David Schad, DNR wetlands wildlife program leader, has been named Region 3 Wildlife Supervisor.
Schad replaces Henry Wulf, who retired from the Brainerd position in April, 1998. Due to funding shortfalls the job was shared by Roger Johnson, Region 6 Wildlife Supervisor, and several acting field operation supervisors. The license fee increase, approved by the Legislature this year, restored the funding needed for this position.
Schad has 20 years of DNR experience, including 10 years leading forest wildlife and big game management programs in St. Paul. He is a former Cambridge area wildlife manager and his familiarity with the east-central region will be beneficial as he begins to take on the regional wildlife manager's duties this summer. Schad will work part-time in the Brainerd office for a few months while he completes the duties for his current position in St. Paul. Tim Quincer, DNR regional forest wildlife coordinator, will continue as acting field operation supervisor during this time. Schad expects to start full time in mid-October.
ATV association helping with Iron Range clean-up project
GILBERT -- Members of the All-Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota are volunteering their time and equipment along with other OHV groups for a weekend clean-up effort at the Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area. The clean-up will take place Aug. 5-6 and is being sponsored by the DNR in cooperation with the city of Gilbert and Minnesota's off-highway vehicle community.
Among the items to be removed from the 1,200 acre former mine lands site are auto parts, appliances, furniture, construction debris and miscellaneous garbage. Items will be recycled when possible.
The Iron Range OHV Recreation Area was first authorized in 1996 by the legislature. The 1,200-acre site is adjacent to Gilbert. An adjacent 3,500 acre site east of Virginia was subsequently authorized in 1999. When completed, the two sites will be linked and feature recreational trails, rider safety training, and competitive event areas specially designed for all-terrain vehicles, off-road motorcycles and 4-wheel drive vehicles.
Minnesota Fishing Museum
names new president
LITTLE FALLS -- Jeff Zyvoloski, Randall, was elected president of the Minnesota Fishing Museum. He becomes the second president in the history of the museum and succeeds founder Al Baert, Sartell.
The museum opened in 1998 and is located at 304 W. Broadway. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Call (320) 616-2011 for information.
Rookie wins Pro/Am bass tour
Angler of Year award
WALKER -- Chris Luedtke overcame an 18-point deficit to win the Angler of the Year award on the Minnesota Pro/Am Bass Tour.
Luedtke, who fished all four stops on the tour for the first time, was in fourth place going into the final qualifying tournament July 22 on Leech Lake. Luedtke and his amateur partner Mike Restivo caught seven fish weighing almost 21 pounds, vaulting Luedtke to the title. Second through fifth places were taken by Jeremy Flicek, John Laub, Gary Lake and Dean Capra.
"Being 18 points down and winning feels just awesome," Luedtke said. "To come in here and beat the guys who have been doing this a long time is a big thrill. My goal was to do well this year but to know my name will now be up there with the best is very special."
Capra and Joe Dusenka won the Leech Lake tournament with nearly 30 pounds of bass. It was Capra's second tour win of the season -- his other win was on Gull Lake -- and his total winnings increased to $11,000.
Now the tour's focus shifts to Lake Vermilion and the Tournament of Champions on Aug. 18-19. The field has been narrowed to the 40 top pros and 40 top amateurs. The tournament is a two-day event with the pros and amateurs having different partners each day. Weigh-in is at Fortune Bay Resort & Casino.
DNR opens website for disabled
Click on the blue wheelchair emblem on the DNR home page (www.dnr.state.mn.us) and a directory of handicapped accessible opportunities will be revealed. It is the DNR's first attempt at a web directory for disabled persons.
"We intend to work with outdoor enthusiasts who have disabilities to continue to improve the directory," said Larry Nelson, a DNR regional director in southeastern Minnesota.
The information includes:
-- a listing of state parks with at least one facility for people with physical disabilities.
-- detailed accessibility information about facilities on the Root River, Willard Munger and Douglas trails.
-- state wildlife management areas with sites for people with disabilities.
-- a listing and description of accessible state forest campgrounds and day-use areas.
-- hunting and fishing information and applications or permit forms for people with disabilities.
Dispatch correspondent wins awards
Bill Marchel, an outdoor photographer/writer who frequently contributes to The Brainerd Dispatch, received six photography awards at the Outdoor Writers Association of America annual conference in Greensboro, N.C.
Marchel won first place in the Natural History category with a stunning image of a great gray owl in flight that appeared in the August 1999 issue of WildBird Magazine. That entry also won the President's Choice Award, Best of the Best. He also took a first place in the Small Game Hunting category with a dramatic image of a falconer at sunset that appeared in the Sept./Oct. 1999 issue of Ducks Unlimited magazine and another first place in the People category with a moving image of a silhouetted at sunset. In addition, Marchel garnered a second place in the Fauna category with an image of pintail ducks in flight and an Honorable Mention in the Fauna category with an image of a colorful drake wood duck.
Local angler places in Pro-Am event
Brian Brown, Brainerd, placed 14th in a 102-boat Minnesota Pro-Am Bass tournament on Lake Minnetonka last weekend.
Brown was paired with amateur Tim Peterson and the pair caught an eight-fish limit weighing 24.29 pounds, good for $550 and $275, respectively. Brown is in 14th place in the Angler of the Year race with one tournament remaining. That was yesterday on Leech Lake. Brown is sponsored by Nitro boats, Mercury outboards, Shimano rods and reels, Leena lures, LakeMaps and Bristow's Marine.
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