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DNR hosts deer conversation open houses

MANKATO — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a series of spring open houses at 35 locations throughout the state to invite public conversation with local wildlife managers about deer and deer management.

Open house attendees can discuss their general concerns about deer, and learn about last year’s harvest data for their individual deer permit area (DPA). They also can ask about chronic wasting disease.

“The input provided from these open houses helps inform the deer season regulations for the upcoming fall and is a good opportunity for the local wildlife managers to meet the public they serve,” said south regional wildlife manager Dave Trauba. “The feedback from people who participated in past open houses has been valuable and we anticipate another round of good conversation and information sharing.”

Southern Minnesota open house details:

• Marshall: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, Marshall Area DNR Office, 1400 E. Lyon St.

• New London: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday, March 19, DNR Area Wildlife Office (Sibley State Park), 398 Sibley Park Road.

• Slayton: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday, March 19, Slayton Area DNR Office, 2611 Broadway Ave.

• Watson: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, Lac qui Parle DNR Office, 14047 20th St. NW.

• Wells: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 19, Wells Community Center, 189 2nd St. SE.

• Windom: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday, March 19, Windom Area DNR Office, 175 County Rd. 26.

Meeting location details for other areas in the state can be found online on the deer open house webpage. A second series of open houses is being planned for August after season regulations are finalized.

The DNR began these local, open-house style meetings in 2018 with the release of its deer management plan. The department continues to use them as a way to encourage discussions about deer and deer management, enhance local relationships, and foster two-way communication between the DNR and the public.

No formal presentations are planned and people can arrive any time during the scheduled open house times. Interested people who can’t attend a scheduled meeting are encouraged to contact a local wildlife manager for additional information or to address any questions about deer management.

A list of wildlife offices is available online at mndnr.gov/areas/wildlife.

New Ulm Area Foundation spring

application deadline March 15

NEW ULM The New Ulm Area Foundation Spring grants application deadline is fast approaching. Applications are due March 15.

The mission of the New Ulm Area Foundation is to address the needs of the community by growing the endowment funds and providing financial grants from the earnings of those funds. The Foundation focuses its grant funding in the areas of the arts, education, economic development and historic preservation.

Please use the NEW guidelines and applications, which can be found at https://newulmareafoundation.org.

Library to offer History of Jewelry-Making presentation

NEW ULM — Sue Happel, of Village Arts and Pottery in Searles, will present “The History of Jewelry-Making” at New Ulm Public Library on Monday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. Happel will discuss the different styles and techniques of jewelry-making throughout history. Following the presentation attendees will have the chance to make their own jewelry or rework their own jewelry brought from home. Supplies will be provided. The hands-on portion of the program is first come, first served; sign up at the door. This program is free and open to those age 14 and older. Call 507-359-8331 for more information.

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