28/2004)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will offer eight parcels of state land for sale to the public at sealed bid auction and public oral auction Aug. 24 - 25.

Two 40-acre parcels locat ... 

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Fish and Wildlife reports on 2003-04 waterfowl hunt (07/28/2004)
Hunters harvested nearly 6.8 million ducks and 1.5 million geese in the Mississippi Flyway during the 2003 hunting season, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

More than 13.4 million duc ... 

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Pontoon boat safety concerns DNR (07/28/2004)
Boating safety officials are seeing more accidents and safety violations involving pontoon boats this summer. Two people have died in accidents on pontoons so far this season and there have been sever ... 

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Perrot State Park programs (07/25/2004)
PLANTS AND THEIR ATTRIBUTES WEEK

**All programs will start from the Nature Center**

Friday, July 30 PRAIRIE PATHWAYS

7:30PM Join the Naturalist for a short slide show on the a ... 

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Whitewater State Park programs (07/25/2004)
Whitewater State Park Naturalist Programs

July 31 and August 6-7, 2004

All programs, unless otherwise noted, begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

Saturday July 31

6-7:30p.m ... 

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Perrot State Park programs (07/21/2004)
Naturalist Program, Perrot State Park, Trempealeau.

For more information: (608)534-6409

ANIMALS AND THEIR ATTRIBUTES WEEK

**All programs will start from the Nature Center**

Friday, July 23  ... 

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Our Moby Dick - With apologies to William Humphrey and ESPN (07/18/2004)
By John Edstrom -- The golf tournaments on ESPN over the past couple of months have been incessantly disturbed by a promo for something called, "The Great Outdoor Games."¯ What will you think of next, I asked myself, an ... 

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Excess venison, the lean, healthy gift (07/18/2004)
With the deer population at high levels through most of Minnesota, deer hunters will be able to purchase additional antlerless tags in many areas of the state. Although many hunters will take advantag ... 

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July 30 deadline for fall turkey, prairie chicken hunts (07/18/2004)
Deadline approaching for prairie chicken, fall turkey hunts

Hunters seeking to apply for the 2004 Minnesota prairie chicken season or the fall turkey hunt are reminded that they need to do so by July ... 

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Tree & shrub walk in Houston (07/18/2004)
Tree & Shrub Walk

Saturday, July 31, 7:00 PM

Houston Nature Center

Have you ever tasted a gooseberry? Or wondered how "ninebark"¯ got its name? Did you know that there's a coniferous tree that lo ... 

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Trempealeau fishing winners announced (07/14/2004)
106 boats, with two fishermen each, took to the Mississippi River at Trempealeau, Wisconsin on Saturday, July 10, 2004. The fishing contest is part of the annual Catfish Days celebration in Trempeale ... 

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Visit the HOUSTON sign (07/14/2004)
Visit the HOUSTON Sign On The Hill

Saturday, July 24, 7:00 PM

Meet at the Houston Nature Center

Ever wanted to go up to see the huge stone "HOUSTON"¯ sign on the hill north of Houston but didn't k ... 

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Michigan poachers had 438 sunfish (07/11/2004)
When Bruce Pfalzgraff, a conservation officer with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), ran a registration check of a Michigan vehicle near a lake in west central Minnesota recently, h ... 

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Public invited to comment on proposed trout fishing regulations (07/07/2004)
Proposed fishing regulation changes on certain trout streams in southeastern Minnesota will be the subject of discussion at a series of seven public open houses to be held by the Department of Natural ... 

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Birds of prey program (07/04/2004)
Birds of Prey Program

7:00 pm Saturday July 17

Houston Nature Center

Learn about birds of prey game show style! This hands-on program will let you touch feet, feathers, and other cool things as y ... 

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DNR extends pheasant season for 2004 (07/04/2004)
Minnesota's pheasant hunters will have additional hunting opportunities this year, thanks to a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) decision to extend the 2004 season through Dec. 31. Under the previ ... 

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Whitewater Park programs (07/04/2004)
July 9-10, 2004

All programs, unless otherwise noted, begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

Friday, July 9

8-9p.m. Go Batty * All seven of Minnesota's bats live in S ... 

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Apply now for prairie chicken, fall turkey hunts (06/30/2004)
Hunters seeking one of 100 permits for the 2004 Minnesota prairie chicken season or one of 4,380 permits for the fall turkey hunt must apply by July 30, according to the Department of Natural Resource ... 

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Boaters reminded to buckle up, forget the beer (06/30/2004)
At least 80 percent of the victims of fatal boating accidents would have survived had they been wearing their life jackets, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

"It happe ... 

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Disabled vets turkey hunt proposed (06/30/2004)

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking comments on a proposed special turkey hunt for disabled veterans at Camp Ripley next spring. The hunt, which would be the first turkey  ... 

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How to raise elk (06/30/2004)
Find Out About Elk

7:00 PM Saturday, July 10

Houston Nature Center

Learn the ins and outs of raising elk from Patty VanGundy of VanGundy Elk Farm. Besides finding out about the yearly cycle of elk ... 

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Spring waterfowl counts good in Minnesota (06/30/2004)
Breeding duck and Canada goose populations in Minnesota increased or remained stable this year, according to results just released by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

"Breed ... 

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Whitewater State Park programs (06/30/2004)
July 2-4, 2004

All programs, unless otherwise noted, begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

Friday, July 2

8-9p.m. Mystery Animal Slide Show - Join us for Whitewater's game s ... 

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Opinions vary on Minnesota waterfowl hunting (06/23/2004)
A large majority of Minnesota's waterfowl hunters are satisfied with their hunting experience, but nearly half wish they could harvest more ducks, according to a recently released survey of hunters' o ... 

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Whitewater State Park (06/23/2004)
All programs, unless otherwise noted, begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

FRIDAY, JUNE 25

8-9:30p.m. "Winged Migration"¯ - Explore the mystery of migration! For four yea ... 

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Alice the Owl at Houston Nature (06/20/2004)
At Home With Alice the Owl

7:00 PM Saturday, July 3

Houston Nature Center

Alice the Great Horned Owl was injured when she was so young that she grew up thinking she's a human. She still has basic  ... 

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Garden of Eden bike tour (06/20/2004)
Galesville will have the Garden of Eden Bike Tour on Saturday, June 26th as part of Galesville's 150th Anniversary Celebration. This bike tour is similar to the popular Apple Affair bike tour. If ... 

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Minnesota moose season deadline June 18 (06/13/2004)
Hunters are reminded that the application deadline for the 2004 Minnesota moose hunt is Friday, June 18. Applications may be made from any of the 1,800 statewide Electronic Licensing System (ELS) vend ... 

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Winona Hiking Club sets out June 19 (06/13/2004)
Coming off a highly successful first hike earlier in the month, the newly-formed Winona Hiking Club has scheduled a second hike for Saturday, June 19th at Whitewater State Park. The club's first hi ... 

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DNR question of the week (06/06/2004)
Q: Finding a place to ride an ATV or other OHV machine takes a little research. And, Minnesota offers different riding opportunities. Are there different levels of riding opportunities - from novice t ... 

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Funding available for shoreland projects (06/06/2004)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is making $300,000 available

for grant proposals for protecting or restoring native shoreline habitat across the state.

Grants recipients will be ... 

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Trout management relies heavily on stream surveys (06/06/2004)
Electricity is a marvelous thing. Flip on a light switch and a room is instantly lit.

Electricity is also valuable in ways many of us probably don't realize. As an example, for capturing fish. F ... 

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Whitewater State Park programs (06/06/2004)
"Ordinary Men, Extraordinary Soldiers; Company K, First Minnesota Infantry"¯ Presentation Offered at Whitewater State Park

Discover Winona County's involvement in the Civil War at Whitewater State Pa ... 

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PLANT AND GARDEN DECOR/CRAFT SALE (06/02/2004)
The Country Bloomers Garden Club will host their 5th Annual Plant Sale Friday June 11, Noon - 6:00 p.m. and Sat. June 12, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 1060 River Street, Dakota, MN ... 

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Riparian areas critical to well-being of trout streams (06/02/2004)
Webster defines "riparian"¯ as: "Of, on or pertaining to the bank of a natural course of water."¯

That definition only begins to tell the story.

Riparian areas are the segment of the watershed with ... 

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Saftety tips for grilling season (06/02/2004)
With the summer grilling season nearly here, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) reminds Minnesotans they can take action to protect themselves and their families from food-borne illness.

E ... 

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Turtles don’t have crossing guards (06/02/2004)
During late spring and early summer, turtles all over Minnesota are traveling to their egg laying grounds, oftentimes having to hike across roads and highways.

"It is fairly common to see turt ... 

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Wild edible foods (06/02/2004)
Wild Edible Foods

7:00 PM, Saturday, June 12

Houston Nature Center

Join European-trained chef Monique Hooker to learn how to make our local wild edible foods really taste great. Monique will help y ... 

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Youth fishing day at Whitewater (06/02/2004)
This Saturday, June 5th Whitewater State Park is hosting its 6th annual Take a Kid Fishing Day. This activity is designed to help youngsters 5 to 15 start trout fishing. Guides will take small group ... 

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Gypsy moth trapping season underway (05/30/2004)
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Commissioner Gene Hugoson today announced that the department will soon begin its summer trapping program to monitor the state for evidence of start-up popula ... 

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