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Bee working on a sunflower - photo by Lenore Croatt, Outing, MN

Don’t miss the show on these Minnesota state forest fall color drives

Minnesota’s state forests offer scenic drives and 4.2 million acres showcasing one of the biggest nature shows each year – the fall color display.

"Overall, fall colors this year should be especially lovely if the recent sunny days and chilly, but not freezing, nights continue,” said Val Cervenka, forest health program consultant with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Every fall color season is different and so is each of Minnesota’s 59 state forests. Depending on the forest, visitors might see a spectacular mix of dark evergreens amid vivid autumn hues of maples, oaks and aspens, set against a backdrop of bluffs, lakes or winding rivers.

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Anglers invited to comment on proposed Crow Wing County fishing regulations

DNR to host virtual and local town hall meetings in October

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages people in the Crow Wing County area to attend a virtual town hall meeting at 12 to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7th to share their thoughts on proposed special fishing regulations for sunfish, crappie and lake trout.

With the proposed changes, the DNR aims to protect and improve bluegill and crappie sizes by lowering bag limits on Borden, East Twin, Edward, Gladstone, North Long, Perch, Upper Mission, and Whitefish lakes and the stretch of the Mississippi River from upstream of the Brainerd dam to Highway 6. Additionally, three mine pit lakes in Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area—Yawkey, Sagamore and Pennington—have the potential to support naturally reproducing lake trout populations and a minimum length limit is proposed to help achieve that goal. If adopted, the regulations will become effective next year.

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Fatal accidents involving OHVs reach highest level in more than a decade

DNR urges people to ride safely

As the state’s number of fatal accidents involving off-highway vehicles (OHVs) reaches the highest level in more than a decade, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds riders to play it safe and take proper safety precautions.

“We’re seeing riders of all ages and abilities out on the trails this year, which is great,” said Jon Paurus, DNR Enforcement Division education program coordinator. “For the most part, people are taking the proper precautions and riding safely. Unfortunately, one seemingly minor mishap can be the difference between a positive memory and a life-changing catastrophe.”

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Dock and lift removal is important time to check for invasive species

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds lake property owners to check boats and trailers, docks and boat lifts, and all other water-related equipment for invasive species when removing equipment for seasonal storage.

While it’s always important to look for invasive species on boats, docks and other equipment, it is especially important at this time of year. Several new zebra mussel confirmations in recent years were initially reported by people removing docks, boats and boat lifts.

“Lake property owners play an important role in detecting invasive species, by carefully examining equipment when taking it out of the water at the end of the season,” said Heidi Wolf, DNR invasive species unit supervisor.

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Bluegill improvement central to proposed northwest Minnesota fishing regulations

DNR to host virtual and local town hall meetings in October

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages anglers in northwest Minnesota to attend a virtual town hall meeting at 12 to 1 p.m. on Monday, October 5 to share their thoughts on proposed special fishing regulations. With the proposed changes, the DNR aims to protect and improve bluegill sizes by lowering bag limits on 118 lakes statewide, 50 of which are in northwest Minnesota. If adopted, the regulations will become effective next spring.

The October 5 virtual town hall is one of five town halls the DNR will be holding across the state on the bluegill initiative. Participants are encouraged to attend these virtual meetings, and use the online comment option, as an alternative to inperson meetings. Information on how to attend the virtual town hall is available on the sunfish page of the DNR website.

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Shoreline restoration project at Itasca State Park begins in October

A project to restore the shoreline at the Mississippi Headwaters in Itasca State Park will begin Oct. 5, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Parks and Trails.

The work will address erosion by restoring the original river channel width and stabilizing the streambank at the headwaters site.

“We will minimize closure time to accommodate park visitors,” said Aaron Wunrow, Itasca State Park manager. “Once work begins, access to the site will be restricted for a five-day period.”

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Area Golf League Results

Emily Greens Golf Leagues
Tuesday Morning Men’s League – 9am

1st place: Jon Williams, Tom Moore, Ernie Morreim, and Al Schewe
2nd place: Gary Nelson, Gordon Bobbe, Ron Ladwig, and Jack Schuller
3rd place: Pat O’Conner, Bill Dehnert, Roger Hanson, and Jim Wick

Chris Davis of Crosby got her first hole in one on Hole #1 at Emily Greens on Sept 21st. Using her driver, she aced the 114 yard first hole.

Whitefish Men's Golf League
On Tuesday, September 22, Whitefish Men’s League played a 4 Person Team Quota event. Tuesday was an absolutely beautiful fall day for golf.

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