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Kandiyohi County Pheasants Forever Banquet -- The Kandiyohi County Chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold its annual banquet March 17 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Willmar. The guest speaker will be Rob Drieslein, editor of Outdoor News. Proceeds from the banquet will be used for habitat and youth education projects. For tickets or more information, call Steph Dileski at (320) 235-7949. Tickets can also be purchased at Brad's 71 Bait and Sports and Mel's Sport Shop.

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Belgian Waffle Feed/Fishing Seminars -- The Willmar Area Chapter of Let's Go Fishing will serve Dad's Belgian waffles from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the Willmar Senior Citizen's Center. Professional walleye fisherman Pete Harsh will speak from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Denny Pluimer will speak on northern pike and bass fishing from noon-1:30 p.m. Adults $8, seniors 65 and over and ages 6 to 12 $6, children 5 and under are free.

Weekly/monthly, etc.

Willmar Rifle and Pistol Range -- Lower level of city auditorium; non-mag. handgun, rimfire rifle. 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. $1.50 per half hour, pay at the door. Targets available for sale.

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.

Cross Country Ski trails -- Open daily from 8 a.m.-sunset. Ski and snowshoe rental available. Trailhead hours on weekends are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. No fee for trail use, but a Minnesota Ski Pass is required.

Open Climbing -- Indoor rock climbing wall. Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon. Reservations required, please call by Thursday.

Sibley State Park

The Sibley State Interpretive Center hours vary during the week and can be obtained by calling 354-2002. All programs are led by the park naturalist or visiting expert. They are at the Interpretive Center, and unless otherwise noted are free and last one hour or less. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park, and they are available at the park office. For more information, call 354-2002. The park naturalist is available to present programs in and outside of the park Wednesday through Friday.

Maple Syruping: 2 p.m., March 18, 25. Explore the history of maple syruping, the tools of the trade, sap collection, processing and best of all - tasting. Reservations required, limit of 40. Call 354-2002 or 354-2055.

To get your outdoors activity in the Conservation Calendar, mail a copy of a flyer or handout to West Central Tribune, c/o Outdoors, Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201; fax to (320) 235-6769; or email feedback@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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