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CodyDawg

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  1. I wanted to share something with HSOers in the Alexandria MN area. This is the 3rd year of a free event that features hands on outdoor activities for kids and families which will be held on Sunday, August 28th. We have a facebook page now (Youth Outdoor Activity Day - Alexandria MN) and are on youtube (search for Youth Outdoor Activity Day). We could really use some traffic, likes, comments, shares, etc on our Facebook page. We should also be on Ron Schara's Minnesota Bound TV show very soon. This year we received a Youth Recruitment and Retention grant from the Minnesota DNR for just over $24,000. Part of that money will be used to give away hundreds (about 700) rods and reels, 70 bows and 60 BB guns. We will have 35-40 different activities for kids to do, including trap shooting, archery, tomahawk throwing, geocaching, dog handling, fire building, shelter building, outdoor cooking, climbing wall, etc. We are bringing in a trick shooting archery guy for a presentation as well. This event is totally free. We will give a tee shirt to the first 2,350 kids who attend and free lunch for everyone. Two conservation groups have come together to put this on; the Douglas County Chapter of Pheasants Forever and Viking Sportsmen. We will need about 250 volunteers this year I think. The other thing we need is people to bring kids who do not have the opportunity to try some of these activities. That is our target audience. If you, or anyone you know, will be in the area that day, I will guarantee you will have a really fun day if you come out and join us!
  2. I wanted to share something with HSOers in the Alexandria MN area. This is the 3rd year of a free event that features hands on outdoor activities for kids and families which will be held on Sunday, August 28th. We have a facebook page now (Youth Outdoor Activity Day - Alexandria MN) and are on youtube (search for Youth Outdoor Activity Day). We could really use some traffic, likes, comments, shares, etc on our Facebook page. We should also be on Ron Schara's Minnesota Bound TV show very soon. This year we received a Youth Recruitment and Retention grant from the Minnesota DNR for just over $24,000. Part of that money will be used to give away hundreds (about 700) rods and reels, 70 bows and 60 BB guns. We will have 35-40 different activities for kids to do, including trap shooting, archery, tomahawk throwing, geocaching, dog handling, fire building, shelter building, outdoor cooking, climbing wall, etc. We are bringing in a trick shooting archery guy for a presentation as well. This event is totally free. We will give a tee shirt to the first 2,350 kids who attend and free lunch for everyone. Two conservation groups have come together to put this on; the Douglas County Chapter of Pheasants Forever and Viking Sportsmen. We will need about 250 volunteers this year I think. The other thing we need is people to bring kids who do not have the opportunity to try some of these activities. That is our target audience. If you, or anyone you know, will be in the area that day, I will guarantee you will have a really fun day if you come out and join us!
  3. I would absolutely love it if this happened and that part of the state would be a great place for it. More hunting opportunities and more wildlife watching opportunities. Very few in MN have heard an elk bugle. I have no need to go to that part of the state now, but if there were elk there, I would bring the family. And count me as one who thinks, on the whole, the DNR does an okay job. Sure they have made mistakes and sure they could do better in some areas, but I think most of the people that work for them are extremely dedicated people. They are not to blame for bad pheasant or duck populations and they may have goofed up on some deer tags, but Mother Nature is who dealt the death blow to the deer population. Think of it this way, if it all of a sudden was your job tomorrow to determine deer tag allocations, how would you do it? Cuz the second you make a decision, you are gonna get crucified by someone for it.
  4. I still shake my head when I realize that farmers don't have to pay sales tax for anything they buy for farm use. That just doesn't sit right with me.
  5. It has pushed me to apathy. Which I think is the worst thing a fan can have. I don't know when they play again (Saturday? next week?) and I am not looking it up. I really want to be a fan. I will give them a couple of weeks and see how they do, then maybe I will start following them again.
  6. Well, I think I have hung up the scattergun for the year. Slight possibility I might get out for a short hunt Sunday, but I think I am done. Brought my 10 year old girl and 6 year old son out to a honey hole and shot 2 in the first 10 minutes today. Hunted about an hour and saw 4 hens and 3 roosters so that is a pretty good way to end the year! I sure love hunting roosters and I really love it when they get up cackling like crazy!
  7. I take back all the good things I said. Horrible basketball performance and it honestly makes me look forward to Twins baseball. Wait, did I just say "look forward" and "Twins baseball" in the same sentence? Seriously, after this performance, I don't see them making the NIT this year.
  8. just watched the first half of the game vs the boilers. I haven't had a chance to watch much this year but here are my really early impressions: 1. Nate Mason looks oh-so-smooth! He is going to be a good player for us! 2. Carlos Morris looks like he could develop into something really good as well. 3. Whoever said Joey King doesn't belong on an B1G roster is delusional. Now he might not be the greatest of all time, but the kid has heart and plays hard. All those kids on both sides that are supposedly better than him....have less points than him. So tell me why he is leading both teams in scoring if he doesn't belong on a B1G roster. 4. How do we merge EE and Mo W? Together, they would be a decent center. It is funny how they are polar opposites. Pitino must think, hmmm, can I get away with no offense but some good defense and passion? Lets put EE in the game. or hmmm, can I get away with little passion and no defense but good offense? Lets put Mo in the game. 5. I think this team is similar to our football team but maybe a year or two behind them. We just need an uptick in overall average talent plus a star and this could be a really fun team to watch. Like deep run in the tourney type fun to watch. Mason could be that star in a couple of years.
  9. I totally agree aa! If we wouldn't have spent the money on the fraud that is light rail, our road system would be much, much improved. Just think of the gasoline savings alone from all those cars sitting in traffic. I got caught in a traffic jam down there yesterday. Man, I am so glad I don't live in the metro area! but I appreciate all the people that do so they don't live near me. Build more high-rise apartments I say, cram them all in down there.
  10. I disagree. I think adding another lane (or two) is a great long term fix. Once built, it will last forever (assuming regular maintenance). Just think if they would add 2 lanes each way! with an option for a 3rd! that type of forward thinking would last us many, many years at 6% population growth. Light rail is not. It wont even pay for its own maintenance, let alone the initial investment. having a hope that it may someday is pretty close to the definition of insanity (doing the same thing and expecting different results).
  11. Lets hope they are still calling the clutching and grabbing fouls when we play Becky....errr Bucky.
  12. I have one major problem with the mileage tax that no one has addressed. The nonresidents pay a huge amount in gas tax. If we were to shift to a mileage tax, all this money gets shifted to the resident even though the nonresidents certainly damage our roads (could we even hazard a guess that on average they have heavier vehicles (semi's, RVs, trailers, etc)? So for that standpoint alone, I am against the mileage tax. Why would we want to give up on the nonresident tax money? Please, mileage tax proponents, address this issue. AAnderud asked for those against the mileage tax to come up with an option. First, I would say that I would support the mileage tax if you could figure out a way to not lose the nonresident taxes. If not, then I here is my pipe dream....keep the gas tax but put an additional fee on high miles per gallon cars for their fair share of the cost of road repairs. Oh my, can you imagine the wailing and gnashing of teeth of the hybrid owners over that proposal????? But hey, fair is fair!
  13. Just read that the cupcakes have won 10 games against Big Ten teams this year already including Incarnate Word beating Nebraska. Can you imagine how this board would have exploded if we had lost to Incarnate Word? (incidentally, that should be a crowd chant when Nebraska comes to the barn...INCARNATE WORD....INCARNATE WORD....INCARNATE WORD!). Our rodents escaped without an ugly loss and come tourney selection time, I hope we can point to that as a reason we got in and someone else didn't.
  14. great question! I would give my early season a C. Didn't get out as much as I wanted to, didn't see a lot of birds, but enough to keep my interest up. Midseason I would give a B. Shot well except for a trip to ND I could have been better. Tons of birds out there, great time with good friends. Late season I would give an A-. Shot lights out, saw good numbers of birds considering the year and just had a bunch of really good quality hunts.
  15. Great link Tom. This helps to clarify some of the misconceptions out there. One of them that I picked up on is that the DNR cannot manage the MWAs without the money to do so. So to criticize the DNR when it has its hands tied is probably not the most effective way to create change. Rather, criticize (and encourage) your elected officials to provide the DNR the funding they need to get the job done.