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					   National Trout Learning Center
                        Minnesota’s Trout Fishing Capital
                                             Preston, MN
     A special publication by the Fillmore County Journal.

                                         “Minnesota’s Trout Capital”
By Cathy Enerson, Preston EDA Director                                    to the Minnesota Trout Association President, Jeff Brogberg. In
   In the spring of 2009, while working on Preston Trailhead              Preston we were pleased to see both organizations had the desire
development, the approach that I had observed while attending             to forge together for the purpose of establishing a learning center
the Southern Minnesota Initiative Regional meetings to identify           to showcase and preserve our assets. Jeff’s experience in geology
the regional assets, became a tool to assist the EDA while iden-          opened our eyes to areas of Preston where the geology, hydrology,
tifying and developing the assets found unique to Preston. At             river current and landscape come together to showcase the drift-
that time the heart of Preston was becoming                               less area. The small committee brought positive reports back to
clearer. What I saw, that I believed set Preston                          the EDA board. From that point on the EDA was well on its way
apart from our neighboring communities,                                   to developing a mission and purpose to establish a national trout
is that Preston is indeed an outdoorsmen’s                                learning center to bring economic impact to the city of Preston
paradise, and particularly “Minnesota’s Trout                             while preserving our existing assets. The EDA, the city and the
Capital.”                                                                 county resolved to develop a learning center in Preston.
   Not being a fisherman, it was necessary for                               Our EDA indeed knew that it would take an enormous amount
me to call local national fishing organizations                           of specialty and enthusiasm to move forward. It was important to
to verify that preserving and promoting our                               us to stay very involved with the creation of the center and not
                                                    Cathy Enerson         allow any one special interest group to sway from the mission and
“Trout Capital” was, indeed, the right path
for Preston. The national organization, Trout Unlimited, directed         purpose of the center. After visiting with our enthusiastic friends
me to speak with the president of our local Trout Unlimited Hia-          at the National Eagle Center, we began our work to follow their
watha Chapter, who at the time was Randy Brock. Randy and                 highly successful business plan that would to bring vitality to our
his vice president, Gary Sabota, met with our city administrator,         downtown.
Joe Hoffman, and myself to share their perspectives. They were               To model the beginnings of the Eagle Center the first step
enthusiastic about Preston and verified that, indeed, not only            for Preston was to open a temporary center and for the EDA to
is Preston located at one of the finest cold water streams in the         established an arm of the EDA to handle the details to create that
nation for trout fishing, but those men provided additional details       temporary National Trout Learning Center. The president of the
about the driftless area and our geology in Preston. Most impor-          EDA, Dwight Luhmann, suggested that a gentleman who had
tantly, we agreed Preston would not have to create assets while           spent part of his career with the University of Minnesota fisheries
developing “Minnesota’s Trout Capital,” but that Preston already          be approached to chair the steering committee. Another cold call
has the assets to be the home of the National Trout Learning              resulted in our chair, George Spangler. Sixteen more calls resulted
Center. Preston is the location to keep our outdoorsmen’s paradise        in professionals (strangers to each other) from all areas of SE MN,
vibrant while connecting the public to the angling experience.            coming together to weave their expertise into the creation of the
   We discussed all of the existing assets surrounding Preston            center.
including: our improved transportation on Highway 52, public                 The EDA acquired two years of funding to operate the tempo-
access to the cold water streams, the unique geology of the driftless     rary center while the EDA and National Trout Learning Center
area, a vast composition of city and state trails, a trail head and the   steering committee work on programming, displays, updating
vast area of the Root River that flows thru Preston connecting us         the business plan, land acquisition, design and funding for the
to our neighboring cities. After leaving that meeting, what stood         permanent center. Funding and supporters include: funds received
out the most was our discussion about how education for those of          from AgStar Rural Fund to perform the feasibility studies on the
all ages and abilities would have a significant impact on the care        business plan, The Preston Area Community Foundation, The
and use of our assets. What I did not expect to learn about was           Christenson Family Fund, the EDA, the Preston Public Utilities,
the economic impact that trout fishing has on our area. The Trout         the Preston Chamber of Commerce, Fillmore County, the city
Unlimited economic impact statistics and studies about the drift-         of Preston, the Preston Arts Council and the Preston Tourism
less area are outstanding and indicate that 1.1 billion dollars are       board.
spent annually on trout fishing in the driftless area.
   This information was brought back to the Economic Develop-                                 Table of Contents
ment Authority, along with the idea to start a learning center.              “Minnesota’s Trout Capital” .............................. Pg. 2
Cold calls were made to other learning centers, and the National
Eagle Center was enthusiastic and supportive of the concept to               Welcome to Preston .......................................... Pg. 3
establish a learning center for angling, trout and the driftless area        The Four Types of Trout .................................... Pg. 4
in downtown Preston. The EDA visited the National Eagle Center               Rainbow Trout ................................................... Pg. 5
in Wabasha, and it was apparent that the center had a transforma-
tion on the city of Wabasha. The director shared with us that he             Brown Trout ...................................................... Pg. 6
had been thanked by 35 businesses in Wabasha. The EDA/Port                   Brook Trout ....................................................... Pg. 7
Authority, directors and board members had made an impact on                 Trout Fishing Map ..........................................Pg. 8-9
local business.                                                              Basic Trout Fishing Tactics .............................. Pg. 10
   The Preston EDA then started a smaller committee to host visits
in Preston. Randy Brock came to Preston to meet the smaller EDA              Fly Fishing 101 ................................................ Pg. 12
committee and tour areas of downtown Preston. He introduced us               Programming Initiatives .................................. Pg. 13

             Welcome to Preston                                              Preston welcomes the National Trout Learning Center as a nat-
                                                                          ural and important tourism attraction that compliments our karst
By Kathy Dahl, Preston Tourism Director                                   geological surroundings. Tourism is an $11.2 billion industry in
   Consider this your personal invitation to visit Preston, Min-          Minnesota. Travelers in Minnesota spend more than $33 million
nesota, located in scenic Historic Bluff Country.                         a day and tourism is comparable to agriculture in its contributions
   Preston is known as the county seat of Fillmore County, the            to the gross state product. Dollars spent by travelers circulate into
Trailhead of two state bike trails, Minnesota’s Trout Fishing             our local economy supporting businesses and amenities that add
Capital, and most recently home to the National Trout Learning            to Preston’s quality of life. The average guest will spend 25 percent
Center.                                                                   of their vacation dollars on shopping, 25 percent on recreation,
   Today, as you drive into Preston on Hwy.                               24 percent on food, 14 percent on lodging, and 12 percent on
52, a designated National Scenic Byway, you                               transportation. Fishing, in general, is a popular Minnesota attrac-
will be treated to one of the most beautiful                              tion. The Explore Minnesota State Tourism office reported that
panoramas in all of southeastern Minnesota.                               last year they received requests from all 50 states regarding fishing
The byway follows the twists and turns of the                             opportunities in our state.
Root River, which was named one of the “Top                                  Spending by trout anglers in the four-state Driftless Area totals
10 Trout Waters in the Midwest,” by Outdoor                               nearly $647 million, a conservative estimate according to the latest
Life Magazine. ESPN-TV also featured the                                  Trout Unlimited economic impact study, with the average angler
Root River for its exceptional Brown, Brook, Kathy Dahl                   spending $4,171.15 each year on trout fishing in the Driftless
and Rainbow trout fishing waters.                                         region. The establishment of the National Trout Learning Center
   Preston is a family-fun destination and offers visitors a variety of   in Preston will lure more trout enthusiasts to choose Preston as
fun, educational, cultural, and, of course, several outdoor adven-        their preferred trout fishing destination and bring along their
ture activities to choose from: fish our blue ribbon cold water           families to enjoy all that Historic Bluff Country has to offer.
streams, canoe, tube, hike, and bike along the Root River, golf              In addition, Preston offers guests collectible and antique shop-
and swim in the summer, and enjoy miles of cross-country ski              ping, fine dining, and unique overnight accommodations and
and snowmobile trails during winter months. Experience nearby             camping facilities. Now’s the time to “Get Hooked On Pres-
Historic Forestville / Mystery Cave State Park, recently named by         ton!”
Midwest Magazine as one of the “Best U.S. State Parks.” Amish                Call the Preston Tourism Center and request a visitor’s packet:
communities are located within miles, and a private stable in             888-845-2100. Also visit us on the web and download our Pres-
town offers horseback trail rides. The Fillmore County Airport is         ton brochure:
located three miles west of town.                                            Start planning your Preston adventure!

                                                                                                              Area Chamber
               Minnesota’s Trout Fishing Capital                                                              of Commerce
                                                Preston welcomes                                                   would like to
                                                    visitors to the                                              congratulate the
                                                   National Trout
                                                  Learning Center                                               National Trout
                                                         located in                                            Learning Center
                                                      Minnesota’s                                                  for taking the
                                                     Trout Fishing
                                                           Capital.                                               “Trout Capital
                                                                                                                   of Minnesota”
                                                                                                                 to another level!

  City of Preston/Preston Public Utilities/Preston EDA
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        The Four Types of Trout Including the Hybrid Tiger Trout
By George Spangler, National Trout Learning Center                      and red spots. These fish, imported to North America in the late
   If you are an angler seeking the experience of taking a “Grand       19th century, quickly spread throughout the continent due to
Slam” of trout, what would that be in the four-state unglaciated        widespread stocking practices of resource management agencies.
area known as the Driftless Region?                                     Several varieties of brown trout, including the German brown
   Three species of trout have been successfully used to establish      and the Loch Leven trout of Scotland, established naturally-
sport fisheries in the driftless region of the upper midwest. Fishery   reproducing populations in suitable streams and rivers, effectively
managers now have the options of planting                               competing with, and, in some cases, displacing native trout. These
each of these species at sizes ranging from                             fish are fine table fare and excellent game fish that are adaptable to
fingerlings to catchable fish. In streams                               a somewhat broader range of environmental conditions than our
with suitable water quality and spawning                                native brook trout.
habitat, hatchery plantings have been pro-                                 Another “exotic” species, the rainbow trout of the Pacific slopes
gressively replaced by naturally-spawned                                of North America, was also extensively introduced to waters east
year-classes of fish. In streams with less                              of the Rocky Mountains by enthusiastic fish culturists in the late
suitable environmental characteristics, sea-                            1800s. Like the brown trout, many populations of these rainbows
sonal fisheries have been established and                               eventually became self-sustaining in midwestern streams, particu-
maintained annually with supplemental George Spangler                   larly in tributaries of the Great Lakes. Rainbows have been espe-
stockings. Today, the upper midwest has                                 cially favored by sport-fishing enthusiasts because of their dramatic
a rich diversity of trout fisheries in hundreds of miles of trout       striking of the lure and vigorous acrobatics when hooked. Unlike
streams due to improvements in water quality, changes in land use       the fall-spawning brook and brown trout, rainbows naturally
and increasingly effective fish cultural practices. How did these       spawn in the springtime.
fisheries become established in the streams and rivers of the drift-       As Robert Burns promised in 1785 in his poem “To a Mouse”:
less area?                                                                 The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men,
   Swimming within the cold, clear waters of the spring-fed streams        Gang aft agley, ...
of the driftless region, our native brook trout                                                        Who would have guessed that a fourth
are the only descendants of the trout clan                                                      trout would emerge to provide even greater
known to have been present when Europeans                                                       diversity of choices in the fisheries of the
first came to the region. Revered world-wide                                                    driftless region? That fish is the tiger trout,
for their beauty, outstanding table quality                                                     the hybrid produced by a brown trout female
and fine gamefish attributes, these fish have                                                   spawning with a brook trout male!
become the hallmarks of excellent water                                                                This is an “inter-generic” hybrid, that
quality. Brook trout, also known as eastern                                                     is, a hybrid from somewhat distantly related
brook trout or, “speckled trout” in Canada,                                                     species, and is invariably sterile. Even when
are the lotic (stream-dwelling) cousins of the                                                 tiger trout are deliberately produced in hatch-
lake trout, the deep-water inhabitant of the Great Lakes and large      eries, there is a high mortality rate in the juvenile fish, leading
lakes of the far north. Together with the dolly varden and bull         hatchery managers to conclude that tiger trout would not be regu-
trout of the west, and arctic char of the boreal regions, these fish    larly produced to supplement more traditional trout fisheries. Nev-
represent the “char” side of the salmon and trout family in North       ertheless, since brook and brown trout are fall spawning species, it
America. All these species of char are dark-bodied fish freckled        is inevitable that some wild Tiger trout will be naturally produced
with lighter spots and vermiculation. Our brook trout has the           in waters inhabited by both brook trout and brown trout.
additional color features of red spots surrounded by blue halos, and       Thus, the driftless region can be said to offer anglers the oppor-
black and white-striped fins during the spawning season.                tunity to catch up to four distinct kinds of trout. Taking all four
   Contrast these colors on our native trout to the lighter yellow-     of these in a single trip might be the definition of the Grand Slam
brown body of the brown trout, variously covered with brown             of the driftless region!

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                 Rainbow Trout                                                                     Predators
                                                                         Brown trout eat rainbow trout. So do people and other preda-
   The rainbow trout, a greenish or bluish trout with spots and       tory birds, mammals, and fish.
a pink stripe down its side, was introduced to Minnesota from                                 Habitat and range
the western United States. It likes fast water and is known to leap      Rainbow trout are native west of the Rocky Mountains.
from the water when hooked.                                           Although they are a cold-water fish, they can survive warmer
                            Identification                            temperatures than some other trout. They were first stocked in
   General description: This colorful fish is best distinguished      Minnesota in the 1890s. Today they are found mostly in north-
by the numerous tiny spots that cover its body and fins and by        eastern and central lakes and Lake Superior tributaries. Rainbow
the pinkish stripe that runs the length of its body.                  trout are stocked in some southeastern Minnesota streams. Rain-
   Size: Minnesota rainbow trout found                                                         bows spend their first few years of life in
in rivers are usually less than five pounds.                                                   tiny streams, then migrate down to larger
However, those found in Lake Supe-                                                             bodies of water.
rior and some other lakes can grow                                                                   Population and management
much larger. The Minnesota record is 16                                                           Minnesota fisheries managers breed
pounds, six ounces. It was caught in the                                                       rainbow trout for desirable characteris-
Devil Track River in Cook County.                                                              tics such as hardiness and stock them in
   Color: The rainbow has dark spots on                                                        streams. In some streams managers have
a light background. Its back is olive and                                                      installed step pools to help adult rainbows
its sides have a pink stripe. The tail is covered with small black    that are traveling upstream to reach their spawning sites. Remote
spots. Those found in lakes are silver.                               lakes in northeastern Minnesota are stocked from float planes.
                            Reproduction                              The fish are dropped from about 300 feet above the lake.
   Rainbow trout begin breeding at age one to five. The females                                     Fun facts
usually take longer to mature than the males. The trout travel           The steelhead, a popular Lake Superior sport fish, is actually
upstream to spawn. Female rainbows dig a nest, called a redd, in      a rainbow trout. In April, steelheads swim from the big lake into
the spring. Eggs hatch in July. Some varieties that spawn in the      rivers such as the Knife River to spawn. Then they return to Lake
fall and winter have been developed through selective breeding.       Superior.
                                 Food                                    Source:
   Young rainbow trout eat insects and crustaceans. Adults
mainly eat other fish.

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                  Brown Trout                                     and small fish. Older fish feed mainly at night and eat other
                                                                  fish. They also eat insects, crustaceans, and other small crea-
   The brown trout, a popular game fish, was not found in         tures.
Minnesota before European settlement. A native of Europe                                     Predators
and Asia, it was introduced to the state in the early 1900s.         Brook trout predators include other large fish such as north-
                          Identification                          ern pike, birds such as osprey, loon, kingfisher and great blue
   General description: This species has a light brown stream-    heron, or other animals such as mink, otter and raccoon.
lined body with a square tail.                                    People also love to eat trout.
   Size: Typical adult size for a brown trout is 13 to 16 inch-                          Habitat and range
es.                                                                  Brown trout thrive in warmer water than brook or lake
   Weight: It tends to be limited to about five pounds in         trout. They are most active when water temperatures range
streams, but can grow larger in Lake Superior.                    between 65 and 70 degrees. Some live in Lake Superior, and
Minnesota’s record brown trout, caught                                               migrate into streams to spawn.
in Lake Superior, weighed 16 pounds, 12                                                     Population and management
ounces.                                                                                      Brown trout are popular fish for
   Color: The brown trout has pale brown-                                            anglers fishing streams. Minnesota fisheries
ish green sides and a lighter belly. It has dark                                     managers improve habitat for brown trout.
spots and red spots with light-colored rings.                                        Hatchery brown trout are selectively bred to
The dorsal fin is spotted.                                                           improve their genetics and they are stocked
                Reproduction                                                         in streams and sometimes in lakes.
   In mid-October through November, starting at about two to                                          Fun facts
three years of age, the female brown trout digs a saucer-shaped      Occasionally an angler will catch a fish that looks a bit like
nest, called a redd, in the gravel on the bottom of a stream.     a brown trout but has oddly shaped dark and light markings
The male fertilizes the eggs as they are laid. Afterwards, the    rather than distinct dark spots. These are hybrids between
female covers them with gravel and the parents leave. The eggs    brown trout and brook trout, a native Minnesota species that is
hatch in late winter (February to March).                         also an autumn spawner. Scientists believe these hybrids occur
                               Food                               when the eggs and sperm of the two species accidentally mix
   Brown trout eat different things at different ages. When       in the stream during spawning.
they are young, they eat mainly insects, but also crustaceans        Source:

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                                          the National                 congratulates Preston on the opening of the
                                         Trout Learning                National Trout Learning Center. We look
                                            Center!                    forward to ongoing collaboration and
                                                                       promotion of our area assets!

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                  Brook Trout                                                       Habitat and range
                                                                   Compared to many fish, brook trout are fussy about
   A colorful member of the salmon family, the brook trout      where they live. They need clean, cool (prefer 50 to 60
thrives in cold-water streams throughout Minnesota. One         F) water with lots of oxygen. They can live in streams or
of two trout species native to Minnesota (the other is lake     lakes. Originally native to southeastern Minnesota, the
trout), brook trout are the easiest to catch, and they are      upper St. Croix, Lake Superior and tributaries, and a few
good to eat.                                                    other lakes, they have been extensively stocked throughout
                       Identification                           the state. In Minnesota, brook trout are found in tributar-
   General description: The brook trout is a medium-            ies of Lake Superior and in streams in the east-central, and
sized, dark fish with light spots, a black-spotted dorsal       southeastern part of the state.
fin, and a squarish tail. Its scales are                                       Population and management
so tiny that it almost looks like it                                                     The Minnesota DNR stocks brook
doesn’t have any. Male brook trout                                                      trout in lakes, and carries out
grow a hook-like protuberance on                                                        habitat improvement in streams to
their lower lips in the fall.                                                           make sure they have the resources
   Size: The world record brook                                                         they need to thrive. The DNR also
trout is more than 14 pounds,                                                           stocks a cross between male brook
but they rarely get that big. The                                                       trout and female lake trout known
Minnesota record is 6 pounds, 5                                                         as splake. Splake are relatively easy
ounces, caught in the Pigeon River                                                      to catch and are considered good
in Cook County.                                                                         eating. Remote lakes in northeast-
   Color: The brook trout has a                                                         ern Minnesota are stocked using a
light belly and sides. Its back is dark green to nearly black   float plane and are dropped from about 300 feet above the
with light wavy lines and speckles. Some of its spots are       lake.
red with blue rims.                                                                      Fun facts
                        Reproduction                               Back in Minnesota’s lumberjack days, logging outfits
   Brook trout spawn in October, November, and Decem-           used to transport brook trout in milk cans and stock them
ber. The males and females gather in a shallow part of the      in north woods streams. The fish would then provide
stream that has fresh, well-oxygenated water and a clean        meals for the loggers.
gravel bed. The female digs a nest, called a redd, 4 to 12         Source:
inches deep in the bottom. The fish churn the water as
they release eggs and milt. After the eggs are laid and fer-
tilized, the female covers them with a bit of gravel.
                              Food                                A day, a week, or forever
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                        Southeastern Minnesota Trout Streams
  The streams of southeastern Minnesota are very differ-     ute to land erosion and sedimentation of the streambeds.
ent from North Shore streams. Most rise from springs and     This fine sediment covers the gravel runs and riffles that
thus are cool in summer. The limestone and alluvial soils    trout need to spawn and invertebrates need to survive. The
in drainages make the streams hard, nonacidic, alkaline      clearing of shoreline trees takes away the underwater root
and very productive. Whereas the North Shore streams         wads and fallen trees in which trout find cover from current
have relatively few aquatic insects, the southeast streams   and predators. Finally, many of these streams simply aren’t
produce frequent hatches of mayflies, caddis flies and       very large, and large trout find little cover. So, while the
midges-all providing food for trout.                         best of these streams may produce up to 300 pounds of fish
 Nonetheless, southeast trout streams do have problems,      per acre-excellent production by any measure-18-inchers
most related to agriculture. Fence-to-fence grain farming    may be scarce except as figments of the imagination.
on the uplands and pasturing of the river bottoms contrib-     Because the chemistry and productivity of these streams
                                                                                                      Continued on page 9
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are good, trout respond well to some kinds of habitat         a few streams, spawning habitat is extremely limited, and
improvement. For example, the use of planks and boulders      the trout fishery is maintained entirely by stocking. Most
to build artificial overhanging banks increases big-fish      people fishing these streams would regard a 14-inch brown
cover, as does the placement of boulders in channel. Rip-     as large, though some trout occasionally exceed eight
rap prevents bank erosion. Wing dams and other current        pounds.
deflectors keep silt from key areas.                             Some small southeast tributaries support wild brook
   Brown trout are the trout best suited to the southeast     trout; other streams are stocked with brookies. Some
streams. In the best of these rivers, such as Trout Run (in   strains of rainbow trout have been tried in these creeks.
Winona and Fillmore counties), browns are self-sustaining.    Unfortunately, rainbows tend to migrate to larger, less suit-
In other streams, such as the South Branch of the White-      able water so success with this species has been limited.
water, natural reproduction is augmented with stocking. In       Source: http://www.dnr.state.

                                    Basic Trout Fishing Tactics
   Trout fishing is a sport for everyone. You don’t need a      of the Whitewater streams (and others), utilizing different
boat and motor, a depth locator, a pH meter, a guide, or any    habitat than the brown trout. Famous for their acrobatics
expensive tackle. All you need is a spinning or spin-casting    (tail-walking), rainbows will give any angler quite a thrill.
outfit in working order, a box of hooks, some night crawlers       • There are a number of methods used to catch trout, but
and a pair of hip boots. (The hip boots are optional if you     most novice trout anglers begin by learning to catch trout
don’t mind getting your feet wet.)                              on light spinning tackle.
   If you are 16 or older you will need a fishing license and      • Many good trout anglers make fishing more of a chal-
trout stamp.                                                    lenge by using a fly rod or fishing wild trout in crystal clear
   As with most types of specialized fishing, a few anglers     streams. Some anglers spend many days trying to catch a
seem to catch most of the fish. This is not luck. They          trophy. You may want to get into this type of trout fishing,
know how to catch trout. You can be one of those “lucky”        but for now we are going to stick with basics.
anglers.                                                                                Getting Started
   This article will not make you an expert, but it may help       Get a map of the area you are going to fish and make
you catch your first trout. From that point on you just need    sure that you are actually fishing in trout water. The map
to go fishing and learn from your experiences.                  “Trout Angling Opportunities in Southern Minnesota” is a
                         Trout Habits                           good map to use. It is available free at local fisheries, parks,
   There are three species of trout that live in southeast      and wildlife management offices.
Minnesota trout streams. They are the brook trout, the             One of the biggest mistakes novice trout anglers make is
brown trout, and the rainbow trout.                             using the wrong equipment.
   Brook trout (the only native of the three) thrive in            Use monofilament line no heavier than six pound test in
smaller streams of good water quality, occupying pools          cloudy or muddy water and no heavier than four pound test
and riffles that seem quite shallow when compared to the        in clear water.
pools brown trout frequent. In-stream vegetation provides          Fill your reel spool with backing (some heavy line) and
adequate cover for the brookie. They are very aggressive        put about 30 yards of lighter line at the end. Note: It may
and relatively easy to catch. They normally are smaller         take several hundred yards of light line to fill your spool.
than browns and rainbows, a 14 inch brookie is a trophy.        Most of this line is wasted. Replace it after it becomes worn
In large and medium sized streams you will find them near       or is too short to fish with.
the headwaters and in major springs.                               Use hooks in the #10 to #14 size range and do not use
   Brown trout (from Europe) are the most abundant and          long shank sunfish hooks. You want your hook to be incon-
most sought after trout in southeast Minnesota streams.         spicuous.
They are wary and must be stalked with patience. Your              Clean your reel before you go so your line flows smoothly
shadow on the water will “put them down” for an hour or         off the spool.
two. They require overhanging cover like undercut banks            Get permission to access private lands that do not have
or fallen trees. They will be found in the deepest pools,       easements. Most people are happy to let you fish on their
moving into the shallows (riffles) to feed in early morning     property if you just ask for permission first.
and late afternoon. They feed actively on emergent insects                             Bait And Tackle
like caddis flies and mayflies. Brown trout get larger than        Everyone has a different idea as to which bait or method
rainbows and brookies; 14 to 18-inch fish are common and        is the best for catching trout. Anything that works is good,
browns over 25 inches have been taken in the southeast.         but since you have read this far, I will assume you would
   Rainbow trout (a west coast native) do not commonly          like a basic outfit to get started. An acceptable trout fishing
reproduce in southeast Minnesota streams and must be            outfit would include:
maintained by stocking. They occupy the fast, big water            • An ultra light, fast action spinning rod between four
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Continued from page 10                                                                rally back towards you. Your line will float so watch it and
and five feet long;                                                                   you can tell when you have a bite. If you are careful, you
   • a light duty spinning or spincasting reel outfitted with                         might catch more than one fish from the same pool. Be
four to six pound test line. (I prefer four. I would rather                           patient and fish carefully. Learn to cast with accuracy. If
hook a good one and lose it than not hook it at all.);                                you have disturbed the pool, move on to another. Stay out
   • #10 to #14 regular shank bronze hooks; and                                       of the water when fishing. The boots are for crossing the
   • a few small split shot for those rare occasions when you                         stream. If you want to release a deeply hooked fish just cut
need to get your bait down in swift water, and a canvas                               your line. If the fish is bleeding, keep it. It will not live.
creel and a small knife.                                                                 Hellgrammites and water worms are very effective when
   Bait: It is hard to beat the nightcrawler for baitfishing                          allowed to drift naturally into a pool. You can accomplish
trout. It has just the right heft for a long cast and they are                        this with a gentle upstream cast or by drifting the bait
easy to come by. Worms are too small and are difficult to                             down to the pool from upstream. This technique is also
cast. Hellgramites and water worms (insect larva) are also                            useful when fishing a pool that is protected by a fallen
good. They are harder to obtain in mid summer and are                                 tree.
difficult to cast long distances, but are ideal for drift fish-                          To sum up bait fishing:
ing. Small minnows work well in early season when the                                    • fish natural (natural drift, no bobber, no sinker, light
fish are sluggish, but who wants to carry a minnow bucket                             line);
around all day. Veteran brown trout anglers often use a                                  • keep hidden;
chunk of chub or sucker meat when angling for the big                                    • don’t walk in the water;
ones. This also keeps other chubs and suckers from biting                                • make accurate casts; and
when fishing in poorer quality water.                                                    • fish afternoon hours in springtime, early morning
   Hardware: Spinners, jigs and other minnow imitators                                hours in summer.
also work well for trout. Any color or style is apt to work,                             When casting hardware you don’t have to worry about an
but match these colors and species for starters. Gold-                                unnatural drift. Minnows swim in all directions. You still
Browns, Silver-Rainbows, Copper-Brookies                                              must make a cautious approach to the pool. A favorite strat-
                          Technique                                                   egy is to bait fish a stream, working your way upstream,
   First we will fish with the nightcrawler. Hook half of a                           and then cast spinners to the same pools on the way back.
crawler just once at either end. Approach the pool quietly                               Good Fishing!
from downstream keeping well hidden from the fish. Cast                                  Source:
upstream over the pool allowing your crawler to drift natu-

       National Trout Learning Center                                                 With your support we can accomplish
       Steering Committee Members                                                      the goals of the Learning Center:
  George Spangler...... Retired Univ. of MN, Fisheries Specialist                     Volunteers:
  Kathy Dahl .................................... Tourism Director, Preston             If you would like to donate your time and talent please email
  Tom Byrne ........................................................ EDA Member       us. Training and flexibility are available for our volunteers.
  Cathy Enerson .................................................. EDA Director       If you would like to participate in demonstrations or
  Scott Springer ................................................... EDA Member       promotional events, we would appreciate hearing from you
  Kay Spangler.......................................... Preston Arts Council         at
  Jason Sethre ............................................... Chamber Member
                                                                                      Items of Interest:
  Dave Harrison ......................................City Council Member
                                                                                        If you have items of interest that you would like to donate
  Joe Hoffman ............................................. City Administrator
                                                                                      to the center or to add to fundraising events we would be
  Gary Sabota ..........................................TU VP Local Chapter
                                                                                      pleased to hear from you. Items include:
  Joe Tenley ........................................................MTA Secretary
                                                                                        • Historical artifacts or information • Art • Collections •
  Mike Odenbret ........................ Resident/fisherman/craftsman
                                                                                       • Educational materials • Music and other miscellaneous •
  Scott Moeller ..............................................DNR-Liaison role
  Joe MaGee ............................ Fillmore County Soil and Water               Cash Donations:
  Cris Gastner ......................................... Fillmore County EDA            The permanent center will be built using funds from the
  Kelly Herold .....................................Winona State University           capital campaign, state and federal funding. To donate to
  John Goutcher ...................................................Area Resident      the capital campaign either check or cash is accepted by the
  Mike Tomashek................................VP at IBM STG Business                 City of Preston. Make checks payable to: Preston Economic
  Mel Haugsted ..........................................VP MTA, Past DNR             Development Authority - Trout, Preston City Hall, PO Box
  Jeff Cooper ........................................................Area Resident   657, Preston, MN 55965.
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                            the in the line
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                       especially loop unfurl.
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                         “Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not
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adily.       small segment of line hangs loosely      #4 - Stop when the rod tip is still          underwater                            • Small split shot to squeeze
                  “Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not
             behind your casting shoulder.they are after.” slightly upward, and
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       Programming Initiatives                                                programming.
                                                                                 The project planning incorporates a temporary location of the
                                                                              NTLC Center on Main Street across from the County Court-
                      Program Description                                     house. This will serve as educational ambassadors for visitors
   The NTLC programming focuses on four educational                           and a sensory structure for fundraising, meetings and the 1st
themes:                                                                       exhibits. The temporary center is projected to be open to the
   1) Trout biology and stream ecology.                                       public Wednesday through Saturdays from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00
   2) The Root River watershed and cold water streams as they                 P.M.
relate to the trout habitat.                                                              Projected Programs And Special Events
   3) Human Connection including all ages with the trout fish-                   The primary daily programming at the NTLC Center con-
ing and angling in SE MN.                                                     sists of:
   4) The driftless area from geological, cultural and historical                • Interactive events – Various trout fishing tactics demon-
perspectives.                                                                 strated in the stream, pole & fly construction, Trout Fishing
   Those themes are used in developing educational program-                   Stewardship.
ming through exhibits, media presentations, and both formal                      • Various media presentations that run from 7 – 10 minutes
and informal presentations. The presentations are conducted at                on both DVD and VHS.
the NTLC Center. These programs generate revenue to support                      • Staff and volunteer interpretation.
the center’s operation.                                                          • Feeding experiences
   The staff and volunteers will develop high quality, broad                     • Exhibits dedicated to the four interpretive themes.
reaching and exciting programs for this project. The NTLC                        The NTLC Center will plan for several events per year. One
Center project is a hands on “Catch the Trout” response to the                is already in existence in Trout Days held in May. Once the
need for education and enjoyment of trout fishing by all ages                 permanent facility is completed, events will be expanded along
and abilities.                                                                with increased visitation. It is expected that the NTLC Center
   The existing handicap accessible dock is located on the banks              will have one event each month. Events will be marketed to
of the Root River at the Preston trailhead. The dock was washed               the media and conducted at the NTLC Center. Additional
away in the 2007 flood and will be rebuilt as part of the overall             revenues would be generated through admission fees to events,
project to incorporate existing assets such as the trailhead to               gift store sales, membership solicitations, and donations.
connect the existing walking and bike trail to the NTLC. Year                    “Trout Days” weekend was a good example of this kind of
round enjoyment of all aspects will develop through seasonal                  event. Volunteers and NTLC Center staff implemented a vari-
                                                                                                                                   Continued on page 14

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Continued from page 13                                                      • To educate community, professional, business, and political
ety of events around the town to coordinate with existing activi-        leaders that an outstanding environmental education project can
ties and offered public space, bathrooms, rest areas, a weather          be an effective development tool in small town Minnesota.
shelter and public access for all ages and abilities to access fishing      • To create a comprehensive integrated plan in combination
on the Root River.                                                       with development and marketing plans that:
       Program Objectives (To Be Adjusted By Steering                       1. Establishes the NTLC as primary choice for families,
                     Committee Specialists)                              schools, associations and business groups interested in wildlife-
   The program objectives for the NTLC Center are:                       related programs, activities and memberships/sponsorships.
   • To educate and stimulate the interest of the general public            2. Brands and positions the NTLC as the premier trout educa-
about the requirements.                                                  tion destination in North America.
   • To sustain a quality life and natural environment by using             3. Generates a consistent and viable revenue stream to support
the most effective and appealing vehicles, the trout fishing and         all NTLC activities.
the Root River ecosystem. By connecting the angler experience               Specific program ideas and focus events are to be identified
and public through personal experiences, the interest generated          by programming staff that are experts in trout fishing and the
from the experience will then be focused into a participation of         environment. They are based upon the five interpretive themes
citizen science or community service project.                            and membership inventive events:
   • To focus on young people, by directly working with the                 1. Trout: Focus Events: March, July, December;
school systems of the region, and generating their global interest          2. The river: Focus Events: February, April, August;
in rivers and ecosystems. This results in a positive impact to their        3. Angler: Focus Events: May, September, November;
lives. The NTLC strives to be the premier provider of angler                4. History of the Drift less Region:      Focus Events: Janu-
experiences for children and adults of all abilities in the areas        ary, May, July;
served. Programs are in place to serve the needs of out-of-region           5. Membership Event: Membership events will be offered to
participants and enhance revenue streams for the NTLC.                   create added incentive to become a member in NTLC. These
   • To focus on the historical sequence of geological events            will be scheduled throughout the year, perhaps in conjunction
that shaped the Root River and the Driftless Area. This history          with existing events:
points out our successes and failures using our natural resource            • Preview to exhibit openings;
and guides us to better decisions in the future.                            • Special to include local foods programs;
   • To engage various groups with diverse backgrounds and                  • Special speakers;
bring them together through their shared connection to the                  • Member only sales in the gift store.
angler experience and trout fishing.                                                                                                             Continued on page 15

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Continued from page 14                                                                                         Education
                    Community Partners                                                  • School Presentations
  The NTLC will engage in partnerships to help achieve                                  • Corporate Presentations
mutually productive goals. Some example partnerships are:                               • Educational Program Outreach and Day Camps by Sea-
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Upper Mississippi Refuge,                           son – Winona State and WI Stout University students will
Educational Programs – NEC staff has partnered on numer-                             develop Day Camps in conjunction with internships at the
ous refuge programs including the “Celebrating a Century of                          NEC. Stipend from day camp revenues to be determined, or
Conservation” and injured eagle rescues;                                             camp developed within an existing college for kids program
  • Minnesota Trout Association;                                                     at Winona State.
  • Trout Unlimited;                                                                    A) Summer Programs:
  • Area Tourism and Chambers;                                                          B)      Limited to two, one week sessions with 10 partici-
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.                                       pants per intern and volunteer assistant. Class 1 runs 10:00
                     Program Expansion                                               a.m. to noon and class II runs 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  Once the permanent building is a reality, NTLC will have                              1. Observation Deck:
the opportunity to expand its programming in a variety of                               2. Stage
ways to reach a broader audience.                                                       3. Root River Restoration
  Volunteer Training and Recruitment Objectives                                         4. Off-site Programs
  • Recruit more volunteers from the membership of NTLC,                                C) Winter (Winter weekend) with 20 participants
visitors to the NTLC and from local sources through area                             depending on accommodations
radio and newspaper advertisements.                                                     1. Trout Center Classroom,
  • Organize volunteer training by area of responsibility,                              2. Winter Trout Fishing (weather permitting)
such as interpretative training, special events, maintenance,                           3. Off-site Programs
and administration.                                                                     D) All seasons         Educational Outreach programs
  • River and angler tours by experienced anglers.                                   such as these below would be conducted with area schools in
  • Environmental education classes taught by educational                            Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.
specialist.                                                                             1. Live Trout programs
  • Build up volunteer base to allow for volunteer aquari-                              2. River programs
ums, sales staff, and interpreters to be on site daily to reduce                        3. Trout and human culture programs (speakers and historians).
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                                                                                                                                                                                                               National Trout Learning Center sets the table for regional meeting                                                                                                                                                National Trout Le
                   vian cuisine in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  arning                                                           Center, more tha
   Kari’s: Scandina
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   n a wild dream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      By K aren r eisner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kreisner @fillmo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A very well
                                                                     for a cater-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   upbeat region attended and
                                           have a larger kitchen                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         al
                                            ing business.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         meeting was held partnership
             By K risti ruen                                     cuisine lends                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              at
                                                “Scandinavian                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      on May 10. Attend Eagle Bluff
                           on local, sea-                        cuts of meat,”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ees
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   area business people included
      A desire to focus                      itself well to all might be mari-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 , local and
                         with a varying                     “It                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   county govern
   sonal, fresh foods with a desire stated Scott. , cured, etc. so                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ment officia ls,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  interested citizen
   menu, combined                                     pickled
                              g catering nated, just the prime cuts are                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          educators, state s, university
   to expand a buddin in Lanes- that not
                             d                                Examples might                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and county
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 natura l resourc
    business, has resulte opportu- being used. stews, marinated                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       e, soil and water
                       dining                  include our                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and trout fishing
    boro’s newest            navian Res-                          ary Garlic Leg                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             /sportsman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                groups. The intenti
    nity, Kari’s Scandi Scott and dishes, or Rosem
                          tors                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                on was to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bring people
     taurant. Proprieexcited to share of Lamb.” the menu are like-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  together to dis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cuss the possibi
     Angie Taylor are         atmosphere
                                                  Items on
                                                                    most because,                                                                                                                                Left: The location of the future site of the National Trout Learning Center in Preston, Minn.; Middle: an artistic representation of a 30-foot trout statue in the making                                           lities and oppor-
      the    Scandinavian                       ly to appeal to has its roots                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tunities of a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    National Trout
                           dine at Kari’s, “Midwestern fare                                                                                                                                                      with the help of the Preston Arts Council; Right: providing general information.                                  Photo and artwork provided              Learning Center
      and fare as you                                                              ,”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (NTLC ) to
                        February 1.                          inavia n cuisine                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  be located in
      which opened cuisine is the in Scand                                                                                                                                                                                By Jason sethre               has been swimming upstream tremendous amount of support. working in conjunction with the of Commerce recently voted to                                Brock, Fox 47
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Preston. Randy
          Scandinavian                           explained Scott. contributing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     news, fly fisher-
                            the restaurant          Another factor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        with hopes of establishing a per-      The Preston Arts Council has NTLC steering committee, has commission Slim’s Woodshed                           man and preside
       centerpiece for         . “We want                             Scandinavian
                                                                                                                                                                                                             manent home for the National collaborated with scrap metal established a temporary site that of Harmony, Minn., to carve up                                                  nt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              chapter of Trout of the local Left: Randy Brock,
       due    to a few factors use fresh, to the fact that centerpiece is                                                                                                                                            The table has been set for Trout Learning Center.                       sculptor Gary Greff to create a will involve a “soft opening” at a tree with his chainsaw at the                                             Unlim ited, guest speake                  meteorologist
                             can                              the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            welcomed the
       a menu that we                      g cuisine is            other, Kari Tay-                                                                                                                             “The Trout Capital” of Minne-             Since the introduction of the 30-foot trout statue referenced 120 St. Anthony Street in Pres- annual Trout Days event and                                             crowd of around represe                   rs interested in           for Fox 47 news,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fly fisherman
        local, seasona   l foods, utilizin        Scott’s grandm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             fifty people and                                                                furthering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   introduced the furthe nting the Christianson Family the regional partnerships and president of the local
                              and a rotat- lor. She immigrated from Nor-                                                                                                                                         sota.                                  National Trout Learning Center as “Fintastical” to be displayed ton on May 15 during Preston’s then donate their work-of-art to                     morning’s speake                                                                                                                                                chapter of Trout
        local producers                       ,                                    her                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              rs. He called                 r support the NTLC                     Fund, poses with                  of the National
                            changes weekly way at the age of three with old                                                                                                                                          Preston, home to a portion of concept in May of 2009, the in the city of Preston, pending Trout Days -- with plans of                                    See NTLC Page 3              the NTLC a                                     ers were memb                   initiatives.                         Dwight Luhm                    Trout
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ann, president Learning Center. Right: Dan introduced
         ing menu that                                                                                                                                                                    once worn by                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “gigan
                            that with many mother and her one-year                                                                                                  with a “Bunad,” which is the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 over 700 miles of some of the momentum of interest from a donor contributions.                                coordinating an official grand                                              tunity” to develo tic oppor- steering                            ers of the NTLC                                                                         of the Presto                          Christianson
         and we can do                                                                                                                                       rant,                                                                                                                                                                                                 Comment on this article at                                                                         comm ittee. Georg            the Midwest. The                                            Photos courtesy of n EDA, as he presents a check ,
                           Scandinavian in                         dad was already                                                        inavian Restau is called Hardanger                                     most sought-after trout fishing wide variety of local and state               The Economic Development opening some time in June.                                                         resource we have p a natura l Spangler,                                                                        center could
          foods that are ed Angie. “At sister. Kari’s States and they                                                    of Kari’s Scand                    one                    Photo by Kristi Ruen                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               chair                    e help the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           eastern Minne here in south- steering comm of the NTLC degree area achieve a greater fishing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ting people know                     Cathy Enerson,                        to
          origin,” explain                         in the United                                        Taylor, owners gian outfit. This particular                                                              streams in the United States, organizations has reeled in a Authority of Preston, Minn.                          The Preston Area Chamber                                                                                                                                                                           this is                         Preston EDA Directo
                            Café, our other traveled via ship with all                Scott and Angie
                                                                                                      traditional Norwe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Most of the mornin                         that                ittee, declared                 of econom ic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               securit                 is located. He where geologic features of                         r
           Pedal Pusher          foods    have                                        Kari Taylor, a       it is from.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    g’s speak- centerwe are at the absolute The plan for the center is y. for the suppor t of the asked                                          Spangler asked the region.
           restaurant, local we want to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   for the crowd’s
                                                                                      style for the region
                                                                                  2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              focus on teachin                    to                                     busi- participation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chatfield earns favorable AA                                                                     Rushford City Council drafts
                                                                See KARI’S Page                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of the trout fishing                                 g people about ness community and educat
           been important
                                                                                                               rning                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        in fresh water                                                                                            by donating time,

                                                                                                ional Trout Lea                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Chatfield scrutiniz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The center                         ors. expertise
                             We also want to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        habitat and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    let- marvelous would celebrate our                           and money to
            continue that.

                                                                               for temporary Nat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 water offer                                                                                                               es dollars spent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         area and the natura
                                                                                                                                                                               gton. This service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                bond rating                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     l

                         es lease
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   See NTLC Page
                                                                                                                                                            ambu- Farmin after contacting several                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   3 

           Preston approv                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Road blocks to
                                                                                                                                            tion of the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          By K aren r eisner
                                                                                                                                            lance         servic e chosen services. They use the                                                               the interest cost incurred by the debt will                                              The village would then provide the bal-                                                        include two located

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Cliff Trail Spur Eagle
                                                                                                                                                                       billing                      as the                    By K aren r eisner                                                                     By K irsten Zoellner                                                                kreisner @fillmo                                                         on State be
                                                                                                                                             leadership struc- same billing softwa re                                                                          be reduced.                                                                              ance of their water needs by blending                     Hwy 30 which is                                      questions
                                                   feasibility grant.                                                                        ture and would current compa ny and may
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The interest rate on the Revenue Bonds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        untreated water from their own well. In            The Chatfield                               be overlayed this scheduled to dishing out answered before
                    By K aren r eisner              for the NTLC                                                                                                for                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     with a relative City Council, in July. The                         year, probably
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               thing that was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               money for some-
                                                                                                                                              be responsible            slightly less.                               A public hearing was held on the was over five percent while the interest                 The ongoing topic of a water sale to the this scenario, the combination of water                             ly                                         two
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        takes a harder look light agenda, nificantly differen bids are sig- Haner pointed not budgeted for.
                                                    The EDA has                                                                               schedu ling and               2010 Street and ts
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Utility         intention of the city of Chatfield to issue rate for the GO Bonds will be about 3.38       City of Rushford Village (CRV) consumed system components required to satisfy the
                                  Preston City been awarded                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     at the cost of                             t both in the                         out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              had saved money that the city
               At the April 5                                                                                                                 the coordination                   Improvemen                      General Obligation Capital Improvement percent over the next 16 years. Matt- more than an hour of the exceptionally demand of approximately 3.285 million                             projects at their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            May 10 meeting. amount and kind of work to                                                                          By K aren r eisner
                                  g an EDA the $5,000 grant                                                                                                                                      Bonest roo Plan Bonds and a proposal to adopt the son explained Minnesota law in 2001 long Monday, April 26th, council meeting. gallons of water, in combination with                                Wastewater Treatm                               perform                           be ing of the                on the clean-
            Council meetin                                                                                                                     of training. Kevin           Brett Grabau,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ent Plant recommed and the cost. Haner                                  reed beds. The                                                         Cliff is willing
                               a two-year lease                     for                                                                                                                                  they                                                                                                                                                                                          Superintendent                                                                                                                    kreisner @fillmo                                              to build the
            request to sign the old Buy- to be used                                                                                            Ostern   noted the
                                                                                                                                                                         and Associ   ates, explained            Capital Improvement Plan at the city didn’t allow bonding for police, fire and             Having received updated findings and a the operational cost is $21,017 annually                                  Darryl Haner                      ended the high                 estimate was for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    quote the compa                 $27,000 and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               job               trail if they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 can limit the
                                                                 pment                                                                                                                                  2010                                                                                                                                                                                          presented the counci
            agreement for g at 120 St. the develo                                                                                              service has run received six bids for the esti- council’s April 26 meeting. City Clerk city hall facilities without a referendum. report from project engineer John Stewart, to CRV. This would leave a comparative                                                                                   from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 l with two Rogers Infratech Technologies,                                ny ended up billing             Emily Spende                            by using                         cost
             ing Time      buildin                    of   a busine ss                                                                          on its own
                                                                                                                                                                  for                       engine ering         Joel Young introduced Steve Mattson, About seven years ago the statute was                 of BDM Engineering and Surveyors, Inc., cost to the village user at slightly less than
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bids to rehab                                         , Minnesota. He                  the city for only                          Campground, , Eagle Cliff and labor.their own equipment
                                  was approved. plan for the cen-                                                                                                         projects. The                 River                                                                                                                                                                                         He explained that     five manholes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    out that their               pointed                          about $15,000.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        progress toward discussed the licensed and MnDot requires a
             Anthony Street             provide a                                                                                               about forty years. mate for both projects on was Northland Securities, who has been help- changed. Now a public hearing is the                              the city once again debated the informa- that of city residents. This occurs because                               McGhie and would                        repair method City Clerk Joel Young com-
             The building
                                 will                 ter. The coun-                                                                                Ostern said a Street and Jefferson Street                                                                                                                                                                                                        Betts did a Sewer                                      last much longer                mented later                               cle trail annex building a bicy- which Spende bonded contractor,
                                for the National                     the                                                                                                                                         ing the city refinance its debt. The debt only requirement. No person from the             tion associated with the potential sale.    the city would not be charging the village                               Collection                                      as they the cleanin in the meeting that                                  from Eagle Cliff                       says
              temporary site Center. The cil accepted                                                                                                    r to handle                      The low bid from was incurred in 2001 to make improve- public commented. The city will issue                         The new report follows an April 13th     for the maintenance expenses related with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     System Study
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         about 10 years would repair the structu                                                                       to the Whala                             no go. MnDot will make it a
              Trout Learning its personal grant.
                                                                                                                                                 directo                   $221,000.                    a total                                                                                                                                                                                      ago.                                          integrity of the                   ral went well, g of the reed beds                                  n
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       county board’s Bridge at the trail to be                    also require
                                                                                                                                                 the business end S-L Contracting was for called ments in 2002 to city hall and to make $1,435,000 General Obligation Capi- joint council meeting between Rushford the “laterals and the service line” that city were Forty-f ive sewer manholes                                                                                                         both                                                                               12 feet wide and s the
               city will    extend                        Ambu  lance                                                                                              the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      identif ied as in                      that they were manhole and and financially. with the work                          Last year serious
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          May 11 meetin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           g. ably with
                                  liabilit y insur-                                                                                              would take                of $202,018.
                                                                                                                                                                                               Grabau            more space for the ambulance service and tal Improvement Plan Refunding Bonds, and CRV regarding the issue. Since that residents are charged.                                                                      need of                           willing to help                          He said it helps                                                                                 prob-
               proper ty and to the tempo-                  Director                                                                                                                                   le.
                                                                                                                                                 worry off volun- the low bid very favorab proj-the police department.                                         Series 2010A.                                meeting, CRV Engineer Michael Davy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In 2009, a typical city residence would counci Haner encouraged the determine future costs to the to have a good working relation                                           a spur were set efforts to build rock base a minimum 6 inch
               ance coverage                                     consen -                                                                                             g                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    into motion                       according to Grind-
                                                          By                                                                                      teers in runnin             The total cost
                                                                                                                                                                                                for both             The original funding was through the         The city went through the rating pro- had responded to the presentation and have paid $32.03 (5264 gallons of water). manhol to rehab four or five city to maintain the infrastr                                         ship. Young
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             said he couldn - the interest of safety for campein eland. It will have to
                rary center.                            sus Hoffm an                                                                                                                                      street
                                                                                                                                                  a business. Work ects to come out of the streetEDA’s Public Project Revenue Bonds. cess with Standard and Poors hoping to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            requested that the city redo the analysis BDM Engineering proposes that the real been les annually until all have ture. Haner insisted the more remember a bill coming in ’t                                             who ride bicycle                    rs Americans                     meet the
                                     istrator Joe                       to                                                   Trout Learning                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tance from the s the short dis- (ADA) require Disabilities Act
                    City Admin a great loca- was directed                                                  of the National by Jason Sethre on a policy
                                                                                                                                                                  man-                        84. The                                                                                                                                                                                                     repaired.                               thorough job would                      much under the                   that
                                     it                  explore the pos- The future temporary home                                                                         fund is $171,1                   theThe outstanding principal from those get an A rating, which would allow them                with two different flow scenarios than value of this amount to a village resident
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Councilor Ken                               10 to 15 years longernot only last                          estimate.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Whalan along campground to require a                       ments which will
                Hoffman called           ey Dwight                     hir-
                                                                                                                         Photo                     ual for the service fund has $135,000 with hasbonds is $1,610,000. This amount, along to sell bonds at a reasonable rate. Matt- was earlier presented to the CRV. The vil- would be $31.81 per month.                                                                   Jacobson sug-                                  but protect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Young said the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                city has never                         Hwy 16 on their                    lot of
                 tion. City Attorn two-season sibility of me Center in Preston, Minn.                                                     in progress.                       expect ed LGA cut. FEMA with $15,000 for administrative and son was pleased to learn the city earned a                         lage has also requested an increase in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Two sticking points remain with this next Haner come back in the the city from liability claims. had a regular program for                                                way to the state
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        trail.                specified slope. fill to get the
                                    the                                                                                           is also                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Grindeland said
                 Luhma nn said                           ing a part-ti
                                                                                                               Collett, David                           current bill- approx imately $44,00 0 avail-             finance costs, will be financed through double-A rating.                                   amount of water purchased (gallons).        scenario. First, at the April 13th meet- of few months with a plan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  He said the worst                      tenance of the                  main-         MnDot owns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the right of the county is working on
                                          per month                    the                                                           Becau se the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                would be a cave case scenario it would be                    manholes and
                  lease will be $350be increased director for service. A job members David Hoffman has                                               for the Preston                       See TROUT Page
                                                                                                                                                                                                            7  issuance of GO Capital Improvement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the                                              The refinancing of the debt will save                                                                                               how
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Scenario 2, which to date has been a ing, the village argued meter size is a programto incorporate a regular                                                                                                         way where the                             design at the                     the
                  at first and then . Hoffman ambulance will need to be Harrison and establishing a                                ing compa ny             will no lon-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      into the budget                    require digging in which would                         good to develop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             a                         trail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   likely be constru would most added the Whalan end. He
                   to $450 per month l had previ- description Hoffman has sug- recommende r position that
                                                                                                           d                       Ambulance Service     after May 31,                                article atPlan Bonds. The length of time to pay the city about $280,000 over the life of lingering village option, entails a purchase crucial aspect in determining calculations The five manho                            .                                 up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 order to repair the the street in                                                 County Engine cted. However, are not highrails on the bridge
                                                                                                                                    ger do the work                            Comment on this the debt will be the same. However,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 off                                                                                        of 50 percent of the water needs of CRV.                                                                     les Haner rec-                                                          See CHATFIELD
                   said the city counci                   developed.                          formal directo                                                 ed a con-                 llmorecountyjo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         See CHATFIELD BOND Page 3                                                              See RUSHFORD WATER Page 12  ommended for                                         Councilor Josh structure.                                       Page 8                             er
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   eland noted MnDo John Grind-                             enough for bicycle
                                         funds to be                   it would be better reports to and is accountabler            the counci l approv T Billing ,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      rehab this year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                argued that there Thompson                Comment on this                         ments and specific t has require-
                    ously authorized EDA reserve gested that               ance service to                        l. A directo             with Expert                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  needed to                                 article at                                                      See EAGLE CLIFF
                    used  out of the                       for the ambul departments to the city counci a reorga niza- tract                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             www.fillmorec
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ountyjournal.c           will increase the ations which                                     Page 13 
                                     g center.                     like other                                  of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         om                             cost, possibly
                    for the learnin          the EDA operate                                   would be part                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      scrubbing the                               Comment on this
                                                                         A committee with                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             project. Eagle                                 article at
                       In a related matter Ag Star in the city.
                     had applied for                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         om

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