National Trout Learning Center
Minnesota’s Trout Fishing Capital
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: www.prestonmntourism.com.
located three miles west of town. Start planning your Preston adventure!
Minnesota’s Trout Fishing Capital of Commerce
Preston welcomes would like to
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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: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/.
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: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/.
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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: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/.
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.
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8 Trout Fishing Map
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
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Trout Fishing Map 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. mn.us/index.html
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: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/.
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 email@example.com.
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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Back and Forward Cast
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start to learn the basics #2
Fly Fishing 101
Fly casting takes a lot of few hours.
practice. of you can
Used when there is plenty But,room behind you and when you
Your First Flies
Bring the rod tip back in a swift,
Purchase a small selection of flies that represent live organisms
Back and Forward Cast
start to learn the basics #2 steady motion, stopping when the rod
in a fly hours.
need to move yourfew further out onto the water. trout
on which stream and feed. The most critical factors in selection
Back and Forward Cast tip back in a up
Bring the rodtip is pointingswift, behind you.
are size, color, and shape. As you grow in your knowledge of
#1 steady motion, stopping when the rod
your local stream, add flies that are more precisely matched to
Used when there is plenty of room behind you and when you tip is pointing up and behind you.
Hold the rod out in front of locally abundant food organisms, thereby “matching the hatch.”
further make sure there are
need to move your fly you andout onto the water.
#3 Many anglers tie their own flies. There are several good instruc-
no tangles or slack in the line. tion books, videos, web sites and classes available.
ng #1 Watch your backcast
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t of you and make sure there are no Hold the rod out in front of unfurls. Buying Equipment
you and make sure there your backcast
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Start with a mid-weight fly rod, fly line of the same weight
sting #2 no tangles- or slack in the line. and wait
and an inexpensive fly reel. Look for a beginner’s package with
until the line unfurls.
Bring the rod tip back in a swift, rod,
a#4 reel, line and leader. Beginner’s kits start between $20 -
a lot of steady motion, stopping when the rod
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#1gles in the line. As the fly
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and wait tip the in a line
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swift, steady motion, stopping sunglasses or other eye wear when fly casting so the hook doesn’t
unfurls. Wear Go
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so see fish, too.
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and behindWatch your backcast
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and of line #4 loosely
hangs line lakes or accidentally snag your eye. Polarized sunglasses will help
you when wading.
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especially loop unfurl.
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that a #4 • Flies unhook fish
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watch the loop unfurl. fish they are after.” safety — polarized sunglasses
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fish pointing on leader to sink flies deeper
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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;
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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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By K aren r eisner
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,
menu, combined pickled
g catering nated, just the prime cuts are educators, state s, university
to expand a buddin in Lanes- that not
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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
taurant. Proprieexcited to share of Lamb.” the menu are like- together to dis-
cuss the possibi
Angie Taylor are atmosphere
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
dine at Kari’s, “Midwestern fare with the help of the Preston Arts Council; Right: www.nationaltroutlearningcenter.org 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
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
email@example.com 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,
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 www.fillmorecountyjournal.com this is Preston EDA Directo
Café, our other traveled via ship with all Scott and Angie
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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
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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
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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 recountyjournal.com Hwy 30 which is questions
feasibility grant. ture and would current compa ny and may
The interest rate on the Revenue Bonds firstname.lastname@example.org
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 recountyjournal.com 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-
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
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
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 urnal.com 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 , www.fi
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.
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