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Conservation Calendar


Blomkest Sportsmen's Club Fish Fry -- The Blomkest Sportsmen's Club will be holding a fish fry from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 at the Blomkest Community Center. The cost is $8 per person.

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

CURE Bridge Builder Gathering -- CURE is hosting a seminar on "Industrial Sustainable Agriculture: Can We Integrate Large Scale Production and Natural Resource Management" on Thursday, March 26 from 7-9 p.m. at the Kilowatt Center in Granite Falls. Tim Gieseke of the Minnesota Project will be the speaker. Admission is free. For more information, call the CURE office at 1-877-269-2873 or visit

Prairie Pothole Spring Banquet -- The Minnesota Waterfowl Association's Prairie Pothole chapter will hold its annual Spring Banquet Friday, Feb. 6 at the Kandiyohi Entertainment Center in Willmar. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner starts at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the event help support area events, including the Annual Youth Shoot, the MWA Woodie Camp and Family Habitat Day. For more information or to order tickets, call Jim or Kay Boyer at 320-235-7287, Troy or Hahne Heck at 320-235-0560 or Curt Mackedanz at 320-796-6416. Information is also available on the Internet at


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: Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Feb. 23, March 2, March 9, March 23 and March 30.

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. Jan. 31; 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.

Cross country ski trail grooming equipment display: 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 1. A Sibley State Park employee will answer questions about the ski trail grooming equipment which will be on display and the technique involved in grooming trails.

Moonlight snowshoe hike: 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5, weather permitting. Enjoy an evening of snowshoeing under the light of the moon with a guide leading the walk. Snowshoes will be provided to the first 20 people, 12 years of age and older, who call for reservations, 354-2002 or 354-2055. If you have your own snowshoes you are also welcome on the hike. May be cancelled due to clouds.

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 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.