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Heritage Days celebration set for Oct. 1-2 at Fort Atkinson SHP

LINCOLN – Enjoy a community-wide celebration of Nebraska history, agriculture, music and more during Heritage Days Oct. 1-2 at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park (SHP) and Fort Calhoun. History buffs can get their fill with hands-on learning demonstrations, programs on Native American culture and reenactments of 19th century Nebraska life. Visitors can also ride a tethered hot air balloon for a bird’s-eye view of the park. Neighboring Fort Calhoun will offer many activities that a county fair might: a parade, …

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Merritt Reservoir boat ramp project postponed

LINCOLN – The boat launch facility construction project scheduled to start this fall at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area has been postponed because of higher than expected reservoir water levels. Water levels at Merritt this summer did not drop low enough to reach the level needed for construction. Construction will be attempted again in the late summer or early fall of 2017. A new concrete boat ramp will be constructed at the main landing area. The facility will provide improved …

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Producers have Oct. 21 deadline to apply for grassland bird habitat funding

LINCOLN – Producers in south central and southeastern Nebraska have until Oct. 21 to apply for funding to help improve grasslands for grazing and wildlife. Cost share of up to 75 percent is available to install management practices. Management practices eligible for financial assistance include: payment for grazing management, resting rangeland, prescribed fire, fencing materials and watering facilities for livestock, brush management, converting cropland to grassland bird habitat and more. Through the Grassland Bird Initiative, the U.S. Department of Agriculture …

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Missouri River Outdoor Expo is Sept. 17-18 at Ponca SP

LINCOLN – With more than 85 hands-on activities showcasing outdoor education, sports and recreation, there is something for everyone at the Missouri River Outdoor Expo Sept. 17-18 at Ponca State Park. Those who attend the expo will be able to try a variety of outdoor activities, including archery, kayaking, fishing and more. The expo will also include live wildlife exhibits, exhibition shooting, a canine aquatics competition, a lumberjack show and much more. All activities are offered at no cost. A …

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Outdoor Education Center Indoor Ranges Closed Sept. 10

LINCOLN – The indoor firearm and archery ranges at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln will be closed to the public on Sept. 10 due to a private event. The outdoor archery range will be open from sunrise to sunset, as usual. The education center is located at 4703 N. 44th St. Aside from special closures, the indoor ranges are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from …

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Hunters Find Success on Dove Opener

LINCOLN – Nebraska’s opening day of dove hunting season on Sept. 1 kicked off with many satisfied hunters afield. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s southeast district had plenty of hunters, especially on public ground. “There were bunches of hunters participating in the dove opener,” said Pat Molini, southeast district wildlife manager. “It used to be that an opener on a weekday had fewer dove hunters, but that has changed.” Molini said hunter success across his district varied from good …

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Hunters May Enter Lottery for Deer Hunting Access on the Central Platte

LINCOLN – Hunters may enter a lottery to gain deer hunting access to Platte River Recreation Access (PRRA) lands in the central Platte River Valley, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Fifty-six hunters will be chosen from a random drawing in early October and allowed to hunt deer on designated PRRA lands Nov. 16-20. Applications, limited to one per person, will be accepted by mail or in person at the Game and Parks service center in Kearney from …

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Health Advisory Lifted at Pawnee Lake

LINCOLN — A health advisory has been lifted at Pawnee Lake in Lancaster County. The advisory was put in place after high levels of blue-green algae were detected at the lake. A health advisory related to blue-green algae remains in effect at Willow Creek Lake in Pierce County, and a new health advisory has been issued for Rockford Lake in Gage County. Visitors to Willow Creek and Rockford lakes should avoid full body contact activities such as swimming, wading, skiing, …

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Wetland Conditions Across State Variable

LINCOLN – The conditions of wetlands across the state is varied, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. On Sept. 1, Game and Parks released a report on the status of Rainwater Basin wetlands, as well as pumping plans. While conditions were good in some areas, they were dry in others. “Conditions are generally good throughout much of the Sandhills and along the Platte River,” said Ted LaGrange, wetland program manager for the Commission. “However, the wetland water conditions …

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Wildcat Hills Shooting Complex Opening This Weekend

GERING — The newly constructed shooting complex at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area will open Labor Day weekend. The new facility along Nebraska Highway 71 south of Gering will be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  A grand opening will be scheduled at a later date with the dedication of the Wildcat Hills Nature Center, which is being renovated. “We’re looking forward to showing this new complex off to the public and begin serving the region in …

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