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AUSTIN EDITION Walkin' Jim Stoltz sets free concert

From staff reports

Walkin' Jim Stoltz is scheduled to perform Tuesday night at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center.

Starting at 7 p.m., Stoltz will sing songs and give a multimedia presentation at the center's Ruby Rupner Auditorium. The show is free but people should call the nature center at 437-7519 by Monday if they plan to attend.

In 1974, Stoltz walked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. After more than a year spent walking from the Atlantic to the Pacific, people starting calling him Walkin' Jim.

He later made a trek from Mexico to Canada along the Continental Divide Trail. Stoltz also made yearly long walks across the remaining wild lands in the United States. Stoltz has walked more than 24,000 miles and gained many experiences, stories and songs.

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Following Tuesday's concert, Greg Munson of Quarry Hill Nature Center in Rochester will have bird-banding nets set up in the pine loop at the Austin nature center in hopes of capturing Saw Whet Owls.

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