DL News Staff
Otter Tail Power Company and its employees gave nearly $600,000 to about 900 charitable organizations in more than 250 communities throughout the company's service territory in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota during 2005. Otter Tail Corporation provided additional financial support to deserving organizations. "We have a tradition of being involved members of the communities we serve," said Chris Kling, who oversees Otter Tail Power Company's charitable contributions effort.
The Detroit Lakes High School FFA Wildlife Team took first place in the region on Jan. 18 at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Individuals that placed were Jordan Roberts, Second High Individual; Chris Dickey, Fifth High Individual; Zach Fulmer, Sixth High Individual; Justin Larsen, Seventh High Individual, and Brian Alexander was also on the team. The next step for the team is state convention were they will compete against all other chapters in the state for the title, and if they get first, they move onto nationals in October.
A representative from the Alexandria Technical College will be at Detroit Lakes High school Tuesday, Feb. 21. The representative will be at the school at 2:30 p.m. to provide information about their 50 programs and general information about the college. Alexandria Technical College was named the No. 9 most wired two-year college in the nation by Yahoo! Internet Life.
The Detroit Lakes and Frazee Lions Clubs are looking for student eyeglasses. Lions will be taking its annual trip to Mazatlan, Mexico, to bring eye care to the needy people of Mexico. This year, they will be visiting three schools, seeing roughly 950 students. The group is in need of student frames from anyone grades first through 12th. To drop off donations, go to MeritCare Eye Clinic in Detroit Lakes, or talk to Dr. Armand Radke.
Young Perham school band musicians will take the stage with a saxophone player who is among the finest in the nation. The PHS Concert Band, the Stingers Jazz Band and Prairie Wind 7-8 grade bands will perform a winter concert, featuring guest soloist Russell Peterson, a faculty member at Concordia College, Moorhead. On Monday, Feb. 27, social is at 7 p.m. with concert time at 7:30, in the Perham Lakeside Golf Club House. Guest artist Peterson has extensive classical, concert band, and jazz performance experience.
Record harvests by archery and muzzleloader hunters pushed the deer harvest during 2005 above 255,500, the third highest harvest ever recorded, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The statewide firearms harvest was down 6 percent, but the archery harvest increased 11 percent and muzzleloader harvest increased 50 percent. Firearms hunters harvested 216,700 deer while archery and muzzleloader hunters harvested 23,200 and 14,000 deer, respectively. Hunters who participated in the early antlerless season on Oct. 15-16 harvested 1,600 deer.
The deadline to remove dark houses, fish houses and shelters off the ice of inland waters is midnight on Feb. 28 in the southern two-thirds of the state, and March 15 in the northern third. The Minnesota DNR is reminding anglers to keep waterways clean by picking up litter around their shelters. Litter is a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $1,000. The Feb. 28 removal deadline applies to waters south of a line starting at the Minnesota-North Dakota border near Moorhead along U.S. Highway 10, then east along Highway 34 to Minnesota Highway 200, east along Highway 200 to U.S.
Sturgeon tagging requirements and extra days of fishing for walleye, sauger, northern pike and several other game fish are among new regulations that will affect anglers in the near future in Minnesota. Changes for the coming fishing season and a summary of all Minnesota fishing regulations are included in the 2006 Fishing Regulations handbook, available now wherever fishing and hunting licenses are sold. The 2006 fishing license year begins March 1.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Becoming an Outdoors Woman program is hosting its annual winter workshop March 3-5 at the Deep Portage Environmental Learning Center near Hackensack. Classes offered include dog sled mushing, ski-joring, ice fishing, snowshoeing, laser and air gun shooting, cross-country skiing, decoy carving, winter survival, trapping, Dutch oven cooking, polar fleece hat making and snowmobiling. Participants sign up for three classes during the weekend.
At the February meeting of the Becker County Sportsmen's Club, a number of items of interest about the summer trap shooting league were reviewed. Among them was the shooter's questionnaire that was completed at the conclusion of the league season. The surveys have been analyzed, and the results will be disclosed during the trap shooting meeting on Thursday, March l6, at the American Legion Club in Detroit Lakes.