The DNR and Crow Wing County will host a public meeting on June 21 in Baxter to discuss motor vehicle use classification and route designation proposals for state forest lands in Crow Wing County.
The motor vehicle use classification provides the framework for managing public motor vehicles on forest lands. State forest lands are currently classified as managed, which means trails are open to motorized use unless posted closed. The proposal would classify the majority of state forest lands in Crow Wing County as limited, which means the land would be closed to motor vehicle use unless posted as open. About 15 percent of the state forest lands would be classified as closed under the proposal, which means off-highway vehicle use would not be allowed.
The meeting is scheduled for June 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Northland Arboretum in Baxter. A map of the proposed trail designations will be available. DNR and Crow Wing County land managers will present the proposals, respond to questions and accept comments.
To view proposals and maps, go to the DNR Web site at www.findthetrails.com. Written comments on the draft proposals will be accepted through July 6. Written comments, questions, or requests for copies of the planning documents should be sent to Jack Olson, Minnesota DNR, 1601 Minnesota Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401; or email@example.com.
Allens win Northerns Inc. first tournament
Jim and Steve Allen won Northerns Inc.'s first tournament of the season on the Mississippi River with 18 pounds. Lucas and Kevin Hacker placed second with 17 pounds, 5 ounces. Third place went to Ron and Dee Storstad in a tiebreaker over Rod Barnum and Craig Klemik. Both teams weighed 15 pounds, 6 ounces of pike but the Storstads had the biggest fish in their bag. Lunker for the tournament weighed 9 pounds, 4 ounces and was caught by Ryan Joy.
Next up for Northerns Inc. is a tournament on Pelican Lake. Go to www.northernsinc.org for more information.
Gander Mountain to offer archery lessons
Gander Mountain in Baxter will offer archery lessons for youths under 16 beginning in July. The lessons will focus on form, safety and the mechanics of archery equipment and will be taught over six weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon.
Lesson dates are July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 and 26. Youths must be able to draw a bow of at least 15-pounds draw weight. Youths are encouraged to bring their own bows, but some will be available at the store.
Lessons cost $30. Pre-register at Gander Mountain by calling 828-1736. All students will get a 10 percent off one-time archery purchase at the store.
Keith Warren to appear at Gander Mountain
Keith Warren, host of "Keith Warren Outdoors," an award-winning hunting and fishing television show, will appear at Gander Mountain from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, June 24. Warren is noted for his work in the community, his assistance to children's programs and other ventures. He is in the area filming a TV show on Mille Lacs.
At Gander Mountain Warren will roam the aisles, talk to folks and dispense with hunting and fishing tips. The public is invited to drop by and say hello.
North Country question of the week
How can I tell the difference between minnows and small gamefish?
"A number of characteristics separate small fish from true minnows," said Roland Sigurdson of the DNR's MinnAqua program. "All minnows have naked heads except during breeding season, when mature males develop many hornlike bumps, called tubercles. Some minnows also develop bright colors during breeding season, as suggested by such names as redside dace, redbelly dace, rosyface shiner, red shiner and redfin shiner. A single dorsal fin with fewer than 10 soft rays is characteristic of all native minnows. In the introduced carps and goldfish, the dorsal fin has a hard ray and more than 10 soft rays. Minnows lack teeth in their jaws but have specialized teeth in their throat region. These pharyngeal teeth are useful in identifying the various minnow species."
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