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BLUE EARTH — Members of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) attended Tuesday’s Faribault County Board of Commissioners meeting to review the department’s activities in the county.

“Our mission is to work with Minnesotans to conserve and steward the state’s natural resources, provide outdoor recreational opportunities, and enable the commercial use of natural resources in ways that create a sustainable quality of life.” said DNR Southern Region Director Scott Roemhildt.

DNR Clean Water Specialist Brooke Hacker spoke specifically about what the department has accomplished in Faribault County.

“One of the achievements that we would like to highlight is the ongoing shallow lake management that we are doing at Rice Lake,” hacker commented. “This works to enhance the natural system in a landscape for growing row crops.”

Hacker also pointed out some of the fishing opportunities available in the county.

“The Blue Earth River and its tributaries are known for exceptional walleye and pike fishing.” she mentioned. “Zanderspawn is stored annually, channel catfish were stored in 2021 and will be in 2022 as well. Bass Lake is a quality, stable, public access fishing lake with a history of producing black crappie, bluegill, northern pike, largemouth bass and channel catfish and walleye.”

She concluded her comments by thanking Faribault County residents for their cooperation in working with the DNR.

“Partnerships and a willingness to try new approaches help to achieve several goals”, hacker explained. “This county has been at the forefront of its ongoing efforts to incorporate water storage to alleviate problems with ditches and rivers being pushed to capacity.”

In other stores:

–The Board approved the Fiscal Year 2021 Emergency Management Grant Agreement with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

– Approved a $7,300 bid from the Ramsey Excavating Company for the removal of an underground fuel tank at the courthouse.

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