Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Highly trained dogs from Northstar Search and Rescue will visit Lake Maria State Park on Saturday, March 3, with a program led by Wendy Deane beginning at 10 a.m. in the nature center. This will be followed by a skills demonstration in the adjacent parking lot.
"Our mission is to assist law-enforcement and emergency agencies in locating as many missing or lost people as possible," says Deane who points out that Northstar's handlers and certified dogs have been serving Minnesota and a five-state region since 1989.
Northstar Search and Rescue is on call 24 hours a day throughout the year, and its services are free. Searches include wilderness and urban air scent, wilderness and urban trailing, water or land cadaver, disaster and evidence. There is no charge for this program, but there is a $5 park vehicle entrance fee for those without an annual permit. However, annual permits, covering all state parks, are available at the park office for $25.
For more information and directions, call the park office at (763) 878-2325, or visit its website at www.mnstateparks.info. Lake Maria State Park is located on Wright County Highway 111 approximately seven miles northwest of Monticello, 10 miles northeast of Annandale and five miles north of Maple Lake.