Fishing licenses expire Friday

The 2013 Minnesota fishing, hunting and trapping licenses expire Friday, so new ones are needed Saturday, the Department of Natural Resources is reminding anglers.

The DNR also reminds anglers that their ice houses have to be off the ice by Saturday if the shacks are on the Mississippi River backwaters between the two railroad tracks, or Monday if they're in southern Minnesota but not on border waters.

You can bring shelters back onto the ice after those dates, but they can't be left out overnight.

DNR conservation officers in this region report that last Thursday's blizzard turned top of some snow on lakes into slush, and it could have frozen in around the shacks. Plan accordingly, as removal of shacks could be a challenge.

Turkey fundraiser:The annual fund raiser for the Bear Creek Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will begin at 5:30 p.m. March 8 at the Rochester Eagles Club, 917 15th Ave. S.E.


Cost is $50; you can contact Jim Peschges at 289-9234 or for tickets or more information.

Tickets for The Glacier Stops Here dinner and breakfast:If you want to attend the March 21 dinner following the first day of the The Glacier Stops Here at Mayo Civic Center, or the March 22 breakfast, the deadline is March 12.

To learn more or sign up, go to

The expo will be from noon to 6 p.m. March 21 and 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 22 and is intended to let people know what there's to do in the outdoors and tourism in the blufflands of this region. Admission is $5 for adults, youths 12 and under are free. It's meant to be something for the whole family.

Advisory team on southeast deer populations:The 21-member advisory team working with the DNR to set goals for deer populations in the southeast is meant to include a cross section of interests.

More than 90 people applied to be on the team. Members represent archery, firearm and muzzleloader hunters as well as non-hunters; area residents and landowners; farmers; orchard owners and operators; land managers; local government staff and appointed officials; local business owners; and members of hunting, conservation and agricultural organizations.

Advisory team members are: Mark Bauman, Rochester; Cynthie Christensen, Rushford; Ken Fetterly, Spring Valley; Larry Gates, Kellogg; Collin Johnson, St. Charles; Chris Kolbert, St. Charles; Kyle Kolbet, Rochester; Vong Lee, Roseville; Quintin Lohse, Chatfield; Melinda Miller, Stewartville; Anne Morse, Dakota; Mark Popovich, Welch; Ron Rosenthal, Red Wing; Tom Ryan, Byron; Jim Siewert, Lake City; Michael Simons, Cottage Grove; Terry Spaeth, Rochester; Len Strapp, Rushford; Marty Stubstad, Rochester; Mark Timm, Altura and Jim Vogen, Chatfield.

More information about the goal-setting process and deer management is available on the DNR website at

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