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Tonight’s Presentation at Chadron State Park Postponed

This week’s installment of the summer speaker series at northwestern Nebraska’s two state parks has been postponed because of illness. The “Creatures of the Night” presentation at Chadron State Park, which was planned for the night of Friday, July 8, will be rescheduled for a date to be determined. The series will resume Friday, July 15, at Fort Robinson State Park with the same “Creatures of the Night” presentation by Amanda Filipi, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission educator.

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City of Fremont Water System Advisory Includes Fremont SRA

LINCOLN – As a precautionary measure, visitors to Fremont State Recreation Area (SRA) are advised to boil their cooking and drinking water for at least the next 24 hours. This recommendation is in place because the water system for the city of Fremont was without pressure for approximately 30 minutes. Fremont SRA is served by the city’s water system, therefore this recommendation should be followed by visitors to the SRA, too. Because the city’s water is chlorinated, it is unlikely …

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Activities for All Ages July 9-10 at Ponca SP

LINCOLN – A full weekend of fun and educational activities for all ages is scheduled July 9-10 at Ponca State Park. On July 9, park visitors may participate in an introduction to shooting archery, shotguns and .22 rifles, learn about wildlife species found along the Missouri River, discover the difference between native and invasive species, and learn how to identify wildlife by tracks and scat. In addition, backwater kayaking and hayrack park tours are scheduled throughout the day. July 10’s …

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Big Game Permits Available July 11

LINCOLN – Nebraska deer, antelope and elk permits will be available for purchase on a first-come basis beginning at 1 p.m. Central time on July 11. Residents, nonresidents and eligible landowners will be able to purchase remaining deer and antelope permits, and residents and eligible landowners will be able to purchase remaining elk permits. Permits may be purchased at Nebraska Game and Parks Commission permitting offices, at OutdoorNebraska.org, or via mailed application form. For more information on big game hunting …

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Snakes of Nebraska Weekend at Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium July 23-24

LINCOLN – The snakes of Nebraska will be displayed and discussed at Dennis Ferraro’s workshop July 23-24 at the Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium Outdoor Education Center. The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ferraro, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln educator, will display 29 species of snakes found in Nebraska and answer questions about the reptiles. Attending this workshop is a fun way to learn about snake identification, their habitat and their value to people. The Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, where visitors …

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Fremont SRA’s Lake No. 20 Open During Races July 9-10

LINCOLN – Lake No. 20 at Fremont State Recreation Area (SRA) will remain open to the public while personal watercraft races take place there on July 9-10. The races are part of John C. Fremont Days festivities. The races will take place on a portion of the lake from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. All boating and park regulations will remain in effect. A park permit is required of each vehicle entering the SRA.

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Commission Accepting Grant Applications for Projects Promoting Outdoor Recreation

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is accepting grant applications for parks and other outdoor recreation facilities and amenities promoting outdoor recreation. The grants are funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a program administered by the National Park Service for outdoor recreation projects. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, ball fields, soccer fields, swimming pools, picnicking facilities, playgrounds, pool renovations, splash pads, park acquisitions and development, and park related support facilities. All projects …

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Health Advisory Lifted at Harlan County Reservoir

LINCOLN – A health advisory at Harlan County Reservoir in Harlan County has been lifted. The health advisory was in effect for two weeks after high levels of toxic blue-green algae were detected by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. Testing at the lake earlier this week revealed that algae levels had returned to normal. No health alerts are in place for any other lakes managed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. For more information on results of this …

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Lake Minatare Programs Put Focus on Fritillaries, Campfires

MINATARE, Neb. — A pair of free programs at Lake Minatare State Recreation Area on Saturday, July 16, will help participants enjoy and appreciate nature and the outdoors. The sessions, which will be at the Scouts Cabin, will teach how to build campfires and inform about the regal fritillary butterfly. The first session, which begins at 9 a.m., will focus on building campfires. By learning about the five most common types of campfires, attendees will gain a valuable tool in …

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Obstacle Course, Canoe Race Set at Chadron State Park

CHADRON, Neb. — Chadron State Park is inviting people to attend and afternoon of spirited competition at its annual Fur Trade Funday on Sunday, July 10. The event, part of Chadron’s annual Fur Trade Days celebration, features the Crooked Arrow Obstacle Course at 1 p.m. followed by the Kiwanis Fur Trade Regatta at about 3 p.m. The timed obstacle course near the park’s tennis courts challenges participants to post the best time in navigating a variety of challenges such as …

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