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Wednesday, June 18, 2014 fi FARMERS INDEPENDENT, Bagley, Minnesota -- Page 10 Fireworks Fundraiser raises about $2,000 Pressure from pollutmn and .............. development mounts on MN lakes Galen's SuperMarket was serving cracker trays at the wine !tsting event. Pictured are Greg Leintz with daughters KelSey and Kristin. The wine and beer tasting event was eld last Friday to riae funds for the Bagley fireworks, and :uesday Study Club causes. Approximately $2,000 was raised, according to the latest figures from Bagley City Hall. By John Michaelson MN News Connection ST. PAUL, June 10 -- Minnesota has some of the most pristine and scenic lakes and rivers in the nation, and a new effort is underway to highlight those individuals and organizations on the front lines of protecting the Gopher State's waterways. The Environmental Law and Policy Center has launched the new In Minnesota Water Cindy and Ben Eastley are being served by Diane Schermerhorn. website, and, according to executive director Howard More DNR-trained watercraft inspectors 00oLeamer'showcasethe sitethe iSchallengesdesigned and successes of Minnesota's This combat aquatic and checkpoints at boat landings this summer, says the DNR summer, to help the spread 13f invasiVe species , the Department of  Natural Resources is increasing the number of watercraft checkpoints to 36, double the number from last year. The DNR also expects to hire 146 watercraft inspectors andplace 23 decontamination inspection program is designed to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by educating boaters, inspecting watercraft and providing decontamination services at public water accesses. All DNR-trained watercraft inspectors are authorized to help ensure boats and trailers are clean and free of AIS launching or operation of water-related equipment. Authorized inspectors can also require a watercraft to be decontaminated prior to launching into Minnesota waters. In the rare situation when an individual does not follow instructions from a watercraft inspector before launching or ongoing water conservation initiatives. "We're telling the stories of Minnesota families, business owners, people who like to fish, people who like to kayak, community leaders, people who are making a difference in keeping our rivers and lakes clean for the future," says Learner. "That's what makes Minnesota special." The initial group of stories featured on the website include the recovery in Duluth from massive flooding in 2012, and a look at improvement efforts units a.t zebra mussel infested waters and high-use areas. Up to 300 additional authorized inspectors will be working for tribal, and local overnment, units throughout the state, "These folks are going to be out there i checking boats, trailers =and other water equipment this summer," said Maj. Phil Meier, DNR Enforcement Division operifirrs manager "It's their job, They aren't thereto cause These are a "few of their favorite things" table with ..a delay, but to keep,'mvasie volunteers Marilyn Hood, Jill Bakken, and Barb Bohn for : species from enteg o the Tuesday Study Club. The club raised from $1,200 to  lakes and rivers."] , $1,500. ' The DNR's Watercraft Cairns is served by Tom Beltz. 'arry Diflley Memorial Aviation Scholarship Fund established The children of Larry Diffley have established an 0wed scholarship fund  Northwest Minnesota l-6undation to help aspiring p.ilots in the local area. ' The scholarship was -'6ablished to honor Larry ,:Diffiey's passion for quality ytion training and helping .others who intend to become a professional pilot. The fund will provide annual eholarships to qualified Jpplicants who plan to dvance their flight training t. Bemidji Aviation. "The solarships will be abig boost t' the aviation community by providing funds to flight students who are pursuing their dream of becoming a tofessonal " 9 ..... pilot, stud Mark Shough, president of Bemidji .Aviation. -_Larry Diffley grew up on lsmall farm in Becida. In  early years, he lived with 2t parents and siblings in ,',tarpaper house lacking modern-day amenities. Diffley :2gaduated from Bemidji High ._School, worked on the family farm, attended Bemidji State College and then joined the National Guard. He moved to Los Angeles, became a UPS driver, learned to fly and -met future business partner (Shough. While living in Los iTkngeles, Diffley married Mimi Stevens of Edina. In 1970 Difltey purchased Bemidji Aviation with :hough. Diffley became the in pilot while Shough, tmself a pilot, assumed more :rfa mechanic's role. The pair grew the company from two employees and three airplanes, to over 50 employees and 37 airplanes offering a multitude of flying services. They also created and operated Bemidji Airlines, providing service throughout Minnesota between 1981 and 1991. Diffley was a legend in Minnesota's aviation community. His flying skills were extraordinary, and his business acumen top 'notch. "He was a significant player in this market for aviation, a phenomenal pilot and a great instructor," said Tom Letson, a first officer for Delta Airlines who flew for Diffley early in his career. So it was a shock to family and friends when Diffley, president of Bemidji Aviation, died in an airplane crash on Dec. 4, 2012 while doing an aerial pipeline survey near Manhattan, Ill. Atthe time of his death, he had accumulated over 28,000 hours of flight time. His son Tony Diffley said, "My dad was born to work and loved to fly. He once said, 'In a lot of respects, I never worked a day in my life.'" Applications for the scholarship are being accepted through June 20. The application is available from Tracie Walter at Bemidji Aviation (218-751-1889, e-mail traciew@bemidjiaviation. corn), or Peggy Crandall at the Northwest Minnesota Foundation (218-759-2057, e-mail peggyc@nwmf org). First Scholarship in July: Students who intend to advance their flight training at Bemidji Aviation, have a deep passion for flying, and intend to pursue aviation as a career are invited to apply. Qualified applicants must be at least 17 years old, possess a valid 3 rd Class Medical Certificate, have successfully completed the appropriate FAA written examination, and achieved solo flight. Complete eligibility requirements are included with the application materials.) before entering or leaving a lake, river or other body of water. They will show boaters where aquatic plants and animals are likely to hide, and how to remove them. Whether they work for the DNR, or for a county organization or lake association, inspectors are there to help make sure boaters are not in violation of AIS laws. If someone refuses to allow an inspection, or doesn't remove aquatic plants or animals, DNR trained inspectors can prohibit the leaving an access, inspectors are advised to contact the local conservation officer to report violations. "Please work with them; it's required by law," said Ann Pierce, DNR Ecological and Water Resources Division section manager. "Your cooperation will make it go faster and help everyone get in and out more quickly. All watercraft inspectors are trained by the DNR, and working in scheduled locations. If you have problems with them, let us know." around the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Learner says the biggest challenge to Minnesota's lakes and rivers is pollution, and while it's an issue in both rural and urban areas, there are some variations in the types of threats. "Certainly in rural areas you're dealing much more with pollution that's non- point runoff from agricultural operations," says Learner. "In our urban areas, we're dealing much more with water filtration plants, sewage treatment plants and so forth. ForYour Printing Needs Call :00Farmers Publishing Company i/Services We Offer : :: Include High speed copier with volume & self-serve discounts Color Copies * Business Forms created for your specific needs - Invoices, Statemehts, Order Forms, Sales Books, Note Pads, etc. Computer Typesetting Letterheads & Envelopes Posters & Flyers of all kinds A variety of paper & envelopes on hand for your projects & office needs Self-serve Copies Office Supplies Business Cards :. 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