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OUTDOORS NOTES: OHV GIA meeting in Backus

The DNR Division of Parks and Trails has scheduled a series of statewide meetings to provide information about the Off-Highway Vehicle grant-in-aid program.

The meetings pertain only to groups with an active interest in all-terrain vehicles, off-road vehicles such as sport utility vehicles and modified trucks, and off-highway motorcycles, not snowmobiles.

Attending a meeting is required for groups currently receiving GIA funds. The meetings also will be helpful to local units of government that sponsor GIA contracts and clubs that want to expand public OHV trails in Minnesota, the DNR said. DNR staff will distribute the revised GIA manual and forms, walk through the GIA application process, provide updates on program funding and answer questions. The next round of grant applications will be due Dec. 15.

A meeting was held in Brainerd on Wednesday and another area meeting is scheduled at 10 a.m. Dec. 1 at the Cass County Land Department, 218 Washburn Ave. E., Backus.

As additional meetings are scheduled, details will be posted at

For questions about the OHV GIA program or suggestions for topics to address at upcoming meetings, contact Mary Straka, DNR OHV program coordinator, at 833-8713 or (651) 259-5644 or email

DNR land auction

Dec. 7 in Brainerd

The DNR is offering 15 parcels of land for sale at a public auction at 11 a.m. Dec. 7. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.

The oral auction will be at the DNR Brainerd area office, 1601 Minnesota Drive, Brainerd.

Parcels are mainly located in the northern portion of the state in Cass, Crow Wing, Cook, Lake, Roseau and St. Louis counties. While some parcels have been offered before, values reflect the change in the real estate market and are at lower prices than previously offered.

Additional information regarding the land sales and terms and conditions may be found at

Rod-building class scheduled Dec. 16

LakeLady Custom Fishing Rods will host a rod-building class Dec. 16-18.

Build your choice of a casting or spin rod during the weekend class, which includes the use of all tools, disposables, 15-17 hours of hands-on professional instruction, a one-year membership to the Custom Rod Builders Guild (optional but highly recommended) and more.

Cost is $278, or $248 without the membership to the Custom Rod Builders Guild. Finished rods will have a retail value of $180-$200.

The class, limited to six to eight builders, begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at Gander Mountain in Baxter. Other classes will be scheduled during the winter based on demand and schedules.

For more information, call (218) 562-4512.