Rum River BMX hosting free Olympic Day event June 22

Rum River BMX will be joining the over 300 USA BMX tracks around the United States by participating in “Olympic Day.”  Rum River BMX will offer free BMX racing Friday night, June 22 as part of Olympic Day. Registration for Olympic Day begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Rum BMX track located on the north side of Isanti (adjacent to the Soccer Complex and Skate Park).

Olympic Day is a worldwide commemoration of Baron Pierre de Coubertin’s June 23, 1894, convening of the first International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting at the Sorbonne in Paris, and the founding of the Modern Olympic Games.

Hole-in-One at Sanbrook

Keith Stephen of Blaine recorded the first hole-in-one of the 2012 season at Sanbrook GC on June 6 on the 175-yard, par-3 No. 6 hole with a 4-iron.

Lynch Basketball Camp June 25-29

Mike Lynch will bring his annual Basketball Camp back to Princeton High School the week of June 24-29 for boys and girls ages 8-14. The skills-enhancing sessions run from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day. Registration is done through Princeton Community Ed (CEisfun.com). More information about the camp can be found at lynchcamps.com.

Spring turkey harvest up in 2012

Preliminary harvest numbers show that the 2012 spring turkey harvest of 11,324 is the third-highest ever, according to the Minnesota DNR.

“Minnesota’s turkey population largely has rebounded from the severe winter of 2010-2011 and last year’s cold, wet spring,” said Steve Merchant, DNR wildlife program and populations manager. “These resilient and productive birds provided hunters with more opportunity.”

Hunters purchased 42,563 licenses this year, down from the 45,923 purchased in 2011. The 2010 spring turkey harvest was the highest on record. That year also had an early spring. Last year, spring season hunters harvested 10,060 turkeys, down significantly from the 2010 spring harvest of 13,468.

Turkey zone consolidation from 80 zones to 12 gave hunters more options to hunt. The 2012 hunter success rate was 27 percent.

Aquatic invasive violation rates unacceptable

The Minnesota DNR has released some initial statistics from its increased aquatic invasive species (AIS) patrol efforts. So far this year, the AIS violation rate among boaters is 20 percent. The extra patrols began May 12 and will continue through the summer.

Through June 6, conservation officers had worked nearly 3,200 hours dedicated to AIS enforcement, making more than 20,000 combined law and education contacts. During this time, 193 criminal citations, 463 civil citations, 975 written warnings and 267 verbal warnings were issued.

Under Minnesota law, it is illegal to transport invasive aquatic plants and animals, as well as water, from water bodies infested with zebra mussels and spiny waterfleas. Violators could face fines up to $500. Some penalty amounts will double beginning July 1.

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