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Volunteers needed to monitor, protect Minnesota waters at University of Minnesota event: Starry Trek 2022

LONGVILLE, Minn. — Lake-loving volunteers are needed across the state of Minnesota on Saturday, August 20, 2022 to participate in a search for starry stonewort—an aggressive, aquatic invasive algae that can spread easily and grows into dense mats at and below the lake’s surface. Starry Trek is an annual event where members of the public first gather at training sites to learn how to identify starry stonewort and other aquatic invasive species. The newly trained participants then branch out to local water accesses to search for signs of the invasive species.

Starry stonewort was first found in Minnesota at Lake Koronis in 2015 and has since spread to nineteen Minnesota lakes. Early detection of this species is critical for control. Starry Trek volunteers have found starry stonewort in four lakes – Grand Lake in Stearns County, Wolf Lake at the Hubbard/Beltrami County border, Lake Beltrami in Beltrami County, and Carnelian Lake in Stearns County – as well as other aquatic invasive species like Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels during this event.

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DNR announces CWD sampling changes

As part of an adaptive approach to chronic wasting disease management statewide, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is broadening the options this year for hunters to get their deer tested for CWD.

“Keeping Minnesota’s deer healthy remains a top DNR priority,” DNR Wildlife Section Manager Kelly Straka said. “The DNR’s commitment to sound surveillance and aggressive management of CWD has not changed. What is different is how we’re accomplishing that from place to place and improving options for hunters to help us with disease surveillance.”

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Area Golf League Results

Crosswoods Women's Golf Leagues
Monday, August 8, 2022
Game of the Day: Team Low Net

First Place: Judy Hein + Mary Kolkind + Nancy Barnes — 222
Second Place: Tracy Nelson + Mary Prescott + Konnie O'Neil — 223
Third Place: Natalie Sentz + Jan McChesney + Debbie Patrick — 229

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