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Put Brainerd Lakes on low-salt diet

For years doctors have told people to stick to a low-salt diet.

According to, Melissa Barrick, Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), District Manager “It only takes one teaspoon of road salt to permanently pollute five gallons of water. We are trying to spread the word that less is more when it comes to applying road salt because at high concentrations, chloride can harm the fish and plant life in our waters.”

The SWCD is hosting two day training to help local contractors and operators reduce salt usage: Listen to podcast about the workshops https://www.podcastone.com/brainerd-outdoorsMinute 27-37.

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Hunters can give input on a variety of topics

DNR seeks input about deer seasons, proposed changes for youth deer, wild turkey and trapping seasons

Hunters, wildlife watchers, landowners and interested groups can provide their thoughts about deer populations, proposed hunting and trapping season changes, including expanding the youth deer hunting season across the state, allowing smaller-gauged shotguns for wild turkey hunting, and various changes related to the harvest of fisher, pine marten and bobcat.

Anyone can provide input to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources through Sunday, April 21, online at mndnr.gov/input/wildlife-input.html, in writing or by email. Background information on each change is provided online. The questions are for an informal, non-representative survey of DNR stakeholders.

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Conversations Begin to discuss conservation needs

Pine River, MN – August 6, 2019– New efforts begin to help better understand farming community needs for conservation. Over the course of the next few months local government units and citizens are taking a new approach to partnerships with cattle ranchers and livestock producers. We have commissioned real ranchers and farmers, (your neighbors) that have seen conservation practices succeed on their Crow Wing and Cass County land, to engage in farmer to farmer conversations about soil and water conservation. Our goal is to promote practical, No “bull crap” (pun intended) solutions to the conservation hurdles farmers and ranchers face in their day to day operation.

We are looking for opportunities to build win-win scenarios, not only for the sake of soil health and water quality, but also for our rural Minnesota way of life! We want to see thriving family farms passed down to the next generations.

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Starry stonewort confirmed in Lake Beltrami

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a small population of the invasive algae starry stonewort in Lake Beltrami, near Bemidji in Beltrami County.

Last August, a volunteer found a strand of starry stonewort near the public access in Lake Beltrami during the University of Minnesota Extension’s annual “Starry Trek” event. Subsequent searches and ongoing monitoring did not reveal any additional starry stonewort in the lake until last weekend.

DNR divers confirmed starry stonewort in a three-foot area, two smaller areas, and separate strands tightly intermingled  with a high diversity and abundance of native chara and aquatic plants. Starry stonewort is similar to chara in appearance, but starry stonewort has telltale starshaped bulbils that typically aren’t visible until August.

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Area Golf League Results

Emily Greens Golf Leagues
Tuesday Morning Men’s League – 8:30am
1st place – Wayne Seiffert, Jerry Johnson, Clayton Peltier, and Ron Germann
2nd place – Dick Blevins, Greg Anderson, Charlie Peterson and John Harris
3rd place –Jack Schuler, Bob Ecklund, Gray Nelson, and Dave Purgett
4th place – Gary Majewski, Dave Schwarze, Bill Wroblewski, and Mike Thurk

Closest to Pin #1 – Jon Williams
Closest to Pin # 3 – Clayton Peltier
Longest Putt – Dave Purgett

Tuesday Morning Back 9 League – 11:00am
1st Place – Charlie Peterson, Dave Schwarze, Bob Ecklund, and Don Atwater
2nd Place tie – Gary Nelson, Al Schewe, Roger Hanson, and Keith Walker
2nd place tie – Jerry Hagel, Mike Oelrich, Bill Waddell and Bruce Nelson

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