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Hawk Creek Watershed Project Annual Meeting -- Hawk Creek Watershed Project will host its ninth annual meeting from 8:30 a.m.-noon on Feb. 2 at the Kandi Entertainment Center in Willmar. A meal will be served immediately following the meeting. Hawk Creek Coordinator Cory Netland will present, "2010 HCWP Progress - Achieving Significant Water Quality Improvements in Farm Country." A panel consisting of Kandiyohi County Drainage Inspector Loren Engelby, Kandiyohi County Commissioner Harlan Madsen, Minnesota Viewer's Association Secretary/Treasurer Ron Ringquist, and Kurt Deter from Rinke Noonan Attorneys at Law, a renowned attorney regarded as an expert on drainage law, will discuss "Public Drainage Benefits & Damages - Past, Present, & Future." To conclude the meeting, Stephen Lee, MPCA, will present "History of Environmental Expectation in Minnesota." Continuing Education credits for Certified Crop Advisors are pending. Please register before noon on Jan. 31 by calling 320-523-3666 to reserve a meal.

2011 Minnesota Decoy Collectors Show -- The 2011 Minnesota Decoy Collectors Show will be held Feb. 2-5 at the Ramada Inn/Thunderbird Motel at the Mall of America in Bloomington. Jon Deeter of Guyette & Schmidt, Inc., the world's leading decoy auction firm, will host a special display of historic Midwestern antique hunting duck and shorebird decoys. The decoy display will be presented by the Guyette & Schmidt, Inc., auction company of St. Michaels, Maryland. Guyette & Schmidt, Inc. will also provide free decoy appraisals at the show.

Sno-Skippers Speed/Radar Runs -- The Sno-Skippers Snowmobile Club will host speed/radar runs Feb. 6 and Feb. 20 at the Saulsbury Beach access on Green Lake in Spicer. Registration begins at 9 a.m. each day with runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The cost is $15 per racer per class for three runs, then $5 per run thereafter. Radar runs are open to all classes. For more information, contact Joe at 320-979-4953 or John at 320-444-0104.

CURE Annual Meeting -- Clean Up our River Environment will hold its 19th annual meeting Feb. 12 at the Hollywood Theater in Montevideo. The event runs from 5-10 p.m. with the meal served at 6:30 p.m. Featured speakers and guests include writer/producer John Hickman, award-winning videographer Jon Carlson, Minneapolis mayor R.T. Ryback and award-winning documentary producer Larkin McPhee. The cost is $25 per person, which includes the meal. Students and children are $8 each. For more information, call 1-877-269-2873 or visit the web site at

Vintage Drag Race -- The Sno-Skippers Snowmobile Club will host a Vintage Drag Race Feb. 19 at the Saulsbury Beach access on Green Lake in Spicer. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The races are open to vintage sleds 1985 and older. The entry fee is $25 with 100-percent payout. For more information, contact Joe at 320-979-4953 or Adam at 320-894-1497.


Willmar Rifle and Pistol Club -- Indoor range open to public Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9 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

Black Powder Shoots -- The Willmar Rifle and Pistol Club will host black powder shoots once per month in February and March at the Willmar Indoor Range. The events run from 6-9 p.m., and are organized into shooting games, novelty targets and paper targets. The black powder shoots are open to traditional and inline black powder shooters. For more information, contact Dean Eichelberger at 320-235-6367.

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.