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The Osage Sportsmans Club will be holding its annual Dorothy Noeske Memorial Fishing Derby Sunday, Feb. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. on the Straight Lake Mill Pond in Osage. Tickets can be bought from any member or on the ice. Grand prize is one of two Jiffy Ice Augers. Other prizes awarded including Youth Life Time Fishing License. First 100 children get a free "goodie" bag. For more information call Allen Belt 732-0978 or visit our website www.osagesportsclub.com
Lake Emma Township is offering Healthy Lakes Partnership grants to organizations with a mission to preserve the quality of township lakes through projects directed at healthy water quality, improved fish and wildlife habitat and aquatic invasive species prevention. The Healthy Lakes Partnership Grant Program provides funding to citizen-led lake and river improvement projects.. Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Lake Emma Township Healthy Lakes Partnership Grants. Funds are available to organizations, not private citizens.
The Minnesota DNR is offering aquatic invasive species (AIS) training to owners of lake service provider businesses in Minnesota so they can legally work in the state's waters. For lake service providers that don't already have permits, the DNR is offering a number of training sessions in the next several months. The schedule is available at http://files.dnr . state.mn.us/rlp/permits/lsp/lsp-ais-training.pdf. Businesses are legally required to attend AIS training and acquire a permit before being hired to place or remove water-related equipment from state waters.
The big game season for walleye, northern pike and bass is close to closure. After Feb. 24, intentionally attempting to catch any of those species will be off limits. Yet there's still time to catch a trophy. Current conditions are perfect for landing the walleye of a lifetime. Since walleyes are preparing for reproduction that will take place in about 75 days, give or take a week, they are currently feeding heavily, especially the large females, attempting to support their development of eggs.
With fresh snow on the ground and crews busy grooming trails for cross-country skiing at Minnesota state parks and recreation areas, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds visitors about winter trail rules and etiquette. On groomed trails, with or without a set of tracks, remember: n Pets are not permitted on ski trails. n Hiking and snowshoeing is allowed anywhere in Minnesota state parks, except on the ski trails and trails posted "closed" for the winter.
State Rep. Steve Green, R-Fosston, will be holding two town hall meetings in the upcoming weeks. Saturday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. he will be at West 40 Restaurant, 906 1st St. W, Park Rapids. On Saturday, March 9 at 12:30 p.m. he will be at Palace Cafe, 111 E Main St, Frazee. "I'm eager to get input from my constituents with their thoughts on issues before the legislature," Green said. "I encourage everyone to come. I'm here to listen to your concerns." Rep. Green encourages constituents to contact his office with input regarding any state legislative issue.
It's true that everything is white and frozen now. Even so, we're thinking about summer at the library. A main focus during the summer months is the summer reading program for our young library patrons, ages 2- 18. The younger children read or are read to for a certain number of minutes each day. The teenagers keep track of the books they read. Participants earn incentives, usually about one per week.
The Arts Downtown PR series, 3rd Thursdays, continues from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at four locations in downtown Park Rapids. Author Jim Johnson shares his affection for the old Hubbard Prairie in his new book, Heyday - 20 Upstart Years on the Hubbard Prairie 1880-1900. He will talk about and sign his books from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Beagle Books. Johnson heads the marketing and communications firm Yellow Dog North in Park Rapids. He earned a Master of Arts in English and American Studies from the University of Iowa and attended the renowned Writers' Workshop there.
A recent news story noted that new data from the Minnesota Department of Health shows that skin cancer continues to be one of the most rapidly increasing types of cancer among Minnesota residents. Between 2005 and 2009, melanoma rates in the state increased by 35 percent for males and 38 percent for females. About 1,460 Minnesotans were diagnosed with invasive melanoma of the skin in 2009.