Reader-submitted letters to the editor published in the Sept. 15, 2023 edition of Minnesota Outdoor News.
September 13, 2023
The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council met earlier this summer to discuss a couple of topics including the proposals for the 2025 fiscal year. The council received 53 requests totaling over $300 million, and presentations of proposals were planned in August.
The Outdoor Heritage Fund was one of four funds created by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment and receives one-third of the money raised by the tax increase.
Albert Lea artist Mark Kness has won the Minnesota waterfowl stamp contest with an acrylic painting of a ringneck duck.
Jake Levisen, of Austin, earned second place with a ring-neck duck painting done in open acrylics, soft-body acrylics, and water-mixable oils. Third place went to Stephen Hamrick, of Lakeville, with a painting of a ringneck done in acrylic on illustration board.
Gary Przekwas, 58, and Sharlene Peterson, 63, have applied for the elk hunting license lottery since the hunt began in 2008 for zones 20 and 30 in the Kittson Central hunting area. The brother-sister duo have dreamed about hunting elk in Minnesota for years.
In 2023, they drew once-in-a-lifetime licenses and in recent days, each of them shot a bull. Przekwas’ elk was nontypical with 10-by-11 antlers and Peterson’s elk had a 7-by-7 rack. Both created a memory that’ll last a lifetime.
“I was in disbelief the whole time,” Przekwas said. “I don’t know how many prayers I’ve said, but I’m so grateful for (the opportunity).”
The U.S. Interior Department on Sept. 6 canceled the remaining seven oil and gas leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that were part of a sale held in the waning days of the Trump administration. The Biden administration move angered state political leaders, including Alaska’s Republican governor, who threatened to sue.