Wild Acres Game Farm, located 5.5 miles northeast of Pequot Lakes, will host the "biggest target shooting event in the North Country," according to organizers.
The event is scheduled for May 4-5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Thousands of clay targets will be thrown in trap shooting and sporting clays shoots. There also will be five-stand, BB gun and black powder shoots and a pistol shooting class. The pistol class will be conducted by a NRA-certified instructor and must be registered for in advance. To sign up call (218) 568-4426.
The event is co-hosted by Oasis Sport Shop and Wild Acres and will include displays, gun dealers, taxidermy, gunsmithing, arts and crafts and food. Phone (218) 568-5024 for more information.
MFF sponsors kids fishing writing contest
The Minnesota Fishing Federation is sponsoring a writing contest for kids to share their favorite fishing tale. The story can be handwritten or typed. It must be on one sheet of paper and on one side only. An extra page may accompany the story with a photo or colored picture depicting the fish or the story. The child must put his or her name and return address in the upper right hand corner of the story page.
Two categories will offer prizes: for ages 6-12 the first prize is $15 and second prize is $10. For ages 13-17 the first prize is $25 and the second prize is $15. All entries will win a participation prize. All stories, photos, and drawings will become the property of the Minnesota Fishing Federation and may be used for future promotion of the federation's activities.
Entries must be mailed to: Fish Tales, Box 450, Grand Rapids, MN 55744. All entries must be postmarked by April 20 to be entered into the contest.
Fire warden retires after 50 years
Milton VanSickel, volunteer fire warden in Fairview Township, is retiring after 50 years on the job.
VanSickel, who turns 84 on April 10, has been fire warden in Fairview Township since 1952. The DNR presented Milton with a plaque for his 50 years of service.
DNR announces 2001 award winners
The DNR recently announced two award winners for work in 2001.
Conservation Officer Kevin Prodzinski, Zumbrota, is the 2001 recipient of the Waterfowl Officer of the Year award. Prodzinski has been a conservation officer for nearly four years, has made numerous waterfowl presentations to clubs and civic organizations, and has one of the highest waterfowl enforcement rates among conservation officers.
Conservation Officer Scott Fritz, Faribault, is the 2001 recipient of the Willard Munger Wetland Achievement Award. A conservation officer for 16 years, Fritz issued his first cease and desist order in 1994. Since the inception of the Wetland Conservation Act, he has issued 53 cease and desist orders and has numerous restorations, rescinds and completions to his credit. Fritz has promoted wetland and public waters protection by working with the Cannon River Partnership and speaking at lake association meetings about laws protecting wetlands and waters. Fritz also is a member of the Riverbend Nature Center, where he participates in environmental education activities.
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