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News Briefs for July 9, 2013

Wildlife refuge offers educational programs

ERSKINE — The Rydell National Wildlife Refuge is offering “Let’s Get Batty,” an educational program on Minnesota bats at 1:30 p.m. July 14 at the Visitor Center, 17788 349th St. SE, in Erskine.

The International Wolf Center in Ely, Minn., will also offer a program at the Rydell Visitor Center 1 to 3 p.m. July 21.

The programs are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available.

The refuge will also offer “Hook. Line. And Sinker.,” a program teaching how to cast a line with different rods and reels from 6 to 9 p.m. July 18 on Tamarack Lake.

For more information, call the Visitor Center, (218) 687-2229, ext. 21.

Preschool whale program planned

BEMIDJI — A preschool program to learn about whales while playing games and making crafts is set 10 to 11 a.m. today at City Park Multi-Use Building.

The cost is $5 per participant. Register online at or at City Hall or the Public Works Facility.

Bemidji road construction set

BEMIDJI — The city of Bemidji has begun the 2013 State Aid Bituminous Removal and Resurfacing Project 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and is expected to last through Aug. 6.

The streets included are:

— 15th Street Northwest (Irvine Avenue Northwest to CSAH 6)

— Roosevelt Road Southeast (Washington Avenue South to Paul Bunyan Drive Southeast)

— Pioneer Street Southeast and Industrial Park Drive Southeast (Washington Avenue South to Mahnomen Drive Southeast)

The streets will be closed to traffic during working hours but access to residences and business will be maintained after work hours and as best as possible during working hours.

Youth fishing derby planned

FEDERAL DAM — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting a free youth fishing derby for children younger than 14 at 11 a.m. July 20 at the Leech Lake Recreation Area.

Registration will begin at 11 a.m. and the derby will go from noon to 1 p.m. Free hot dogs, chips and soda will be available for contestants. Contestants will need their own fishing pole. Local merchants will provide bait.

For more information, call the park at (218)654-3145.

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