Do you enjoy winter and its outdoors activities? Would you like to learn how to care for people involved in outdoors emergencies and get great benefits as well?
If so, consider joining the Ski Gull Patrol. Class begins Sept. 12 with an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Brainerd Community Action office, 213 S. Fifth St., Brainerd. Phone 829-9079 for more information.
Beginner handgun training offered
Dale Walz and Tom Lund, AACFI certified instructors, will teach a basic handgun safety and handling class Sept. 14-15 at Gander Mountain in Baxter.
The class is designed for people with little or no handgun experience. Individual shooting instruction is included. Guns and ammunition are provided. Call Walz at 828-4187 or Lund at 825-0461 for more information or to enroll.
Good takes seventh at PWT event in Michigan, headed for Championship
Perry Good placed seventh in the final qualifier on the 2005 Professional Walleye Trail. The Brainerd walleye pro also placed sixth in the Angler of the Year race, meaning he's headed to Milford Lake in Kansas for the season-ending PWT Championship.
The final qualifier, which took place Aug. 24-26 on the St. Mary's River in upper Michigan, was won by Wyoming pro Terry Wilson with 48.61 pounds. Good had 41.02 pounds, which netted him $8,000.
Among other local pros at the tournament, Steve Fellegy, Aitkin, placed 73rd with 17.81 pounds, and Gary Roach, Merrifield, placed 90th with 13.12 pounds.
Leading the parade of anglers to Milford Lake is Angler of the Year Mike Gofron, Antioch, Ill., who won his second Angler of the Year title.
Bemidji Game Refuge open to firearms deer hunting
The 74-square-mile Bemidji Game Refuge will be open to firearms deer hunting this fall. In areas where discharge of firearms is legal, deer hunters will be allowed to take up to five deer during the Zone 1 season (Nov. 5-20) and muzzleloader season (Nov. 26-Dec. 11). The entire refuge was open to firearms deer hunting last year. A 6.5-mile section of the refuge was open in 2003.
The DNR will continue firearms deer hunting at the Bemidji Game Refuge through the 2006 deer season, when the hunt will be evaluated based on results from three years of firearms hunting.
Brainerd angler places second in bass tournament
Several local anglers participated in the first annual International Falls Bass Championship on Aug. 26-27.
Teams fished both the Rainy River and the U.S. side of Rainy Lake. Each team fished one day on the lake and one day on the river and were allowed to weigh five fish each day.
Jeff Gustafson and Scott Dingwall of Ontario, Canada, edged out the team of Travis Peterson, Bemidji and Steve Mattson, Brainerd, by 0.62 pounds to take the Championship with 27.73 pounds of smallmouth bass. Mattson and Peterson were second with 27.11 pounds.
Other pros at the tournament included Richie Boggs, Nisswa and John Butts, Dryden, Ont., who finished fourth with 24.91 pounds, and John Janousek and Chad Johnson, Crystal, who placed eleventh with 19.40 pounds.
Program to explore nature, community growth
Phil Hunsicker will present "Are nature and community growth compatible?" at the Fifty Lakes Foundation monthly meeting on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. A potluck supper will precede the program at 6 p.m.
Hunsicker is regional director of 1,000 Friends of Minnesota, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping communities find a balance between development and nature.
The presentation will take place at the Fifty Lakes Foundation clubhouse at the corner of County Road 1 and Eagle Lake Road in Fifty Lakes. Phone (651) 426-5760 for more information.
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