West news briefs: School supply collection at STEP

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 6, 2013 - 3:56 PM
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Prepare for hunting season:  The Minnesota Waterfowl Association and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are sponsoring a program of instruction for young hunters. Classes are held Aug. 20, 22, 27, 28, 29 and Sept. 3 and 5 at the Carver Rapids Education and Visitors Center. A Sept. 7 or 14 hunting trip in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is included with the classes.

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School supply collection at STEP

Donations are being sought through Aug. 17 for STEP’s annual Back to School Program, which distributes free school supplies to qualifying children who live in St. Louis Park.

Spiral notebooks, crayons and tape are among the many items STEP is collecting to stock backpacks for kids. For a complete list, go to http://www.stepslp.org/.

Supplies can be dropped off at STEP at 6812 W. Lake St. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, and from 8 a.m. to noon Friday.

Volunteers who are at least 18 are needed to sort, assemble and distribute school supplies. To volunteer, contact Julie Jergens at jjergens@stepslp.org

WEST METRO

Program aims to train fledgling hunters

The Minnesota Waterfowl Association and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are offering a Young Waterfowlers program for kids ages 11 to 15 who have never hunted waterfowl or are just getting started.

The only requirement is an interest in hunting birds and successful completion of the offered firearms safety course.

The program’s goal is to introduce kids from non-hunting families to waterfowl hunting.

The program will include a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Firearms Safety course with information on waterfowl and being a safe and ethical hunter.

Adult mentors will assist students in training sessions and accompany students on a hunting trip in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge on Sept. 7 or 14.

Class dates are Aug. 20, 22, 27, 28, 29 and Sept. 3 and 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. Classes are at the refuge’s Carver Rapids Education and Visitors Center, 15865 Carver Highlands Dr., Carver.

To sign up, submit the youth’s name, address, birthday, parent’s name, and phone and e-mail contact information to info@mnwaterfowl.com, with Young Waterfowler’s Program in the subject line.

Questions can also be answered at 952-767-0320.

Police academy runs Sept. 12-Nov. 21

The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department will hold a citizens’ police academy this fall on Thursday nights starting Sept. 12 and concluding Nov. 21. Ten classes will be held — none on Halloween — with classes starting at 7 p.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m.

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