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Mille Lacs Kathio State Park events scheduled

The 18th annual Brainerd lakes area Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation fundraising banquet is scheduled Jan. 28 at the Breezy Point Resort Convention Center.

Social hour starts at 5 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. and an auction to follow.

Proceeds will support the RMEF’s vital conservation efforts. Local chapter events raise a bulk of the funds for RMEF conservation work. Funds raised at big game banquets have helped protect and enhance more than 11,900 acres of the state’s critical elk and other wildlife habitat. RMEF Minnesota chapters fund and mentor conservation education and hunting heritage activities across the state, including 4-H shooting sports, Becoming an Outdoors Woman and the National Archery in the Schools program. All told, the RMEF and its partners have completed 104 projects in Minnesota with a combined value of more than $1.8 million.

For tickets or more information, call Vickey Leonard at (218) 543-4380 and leave a message or email

Events scheduled at Mille Lacs Kathio

A beginners cross-country ski lesson and trail tour and a candlelight ski are scheduled the next two Saturday’s at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park near Onamia.

The ski lesson and trail tour is from 1-4 p.m. Jan. 28. Learn how to glide, pole, turn and handle hills — all the basic skills you will need to enjoy traditional cross-country skiing. Bring your own skis or rent the entire ski package at the park office before meeting at the Interpretive Center.

After the lessons, join the ski instructors and the park naturalist for a ski tour on the park’s woodland trails. Stops will be made to discuss the natural splendor of the winter woods and the instructors will offer skiing tips along the way.

Registration is required and is limited to the first 25 people. To register, sign up at the Interpretive Center or call (320) 532-3269 and leave your name, phone number and number of people attending.

The candlelight ski is from 6-9:30 p.m. Feb. 4. Ski by the light of the moon, with candle luminaries to help guide the way. Two separate routes will be prepared for this popular annual event. Refreshments will be served and a shuttle bus will run continuously between the Trail Center and the Interpretive Center. Ski rental is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For visitor safety, the event may be canceled if trail conditions are icy.

Both programs are free. A vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota State Parks. Vehicle permits may be purchased at the park office. Cost of a daily permit is $5. An annual permit, which allows entry into all Minnesota State Parks for one year from the date of purchase, is $25.

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