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Member of the week: Lake Country RV, Inc.

The Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce presents Lake Country RV, Inc. as the Member of The Week! Each week a new business will be featured as a “thank you” for being a part of our membership. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce please give us a call at 218-547-1313 and we will be happy to give you some more information!

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Meet Bob and Dodie – when it comes to RV’s we are here to help.  With over 50 years of experience in the RV industry, our sales department will help you to make decisions that will affect the comfort of your investment.  We listen to what you want in your new or used home away from home.  We will help you find a floor plan that will meet your specific needs.  When it comes to service, our expert technicians know all of the ways to maintain your new unit for years of enjoyment by you and all of your guests.  We maintain and service the units we sell; you can relax in comfort knowing, should any emergency arrive.  We are here to help you, we will strive to keep your vacation relaxing-the way it is meant to be.  For the best service, buy where you play!

Sales of new & used travel trailers, 5th wheels, destination trailers, used motorhomes and used camping trailers.  We have a large RV parts store and are having our 15th Annual Spring Sale NOW thru April 30th.  MN Hwy 34 West & Jct. Lake May Road NW, Walker

Open Monday thru Saturday

www.lakecountryrv.com

218-547-3381

Paws and Claws Rescue & Resort April Newsletter

It takes no human effort at all for solar energy to travel 93,000,000 miles from the sun to the earth, but, as our photo illustrates, getting it from our solar array into the electrical panels that allow us to connect to the power grid required a bit of oomph.
That is because wiring from the array needed to be pulled underground for about 100 feet so it could be tied into the power line feeding our building and pass through a meter that measures the electricity we are consuming and the electricity we are producing. It’s a lot of work, but every bit of power we produce off the grid is that much pow-er we do not need to buy.
By not overpowering our systems, we save even more electricity and, in doing so, make our system more cost efficient. The more efficient our system is, the less we spend on operations and the more resources we have to provide direct support for animals.
That is why we are also participating in a pilot study sponsored by the Center for Energy and Environment to ensure each electrical motor and each compo-nent of our electrical system is properly sized.

 

And Now….We Build the Staff
Over the past year we have been working hard to build an animal rescue facility that will help us save animal lives, educate youth and help pets complete families. Now our efforts have become two-fold. Build the Building, and Build the Staff.
In April our job search will be well underway. Initially we will review applications for An Executive Director, a Director of Operations, and an Office Manager. Once we fill these positions, we will add line staff positions, and a Director of Grounds and Maintenance.
These positions will be supported by contract posi-tons, including a veterinarian for our shelter animals and one or two professional groomers. A strong core of volunteers will give lots of hands on attention to the animals and support our programming efforts, as well. So far over 45 individuals have expressed interest in volunteering at the shelter. This great turnout of vol-unteers will help us get our operation off to a good start. People who want to join our team of volunteers can simply go to our website and click the Volunteer Button to sign up. That will ensure you get on our vol-unteer list and receive information regarding the vol-unteer opportunities as they arise.
Donating to Paws and Claws is easy. Just send a contribution by mail to:
Paws and Claws
PO Box 175
Hackensack, MN 56452
Or visit our website at:
www.pawsandclawsrr.org
Just click on DONATE
Own a part of the Legacy
Welcome
Dr. Ekholm
Dr. Steve Ekholm of Walker Veterinary Hospital will extend his veterinary practice to include serving and providing consultations in veterinary services to the animals and staff at Paws and Claws. Dr. Ekholm will oversee the animal health care at Paws and Claws with onsite services several hours each week. In addition he will work with our certified vet technicians by providing consultation as necessary to enable them to meet the health care needs of our animals when he is not onsite.
Dr. Ekholm has been practicing veterinary medicine in Walker, Minnesota since 1982.
Our positions will be announced in our local papers the week of April 3rd, 2017 and posted to our website by Friday, March 31. We will accept letters of application and resumes for the first set of positions through April 14th with interviews to follow until positions are filled. We are striving to have our first hires on board shortly after May 1, 2017.

Do You Believe In Dog Bed Fairies?

By Jim Clark
If you don’t believe in dog bed fairies or angels you can see, or the ongoing goodness of people who love ani-mals I offer you this…
About a month ago I received a telephone call from Nancy Freeman, a local business owner from Walker, MN. She was at a buyers’ show representing her local-ly renown Lundrigan’s Clothing Stores. She told me she had purchased three boxes of a book titled Is it True, They Call You the Dog Bed Fairy?, an 18-page book that shares things shelter dogs think after receiving their very own new dog bed. She explained that pur-chasing a book makes you a dog bed fairy because, for each $10 book sold, $7 goes towards the purchase of dog beds for animal shelters.
This humanitarian promotion, she explained, is spon-sored by Farm House Fresh, makers of award winning personal care and spa products. Nancy shared that she had recommended Paws and Claws to be a recipi-ent of dog beds from Farm House Fresh. Two weeks, one email and one phone call later I spoke with Scott, the Farm House Fresh Marketing Director, who pledged to support Paws and Claws shelter dogs through the donation of high value, commercial quality dog beds.
I now believe in dog bed fairies, angels I can see, and especially in the goodness of people like Nancy and the gang at Farm House Fresh who love animals. Please check out their website at-www.farmhousefresh.com and search for dog bed fair-ies. It will make you a believer, as well.
UW Shelter Medicine Program provides Expertise to Paws and Claws
Thanks to a recommendation of a national foundation, Paws and Claws is now working with the highly re-spected and nationally known Shelter Medicine Pro-gram at the University of Wisconsin. We have been in
consultation with Dr. Rebecca Stuntebeck who is helping us develop good shelter protocols. She has also connected us by referral to the ASPCA for sup-port in the area of Organizational Development.

Maddi Knows…
…Nothing just happens
By Jim Clark, Executive Director
Once we became the proud owners of Maddie, it didn’t take long for our family to learn that providing a good home for your pet doesn’t just happen. It actually takes plan-ning and a good deal of teamwork to ensure that the outcome of pet ownership is everything you hoped it would be.
The same is true with building an animal shelter. We know what we want the outcome to be, but achieving that requires a good deal of planning and working together to ensure we can make that happen.
The people in the photo above are some of the con-tractors who have been doing just that since our pro-ject began. By holding bi-weekly planning sessions throughout our building process we have been laying the groundwork for a successful project since well before the first shovelful of dirt was launched into the air during our groundbreaking ceremony. That plan-ning and team collaboration now has us heading down the home stretch in a building project that is rapidly becoming Paws and Claws Rescue and Resort.
Do You Believe In Dog Bed Fairies?
By Jim Clark
If you don’t believe in dog bed fairies or angels you can see, or the ongoing goodness of people who love ani-mals I offer you this…
About a month ago I received a telephone call from Nancy Freeman, a local business owner from Walker, MN. She was at a buyers’ show representing her local-ly renown Lundrigan’s Clothing Stores. She told me she had purchased three boxes of a book titled Is it True, They Call You the Dog Bed Fairy?, an 18-page book that shares things shelter dogs think after receiving their very own new dog bed. She explained that pur-chasing a book makes you a dog bed fairy because, for each $10 book sold, $7 goes towards the purchase of dog beds for animal shelters.
This humanitarian promotion, she explained, is spon-sored by Farm House Fresh, makers of award winning personal care and spa products. Nancy shared that she had recommended Paws and Claws to be a recipi-ent of dog beds from Farm House Fresh. Two weeks, one email and one phone call later I spoke with Scott, the Farm House Fresh Marketing Director, who pledged to support Paws and Claws shelter dogs through the donation of high value, commercial quality dog beds.
I now believe in dog bed fairies, angels I can see, and especially in the goodness of people like Nancy and the gang at Farm House Fresh who love animals. Please check out their website at-www.farmhousefresh.com and search for dog bed fair-ies. It will make you a believer, as well.
UW Shelter Medicine Program provides Expertise to Paws and Claws
Thanks to a recommendation of a national foundation, Paws and Claws is now working with the highly re-spected and nationally known Shelter Medicine Pro-gram at the University of Wisconsin. We have been in
consultation with Dr. Rebecca Stuntebeck who is helping us develop good shelter protocols. She has also connected us by referral to the ASPCA for sup-port in the area of Organizational Development.
We Have Come A Long Way Since October
The photo at right shows the first aerial photo taken of our building back in October 2016 by Bruce’s Concrete. This week Bruce’s Concrete took a couple of updated shots. What a difference a few months make!

Member of the week: Echo Publishing & Printing

The Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce presents Echo Publishing & Printing as the Member of The Week! Each week a new business will be featured as a “thank you” for being a part of our membership. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce please give us a call at 218-547-1313 and we will be happy to give you some more information!

Echo Publishing & printing

 

The Pine River Journal is a weekly hometown newspaper. Our free Echoland-Piper Shopper reaches consumers from Walker to Brainerd/Baxter with an average circulation of 26,000. Echo Publishing – a local publishing company that produces the Pine and lakes Echo Journal, a combined edition of the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal. Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/PAL_EchoJournal

Member of the week: Outright Angling

The Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce presents Outright Angling as the Member of The Week! Each week a new business will be featured as a “thank you” for being a part of our membership. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce please give us a call at 218-547-1313 and we will be happy to give you some more information!

Outright Angling

 

Outright Angling is a multi-species, sport-fishing guide service led by Captain Phil Bauerly. As a full-time, year-round guide and 13-year Leech Lake resident, Phil is constantly scouting for the best bite for his guest anglers. He specializes in open water Muskie and walleye trips from May to November, and portable ice fishing trips December-March. Phil is dedicated to sharing the nuances of fishing this famous destination with his guests. For more information, or to book your trip, please visit outrightangling.com

Member of the week: Piggy BBQ

The Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce presents Piggy BBQ as the Member of The Week! Each week a new business will be featured as a “thank you” for being a part of our membership. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce please give us a call at 218-547-1313 and we will be happy to give you some more information!

Piggy Bar B Q

 

The Piggy BBQ is located on Main Street in Walker.  True Fresh BBQ that is Smoked Fresh Daily. Fast and convenient for dine in or take-out orders. We do sell out so if you have a group we recommend to pre-order.  Our fire is on. Patio seating available (dog friendly) Spring Hours Wednesday-Saturday 11-8. Happy Hour 3-6.  This quaint restaurant was established in 2012 and featured in the New York Times.  Our family was fortunate enough to purchase The Piggy BBQ in January 2016.   We look forward to seeing you soon! Amie, Kim, Dan & Steven

Member of the week: Younique by Lynnette

The Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce presents Younique by Lynnette  as the Member of The Week! Each week a new business will be featured as a “thank you” for being a part of our membership. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce please give us a call at 218-547-1313 and we will be happy to give you some more information!

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I think I represent the spirit of this community when I say I wear so many hats! The great people I’ve met since moving to this community in 2012 do so much every day to earn a living, support their neighbors and try to make where we live a better place. When I joined the chamber, I was new to the area and had started with a direct sales company Younique. I love make up not because as women we need to change how we look to be beautiful but because we all deserve to take just a few minutes every day to focus on us and feel a little more confident. To provide a platform to outreach and meet new women we started the Women’s Networking Group. The Chamber was instrumental in getting this group going and continues to provide support.

Currently I also am an advocate for a local non-profit Support Within Reach for victims of sexual violence. I’m proud of our community for their support of our upcoming event “One Loaf at a Time”, a symposium on Sex Trafficking and Sexual Violence.

Member of the week: Friends of the Park

The Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce presents Friends of the Park as the Member of The Week! Each week a new business will be featured as a “thank you” for being a part of our membership. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce please give us a call at 218-547-1313 and we will be happy to give you some more information!

Friends of the park

 

Formally organized in October 2015, the Friends of the Walker City Park is committed to supporting the Walker Park Advisory Board by promoting, enhancing and maintaining community support for the park through activities, fundraising, and volunteer efforts.

 

DNR News Release: March 6 – Minnesota Fishing 2017

Minnesota Fishing – March 2017

 

Fishing dates to remember

Dec. 31-March 31Stream trout in lakes entirely within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area

Jan. 14-March 31Stream trout in lakes outside the BWCA

Jan. 1-April 14: Catch-and-release stream trout in southeast streams (Dodge, Goodhue, Fillmore, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona counties)

April 1-Nov. 30: Flathead catfish season

April 15-Oct. 1: Stream trout season in streams (except southeast Minnesota)

April 15-Sept. 14: Stream trout in southeast streams (Dodge, Goodhue, Fillmore, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona counties)

May 13: Minnesota fishing opener for walleye, sauger, northern pike

May 13-26: Smallmouth and largemouth bass catch-and-release season south and west of U.S. Highway 53 from Duluth to International Falls (except Pelican and Ash lakes in St. Louis County)

May 13-Feb. 25: Smallmouth and largemouth bass season north and east of U.S. Highway 53 from Duluth to International Falls and Pelican and Ash lakes in St. Louis County

May 13-Oct. 1: Lake trout summer season

May 13-Oct. 31: Stream trout in lakes

May 27-Feb. 25: Largemouth bass season south and west of U.S. Highway 53 from Duluth to International Falls (except Pelican and Ash lakes in St. Louis County)

May 27-Sept. 10: Smallmouth bass season south and west of U.S. Highway 53 from Duluth to International Falls (except Pelican and Ash lakes in St. Louis County)

June 3-Dec. 1: Muskellunge season

Get the 2017 fishing regulations

The 2017 Minnesota Fishing Regulations are online.

As always, in addition to learning the regulations overall, make sure to check for special fishing regulations that apply to individual waters where you’re fishing. For lakes, you can use LakeFinder or LakeFinder Mobile to search for special regulations.

Remember to buy your 2017 fishing license

Fishing licenses for 2017 now are available wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold, online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense and by telephone at 888-665-4236. All 2017 fishing licenses became effective March 1 and 2016 licenses are expired.

Customers who purchase online via a smartphone won’t receive a conventional paper license. Instead, they’ll receive a text message or email that serves as proof of a valid fish or game license to state conservation officers. A printed copy of the text or email also can serve as proof of a valid license.

Where can I fish right now?

The walleye season on inland lakes has closed, but fishing opportunities are out there all year.

So where can you fish right now? While not an exhaustive list, try heading to the border waters or rivers and streams that are ice-free. For starters, there’s the mighty Mississippi River.

On the Mississippi where it’s the Minnesota-Wisconsin border water, and Lake Pepin, you can catch and keep walleye, sauger, northern pike, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass all year. On the river in Ramsey, Washington, Hennepin and Dakota counties there is a continuous catch-and-release season for walleye, sauger, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass in the following stretches:

  • Minnesota River downstream from the Mendota Bridge
  • Minnehaha Creek downstream from Minnehaha Falls
  • Pool 2 of the Mississippi River between the Hastings and Ford dams, including all backwater lakes and connecting waters except Crosby, Pickerel, Upper, Little Pigs Eye and North Star Steel lakes.

Walleye fishing is also open all year on Minnesota-North Dakota border waters. On Minnesota-Canada border waters, walleye fishing is open until Friday, April 14.

In southeast Minnesota, catch-and-release trout fishing is open in streams in Houston, Fillmore, Mower, Dodge, Olmsted, Winona, Wabasha and Goodhue counties.

And what’s more –  especially if you know of new anglers or kids who want to try fishing – seasons for panfish and under-utilized fish are open all year. Check the 2017 Minnesota Fishing Regulations online for details.

Learn how we spend your license dollars

You may have heard that the DNR is seeking a hunting and fishing license fee increase in the 2017 legislative session.

The proposed $3 fishing license increase will not add staff or build general fisheries programs. Rather, it will continue to help sustain existing programs and area office operations, many of which already are reduced.

With a license fee increase, we will continue to maintain our world-class fisheries and habitats that keep Minnesota’s place as one of the nation’s top three inland fishing destinations.

Without a fee increase, various research and management activities will be reduced, delayed or ceased at 5,500 fishing lakes and 18,000 miles of fishable rivers and streams that are the foundation of the state’s $4.2 billion fishing economy.

More details can be found on the DNR website about how we put your license dollars to work. If you believe Minnesota offers recreation worth paying for, it is important that you speak up.

Member of the week: Leech Lake Tourism Bureau

The Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce presents Leech Lake Tourism Bureau as the Member of The Week! Each week a new business will be featured as a “thank you” for being a part of our membership. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce please give us a call at 218-547-1313 and we will be happy to give you some more information!

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Information on lodging facilities and things to do at legendary Leech Lake. The tradition of welcoming and pleasing summer guests goes back nearly a century. Visitors find scores of excellent lodging choices all around the lake. Whether planning an overnight or a long family stay, be assured with the help of the Leech Lake Area Tourism Bureau, you will find the perfect place. If your ideal is the rustic pleasure of a simpler time, you’ll find it here. If your preference is upscale, beaches and high-energy lake activity, you’ll find that, too. For those in search of quiet retreats that feel like home, numerous Bed & Breakfasts are also available. For short stays, area motels offer comfortable lodging. Outdoor enthusiasts can pitch their tents and rough it or roll an RV into one of the many campgrounds. With shopping, dining, golfing, horseback riding and casinos, Leech Lake truly offers something for everyone. 

How many checkpoints did you stop at this year?

Check Point MN 2016-17 is completed.  Walker on beautiful Leech Lake was honored to be one of the ten different locations for this year’s Check Point MN.

The checkpoints this year were:

Artist’ Point, Grand Marais

Old Central School, Grand Rapids

Mount Ski Gull, Nisswa

Otto the Otter, Fergus Falls

Prince Mural, Chanhassen

Silver Lake Park, Rochester

Alexander Ramsey Parks, Redwood Falls

Baudette Depot, Lake of the Woods

The Shops at West End, St. Louis Park

Walker Bay Lighthouse, Leech Lake

The stats have grown since last year.  This year there were over 3000 total check in compared to last year at 2642.  Registered users were over 5,000 with 871 new registered participants this year.

My husband and I started out strong this year.  This was going to be our year to get all the checkpoints.  Obviously, we decided to start with our hometown lighthouse.  We picked one of the coldest nights to go to the checkpoint with some friends and take a selfie.  (Selfie?  That is a whole other story)

We were so excited to get our first one on the site and started planning our weekends around the points.  Otto, the Otter was in Fergus Falls and he was our next stop. Our son lives there so this should be easy.  Once again, we ran through the Minnesota winter winds to take our sorta selfie in front of the otter.  The next weekend we headed to Nisswa to find Mount Ski Gull.  The day started out sunny and by the time we curved our way to the checkpoint the wind started blowing and the snow falling and once again we found ourselves trying to operate the phone and take a picture while the wind was working hard to blow us down the ski hill.

We then headed toward the cities to get a couple of points there, Prince Mural and the Shops at West End.  BUT of course, the weather dropped below zero, I mean WAY below zero.  I am sorry to admit that we chickened out and did not get these pictures.  Does this mean we are not real Minnesotans?

Meanwhile, our friends were traveling and sending us pictures of each and every check Point.  They actually made it to all 10 sports.  This is their second year to make all ten.  The year before he won a snowmobile doing the check points.  As the pictures were dinging my phone I had to admit they were much better at braving the weather and deserved to win.  We admitted defeat and declared them the best Checkpoint MN participants.

I am excited for Check Point MN 2017-18 and am determined that we are going to do better.  I am challenging you to pick up as many check points as possible next winter.  Let’s all start exploring our great state of Minnesota.

Explore MN does a great job putting together this event and I encourage you all to check out the pictures of everyone who made a stop in Walker to take their selfie by our checkpoint.