Outdoor Logbook: Lake Saganaga Homecoming set for Minnesota state record – Grand Forks Herald

Celebration set for Minnesota record walleye

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. – Minnesota state record Walleye now rests in his new permanent home in the Chik-Wauk Museum fishing history pavilion at the end of the Gunflint Trail.

The new location is just a stone’s throw from where LeRoy Chiovitte, of Hermantown, Minnesota, caught the 17-pound, 8-ounce walleye May 13, 1979, on the Seagull River where it flows into Lake Saganaga.

Museum organizers have scheduled a celebratory event for 4 to 6 pm May 29 to mark the return. This event is free and open to the public. (The main museum building is also open until 5 p.m. for tours; $5 for adults and $2 for children.)

In addition to the big fish, historic photographs will be on display, and there will be wine and cheese available and a fundraising auction for the non-profit museum.

Former University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks is slated to tell his story about a large walleye he caught in nearby Loon Lake in 1989 that might have outdone the Chiovitte – if only it had been weighed earlier.

LeRoy Chiovitte died in 2019 without designating a permanent location for his famous walleye that has been on display in his living room for 40 years. Based on input from News Tribune readers, his family, including his wife, Joanne, decided last winter to donate the stuffed fish to a museum so that everyone can see it.

More info: gunflinthistory.org.

– John Myers, Duluth News Tribune

National Safe Boating Week is on

BISMARCK – The safe boating public awareness campaign held annually in May serves as a good reminder to seafarers heading into summer, the North Dakota Department of Game and Fish said.

National Safe Boat Week begins Saturday, May 21, and continues through Friday, May 27.

A ship must have enough US Coast Guard approved life jackets for all passengers. North Dakota law requires all children aged 10 and under to wear personal flotation devices when on ships less than 27 feet long. The law also requires all private boat users to wear life jackets, as well as anyone towed with skis, tubes, boards or other similar devices. However, state law does allow a person who is at least 16 years of age to windsurf or boardboard without wearing a PFD.

Water users should make sure to wear a life jacket of the appropriate size and in good condition. Failure to wear personal flotation devices is the main reason people lose their lives in water recreation accidents.

Water and tuber skiers should wear a life jacket with four nylon straps rather than one with a zipper, as the straps are stronger than the zipper when exposed to water. Anglers and people who paddle canoes, kayaks or paddle boards should choose a PFD that is comfortable enough to wear throughout the trip.

It is also important that children wear PFD when swimming. Swimmers must know the depth of the water, as serious injury can result from diving. Large objects hidden beneath the surface of the water can cause significant injury.

North Dakota seafarers are also reminded that marine VHF radio is an important part of ship safety that should not be used improperly by operators. This radio is intended for ship operators who are in trouble and facing emergency situations.

Rules to help ensure boating safety this summer can be found in the North Dakota Water and Boat Safety Guide.

– Herald staff reports

Projects can get Earth Day patches

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Game and Fish Department Earth Day patch competition aims to raise environmental awareness.

However, like Earth Day, which started in 1970 and started the environmental movement, caring for the outdoors is not just once a year. Understanding this, the Department of Game and Fish supports Earth Day, Every Day to promote sustainable awareness about the environment.

With that in mind, young people and adults who participate in the clearing and improvement of public lands will receive the 2022 Earth Day Patch to celebrate Earth Day and their services. Eligible projects include garbage removal on local, state or federal properties, and landscaping on public property including planting trees, shrubs, and pollinating plants.

For more information or to request a patch for a group services project, contact Sherry Niesar, Earth Day coordinator, at (701) 527-3714 or sniesar@nd.gov.

– Herald staff reports

DNR: Plant trees during the Month of Arbor

ST. PAUL – With warmer weather and May being Arbor Month, now is a great time to plant trees, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

“Minnesotans across the state can plant trees now to support future resilient community forests,” said Jennifer Teegarden, DNR cooperative forest management outreach specialist. “By choosing, planting and caring for a variety of tree species carefully, communities can help community forests store carbon, improve air and water quality, and provide other benefits.”

Healthy trees are important to Minnesota and its people, but trees in Minnesota are under stress from changing temperatures and rainfall patterns and more extreme weather events. Planting healthy trees that are adapted to changing climatic conditions and selecting species that add to the diverse mix of trees in the surrounding area increase resistance to these stressors.

Teegarden says the Kentucky coffee tree is a less common tree that adapts well to climate change because it grows in a variety of habitats, is devoid of major pests, is tolerant of salt and ice storms and is pollinator friendly.

The Arbor Month page of the DNR website ( mndnr.gov/ArborMonth ) has resources for selecting climate-resilient trees suitable for different locations, planting and caring for trees, and understanding how trees reduce the impacts of climate change.

– Herald staff reports

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