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Field reports: State park to hold fat-bike rally

Lake Bemidji State Park will hold its fourth annual Northland Fat Bike Rally on March 3. Riders may choose between 10-kilometer and 28-kilometer courses. The main event begins at 11 a.m., with registration at 9:30 and a mandatory rules meeting at 10:15.

Riders of all abilities are welcome to take demo rides on various fat bikes and learn about the sport by talking with experts. The event and activities are free. For more information, call (218) 308-2300 or visit the Bemidji Area Mountain Bikers Facebook page.

Offer input on B2B route

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council and the Minnesota Four-Wheel Drive Association, will hold a series of meetings across the northern counties of Minnesota about the Border to Border (B2B) Touring Route.

The route will connect the eastern and western borders of Minnesota across the northern third of the state using minimum-maintenance and rugged roadways. The end product will be a signed, mapped route for highway-licensed four-wheel drive vehicles.

The project is funded by the off-road vehicle account in Minnesota's Natural Resources Fund. Revenues for this fund come from registered off-road vehicle owners.

The purpose of the listening sessions is to gather feedback regarding a proposed route. The route is proposed to pass through these counties: Cook, Lake, St. Louis, Itasca, Beltrami, Clearwater, Polk, Red Lake, Pennington, Marshall and Kittson.

Here's a list of meetings in Northeastern Minnesota. All meetings are from 6 to 8 p.m.

• Feb. 20 — Cook County School, 101 W. Fifth St., Grand Marais

• Feb. 21 — Mountain Iron Community Center, 8586 Enterprise Drive S., Mountain Iron

• Feb. 22 — Beaver Bay Community Center, 711 MacDonald Ave., Beaver Bay

• Feb. 26 — Squaw Lake Community Center, 52201 Minnesota Highway 46, Squaw Lake, Minn.

Nelson named to Lake of the Woods job

Brett Nelson is the new Lake of the Woods large-lake specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Baudette. He replaces Tom Heinrich, a longtime biologist in the Baudette office who left in January to become the DNR's Mille Lacs Lake fisheries supervisor. Nelson has been a DNR fisheries specialist in the Baudette office for the past four years.

George is C.O. of the Year

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Phil George, who patrols in the Rochester area, has been named the 2018 DNR Conservation Officer of the Year.

Apply for habitat grants

A new Wisconsin Habitat Partnership Fund will provide $1 million to improve wildlife habitat and increase the amount of land accessible to the public for hunting, trapping and wildlife viewing.

Eligible projects include habitat restoration, enhancement or management activities that benefit priority wildlife habitat and enhance the public experience in the outdoors. Eligible applicants include local units of government, tribes and nonprofit conservation organizations.

Deadline for applications is April 6. For more information, search the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website, dnr.wi.gov, for "Wisconsin Habitat Partnership Fund."

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