Outdoors

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Varying ice conditions on area lakes

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch is reporting a variety of ice conditions on area lakes. Due to the unseasonably warm months in December and January, early ice conditions have deteriorated and the thaw-freeze cycles have opened up large cracks and ice heaves. Walker Bay, for instance, has ice thickness ranging from 5 to 15 inches….

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Ice thickness reminder from DNR

With the kickoff of the ice fishing season, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds new and veteran anglers alike of their responsibility to keep themselves safe and to be a considerate member of the ice angling community. Some of Minnesota’s most popular winter fisheries, such as Upper Red Lake, have drawn remarkably high numbers…

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Search ends for missing hunter, found dead

The Becker County Sheriff’s Office reports that a missing hunter’s body was found around 8:30 this morning. According to the original release, 58-year-old Paul Sandstrom of Blaine was last seen around 3:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon, in the Gardner and Bad Medicine lakes area, in northern Becker County. He was supposed to meet the rest of…

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MnDOT announces Safe Routes to Schools grants

Minnesota schools and communities wanting to develop safer places for students to walk and bicycle can apply for three different grant opportunities this fall through the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School program. SRTS “Boost” grants support existing SRTS work, like adding bicycles to schools to improve physical education curriculum or addressing a…

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Buoy removal from Cass County lakes announced

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office began removal of all navigational buoys and markers from area lakes last Friday. According to a release, some area lake associations had started the process prior to Friday. Boaters, anglers and hunters should use caution and become familiar with the lakes they intend to travel on. The buoys will be…

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