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Along the Portage

Along the Portage is the Voyageur's outdoor news section. Here readers find year-round coverage of local hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation. Regular features include the DNR Question of the Week, and Mike Rahn's "Inside the Outdoors" column. Captivating wildlife photos by local photographers are a special addition to Along the Portage.

 

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Culvert Crawl: Erv Kleinschmidt (North Branch) and Jason Rarick (Pine City) enjoy a trip over the culverts. Cindy Kleinschmidt is riding along in the background.

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McGregor’s ATV park expected to be a destination for riders of all ages

McGREGOR, Minn.— The Up North Riders ATV Club and Aitkin County ATV Alliance hosted the annual All-Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota (ATVAM) Fall Ride & Rally this past weekend. Riders from in and around the region, as well as from all over the state, visited McGregor. The highlight of the conference was introducing the new technical riding park just west of McGregor, where a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held.

Following the cutting of the ribbon, Aitkin County Land Commissioner Mark Jacobs spoke about the almost ten-year project. “This did not just happen overnight,” said Mark, who has a passion for outdoor recreation and forestry management. “We began by entering into a long negotiation process with the owner of the property. We were initially very far apart on appraisals.”

After brainstorming took place among the ATV committee members at Aitkin County, the group went to the county board to get authorization to use economic development funds to purchase the property. “That was a pretty big step in getting this going,” noted Mark. “After title issues were resolved, the project moved forward with a six-month environmental review process, followed by a conditional use process with the county.”

Concerns were raised regarding trespassing on the adjacent land and hours of operation. “It ...

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Northern: Jim O’Donnell caught this 6-pound, 3-ounce northern pike on Lake Minnewawa.

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LOCAL CATCH REPORT — The 2016 “Local Catch” fishing contest is officially over and all the photos that appeared in the paper since the fishing opener will go into a drawing this week. One lucky winner will win a $200 cash prize.

The winner will be announced in an upcoming issue of the Voyageur Press

Over the years, we have had many winners. Last year, long-time resident Jan Eld was the winner of the contest. Jan’s husband, Dick, was pictured in the newspaper in early July holding up Jan’s two-pound, 13-ounce largemouth bass.

“That fish was a total fluke,” said Jan who enjoys fishing off her dock on Lake Minnewawa. “I was fishing with a worm for sunnies and caught this big bass.”

In 2014, Zach Sroka was the big winner. He ...

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Laker• 15 lbs • 22” girth,and 34” long
Caught by June Collman of Cromwell

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The Voyageur Press and Willeys Sports Shop & Spirits are sponsoring a $200 cash prize drawing this summer. Just for Fishing

Enter to win Now through Labor Day.

It’s simple: Catch a fish and bring it to Willeys Sports Shop & Spirits located 4 miles north of McGregor on Highway 65.

The staff at Willeys will take a picture and collect information on your catch. The picture will appear in the Voyageur Press and will be eligible for a first place prize of $200 cash prize.

Limit one picture per person, per week. Photos can
also be e-mailed to: vpofmg.ads@frontiernet.net

Willeys Sports Shop & Spirits also gives out weekly prizes for biggest Panfish, Crappie, Walleye, Northern and Bass. Also, guess the # of bobbers in the cage for a chance to win $300.

Week #16 Winners

Please check back next week ...

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