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July 21-23 - North Shore Water Festival Expands: Get wet, watch films and meet author July 21-23 in Grand Marais. Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply. The fourth annual North Shore Water Festival (NSWF) in Grand Marais offers visitors a chance to get wet and participate in water activities and more on Friday, July 21 - Sunday, July 23, 2017 in Stone Harbor.   "With Lake Superior to its south, the BWCA to its north, Isle Royale to its east, and inlands lakes throughout, Cook County has long been a mecca for paddling enthusiasts," says Jack Stone, owner of Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply. The NSWF will have experts on-hand offering fishing, touring kayak and canoe demonstrations, stand-up paddle board (SUP) demo activities in the harbor, including SUP yoga, plus check out what new water gear and equipment is available this year.  Most activities are free to the public, and only require signing a waiver and/or registering in advance for SUP board yoga. To register for SUP yoga, please click here | http://booking.stoneharborws.com/details/127030/water-festival-activities  The NSWF has expanded this year to include a film festival hosted by local Voyageur Brewing Company for $10 per person.  The $10 fee includes all three films: Superior Dream, When the Waves Call, and Cold Love and a cold pint of beer.   Another new festival feature includes a presentation and book signing hosted by Drury Lane Books on Sunday, July 23 at 5 p.m.  Author Mark Neuzil will tell visitors about a book he co-authored with Norman Sims, Canoes: A Natural History in North America. Please click here for additional event info | http://www.visitcookcounty.com/entry/_442/
Vendors | The North Shore Water Festival is hosted by Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, with the support of local Grand Marais businesses. A variety of vendors will be on hand to show and offer demos of their gear and equipment.

July 26 - Comment Deadline. DNR releases environmental review of Mississippi River channel widening near Hastings. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released an environmental assessment worksheet for a proposed construction project to widen and manage flow rates for a section of the Mississippi River channel near Hastings that has narrowed with sediment build up. Changing sediment patterns have made it difficult and costly to maintain safe navigation through this river channel. The St. Paul District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to remove sediment and build two new rock sills on the right and left river banks to help control water flow and increase water velocity to help maintain the full channel width.
The DNR environmental assessment worksheet for the proposed project is integrated with a draft federal environmental assessment. The DNR will accept comments on the EAW for the “Lower Pool 2 Boulanger Bend to Lock and Dam No. 2 Maintenance Project” through 4:30 p.m. July 26.
A copy of the document is available on the DNR website. Additional copies may be requested by calling 651-259-5082. A copy is also available for public review at:

  • DNR Library, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155.
  • DNR Central Region Headquarters, 1200 Warner Road, St. Paul, MN 55106.
  • Hennepin County – Minneapolis Central Library, Government Documents, Second Floor, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN  55401-1992.
  • Park Grove Branch, Washington County Library, 7900 Hemingway Ave. South, Cottage Grove, MN 55016.
  • Pleasant Hill Library, 1490 South Frontage Road, Hastings, MN 55033.

The EAW notice is being published in the June 26 Environmental Quality Board Monitor, also known as the EQB Monitor. Written comments must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, to the attention of Kate Fairman, EAW project manager, Environmental Policy and Review Unit, DNR Ecological and Water Resources Division, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4025.  Electronic or email comments may be sent to environmentalrev.dnr@state.mn.us or by fax to 651-296-1811 with “Boulanger Bend EAW” in the subject line.  If submitting comments electronically, include name and mailing address.

Through July 28 - Mississippi River Parkway Commission launches Great River Road biking giveaway. Bike the Great River Road Giveaway promotes cycling in 10 states along river. The Great River Road is a fantastic summer drive, offering 3,000 miles of outstanding scenery, interesting attractions and delicious dining options. But did you know there are some great biking options along the route as well? The Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MRPC) has announced the launch of its second annual Bike the Great River Road Giveaway, a promotion highlighting some of the biking routes that can be found along the National Scenic Byway. The giveaway, which runs through July 28, will award one grand-prize winner with a biking getaway prize package, including $250 in spending money, Great River Road gear and a 10-state Great River Road map. To enter, fans can visit the Great River Road’s website or find them on Facebook. Reasons to bike the Great River Road. Biking options about along the Great River Road, whether you’re looking for a ride on a backcountry road or a challenging mountain bike course. There are also countless races and rides in the charming towns and cities that line both sides of the river from Minnesota to Louisiana. Need some ideas on what to do and where to go? Here’s a closer look at some of the biking options along the Great River Road: Loop the Lake Festival, Bemidji, Minn.: www.bikebemidji.com Great River Trail, Quad Cities: www.visitquadcities.com/content/biking#greatrivertrail Big River Crossing, Memphis, Tenn., to West Memphis, Ark.: www.bigrivercrossing.com Biking options and routes in New Orleans: www.neworleansonline.com/tools/transportation/gettingaround/bicycling.html

July 28 - Entry Deadline. Designs being accepted for Minnesota Trout and Salmon Stamp. Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2018 Minnesota Trout and Salmon Stamp through 4 p.m. Friday, July 28, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Anglers can purchase the trout and salmon stamp validation with their fishing license for an additional $10. For an extra 75 cents, purchasers can receive the pictorial stamp. It is also sold as a collectible for $10.75. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to trout and salmon management and habitat work. Trout or salmon must be the primary focus of the design, though other fish species may be included in the design if they are used to depict common interaction between species or are common inhabitants of Minnesota’s lakes and rivers. Brook trout designs are not eligible this year. Artists are prohibited from using any photographic product as part of their finished entries. Winning artists usually issue limited edition prints of the artwork and retain proceeds. Judging will take place Thursday, Aug. 3, at DNR headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul. For more information and contest guidelines, visit mndnr.gov/stamps, or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367.

Aug 4-5 - Angle Days. If you haven’t been there, it is one of the most beautiful areas on earth.  If you have been there, there is a good chance you continue to return.  The NW Angle and Islands area is the northernmost point of the continental U.S.  It is the start of the 14,552 islands that make this area special.  Yes, the geography, sheer beauty and wide variety of wildlife is incredible.  But there is an angle in these parts some don’t see that is also very special, the people and the culture. As a smaller community made up of about 150 year round residents between Angle Inlet, MN and the islands in the area, folks here are very self sufficient and tend to lend a helping hand to a neighbor when needed.  In a remote environment that can be harsh at times when the weather whips up, this is how people survive and get by without all of the conveniences of a conventional city. It is with this spirit that welcomes all to Angle Days on August 4th and 5th.  The activities are numerous with a fish fry, volleyball and an outdoor movie to start things out on Friday evening. Saturday is a full day with something for everyone.  Maybe you are interested in  trapshooting tournament, a golf cart obstacle course or the flea market.  There will also be a chili cook off, homemade blueberry deserts with freshly picked NW Angle blueberries.  There will be live music, a quilt raffle, and so much more! Sunday, enjoy a community breakfast to wrap up the weekend events and festivities. Remember, everyone is welcome.  What a fun weekend.  Maybe even mix in a bit of fishing?  If you have never been to the NW Angle, check out directions here.  And there are over a dozen lodging facilities to stay if you are interested.  Fishing is excellent in this part of Lake of the Woods.  Bring your own boat, rent a boat or jump in with a guide for a real adventure. Summer goes fast in MN.  Community festivals are certainly part of MN and part of summer.  If you have some free time in your schedule the weekend of August 4-5, 2017, consider celebrating this unique and beautiful part of the world.

Aug 10, 12 - Game and Fish Offers Paddlesports Events for Women (ND). Women ages 18 and older who are interested in attending an upcoming paddlesports workshop sponsored by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department should sign up quickly as class sizes are limited.
Participants must know how to swim, and will learn safety, legal requirements and proper techniques of paddlesports. Equipment will be provided. To register, visit the Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov, or contact education coordinator Brian Schaffer at 701-328-6312, or email bschaffer@nd.gov.
Learn to Stand Up Paddleboard - Co-sponsor: Paddle On North Dakota
Date: Aug. 10
Location: Harmon Lake – 3244 Harmon Lake Road, Mandan
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost of Workshop: $25
Learn to Kayak - Co-sponsor: Missouri River Kayaks
Date: Aug. 12
Location: McDowell Dam - 1951 93rd Street Northeast, Bismarck
Time: 10 a.m. – noon
Cost of Workshop: $25 

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Aug 12-13 - Learn rock climbing basics at Blue Mounds State Park. Anyone age 5 or older who has ever wanted to try rock climbing outdoors on real rock can learn the basics at one of the I Can Climb! programs offered at Blue Mounds State Park in southwestern Minnesota this summer.  Trained professionals from Vertical Endeavors Guided Adventures will provide equipment and instruction at the programs. After being fitted with a helmet, shoes and climbing harness, participants will take turns scaling the colorful Sioux quartzite cliffs, with instructors providing tips and encouragement while taking up slack or letting out rope as needed from below.  No experience is necessary, but registration is required. The I Can Climb! programs ($10/child and $20/adult, including a park vehicle permit) will be offered four times a day at Blue Mounds State Park on the weekends of July 15-16 and Aug. 12-13.  Register for the date and time of your choice online or by phone. CLICK: www.mndnr.gov/reservations (24 hours a day). CALL: 866-857-2757 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily, excluding holidays. I Can Climb! is part of a series of skill-building programs offered by the DNR’s Division of Parks and Trails. Other programs in the series introduce camping, fishing, paddling, mountain biking and archery to beginners.  “Not having the right equipment or know-how can be a barrier to spending time outdoors,” said Erika Rivers, director of Minnesota State Parks and Trails. “The I Can! programs make it easy for families to enjoy camping and other outdoor experiences by providing tents, canoes, mountain bikes and other gear. Friendly instructors also provide plenty of tips and encouragement so that adults and kids can both have fun learning new skills.”  The I Can! programs are made possible with support from the Parks and Trails Fund, created after voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in November 2008. The Parks and Trails Fund receives 14.25 percent of the three-eighths percent sales tax revenue that may only be spent to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance.  Other things to do at Blue Mounds State Park include hiking with a view of the Sioux quartzite cliffs, seeing the resident bison herd grazing on the prairie and camping in one of the park’s three tipis.  For information, visit www.mndnr.gov/bluemounds or contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us or 888-646-6367 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday).

Aug 12 - Learn mountain-biking basics at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. Anyone looking for summer adventure may want to explore the mountain bike trails at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area during the I Can Mountain Bike! program.. Three I Can Mountain Bike! sessions will take place each day, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., from noon to 2:30 p.m. and from 3 to 5:30 p.m. During the first half of the program, participants will practice shifting, braking and body position in a wide open setting. During the second half, they’ll take a guided ride and explore the single-track mountain-bike trails. Use of bikes and helmets will be included with the registration fee ($25/adult and $15/child). A Minnesota state parks vehicle permit ($7/day or $35/year-round) is also required to enter the park. Children should be at least 10 years old to participate and should be able to comfortably ride a bike on pavement prior to attending this program. Anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Reservations are required and can be made online or by phone. CLICK: www.mndnr.gov/reservations (24 hours a day). CALL: 866-857-2757 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily, excluding holidays. I Can Mountain Bike! is part of a series of skill-building programs offered by the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division. Other programs in the series introduce camping, rock climbing, fishing, paddling and archery to beginners. The I Can! programs are made possible with support from the Parks and Trails Fund, created after voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in November 2008. The Parks and Trails Fund receives 14.25 percent of the three-eighths percent sales tax revenue that may only be spent to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance. Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, near Brainerd, features 25 miles of single-track mountain bike trails. It also has an 8-mile paved trail. For more information, including program dates, times, locations, and minimum age requirements, visit www.mndnr.gov/ican or contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us, 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday).

Aug 16 - Comment Deadline. DNR seeking citizen input on Lake Vermilion management plan update. There is an updated draft management plan for northern Minnesota’s Lake Vermilion, and the Department of Natural Resources is seeking input on it beginning Monday, July 17. The new six-year plan (2017-2022) retains the walleye regulation implemented in May 2017 and is more specific than the previous plan about management goals and activities for individual fish species including walleye, muskellunge, northern pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass and panfish. Other changes include new stocking guidelines for walleye and muskie, evaluation of the northern pike regulation, and adjustments to fish survey methods and the timing of sampling. The plan was developed in partnership with the Lake Vermilion Fisheries Input Group comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders representing local, statewide and tribal perspectives. The 20-member group held eight meetings over eight months in 2016. “Lake Vermilion is a special place to area residents and visitors alike, and that was reflected in the time commitment and hard work of our fisheries input group,” said Edie Evarts, Tower area fisheries supervisor. “The public comment period is the last step in finalizing this plan and we appreciate everyone who has contributed their time and input to the management plan for this popular, multi-species fishery.” An executive summary and full management plan are available at the Lake Vermilion webpage of the DNR website at mndnr.gov/lakevermilion. The public is encouraged to comment by responding to the web questionnaire, or by emailing written comments directly to Edie Evarts, Tower area fisheries supervisor at edie.evarts@state.mn.us. The 30-day public comment period is open through Wednesday, Aug. 16. Comments will be reviewed in August and September, and a final plan completed in October.

Aug 16 - Comment Deadline. DNR accepting comments on proposed stream restoration for Spider Creek. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released an environmental assessment worksheet for a proposed stream restoration project on Spider Creek, located in St. Louis County. Release of the EAW marks the start of a 30-day public comment period. U.S. Steel proposes to restore the pattern, profile, and dimension of an approximately 2,660-foot channelized reach of Spider Creek. The project would reposition the existing straightened stream channel to restore about 4,050 feet of channel. The restoration is designed to ensure sustainable stream characteristics and to improve riparian and floodplain vegetation.
A copy of the EAW is available online at: www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/environmentalreview/spider-creek/index.html. Copies may be requested by calling 651-259-5115. In addition, a copy of the EAW is available for public review at:

  • DNR Library, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155.
  • DNR northeast region headquarters, 1201 East Highway 2, Grand Rapids, MN 55744.
  • Hennepin County – Minneapolis Central Library, Government Documents, Second Floor, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN  55401-1992.
  • Duluth Public Library, 520 W. Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802.
  • Mountain Iron Public Library, 5742 Mountain Ave., PO Box 477, Mountain Iron, MN 55768.
  • Virginia Public Library, 215 5th Ave. South, Virginia, MN 55792.

The EAW notice was published in the July 17 EQB Monitor. Written comments must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16 to the attention of Cynthia Novak-Krebs, EAW Project Manager, Environmental Policy and Review Unit, DNR Ecological and Water Resources Division, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4025.  Electronic or e-mail comments may be sent to environmentalrev.dnr@state.mn.us with “Spider Creek” in the subject line.  If submitting comments electronically, include name and mailing address.  Written comments may also be sent by fax to 651-296-1811.

Aug 18 - Application Deadline. Apply by Aug. 18 for Camp Ripley archery hunts. Hunters can apply starting Saturday, July 1, for the regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 18. Hunters may pick from only one of two hunting seasons: Oct. 19-20 (Thur.-Fri., code 668) or Oct. 28-29 (Sat.-Sun., code 669). A total of 4,000 permits, with 2,000 per two-day hunt, will be made available. Successful applicants must buy a valid archery license at least two days before their hunt to participate. The bag limit for this year’s hunt is one, and bonus permits may be used to take antlerless deer.  Additional rules and instructions for this year’s hunt will be posted later in July at mndnr.gov/hunting/deer. Hunters may choose from four options to apply for the Camp Ripley archery hunts: In person at any one of 1,500 license agents located throughout Minnesota. By telephone at 888-665-4236. Online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense. DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul. The application fee for the hunt is $12 per applicant. Additional transaction fees and convenience fees are applied depending on how the application is made. To apply, resident hunters 21 and older must provide a valid state driver’s license or public safety identification number. Nonresident hunters must apply using a valid driver’s license number, public safety identification number, or DNR number from a recent Minnesota hunting or fishing license. Preference will only be given if the same ID is used from previous Camp Ripley applications. All applicants must be at least 10 years old prior to the hunt. In addition, anyone at least 12 years of age and born after Dec. 31, 1979, must have a firearms safety certificate or other evidence of successfully completing a hunter safety course in order to purchase an archery license if successful in the lottery. Hunters may apply as individuals or as a group of up to four people. Group members may only apply for the same two-day season. The first group applicant must specify “Create New Group” when asked, and will receive a group number. Subsequent group applicants must specify they want to “Join an Existing Group” and must use the same group number supplied to the first group applicant. The archery hunt at Camp Ripley is an annual event. The DNR coordinates the hunt in collaboration with Central Lakes College Natural Resources Department, and the Department of Military Affairs, which manages the 53,000-acre military reservation.

August 19 - 26th Annual North American Sturgeon Tournament. The Rainy River is loaded with sturgeon, so why not have a tournament for them right?!  The fishery is extremely strong right now and the average length of Lake Sturgeon continues to grow along with the population.  It is only fitting that the home of the 26th Annual Sturgeon Championship takes place is in Birchdale, MN just 27 miles east of Baudette on Hwy 11.  This event is open to the public and all are welcome.  The tournament is Saturday, August 19, 2017.  Noon -2:00 pm is the Youth Contest.  3:00 pm – 7:00 pm is the adult contest. This will be the third year there is a youth sturgeon championship.  This is free of charge and youth are encouraged to take part. If you have never fished sturgeon, most anglers use a sturgeon rig with a no roll sinker and a few nightcrawlers loaded on a hook. Anchor upstream or in a deep hole in the river and still fish with your offering on the bottom.  It is a good idea to use heavy rods, reels and line as sturgeon can reach 100 lbs.   Click Here for a video to show you how. It is also a good idea to have a big net or some way of landing a sturgeon that does not cause harm to the fish or yourself.  When you handle a sturgeon or any big fish, do not grab the eyes or gills.  It is best to grab just in front of the hard tail and support their underbelly keeping the fish horizontal, not vertical.  Holding a big fish vertically can actually cause internal tearing of organs due to the sheer size. If you plan on attending, there is lodging along the river and in Baudette.  Here is a list of lodging on the Rainy River and Baudette area. For more details on the Birchdale Sturgeon Championship, Soren Oleson (218)-634-2800. www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com

Aug 22, 24, 26 - Fur Harvester Classes Scheduled. The North Dakota Cooperative Fur Harvester Education Program is sponsoring two fur harvester education classes for anyone interested in trapping or hunting furbearers. Courses in Bismarck and Jamestown are set for Aug. 22, 24 and 26. Courses are free and take 16 hours to complete over a three-day period. Students will learn the history of the fur trade in the Dakotas, furbearer identification, tools and techniques for harvesting furbearers in North Dakota, as well as proper handling (skinning, fleshing and boarding) of furbearers. Upon completion, graduates are issued a certification card that is recognized by any state requiring trapper education prior to purchasing a license. Anyone interested in signing up for the class should visit the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website at gf.nd.gov, click on buy and apply, and “list of education courses” under the hunter education heading.

Sept 1 - Application Deadline. DNR announces a new round of shooting range grants. A new round of grant funding to develop and improve shooting ranges throughout the state is available for 2017, according to the Department of Natural Resources. There is $1.2 million in grant funds available, with grants requiring a match from the applicant organization.  The application deadline is Sept. 1. In 2015, the Minnesota Legislature authorized $2 million for matching grants to recreational shooting clubs to either develop or improve trap shooting sports facilities for public use, with an emphasis on enhancing youth participation opportunities. In 2016, the DNR provided grants totaling $675,000 to 20 organizations. “We are combining trap grant opportunities along with skeet, rifle, pistol, and five stand projects," said Chuck Niska, DNR shooting range program coordinator. "We will also be able to gauge the interest in firearms range improvements and development, picking up where left off in 2016. In the past, we had a separate grant program for trap ranges, and all other types of shooting sports." Since 2014, the DNR has provided over 120 firearms range matching grants to over 100 shooting sports organizations. There are two levels of grant funding available: those at or below $25,000, and those above $25,000. Each has a separate request for proposal (RFP) form, and these can be found on the DNR website

Sept. 8-10 - 10th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival. Sweethearts Bluff - Campground and Recreation Area. The Radio Waves Music Festival is a favorite for visitors, area residents and performing musicians. It s held rain or shine, with two stages housed under a large tent, and includes on-site food, children s activities and on-site camping.  This year features 29 performers, including eight new bands, in addition to six that have not played in several years. The event features three-days of musical performances by favorite local musicians in a variety of genres including: Dusty Heart (Americana, Roots), Earth Wind & Todd (Early 70 s rock, pop funk soul and disco), Floydian Slip (Classic rock, rock), Plucked Up String Band (Astroturf), SplinterTones (Eclectic dance music), Step Rockets (indie alternative) and more.  For additional information, visit: http://www.visitcookcounty.com/entry/Radiowaves/  Tickets are $10 per day or $20 for the weekend. Children ages 12 and under are FREE! Visit Cook County encompasses the northeastern Minnesota communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage, commonly referred to as  the Arrowhead  and the  North Shore of Lake Superior .  Grand Marais, Minn., has earned several national accolades -- most recently it was named USA Today s Best Midwestern Small Town, Outside Magazine s The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2016, and Budget Travel s 2015 Coolest Small Town in America. Rekindle your sense of adventure by exploring the Superior National Forest or paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Discover what makes the communities of Cook County, Minn.  Naturally Unforgettable.  Connect on social media using #visitcc, Twitter @CookCoVisitors, Facebook, or Instagram @donorthmn. Learn more at www.visitcookcounty.com

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Sept 29-Oct 1 - skills workshop for women. Women are invited to participate in a variety of outdoor activities during a fall workshop at Deep Portage Learning Center in Hackensack from Friday, Sept. 29, to Sunday, Oct. 1, through the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Classes include firearms training and shooting, archery, bow hunting, mushrooming, birding, pine baskets, Dutch oven cooking, orienteering, rock climbing, how to dress in the outdoors, walking sticks and beekeeping. The workshop is meant for women ages 18 and up but girls ages 14 to 17 are welcome to attend with parents or guardians. More than 70 women are expected to attend. “Women join us who’ve never tried these activities and want to learn, and we also have participants who are considered advanced in these skills,” said Linda Bylander, outreach program coordinator. “We all share camaraderie with each other and the event lets us get away from daily stresses and enjoy the outdoors.” The Becoming an Outdoors Woman program focuses on teaching outdoor skills usually associated with hunting, fishing and other outdoor pursuits. The $195 registration fee includes lodging, meals, three outdoor skills classes, evening programs and a campfire. A scholarship is available for women military veterans, Gold Star mothers and wives, in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, Women Veteran Outreach. To register, or for more information, visit mndnr.gov/bow.

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August 19 - 26th Annual North American Sturgeon Tournament. The Rainy River is loaded with sturgeon, so why not have a tournament for them right?!  The fishery is extremely strong right now and the average length of Lake Sturgeon continues to grow along with the population.  It is only fitting that the home of the 26th Annual Sturgeon Championship takes place is in Birchdale, MN just 27 miles east of Baudette on Hwy 11.  This event is open to the public and all are welcome.  The tournament is Saturday, August 19, 2017.  Noon -2:00 pm is the Youth Contest.  3:00 pm – 7:00 pm is the adult contest. This will be the third year there is a youth sturgeon championship.  This is free of charge and youth are encouraged to take part. If you have never fished sturgeon, most anglers use a sturgeon rig with a no roll sinker and a few nightcrawlers loaded on a hook. Anchor upstream or in a deep hole in the river and still fish with your offering on the bottom.  It is a good idea to use heavy rods, reels and line as sturgeon can reach 100 lbs.   Click Here for a video to show you how. It is also a good idea to have a big net or some way of landing a sturgeon that does not cause harm to the fish or yourself.  When you handle a sturgeon or any big fish, do not grab the eyes or gills.  It is best to grab just in front of the hard tail and support their underbelly keeping the fish horizontal, not vertical.  Holding a big fish vertically can actually cause internal tearing of organs due to the sheer size. If you plan on attending, there is lodging along the river and in Baudette.  Here is a list of lodging on the Rainy River and Baudette area. For more details on the Birchdale Sturgeon Championship, Soren Oleson (218)-634-2800. www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com

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Frankie's Tuesday Night Bass League
For more information or to signup please go to our website at www.frankies.net click on tournaments button or email Don Knutson at don@frankiesboats.com  

Ultimate Panfish League. Rochester, MN area lakes
http://tylerholmoutdoors.com/uplr/news_schedule.html
Tyler Holm, 605-216-2581 http://tylerholmoutdoors.com/uplr/
Please see all the information at the following link: UPLR News and Schedule

Ice Duels - MN, SD and WI. Combining elements from sports tournaments, ice fishing derbies and professional ice fishing circuits, Ice Duels rewards your ability to adapt to rapidly changing conditions and opponents. Ice Duels are held on pre-assigned courts in a designated area for 30 minute rounds. On one court you may be fishing crappies in 11 feet of water and in the next round,and on another court, yellow perch in 22 feet. It’s fast, it’s unique and it’s likely the most challenging fishing conditions you have ever faced. Do you have what it takes? Find out at www.iceduels.com . Sign up, sit down, catch fish.

The Twin Ports Walleye Association (TPWA) Walleye Fishing Tournaments
The TPWA is made up of walleye anglers, both men and women, who share their enthusiasm for recreational as well as competitive walleye fishing in and around the Twin Ports (Duluth, MN and Superior, WI). The TPWA’s main focuses are education and protection of our fishing resources. In addition, the TPWA promotes safe, ethical and enjoyment of the sport of walleye fishing. The TPWA has partnered with other local organizations such as, Take a Kid Fishing, Courage Center Duluth, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 137 and the Duluth areas Fishery Biologist supporting their clean-up efforts. Dave Nelson, president TPWA at 218-391-6874

Chilakoot Bowhunters Public 3D Shoots
Somerset, WI - A club for the whole family, dedicated to the sport of archery!
www.chilakootbowhunter.org

Full Throttle Bass and Walleye
Join Full Throttle Fishing group page on Facebook for timely updates, tournament information, photo's, and tips at http://www.facebook.com/groups/FTfishing/ For more information, standings, results, and rules and entry forms go to our website at  http://ftfishing.com

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Call to book your next outing!  320-629-4868.

Ultimate Panfish League, Rochester, MN
Contact Tyler Holm, 605-216-2581, http://tylerholmoutdoors.com

The Ultimate Panfish League - Rochester is an event for locals to join in some semi-competitive fishing fun. Individuals compete with others seeking panfish in a 100% payback league that is fun for all ages. No "year-round" standings and no obligations, this is an event-by-event league.

Fishing For Life
For info: Visit www.fishingforlife.org

B-DAWGIN BASS SERIES. MN Metro Area Bass Series. Facebook- Twin City Fishing. Website-www.twincityfishing.com Tom Conboy, 651-336-0585.

Fishers of Men
Team bass tournaments in the MN area. For more information go to www.MNFOM.com or contact NaCole Schutz, 763-566-9141.

Ultimate Angler Challenge
For more information: www.ultimateanglerchallenge.com or call Doug at 218-390-9973.

Super Slam Bass Tour
MN bass tour featuring huge payouts.
Contact Brenda Halstead at Kasten4bass@hotmail.com or 320-679-2207

Northstar Walleye Classic, Wigwam Resort, Lake of the Woods
Kevin Olmstead at 218-634-9457 or Wigwam Resort at 218-634-2168

NORTH DAKOTA: A list of permitted fishing tournaments can now be viewed on the Department’s webpage www.gf.nd.gov This list will be updated each Monday.  For future, please refer to the Department’s website for tournament information.

To view the Official Ice Fishing Tournament Guide visit www.icefishingtournamentguide.com

Post your tournament

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Classes & Training

Sign up for a hunter safety course
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that it is never too early to sign up for a hunter safety course. In general, anyone born after Dec. 31, 1979, needs a firearms certificate to hunt game with a firearm in Minnesota.“Many people fail to consider enrolling in a course until the weather turns cool in late September,” said Acting Capt. Jon Paurus, DNR education program coordinator. “Unfortunately, most courses have either begun or are full by then, and the opportunity to hunt during the fall may be diminished.” Classes are offered in a traditional classroom setting or online. The firearms safety classroom course includes at least 12 hours of classroom instruction and a field day, which teaches the safe handling of firearms and hunter responsibility. The field day allows students to learn and demonstrate commonly accepted principles of safety in hunting and handling of firearms. It includes live fire on a rifle range. The online course is not intended to replace traditional classroom instruction, but does give another option for students. It provides the same information as the classroom course for youth and adults interested in learning more about hunting. “Today’s students are computer savvy, so online training is just part of the DNR’s evolving firearms safety education program,” Paurus said. Once the online examination is passed, students attend a field day where they apply what they have learned in a series of hunting scenarios testing firearms safety, safe hunting skills and tree stand safety. “It’s online training, but the course still heavily depends on the human interaction and guidance provided by dedicated, experienced volunteer instructors during the field day,” Paurus said. Field days are limited and hunter safety classes fill-up fast. Find a class by visiting http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/firearms/index.html, or by calling 651-296-6157 or
888-646-6367.

Online firearms safety hunter course available for adults
Minnesota residents 18 and older can now take the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ firearms (DNR) safety hunter education course online. The new training option includes a virtual field day that emphasizes responsible gun handling and hunting safety. Students who complete the course are issued a voucher that they can use to complete their certification immediately or attend an instructor led field day. “This will greatly increase certification accessibility to working adults and military personnel who traditionally have conflicts trying to scheduling a multi-week classroom course,” said Capt. Mike Hammer, DNR Enforcement education program coordinator. Minnesota and Iowa are the first states to offer this option for adults. The online course takes about nine hours to complete and is interactive with narration, quizzes and final exam. Both the main course and field day include a virtual range where students can shoot various firearms and action types at a variety of targets and distances. There’s even instruction on how to properly sight-in rifles and pattern a shotgun. “This is a great addition to our computer based adult safety training programs,” Hammer said. “We think it will be a huge success and create even more safe hunters. http://www.huntercourse.com/usa/minnesota

Hunter safety courses
Minnesota hunters born after Dec. 31, 1979, must take a DNR hunter education firearms safety training course and receive a certificate of completion before buying a license for big or small game. Classes are taught by DNR certified volunteers in their local communities. Students, depending on their age, have a few options to become certified. Regardless of which option they choose the course provides them with basic safe firearms handling skills, wildlife identification, outdoor skills and responsibility that accompanies hunting and firearms use. Classes fill-up fast. To find a class, visit http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/firearms/index.html, 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367.

DNR Safety Training Events
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/events/index_safety.html

EDUCATION & SAFETY TRAINING
www.dnr.state.mn.us/es/index.html

SCHEDULED INSTRUCTOR TRAINING SESSIONS
www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/instructors/training.html

HUNTER EDUCATION & SAFETY CLASSES
www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/index.html

PERMIT TO CARRY TRAINING
See website www.permittocarry.org - Laura Ramirez, 218-252-1631

Sign Up for Winter BOW
More information is available by contacting Nancy Boldt at (701) 328-6312, Brittany Fish at (701) 527-3075, or email ndgf@nd.gov.

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Minnesota DNR Events

Learn to camp, paddle, rock climb, mountain bike and fish

Registration is open for the 2017 I Can! programs


I can paddleLooking for an unforgettable outdoor adventure this summer? Sign up for one of the I Can! programs offered by Minnesota state parks and trails.
Reservations are being taken for the following beginner-level programs, which start in June and continue through the end of August:
  • I Can Camp! – Develop (or brush up on) fire-starting and camp cooking skills and sleep on air mattresses in tents large enough to accommodate two adults and up to three children ($60 for one-night programs or $85 for two-night programs).
  • I Can Paddle! – Get out on the water for a guided canoeing, kayaking or sea kayaking adventure (prices vary).
  •  I Can Climb! – Experience the thrill of rock climbing with instruction provided by trained professionals from Vertical Endeavors Guided Adventures ($10/child, $20/adult).
  •  I Can Mountain Bike! – Learn riding techniques and explore mountain bike trails with guides from the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Club ($15/child, $25/adult).
  •  I Can Fish! – Kids will have fun of casting into the water and enjoying the excitement when there's a tug on the line. ($5/person, children under 12 are free).

The I Can! series also includes the Archery in the Parks program, which is free and for which no reservations are needed.
“Not having the right equipment or know-how can be a barrier to spending time outdoors,” said Erika Rivers, director of Minnesota state parks and trails. “The I Can! programs make it easy for families to enjoy camping and other outdoor experiences by providing tents, canoes, mountain bikes and other gear. Friendly instructors also provide plenty of tips and encouragement so that adults and kids can both have fun learning new skills.”
Registration and more information
For more information including program dates, times, locations, and minimum age requirements—visit www.mndnr.gov/ican or contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us or 888-646-6367 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday).
To register for a program, visit www.mndnr.gov/reservations or call 866-857-2757 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, except holidays).
This series of introductory programs is made possible with funding from the Parks and Trails Fund, created after voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in November 2008. The Parks and Trails Fund receives a share of sales tax revenue that may only be spent to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance.
The I Can! programs received a Government Innovation Award in 2015. More than 12,800 people have participated in these programs since they were first offered in 2010.      


Owners of resorts, campgrounds and rental businesses required to take aquatic invasive species training

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering aquatic invasive species training to owners of lake service provider businesses, so they can legally work in lakes and rivers throughout the state. Lake service provider businesses include resorts, outfitters and campgrounds that rent or lease boats and other water-related equipment. Business owners must attend training, apply for a permit and pay a $50 application fee every three years to comply with Minnesota law. When the law and permit began in 2012, it applied only to some resorts and outfitters, along with businesses such as marinas, dock haulers, lawn irrigators and others who install or remove equipment from state waters for hire, said April Rust, DNR aquatic invasive species training coordinator. The law was updated in 2013 to include any businesses that rent any type of boats or other water-related equipment. “That means resorts and campgrounds that offer equipment to their guests like pontoons, fishing boats or kayaks and canoes as a part of their stay, need training on AIS and this permit,” she said.  Eleven AIS training sessions are planned around the state starting this month, and a new online training will be available in March. Training is offered in winter to give businesses time to attend training and get a permit before ice-out. Registration deadlines for in-person training are one week prior to each training. A listing all 2017 training sessions is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/lsp/calendar.    Overall, Minnesotans are doing a good job of helping to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Less than 5 percent of Minnesota lakes are on the infested waters list.To register for training or for more information, visit the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/lsp.


DNR offers outdoor skills programs for women and families
Women and families can learn outdoor recreational skills in a supportive atmosphere by registering for any of a wide range of hands-on learning opportunities in the newly released 2016 Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) and Becoming an Outdoors Family catalog. “We offer a friendly, positive environment for learning how to fish, hunt and develop other outdoor skills,” said Linda Bylander, BOW coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “In many of the classes, prior experience isn’t needed.” For more information about upcoming classes, visit www.mndnr.gov/bow or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 and request a copy of the BOW 2016 spring, summer and fall catalog of events.


Archery in the Parks
Trained archery instructors will provide an introduction to archery, along with assistance in shooting a bow in a safe, supervised and supportive setting at these free programs. No experience is necessary, and all equipment is provided. For program dates, times, locations and other information, visit dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/archeryintheparks.html


DNR archery series for women
BOW offers a wide ranges of outdoor skill classes in fishing, hunting and outdoor recreational activities. Visit www.mndnr.gov/bow on the DNR website to see list of 2014 BOW classes or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367 and request a copy of the 2014 catalog.


Minnesota state parks and trails to host winter candlelight events for all ages
Additional information can be found at www.mndnr.gov/candlelight.          


I CAN FISH!
dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/can_fish.html


DNR Information Center at (651) 296-6157 or toll-free 1-888-MINNDNR (646-6367) or visit http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/index.html

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SPECIAL EVENTS

School of Fish
School of Fish, including an information packet, can be secured by contacting Mike Frisch by email at mf4389533@gmail.com or by phone, (218) 731-8141. School of Fish will have an active website and Facebook page in the very near future as well.

School of Fish announces “Walleye Schools”
(Elbow Lake, MN)   School of Fish, one of the Midwest’s leaders in fishing education announced today the addition of a class offering, Walleye Schools, to their already popular School of Fish and School of Fish ON ICE classes. 
“School of Fish and ON ICE are geared towards kids and an adult partner and have proven to be very popular amongst class attendees and host groups” said Mike Frisch, co-founder of School of Fish and co-host of the popular Fishing the Midwest TV series.  “We have also had numerous requests from host groups asking for fishing education for adults and, since our classes are held in the Midwest where the walleye is king, we thought Walleye Schools was a natural addition,” Frisch added.
Walleye School students will learn the basics of finding walleyes by season during the open water year.  Included in that discussion will be instruction in the use of sonar and GPS technologies.  After walleye location is discussed, jigging and live bait rigging presentations, two of the most common Midwestern walleye fishing tactics, will be taught.   Class participants will be given detailed instruction on what equipment to use and provided hands-on instruction on how to fish those presentations. 
The class will conclude with a question and answer session and class sizes will be limited to 30 students to insure that class students receive top instruction. 
“Our goal with Walleye Schools is to show class students in a small group setting the specifics of how to find walleyes and how to catch them using some basic, but very productive walleye fishing techniques,” Frisch stated.  “Ultimately, we want graduates to catch more walleyes!” he concluded.
School of Fish was started in 2013 in Alexandria, MN and has hosted 85 schools to date and graduated over 1,800 “water ready” kids and adults to date.  More information about School of Fish, including how to host a class, can be obtained by calling (218) 731-8141, via email at schooloffish@outlook.com, or by visiting the www.fishingthemidwest.com website and clicking on the School of Fish icon.                               

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TELEVISION

FISHING THE MIDWEST ON ICE. Fishing the Midwest is sponsored by the most progressive fishing equipment and marine suppliers in the world. To find out where you can see Fishing the Midwest ON ICE and Fishing the Midwest, go to fishingthemidwest.com

Outdoor Adventures on www.twincitiesnewstalk.com (iheart Radio)
Fishing reports from Chris Kuduk

Babe Winkelman Outdoor Secrets
For schedule: www.winkelman.com

FISHING THE MIDWEST WITH BOB JENSEN
fishingthemidwest.com

RADIO
In the Outdoors Radio, Jerry Carlson
WJON 1240 AM, Thurs 8:35 am, Sun 7:15 am
WWJO (98 Country) 98.1 FM, Sundays, 8:50 am

FISHING THE MIDWEST TO HIT THE RADIO AIRWAVES
Mike Frisch and Bob Jensen of Fishing the Midwest Television recently announced the creation of Fishing the Midwest Radio. Fishing the Midwest Radio is an extension of the long-running and very popular Fishing the Midwest Television Series. Fishing the Midwest Radio will run for thirteen(13) weeks beginning in the second week of May.
“Fishing the Midwest Radio will take us where television doesn’t when it comes to spreading the word about hot-bites, techniques that are productive, and will also enable us to include some of the best anglers in the Midwest with their thoughts about what’s happening in the fishing world right now” according to Frisch.
Jensen added, “Fishing the Midwest Television has been very successful for twenty-five(25) years because we appeal to the person who wants to get more enjoyment out of their fishing, and we hope and believe that Fishing the Midwest Radio will do the same. We try to keep our fishing pretty simple, yet still provide good ideas for catching more fish”.
Fishing the Midwest Radio will be available on radio stations across Minnesota, South Dakota, and Iowa. Go to www.fishingthemidwest.com for station and time information. Fishing the Midwest Radio will also be available as a podcast on fishingthemidwest.com.
Fishing the Midwest is recognized as a leader in fishing education and entertainment in the field of outdoor communications and reaches more anglers in its fifteen(15) state area of influence than any other fishing communication entity. In addition to hosting an award-winning television series, Bob Jensen is a book author, produces a syndicated weekly fishing column, and an outdoor radio show. He was inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2017.
Mike Frisch is an outdoor writer, seminar speaker, fishing guide, and the founder of School of Fish. School of Fish is the leader in hands-on fishing instruction focusing on youth. Fishing the Midwest is sponsored by the most progressive fishing equipment and marine suppliers in the world. For more information on Fishing the Midwest, including how radio stations can join the Fishing the Midwest network,  go to www.fishingthemidwest.com

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MEETINGS
Post your meeting

Second Monday of each month - MDHA North Suburban Chapter's Monthly Meeting. Kraus Hartig VFW, 8100 Pleasant View Drive, Spring Lake Park, MN 55432. 7:00 pm. Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of each month except for June and July. MDHA - today helping the hunters of tomorrow. Steve Ranallo, 612-325-2866.

2nd Thursday of each Month (October - April). Scott County Pheasants Forever Chapter Meeting. Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course. 7:30pm. Scott County Pheasants Forever Chapter Meeting - meets the 2nd Thursday of each Month (Oct. - April) @ 7:30pm - Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course; Jordan, MN. Stacy Dvorak, 612.202.6119.

Tuesday Nights - Weekly Trap Shooting. Starting at 6:30 pm at the Hasty - Silver Creek Sportsmen's Club Inc. 10917 Duffield Ave NW, Maple Lake. Contact Jason Neu, 320-267-8145.

Hasty-Silver Creek Sportsmen's Club Monthly Meeting. Hasty-Silver Creek Sportsmen's Club. Open to the public on the second Wednesday of the month at 8 pm. Looking for new members. Contact: Jason Neu, 320-267-8145.

MN Duck & Goose Caller Association meets the last Thursday of each month, 7 p.m., Cabela's Meeting Room, Rogers. For more info call John Molkenbur, 651-426-0974.

Minnesota Valley In-Fisherman Club meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m. at the Apple Valley American Legion club, 14521 Granada Dr., Apple Valley. Gary, 952-423-3662.

Fishers of Men Twin Cities meets the first Thursday of each month, 7 p.m., Lutheran Church of The Master, 1200-69 Ave N. Brooklyn Center. For more info contact John Cummins, 612-670-0707 or www.fishfair.com

Lake Country Retriever Club. Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club Restaurant, Prior Lake. For more info www.lcretrieverclub.org or Larry Miller 763-571-7087.

Mississippi Longtails PF meets first Tuesday of each month. 7:30 p.m., The Point on Hwy's 61 & 10 in Hastings. For more info call Dan Richmond, 651-730-4434.

Minnesota Pole Benders Fishing Club meets the second Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m., Lakeville VFW, 8790 Upper 208th St., Lakeville. For more info call Dale, 952-469-4786 or www.minnpolebenders.com

Rapids Archery Club meets the second Monday of each month at the archery building located at the Bunker Hills Regional Park. For more info call Dan, 763-427-0808.

St. Cloud Fly Anglers Club meets the third Monday of each month, 7 p.m., Waite Park Gander Mtn. store. Call Dave Kollmann, 320-252-5906 or Tom Clapp, 320-685-3960 for more info.

Muskies Inc. Southern Crossroads Chapter 54. Meets 2nd Wed. of every month. 7 p.m., Eagles Club, Owatonna. For more info call Jake Loper 507-373-1818.

Four Points Retriever Club meets the third Thursday of the month, Gander Mountain, Maple Grove, MN. For more info call Travis J. Lund, 320-968-7016.

Muskies, Inc. Twin Cities Chapter No. 1 meets the second Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., KC Hall, 1114 West 79th St. Bloomington, MN. For more info call George Selcke, 952-933-2608.

Muskies Inc. North Metro Chapter meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month. 7:30 p.m., KC Hall in Fridley. For more info call 952-469-2155 or www.northmetromuskie.com

West Hennepin Pheasants Forever meets second Monday of every month. 6:30 p.m., at Loree's Bar & Grill in Maple Plain. For more info call Dave Schindler, 952-495-1019.

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