DNR honors Guida at annual awards day

Conservation Officer Jim Guida, who works in the Brainerd East station, was recently honored with the Waterfowl Enforcement Achievement Award by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

A second-generation conservation officer, Guida, who works the Brainerd East station, is committed to ensuring future generations have the opportunity to experience ducks whizzing by their blinds. In addition, he spends countless hours every year teaching kids about waterfowl conservation by helping them build wood duck houses and talking to them at school and during safety courses.

Enforcement Division Director Rodmen Smith presented Guida the award last week at the division’s annual awards ceremony and training conference at Camp Ripley.

“CO Guida takes an all-encompassing approach to waterfowl enforcement,” Smith said. “He makes sure hunters in the field are hunting ethically and lawfully, but he’s also devoted to protecting wetlands and the associated habitats that are crucial to the future of waterfowl.”

New members sought for Baxter Bass Snatchers

The Baxter Bass Snatchers, Minnesota’s third oldest bass club, is looking for a couple new members for the 2020 season.

The club fishes six tournaments on local lakes during the summer months, usually on Saturdays. Members don’t need a boat, just a love of fishing.

Join Baxter Bass Snatchers for lunch and to learn more at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Brainerd Elks Club.