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Bowhunters to again help thin deer population in Ramsey County parks

Bowhunters will again help Ramsey County control the deer populaton throughout the county's park system.

The county's Parks & Recreation Department is partnering with the Metro Bowhunters Resource Base to hold daylong hunts at eight park and trail locations in October and November. Two separate hunts will be held at each location. Each hunt period will be three days long, with the second hunt occurring two to three weeks after the first.

Many locations are the same as in previous years. No hunt will be held at Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park, Grass Lake Park or at Tamarack Nature Center.

Hunt locations and dates are:

  • Poplar Lake Open Space (Shoreview/White Bear Township)
    Oct. 7-9, Oct. 28-30
  • Turtle Creek Open Space (Shoreview)  
    Oct. 7-9, Oct. 28-30
  • Battle Creek Regional Park (St. Paul/Maplewood)
    Oct. 10-12, Nov. 7-9
  • Fish Creek Open Space (Maplewood/St. Paul)
    Oct. 21-23, Nov. 11-13
  • Snail Lake Marsh (Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park, Shoreview)
    Oct. 21-23, Nov. 11-13
  • Pig’s Eye (Battle Creek Regional Park, St. Paul)  
    Oct. 21-23, Nov. 11-13
  • Vadnais Lake (Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park, Vadnais Heights)
    Oct. 24-26, Nov. 14-16
  • Rice Creek North Regional Trail (Shoreview)  
    Oct. 24-26, Nov. 14-16

During the hunts, the entire park may be closed. In Battle Creek, off-leash dog areas will be closed during hunts while the off-leash area in Rice Creek North off-leash area is expected to remain open. According to county officials, efforts will be made to keep most major paved hiking and biking trails open.

Signs will be posted at parks where hunts are being conducted and visitors are requested to stay out of these areas.

Archers for the 2016 hunts have already been selected. Anyone interested in participating in future hunts should visit

Learn more about deer management and controlled hunts.

SPNN chooses new wave of documentary filmmakers

On Saturday, the St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) will offer a free screening of documentaries made by the latest class of its Doc U program.
Over 16 weeks, 12 low-income adults learned the nuts and bolts of documentary filmmaking. It is the fifth year that Doc U has taught new filmmakers the basics of camera work to storytelling to lighting. Their work will be celebrated a free premiere screening at SPNN’s new facility at 550 Vandalia Street Suite 170 in St. Paul's Creative Enterprise Zone.
From 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., the public is invited to join the filmmakers at a Media Maker Mixer. The short documentaries will be shown starting at 2 p.m.
Each participant created a 10-minute documentary on a range of topics of their choosing.
“It’s been an intensive program,” said Bonnie Schumacher, Community Access director. "And we’re so proud to see the remarkable work that has come from all 12 participants. They’ve done some really exciting work in a short period of time.”
Funded by a grant from McKnight Foundation, SPNN’s Doc U program focuses on reaching adults who make 60% or less of the median income.
“It is the mission of SPNN to empower people through media,” said Executive Director Chad Johnston. “We’re very proud to offer an opportunity for those who are most underrepresented in the media to represent themselves.”
SPNN is a non-profit community media center serving St. Paul and the Twin Cities metro area. It’s mission is to empower people to use media and communications to better lives, use authentic voice, and build common understanding.