The DNR warns the public to use caution when going onto lakes that have operating aeration systems.
"Open water areas created by aeration systems can shift or change shapes depending on weather conditions," said Marilyn Danks, DNR aquatic biologist. "Leaks may develop in air lines creating other areas of weak ice or open water."
Approximately 250 Minnesota lakes will have aeration systems operating this winter. These include Leech, Loon, Eagle and Meadow lakes in Cass County, Cedar, Minnewawa and School House lakes in Aitkin County, Nisswa Lake in Crow Wing County, and Alexander and Shamineau lakes in Morrison Country.
Businesses asked to help support snowmobile trails
Snowmobile clubs throughout the Brainerd area are looking to local businesses to help support the trails this winter.
Businesses that donate $250 or more are recognized as a part of the Silver Rider Club. A dinner to help generate funds is scheduled for Jan. 8 at The Old Waterfall from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 each, or free to Silvers Riders Club members (up to 25 tickets).
New Silver Rider Club members for the 2005-06 season include Breezy Point Resort, Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort, Rapid River Lodge Comfort Suites, Cragun's Resort, Zorbaz on Gull, Americinn Lodge and Suites, Baxter, Schaefer's Foods, Brothers Motorsports and Northern Lights Casino.
For more information about the support the trails program, call the Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce at 822-7113. Individual donations are welcome and can be forwarded to the Chamber at 7393 Highway 371, Brainerd, MN 56401. Make checks payable to CWCSTA.
Ice fishing tournament set for Platte Lake
An ice fishing tournament has been scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 7 at Platte Lake.
The tournament is being run by the Pierz Healy High School Sportsman Resource Class and FFA. Prizes will be awarded for biggest fish. Door prizes will also be handed out. Minnows and refreshments will be on sale on the ice.
Tickets are $3 for kids and $5 for adults. Kids 6 years old and younger get in free. Phone (320) 468-6458, ext. 1240 for more information.
DNR reminds trappers of fur tagging requirements
The DNR reminds trappers they must register bobcat, fisher, pine marten and otter pelts in person no more than 48 hours after the season closes or before pelts are sold or removed from Minnesota.
The pelt of each fisher and otter, the pelt and carcass of each bobcat and the pelt and head of each pine marten must be presented by the person taking it at a DNR registration station between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Jan. 10, or by appointment at a DNR area wildlife office. Animals must be skinned prior to registration.
To speed registration, trappers should provide the following written information: species, sex, method of take, date taken, and county, township, and range where taken. Also needed is the trapper's MNDNR license number. Forms are available on the DNR website www.dnr.state.mn.us.
Registration stations at located at DNR offices in Aitkin and Brainerd.
Beltrami Island State Forest to be classified as managed'
The DNR announced it plans to apply the "managed" classification to Beltrami Island State Forest. A managed classification means that motorized recreational users can assume that an existing route within the forest is open to motorized use - off highway or highway-licensed - unless the route is posted as closed.
The public is encouraged to continue participating in the planning process. The DNR will continue to accept public comments throughout the planning process.
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