At least 50 guns to be awarded at May 2 EGF DU banquet

If you’re in the hunt for a new gun, the May 2 East Grand Forks Ducks Unlimited banquet might be just the ticket.

Mike Hedlund, one of the event’s organizers, sent out a news release today with specifics on the upcoming “50 Gun Banquet” at the American Legion in East Grand Forks. At least 50 guns with a total value of $30,000 will be given away; half are worth $500 or more, and four are valued at more than $1,000.

Here’s a closer look at how the banquet will work:

  • There will be a silent auction with a variety of DU merchandise up for bid but every other raffle or game will only have guns for prizes.
  • Attendees who sign up for a DU sponsor package will also be entered into a special gun raffle for sponsors only.  The sponsor guns are over and above the 50 guns for the main banquet, and more sponsors will mean more guns given away.
  • There are a variety of ticket packages available starting at $50, which includes a one-year membership to Ducks Unlimited, dinner at the banquet and a chance at 12 door prize guns.
  • Early birds (those who buy a ticket by April 27) all get a chance on an additional “Earlybird” gun — that’s a chance at 13 guns for just $50.

For more information on tickets, call (701) 215-2373 or (218) 779-9892.


Firefighters making good progress on Palsburg Fire

I just got a quick update on the Palsburg Fire in Beltrami Island State Forest from Kristi Coughlon, public information officer for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Bemidji:

“The fire team is making good progress on the east and west flanks of the Palsburg Fire,” she writes in an email. “They will continue to work the areas of concern on the north side of the fire.”

Here is a story about the fire that appeared in today’s Herald.


Palsburg Fire Friday morning update

Here’s the Friday morning update on the Palsburg Fire in Beltrami Island State Forest from the Minnesota Incident Command System, which is coordinating fire response:


Tyler Fish, a firefighter from Warroad, Minn., shared this photo on Facebook of the Palsburg Fire, which he photographed Wednesday in Beltrami Island State Forest. (Photo used with permission of Brian Pisarek, incident commander of the fire response team.)

The Palsburg Fire which began April 15 near Warroad, MN is 30% contained. The fire is at 4,700 acres and continues to burn primarily in State Forest land in the Beltrami Island State Forest and the Bemis Hill State Recreation Area. There are 113 firefighters working the fire, strengthening the containment lines and conducting mop up activities. Three aircraft continue to work the fire, two National Guard Blackhawks and one smaller “type three” helicopter, dropping water on hot spots. There is minimal threat to structures and no reports of injuries.

Weather: Red Flag Warning for today. Temperatures will be near 70 degrees with a minimum Rh of 17-18%. Southwest winds will occur in the morning shifting to the west late morning at 13-15 mph. Early afternoon a cold front is expected bringing northwest winds with gusts up to 35 mph. This evening and tomorrow winds are expected to quiet down.

Closure Order: Citizens are encouraged to stay out of the Beltrami Island State Forest due to heavy fire traffic and concerns of wildfire hazards. Road closures are necessary to ensure public safety and to allow firefighting efforts to continue safety. The Minnesota DNR has determined it necessary to entirely close the following roads in the area due to the proximity of the wildfire. Any permanent residents wishing to obtain permission to travel to and from their homes on the closed road must contact the forest officer at the Warroad DNR office, 218-386-1304, 804 Cherne Drive NW, Warroad, MN. Closed roads include:
• Thompson Road
• Wobbles Road
• Bemis Hill Road
• Tofte Road
• Black’s Winner Road

Cooperating agencies: USFS, Fish & Wildlife Service, NPS, Private, BIA, Roseau FD, Warroad FD, Roseau Sheriff Minnesota National Guard Black Hawk Helicopters.

Contact: Fire Information 218-386-1314 or

Check for updates.