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outdoors Willmar, 56201
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

Events

Spicer Sunrise Lions Club Ice Fishing Derby -- The Spicer Sunrise Lions Club Annual Ice Fishing Derby will be held Saturday, Feb. 7 at Saulsbury Beach on Green Lake. Registration begins and 11 a.m. and the fishing runs from 1-3 p.m. Hole tickets are one for $5 or three for $10. Raffle tickets will also be available for purchase. For more information, call Todd at 320-796-2151.

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CURE Annual Meeting -- The 17th Annual CURE Meeting will be held Saturday, Feb. 7 from 5-10 p.m. at the Hollywood Theater on Main Street in Montevideo. Keynote speakers will be Dr. Carrie Jennings and Dr. Shawn Schottler, Rock Star Sediment Scientists with their presentation "The Real Dirt on the Minnesota River". The cost is $20 per person, which includes the meal and all entertainment. Students are admitted for free, but must pre-register. For more information, call the CURE office at 1-877-269-2873 or visit www.curemnriver.org.

Minnesota Trappers Association Meeting -- The Minnesota Trappers Association District 5 Spring Meeting will be held Saturday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. at Johnson Furs on Highway 71 south of Willmar. There will be fur-handling demonstrations and a fur report, plus door prizes and a hog feed

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Kandiyohi County Pheasants Forever Chapter #2 meetings -- The Kandiyohi County Pheasants Forever Chapter #2 will hold general meetings leading up to its banquet on April 3, 2009, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Willmar. The meetings will be held at the Kandiyohi Entertainment Center in Willmar at 7 p.m. on the following dates: Feb. 9, Feb. 23, March 2, March 9, March 23 and March 30.

Prairie Woods ELC

The following activities are offered by Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Register by calling PWELC, 354-5894 or e-mail at pwelc@wecnet.com. Discount available on all classes for members.

Winter Family Fun Day -- PWELC's Winter Family Fun Day will be held Sunday, Feb. 8 from 1-5 p.m. There is no admission charge. Events include cross country skiing and snowshoeing, the indoor climbing wall, quest treasure hunts, information on winter birds, and darkhouse angling and spearing information.

Sibley State Park

The Interpretive Center is open daily. All Sibley State park programs are lead by the park naturalist or visiting expert. They are at the Interpretive Center and are free unless otherwise noted. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and they are available at the park office. For more information call 354-2002.

Winter trails: Nordic skiing and snowmobile trails are groomed, weather permitting. The trail center in the lower level of the Interpretive Center is open 24 hours a day. There is a warming room, bathrooms and water fountain. A cross country ski pass is required for age 16 and older.

Snowshoe hike: 2 p.m. Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28, weather permitting. Following a brief talk on snowshoe design, manufacture styles and use, a naturalist will lead a walk. Snowshoes will be provided to the first 20 people, 12 years of age and older, who call for reservations, 320-354-2055.

Kids Ice Fishing: 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 8. Discover the secret to finding fish in the winter and make your own ice fishing jiggle stick. An adult must accompany children. Reservations required, limit 15. Call 320-354-2055.

Fiddlers "jam" session: 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 15. Join the Coffee Shop Fiddlers in the Interpretive Center as they have a little fun practicing and playing fiddle music.

Bluebird conservation story: 3 p.m. Feb. 22. A presentation about the bluebird and what you can do to attract them to your home.

To get your outdoors activity in the Conservation Calendar, mail a copy of a flier or handout to West Central Tribune, c/o Outdoors, Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201; fax to 320-235-6769; or email tjb@wctrib.com and put "Conservation Calendar" in the subject line. Submissions must be received by Wednesday to be published in the following weekend edition. No phone calls, please.

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