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Field reports: Still room in ALS walleye tourney

Still room in ALS walleye tourney A total of 118 teams have registered so far for the 16th annual Kolar Toyota ALS Walleye Tournament June 4 on Island Lake. The event raises money to fight ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Last year, 155 two...

Still room in ALS walleye tourney

A total of 118 teams have registered so far for the 16th annual Kolar Toyota ALS Walleye Tournament June 4 on Island Lake.

The event raises money to fight ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Last year, 155 two-person teams took part in the event, raising $120,000, said Justin May, a tournament committee member and volunteer. At its peak, the event drew more than 200 teams.

"We're planning on getting it over last year at 155," May said.

Two-person teams can enter by paying a total of $350. Or individuals on a team can raise at least $175 each in donations to enter.

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"It works out better for the anglers if they don't have to pay so much up front," May said. "You can get five guys to throw you $25 or $30."

First prize in the contest is four airline tickets to anywhere in the continental United States. Anyone who raises $2,000 or more in donations gets to enter a drawing for a four-wheeler.

Former professional athletes Kent Hrbek, Jim Johnson and Darby Hendrikson are scheduled to serve as celebrity hosts for the event, although Hrbek may miss the event this year because of a conflict, May said.

For more information or to register, go to www.kolartoyotawalleye.com .

Sigurd F. Olson exhibit to open

A new exhibit titled "Wildness in the Soul: Sigurd Olson and the Canoe" opens Saturday at the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum in Spooner.

The exhibit features many previously unseen items from organizations with ties to Olson, including the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute and the Listening Point Foundation.

The centerpiece of the exhibit is Olson's 1935 Old Town Yankee wood canvas canoe, recently restored. The canoe dates from the years Olson worked as a guide with Border Lakes Outfitters in Winton, and has not previously been seen by the public.

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Tower area fisheries work scheduled

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources area fisheries office in Tower will perform several fisheries surveys and assessments this summer. Here's a list of waters scheduled for assessment:

Now through June: Tofte, Ennis and High Lakes (stream trout); Lake Vermilion (muskie assessment, East Basin); Section 30 and Grassy Creeks (fish habitat assessment).

June through September: Bear Head Lake and Lake Vermilion (smallmouth and largemouth bass electrofishing); Lake Vermilion (Aug. 1-10), East Twin (June 20-22), Everett (June 20-22), Bear Head (June 6-8) and White Iron Lakes (June 27-29), all near-shore trap netting.

Agnes, Browns, Cold, East Twin, Everett, Hobo, Joseph, Lost, Mitchell, Picket, Pine, St. Mary's, Wind, and Wood lakes (population assessments).

Beaver, Deep, Drag, Fire, Halfmoon, Shipman Bass, Spoon and Spree, (standard surveys).

Burntside Lake (lake trout deepwater assessment); Lake Vermilion (shoreline seining to evaluate growth of young of the year gamefish); Lake Vermilion and White Iron Lake (young of the year walleye electrofishing); Lake Vermilion fall gill netting.

Section 30 and Grassy Creeks (backpack electro-

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fishing population assessment).

For more information, contact the Tower Fisheries office at (218) 753-2580, jeff.eibler@state.mn.us or Minnesota DNR, Area Fisheries, 650 U.S. Highway 169, Tower, MN 55790.

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