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Pa e8 Thursday, April 23, 2009 News Kimball MN Kimball hosts second DU night lf you would like to see this col- ~ umn regalarly during the Tu,ins' seasotl, be sure. ~o let ~ts know. Also, ifyou would like to sponsor this column, call us at 398-5000 today! By aordy lones Justin Morneau and his wife, V Krista got a new hobby last year. ~They find worn-out and bumpy amateur ball fields, then spear- ~head the task of refurbishing them. It began when Justin was vis- V iting Krista's hometown of Win- -~throp, Minn. Fans in the area ~have told me that Justin pulled ~over, unannounced, to watch --~ some kids play ball, and began .giving autographs and just hang- x*" ins out with them. He noticed ~that the field was in rough shape and ended up donating money Scores of men and women dressed in camouflage or hunter orange ~,t to spruce up their ball field. Since poured into Generations Ballroom Friday night, April 17, for the sec- V then, he has done the same for ond annual Maine Prairie Ducks Unlimited Sportsman's Night Out. the Northeast Ballpark in Min- There was a dinner, silent auction, and raffles for all sorts of hunting neapolis. He even got the Twins and outdoor gear. A number of local businesses and individuals spon- to match his donations through sored or donated to this event to make it a success. (Yet another rea- the Twins Community Fund, and son to patronize local businesses.} Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. /they plan on helping more ball ~ parks this year. The other night, as Justin fin- Fishing rules change for Pearl Lake v ished his batting practice, he "~ approached me with a proud The Minnesota Department of anglers could possess three wall- ~ smile and said: "The park inWin- Natural Resources (DNR) reminded eye, none less than 17 inches and anglers that regulations have only one 20 inches or larger. Only ~," throp is finished! They had their changed at Pearl Lake. Effective one northern pike larger than 36 V first softball game there last night, 1 ' March 1, 2009, the daily posses- inches may be harvested. ~ and I saw pictures of "t. I II prob- sion limit of walleye is three. None A fisheries surveyin 2008 showed "~ ably get down there sometime in N~" the next couple of weeks and take can be less than 17 inches. This is a that northern pike were especially V alook at it. It s pretty exciting.And change from the past and a depar- abundant but of small average size. y , .... . , ture from the statewide limit of six Only about 15 percent of the popu- "~ they started working on the field per day. Northern pike between lafion is larger than 24 inches. Wall- "~ in Minneapolis. It was played on n 24-36 inches must be immeOi- eye were moderately abundant and ~u til the end of last season, and ately released. The regulations were 75 percent of the population was V then construction began as soon "*/as the snow melted this year. I changed as a result of study, pub- larger than 17 inches. ~ should drive by and take a look at lic meetings, and a concern for the This information is included in ,~t conservation of small walleyes and the 2009 Minnesota Fishing Regu- ~ it. It's pretty cool." He seemed as medium-sized northern pike. lations; and signs with these rules ~jazzed about it as the neighbor- The walleye population consists have been posted at the public "~ hood kids will be. of stocked fish, as there is no nat- ural reproduction. The minimum size limit allows fish to grow to an optimum size before harvest. The "one-over" 20 inches state-wide rule also applies, meaning that access. ~" I asked him about his occa- smnal role as DH. When I was For more information: Paul ~ younger, I didn't really like it." He Diedrich, Area Fisheries Supervisor, Telephone: (763) 675-3301,