The Minnesota Pheasants Forever State Convention was held at the Prairies Edge Casino Resort Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17 and 18. The Stearns County Chapter received multiple awards for its dedication to habitat and youth education projects.
Chapters from across the state were honored for reaching various historic habitat expenditures. The Stearns County Chapter of Pheasants Forever (SCPF) was honored for spending more than $4 million on wildlife habitat and conservation education projects. Stearns County is only the second chapter in the nation to earn this great honor.
Since the chapter’s inception in 1982, SCPF has donated more than $45,000 to Pheasants Forever Legislative Action Fund to support efforts to improve strong conservation programs within the next Federal Farm Bill. They were also pioneers in creating the Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist position. This biologist’s role is to assist landowners in designing, developing, and funding habitat improvements on private lands.
Watkins Senior Citizens will be having their Valentine’s Day Party at the St. Anthony Manor Thursday, Feb. 13, with social time at 11 a.m. They are serving a pork loin dinner at 11:30 a.m. Cost for the dinner is $5 for members, and $6 for non-members. We will be crowning a king and queen at that time.
Please sign up before Feb. 7, so we know how many to prepare for. Sign-up sheets are at St. Anthony Manor, or call Ruth at 764-6431, or Lorraine at 764-5505.
We would be interested in having new members join our club, if interested, please sign up for the Valentine’s Day Party. We will collect dues for this year.
The Eden Valley-Watkins Boy Scout Troop 363 is in the process of raising funds to acquire a new camp trailer. The Troop is currently using a trailer that was re-purposed more than 40 years ago. Exact age of the current trailer is unknown, but it is apparent that it has been heavily used and is showing serious signs of age.
The Troop has been writing grants and fundraising to purchase a trailer and build the racking needed to make it camping-ready. While we do have some money in our “trailer fund,” we fear that we may not have enough in order to be ready for the 2014 summer camping season without asking for help.
If you are a supporter of Boy Scouts and would like to contribute to the Boy Scout trailer project, your name/your business name can appear on the trailer showing that you helped fund it. Funds can be written out to Troop 363 and mailed to the Scoutmaster at 234 Jacquin Lane, Eden Valley MN 55329. Any support is welcome, whether it be in monetary form or as a pledge to build racking or for artwork design for signage, etc. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
The Kimball Kruisers had fun painting for their January meeting. Art As You Like It came down to the Kimball Area High School to show the 4-Hers how to paint pottery. 4-Hers could choose from a peace sign piggy-bank, a slug bug piggy-bank, or a pig piggy-bank. We chose three colors and started painting. It took almost two hours to get everyone done with their piggy-bank, but it was worthwhile.
Thanks to Art As You Like It for coming down to Kimball to teach us how to paint.
Share the Fun was also discussed. We are looking for ideas for this year’s performance. Share the Fun and performing arts will be held Sunday, Feb. 23, in Litchfield.
Cailyn Kuechle, reporter for Kimball Krusiers
Since last month, our club has gotten our webpage setup and going. You and your friends can go online to centrallakessnowmobileclub.com, and get current information on trail conditions, club activies, club contacts, meeting location and times, Weather and snow depth maps, and much more. Also, check out our sponsor page and see who is supporting snowmobiling in your area, then you can show them support by shopping at their businesses.
We got some snow Tuesday, Jan. 14, and got the trails groomed on Jan. 15, so get out there and ride those trails and enjoy your hobby to the fullest. We will continue to be grooming the trails at least two times a week until it melts.
Thank you landowners for letting us cross your land.