Your Thursday News Brief: August 23

By: Shawn Campbell

WALKER MN – A proposed walleye regulation change on Leech Lake would allow anglers more opportunities to keep walleye beginning when the 2019 open water-fishing season opens. The Minnesota DNR is seeking input on the change at an open house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at the Walker Area Community Center. The proposed regulation change would remove the 20- to 26-inch protected slot and replace it with a regulation similar to the statewide regulation, but with a four-fish walleye limit, only one of which can be over 20 inches. Carl Pedersen, the DNR large lake specialist on Leech Lake, said the walleye population is in excellent condition at this time and can afford some additional harvest. DNR staff will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the proposed regulation with individuals who attend. Following the meeting, comments will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 5. Those unable to attend the meeting can provide comments by calling the Walker Area Fisheries Office at 218-547-1683 or by emailing Walker.fisheries@state.mn.us. Anglers who can’t make the meeting in Walker can attend an open house about that and other regulation proposals from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the DNR headquarters in St. Paul.

 BEMIDJI MN – In the past, the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area has closed the first week of school for in-service staff training and building maintenance. This year the Club will be open for normal school hours for grades 1st-12th starting on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. For Club members to attend, registration fees and forms must be completed and turned in by August 31. All members and a parent/guardian must attend a 2018 orientation. Members who attend Central Elementary must have registration items and a transportation form turned in before school starts. Space is limited, first come first serve. The Club will not be transporting from Lincoln Elementary this year. For any questions, contact Sara Collins, member services assistant director, at 444-4171 ext. 101 orbgcba.memberservices@gmail.com

BEMIDJI MN – The Beltrami County Board of commissioners met on Tuesday and heard an update on the veteran’s home. According to Scotty Allison, Veterans Service Officer, they are reaching out to the community and government for fundraising help. So far they have raised over $150,000. Allison says the goal is to have a majority of the funding by September 10th. The new Veterans Home will be built on land donated by Sanford Health.

BEMIDJI MN – Debate is back at the Bemidji High School. On Monday the Bemidji School Board heard a proposal from Speech Coach and Paul Bunyan Broadcastings Tom Lucas. Coach Lucas says debate will benefit students. The Debate team will start meeting in September and begin competing in October.

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