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Jan. 27 Outdoor Notes

■ Baxter Bass Snatchers shatter

nine club records

The Snatchers, Minnesota’s third oldest bass club at 35 years, saw nine club records fall during the 2012 season.

The following new club records were produced in 2012: total fish caught (910), total yearly weight caught (1993.1 pounds), average bag (11.6 pounds) and average fish size (2.2 pounds).

The June tournament on Leech Lake saw three lake records fall: average bag (16.3 pounds), total weight for club (488.3 pounds) and average fish size (2.9 pounds).

Two additional club records were also broken: record Bag (22 pounds, 10 ounces) by Art Becker on Leech Lake and record total weight (93.6 pounds) by Jim Smith.

■ Candlelight Ski at Mille

Lacs Kathio State Park

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park will hold its annual Candlelight Ski event from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. People of all ages are invited to ski by the light of the full moon, with candle luminaries to help guide the way.

Volunteers will prepare two separate routes for this popular annual event. A one-mile loop, as well as the two-mile trail between the park’s trail center and interpretive center will be lit. Ski rental is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A shuttle bus will run continuously between the trail center and interpretive center. Ski trail conditions at Mille Lacs Kathio are reported as good.

Refreshments will be served and there will be live music provided by Hans Blix and the Weapons Inspectors. This Brainerd-based musical group will play a mixture of old fiddle tunes, folk, Irish and contemporary music at the park’s interpretive center from 7-9 p.m.

A snowshoeing trail and a short walking trail will also be marked with luminaries. Snowshoes will be available free of charge for those who wish to try the moonlight snowshoe trail.

There is no charge for the Candlelight Ski event. A vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota State parks. Daily and annual permits are available at the park office. If you are 16 or older and plan to ski, a Minnesota Ski Pass is required. Daily Minnesota Ski passes are available at the park office.

The Kathio Candlelight Ski is co-sponsored by Minnesota State Parks & Trails and the Natural Resource Club of Central Lakes College.

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park is located 8 miles north of Onamia, 14 miles south of Garrison, on U.S. Highway 169.

For more information or for ski trail condition updates, call the park office at 320-532-3523.

■ DNR seeks watercraft

inspector applicants

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking watercraft inspector interns for the upcoming boating season. These inspectors are stationed at public accesses on lakes and rivers infested with invasive species such as Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels. The deadline for applications is Feb. 1.

“We’re looking for enthusiastic young adults interested in doing important environmental conservation work,” said Heidi Wolf, DNR watercraft inspection program coordinator. Watercraft inspectors inform and educate the public about aquatic invasive species and the threat they pose to Minnesota waters.

These full-time, temporary internships start in late April and run through the middle of October, with flexibility for students still in school.

Positions are available in the following counties: Aitkin, Anoka, Benton, Blue Earth, Carver, Chisago, Crow Wing, Dakota, Douglas, Goodhue, Houston, Kanebec, Kandiyohi, Le Sueur, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Northern Pope Olmstead, Otter Tail, Pine, Ramsey, Rice, Scott, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wabasha, Washington, Winona and Wright.

Positions are also available in these communities: Baudette, Bemidji, Brainerd, Crookston, Detroit Lakes, Duluth, Ely, Grand Rapids, Tower, Walker and Warroad.

Applicants must have a valid Minnesota driver’s license, be enrolled in a natural resources or related program, and eligible to receive school credit for the position.

To view job description and apply online go to

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