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Aug. 12 - Outdoor Notes

$11 million offer to Potlatch

for habitat project land

An $11 million offer has been made to the Potlatch Corporation for the Mississippi River Northwoods Habitat Complex project, according to Becca Nash, project manager for The Trust for Public Land, which has spearheaded the project effort along with several partners.

Funding was secured through the Lessard Outdoor Heritage Fund so as to get the land into public ownership and protect it from development. The property - 1,988 acres of land just north of the Brainerd airport - features more than two miles of pristine, undeveloped shoreline along the Mississippi River and numerous natural resources and related opportunities.

In an email, Nash said “We have been waiting for a second appraisal to be completed and then for the Department of Natural Resources (through another independent appraiser) to review both appraisals of the property. The DNR finished their work late last week (late July) on schedule. We now know that the first appraisal was reviewed and came back at $13 million. The second appraisal was reviewed and came back at $11 million. The DNR certified the second appraisal. An $11 million offer has been made to the seller. The offer is now under consideration.”

It would be the culmination of a year-plus long saga that has seen the project stagger at times in the Legislature and along the way.

“We provided this update to the Lessard Council on Tuesday (July 31) and they took the next step of approving the accomplishment plan for the project,” Nash continued in the email. “The money is now available and the ball is now in Potlatch’s court.”

Upcoming events at Mille Lacs Kathio

A day full of activities for kids and families is on tap Saturday, Aug. 11 at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park near Onamia.

The weekend schedule:

Saturday, Aug. 11: 10 a.m., Digital Nature Photography for Beginners. Learn how to take photos of wildlife, plants or landscapes and bring home your best shot. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own digital camera or use one from the park. The instructional portion of the program will be 30 minutes long and length of an outdoor photography session will depend on how many people attend. Meet at the Interpretive Center.

2 p.m., kidsí Program, Barking up the Right Tree. Learn how craftspeople of the ancient Kathio villages used tree bark for many purposes and take home a small ìsouvenirî you make yourself. The information and activity are designed for kids age 7 and older, but itís also good for smaller children who have help from parents. Meet at the Interpretive Center. Program length: 40 minutes.

7 p.m., special program, Remarkable Reptiles. Jim Gerholdt will use live turtles, lizards and snakes to illustrate this family oriented program about reptiles from Minnesota and beyond. Meet at the Council Ring next to the Interpretive Center. In case of rain the program will be held inside the Interpretive Center. Program length: one hour.

Sunday, Aug. 12: 10 a.m., Camping at Kathio ... 1,500 B.C. Look at artifacts and take a short walk to where archaeologists found evidence of a village from the 1600s and a ìcampsiteî from over 3,000 years ago. Meet at the Interpretive Center. Program length: 45 minutes.

Deer licenses now on sale;

lottery applications due Sept. 6

Deer hunters who want an either-sex deer or special hunt permit for the coming season must apply by Sept. 6, according to the DNR.

Hunters should carefully review the list of lottery areas as many of these permit areas have not been lottery areas in recent years. Currently, 58 of the stateís 127 permit areas are lottery areas.

Many of these areas, focused in the northwest, north central and a portion of northeast Minnesota, were designated lottery areas in response to hunter desire to see higher deer populations.

Apply for the lottery or a special hunt at any DNR license agent, by telephone at (888) 665-4236 or online at Lottery winners will be notified in October.

Hunters may apply for lottery deer areas and special hunts using their firearm and muzzleloader licenses. Although a hunter can be selected for both licenses, successful applicants still may only take one deer. In the case of special hunts, a person may draw both a firearm and muzzleloader permit, in which case they must adhere to the bag limits established by each special hunt.

Lottery deer areas in 2012 are permit areas 103, 108, 110, 118, 119, 122, 169, 171, 172, 183, 184, 197, 199, 234, 235, 237, 238, 250, 251, 252, 253, 258, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 283, 284, 285, 286, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 294, 295, 296, 297, 298 and 299.

More information is available online at and

Bear licenses available

Bear licenses that weren’t purchased from the lottery bear drawing are now available.

Licenses may be purchased at any DNR license agent, the DNR License Center in St. Paul or online at Permits vary by bear management unit. A list of available licenses is available at

This year’s lottery made 6,000 licenses available in 11 permit areas. Bear hunters selected in the lottery were required to purchase their licenses by Aug. 1.

Events scheduled at Wealthwood

Rod and Gun Club

Family Run Night, a DNR certified youth firearms training course and a community outreach activity are on the Wealthwood Rod and Gun Club schedule in the next several weeks.

Family Fun Night is Friday, Aug. 17 at the club, located one mile east of Highway 169 on Highway 18 near Aitkin. The event is open to the public and members and their families from 4-8 p.m.

The youth firearms training course will be offered from Aug. 25 to Sept. 1. Youths must be age 12 or older. The live shooting portion is scheduled Sept. 1 at the club. Call Rollie at (218) 927-3671 or the club at (218) 678-2281 for more information and registration.

Also, Aug. 30, club members will provide guns, ammo, personnel and safety monitoring for residents of the Cuyuna Range Medical Center Nursing Home in Crosby, who will shoot at the club’s trap range. A black powder shooting exhibition is also scheduled with members of the Crow Wing County Muzzleloaders from 1-4 p.m.

For more information on all the goings-on at the club, visit the club’s website at or call (218) 678-2281.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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