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Limited recreational motorized use during firearms deer season

The Crow Wing County Land Services Department wants to remind off-highway vehicle users that recreational riding on forest trails passing through Crow Wing County-administered public lands is prohibited during the 2011 State firearms deer hunting season.

This restriction does not preclude the deer hunter, with a valid deer hunting license, to operate an off-highway vehicle before the legal shooting time, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. or after legal shooting hours.

This restriction is in effect from Nov. 5-20, inclusive, in Zone 100 (north of County Highway 1 and east of State Highway 6) and Nov. 5-13, inclusive, in Zone 200.

All recreational users of county forest lands are reminded to wear blaze orange while they are out in the field during this hunting season.

Federal Dam home invasion investigation continues

WALKER — Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch on Monday said investigators are continuing to follow leads into a home invasion early Friday in Federal Dam.

Sheriff’s deputies were alerted to the home invasion after responding to a report of a car fire at 4:15 a.m. Friday in Federal Dam.

Once on scene, an 87-year-old woman reported her home had been broken into by three men, one of whom was possibly armed. The victim was unharmed but the suspects remain at large, Burch said.

Burch also said the vehicle that was on fire at the residence was determined to have been stolen.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Cass County Sheriff’s Department at (218) 547-1424 or (800) 450-2677.

Gazelka, Senate panel will tour Emily manganese site

Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Brainerd, and members of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee will tour with job providers in Emily, Brainerd and Crosby on Tuesday. The visit will include a tour of the Emily manganese site and processing facility and a round table discussion.

Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, is chair of the panel.

The group will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Bungalow Supper Club in Emily at 39982 Park Avenue in Emily.

At 1 p.m. the group will meet at Cycle Path and Paddle to discuss the economic impact of mountain bike trails and tour the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area Mountain Bike Trail. Cycle Path and Paddle is located at 115 Third Avenue SW.

The committee will meet at 2:30 p.m. to discuss the Mississippi River Northwoods Habitat Complex Project and conduct a site tour starting at the Crow Wing County Highway Department at 6589 County Road 142.

There will be a 6 p.m. presentation on aquatic invasive species with DNR Director of Ecologicial and Water Resources Steve Hirsch at the Crow Wing County Highway Department.