DL News Staff
MINNEAPOLIS -- Conservationists, hunters, anglers and all Minnesotans who enjoy the outdoors are invited to grab their favorite orange hat and spend a day at the State Capitol March 16. Former Minnesota Vikings coach Bud Grant and other individuals will adddress the audience at Noon on the Capitol steps. Organizers of the 2006 ducks rally -- scheduled for April 22 -- contend momentum is growing for a state constitutional amendment on dedicated funding for natural resources. "This is potentially the greatest piece of conservation legislation ever proposed in Minnesota," said conservationi
Minnesota duck hunters are not happy. A nationwide waterfowl survey conducted at the Las Vegas SHOT show indicates widespread dissatisfaction with all facets of the sport. Four principal flyways were surveyed at the huge industry show, with our Mississippi flyway producing the most grumbling. The flyways were further segmented into north and south zones, with hunters who live in the upper areas being most dissatisfied. What do these hunters call a good hunt?
Conservation officers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are receiving a growing number of reports about dogs chasing and harassing deer. Minnesota DNR Chief Conservation Officer Mike Hamm suggests most dog owners are not aware of what their dogs are up to when roaming. And, he added, the owner is not being kind to the dog. "People think it's great that their dogs can run," Hamm said. "But they don't know what the dogs do when they are out of sight.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released its study examining the feasibility of adding summer season all-terrain vehicle use to all or portions of the North Shore State Trail. ATV use is currently prohibited on all but six miles of this 146-mile state corridor trail, which is used primarily in winter for snowmobiling. The study, which was requested by the Minnesota Legislature in 2005, identifies those trail segments that are physically capable of sustaining ATV use, either as is, or with specified mitigation, modification or reroute.
The Pine to Prairie Chapter of Pheasants Forever is looking for more support, both at its annual banquet and in undertaking habitat projects. The chapter's sixth annual banquet is Friday, March 31, at the Ogema Community Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m. There are 300 tickets available for adults and children, according to president Dave McArthur, who stresses the family-orientation of the statewide organization. Since organizing six years ago, the chapter has undertaken a number of area projects for both youth members and pheasants.
The drama department at Minnesota State Community & Technical College-Fergus Falls presents the classic play, "Arsenic & Old Lace," at 2 p.m. today (Sunday) in the Waage Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $6 in advance and $7 at the door for adults, $3 in advance and $4 at the door for children ages 18 and under. All seats are reserved.
During the second quarter of HEAT (highway enforcement of aggressive traffic), participating law enforcement agencies in the Minnesota State Patrol Detroit Lakes districts stopped 1,176 vehicles for various traffic violations and cited 371 drivers for illegal speeding. The reporting period was December through February.
The following information was taken from reports at the Becker County Sheriff's Department and the Detroit Lakes Police Department. Tuesday, March 7 at 3:30 p.m., a two-vehicle accident was reported at Highway 59 and County Road 6. at 3:47 p.m., a vehicle rollover was reported on Highway 10, near J&K Marine. There were no injuries. at 4:01 p.m., A vehicle rollover was reported near Snellman on Highway 34. One occupant needed to be extracted from the vehicle. at 5:51 p.m., a vehicle accident was reported on County Highway 15. There were no injuries.
Former presidential candidate Gen. Wesley Clark will be keynote speaker at the North Dakota Democratic-NPL state convention in Fargo March 31-April 2. This will be Clark's third trip to the state. He visited twice before the February 2004 presidential caucuses. Clark's date with the Democrats was announced by the state's all-Democratic congressional delegation. It doesn't say what time or day Clark will speak. Clark, 62, is a four-star Army general who served as supreme allied commander of the North American Treaty Organization, a post once held by President Dwight Eisenhower.
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