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Barron County Geographic Information System specialist Rhonda Sukys was awarded the Friend of Wisconsin Land Surveying Award from the Wisconsin County Surveyors Assn.

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Application deadline is Friday for girls and boys who want to participate in the local Learn to Hunt Turkeys program.

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Barron County's 210-mile snowmobile trail system closed Monday after a short riding season of just over 3 weeks. Trail conditions quickly began to deteriorate over the mild weekend, and extensive thawing is occurring this week as temperatures soar into the 50s. The county trail system opened…

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The March schedule at Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary near Sarona includes a full moon hike this week, another hike to listen for owls, and a maple syrup program.

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A snowshoe hike on the Hemlock Creek Segment of the Ice Age Trail, postponed Feb. 14 because of below-zero temperatures, has been rescheduled for Saturday.

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Below-zero temperatures are likely to chill skiers at the starting line of Saturday's American Birkebeiner cross country ski race in the Hayward area.

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Women interested in learning winter outdoor activities are invited to Crex Meadows Wildlife Area near Grantsburg to spend a day setting up a winter camp, trekking on snowshoes and ice fishing.

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Birkie Fever Bash is planned during Birkie Week at Hayward to raise funds for the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation's plans to purchase land and improve the start area of the annual Birkebeiner ski race.

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One belted kingfisher, a pair of trumpeter swans, two horned larks and hundreds of Canada geese, mallard ducks, starlings and crows were among the 2,486 birds counted by 11 birdwatchers in Rice Lake's first Audubon Christmas Bird Count in nearly 40 years.

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The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is looking for volunteers to help stage its annual cross country ski race and other events during Birkie Week in the Hayward area.

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A program on building bluebird houses is Saturday at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area near Grantsburg. The program runs from 9 a.m.-noon. Cost is $5 for materials.

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Winter outdoor athletes tested their endurance last week in the sixth annual Tuscobia Winter Ultra on the Tuscobia Trail between Rice Lake and Park Falls.

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The weekend's snowfall was deep enough but not dense enough to open the Barron County Snowmobile Trail system.

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When Don Peterson finally pulled the trigger, figuratively, on a hunt in Alaska, whether or not he pulled his rifle's trigger on his 2-week trip above the Arctic Circle wasn't important to him.