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Winter trout fishing to open for first time on 24 lakes

Anglers for the first time will be able to fish for trout in the winter on two dozen north-central Minnesota lakes, many of them within the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.

Trout fishing on these lakes, which contain stream trout, will be open from Saturday, Jan. 17, through Tuesday, March 31. Stream trout are rainbow, brook and brown trout, and a hybrid of lake trout and brook trout called splake.

“These changes give anglers more opportunities to catch trout in the winter months,” said Al Stevens, fisheries program consultant with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "We thought this would be a benefit to anglers with little risk of harming summer trout fishing.”

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Results from the Mount Ski Gull meet at Spirit Mountain in Duluth

DULUTH, Jan 11, 2015 – A record turnout of youth skiers competed in the Northland Junior Race Series meet at Spirit Mountain in Duluth Sunday. Of the 169 that participated, 64  represented Mount Ski Gull’s Alpine Racing Team.

MSG had several top finishers in the race. In girls ages 6-7, Gabriella Bratney, Brainerd, took third. In boys 6-7, Tucker O’Brien, Nisswa, took second. Aubrey Wiczek, Nisswa, took second and Lauren Kalenberg, Baxter, third in the girls 8-9 division. In boys 10-11, Brandon Neifert, Baxter, took second. Maddie Kalenberg, Baxter, and Max Darkow, Brainerd, each took third in their respective 12- 13 division. Grace McGuire, Pine River, took first place honors in her 14-15 girls grouping. MSG boys took all top three spots in the 14-15 boys division with Grant Kosobud, Lake Shore, first; Tristan Elsenpeter, Nisswa, second, and Nick Krantz, Baxter, third. In girls 16 and up, Emily Aga, Brainerd, took the top spot with teammate Addison McGuire, Pine River, taking third. In the boys 16 and up, Austin Domino, Nisswa, took first place honors.

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