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Conservation Calendar


Kandiyohi County Pheasants Forever Banquet -- The Kandiyohi County Chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold its annual banquet March 27 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Willmar. Proceeds from the banquet will be used for habitat and youth education projects. For tickets or more information, call Brad Hanson at 320-212-4983 or email The doors open at 5 p.m. and the dinner starts at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $55. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

Middle Fork Crow Watershed District Open House -- The Middle Fork Crow Watershed District will hold an Open House Tuesday, April 7 from 5-6:30 p.m. at 174 Lake Avenue North, Suite 2, in Spicer to celebrate its fifth anniversary. For more information, call Vanessa Glieden Henjum at 320-796-0888 or email


Willmar Rifle and Pistol Club -- Indoor range open to public Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m. through April. Located in the basement of the Willmar City Auditorium. $1.50 per half-hour. Targets on sale. Rimfire rifles, rimfire or centerfire handguns only. No high-power/magnum loads. For more information, email

Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association -- The West Central chapter of the Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association will hold its monthly meeting and on Thursday March 18 at 7 p.m. at Melvin's on the Lake in Spicer. Guest speaker will be Dan Strootman, a noted craftsman from Sunburg. All persons interested in the sport of spearing are welcome to attend. The group will meet on the third Thursday of the month. For more information, call 320-354-5227.

Prairie Woods ELC

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

Beginner Archery Class -- All equipment provided or you can bring your own. 4 p.m. April 6. Ages 10 and older. Fee is $10 per person.

Advanced Archery Class -- All equipment provided or you can bring your own. 4 p.m. April 13. Ages 10 and older. Fee is $10 per person.

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

Sibley State Park

The Interpretive Center's hours vary. Sibley State park programs are on the weekends at the Interpretive Center and are led by the park naturalist or visiting expert. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and they are available at the park office. For more information call 320-354-2002. For current information on trail condition visit the DNR Web site at

Maple syruping, from tree to taste: 2 p.m., March 13, 20 and 27. Explore the history of maple syruping, the tools of the trade, sap collection, processing and best of all, tasting. Limit 40. Reservations required, call 354-2055.

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.