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Becker couple

fined $1,300 for

baiting waterfowl

A Becker couple was fined $1,300 for hunting waterfowl over bait and shooting hour violations during opening day of the Minnesota waterfowl season.

Denise Ann Eidem, 43, and her husband, David Alan Eidem, 45, both of Becker, were observed by conservation officers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Oct. 1 hunting waterfowl over a baited pond on property they own near Halma in northwestern Minnesota.

A baited area is any area on which salt, grain or other feed has been placed, exposed, deposited, distributed or scattered that could serve as a lure for waterfowl.

In addition to state regulations, federal rules apply to the taking, possession, shipping, transporting and storing of migratory game birds.

Among the restrictions is taking migratory game birds by the aid of baiting.

Citations were issued on Oct. 27 for hunting over bait and shooting before legal hours. The Eidem's were fined $500 each for hunting over bait and $150 each for shooting before hours.

Spring turkey

deadline Dec. 2

Applications for the 2006 Minnesota spring turkey hunt are being accepted by the Department of Natural Resources wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold. Spring turkey hunters may apply for one of 32,856 permits to hunt a five or seven-day season in one of 60 permit areas. Last year, spring turkey hunters harvested 7,789 birds.

This spring's hunt will consist of six five-day and two seven-day seasons.

All resident Minnesota wild turkey hunters interested in hunting this spring must apply electronically no later than Friday, Dec. 2. A nonrefundable $3 application fee must be paid at the time of application.

Nonresident hunters may apply by mail, Internet, or phone at 1-888-665-4236 (MNLICENSE).

A nonrefundable $3.50 transaction fee must be paid at the time of application.

Hunters will also be asked to state a second choice in the last three seasons if they aren't successful in the lottery for their first choice.

Hunters who are successful in the lottery for second choice and who purchase a license will lose their preference points for future drawings.

Hunters who are successful for either the first- or second-choice drawing and choose not to purchase a tag will lose the current year's preference point for future drawings but not accumulated preference from past years.

Hunters who were not successful in either the first or second choice drawing will be eligible to purchase surplus turkey permits, which are sold on a first-come, first-served basis in mid March.


officer receives

prestigious award

State Conservation Officer Doug Sandstrom was among seven individuals to receive Torch & Shield Awards for 2005 from the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Oct. 26. The Torch and Shield Award recognizes individuals who have provided leadership and who have aided in the development of UMC and the Northwest Research and Outreach Center.

Sandstrom, who is stationed in Cass County, worked as the department technician and naturalist for the Natural Resources Department and Northwest Experiment Station at UMC from 1973-1977. A natural resources graduate of UMC, Sandstrom received the Outstanding Alumni Award in 1993. He currently is chair of the Cass County Extension Committee and serves on Extension's statewide Citizens Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Leech Lake Foundation and serves on the advisory committee for the Mississippi Headwaters board. Sandstrom has served on the Natural Resources Program Advisory Committee for many years.

EIS to be prepared

for open pit mine

The Department of Natur al Resources will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the East Reserve project, a new open-pit mine area proposed by Ispat Inland Mining, located between the towns of Biwabik and McKinley in St. Louis Coun ty.

The DNR distributed a Scoping Environmental Assessment Worksheet and Draft Scoping Decision Doc ument on June 27 to all agencies listed on the Environmental Quality Board distribution list and all interested parties.

Availability of the Scoping EAW and Draft Scoping Decision Document were announced in the July 4 EQB Monitor. The DNR held a public scoping meeting in Biwabik and accepted comments during a 30-day public comment period concluding on Aug. 3.

The DNR considered comments on the proposed scope, made revisions to the Draft Scoping Decision Document, and issued a Final Scoping Decision Document on Aug. 24. The Scoping Decision identifies those project alternatives and issues that will be addressed in the EIS and presents a tentative schedule for EIS completion.

The EIS will address the following issues: geologic hazards and soil conditions erosion and sedimentation; solid wastes and hazardous wastes; noise and dust; impact on infrastructure and public services; stockpile design and in-pit stockpiling; fish, wildlife and ecologically sensitive resources; physical impacts on water resources; water use; water quality; surface water runoff and wastewaters; socioeconomic effects; and cumulative impacts such as wildlife habitat loss/fragmentation and travel corridor obstruction, and increased flow/vol ume and water quality in unnamed streams and the Embarrass River.