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May 4, 2014

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Fishing tournamentset for Madison Lake

MADISON LAKE — The Minnesota Fishing Tournament for Life will be held on from 7 a.m to 3 p.m. on June 7 on Madison Lake.

The tournament, which benefits the Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge and Young Life charities, is a multi-species event featuring divisions for panfish, bass, pike, walleye and rough fish.

The entry fee for the 50-boat, two-person team tournament is $100. In addition, participants are expected to raise $400 in donations for the benefiting organizations.

Top fund-raising teams will win fishing trips guided by professional anglers James Lindner in the Brainerd area, Tom Brunz on the Mississippi River, Mark Schutz on Mille Lacs and Tom Davis on Lake Miltona.

Other prizes, including fishing electronics and trolling motors, also will be awarded.

For more details, call (507) 317-3071 or email: reelfaithoutdoors@hotmail.com.

The Free Press

Bear researcherwants permit back

ST. PAUL — An administrative law judge has delayed a ruling and given both sides more time to file papers in the case of Minnesota bear researcher Lynn Rogers, who’s fighting to win back his research permit.

Chief Administrative Law Judge Tammy Pust says in an order dated Tuesday she has reopened the record until Friday afternoon because of 28 pages of new documents from the Department of Natural Resources. Rogers argues the documents buttress his claims of bias.

The judge is giving both sides time to update their filings based on those documents. She says she’ll issue her recommendations within 30 days after that.

The decision on whether Rogers should get his permit back will then be up to the DNR, which says Rogers’ practice of hand-feeding bears poses a safety risk.

The Associated Press

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