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Gamebirds are hungry

Ducks, geese and pheasants in the area are finding it hard to find food and Viking Sportsmen members are asking Douglas County residents to help.

The club is seeking emergency food fund donations.

The Viking Sportsmen set aside funds every year for various local feed projects but with a bushel of corn priced at $6.50 or more, its food feeder budgets won't last through the winter, according to the club.

The game birds are hungry but the ice and snow has made it difficult for them to forage.

A Viking Sportsmen member recently distributed a 50-pound bag of shell corn that was consumed to the last kernel in two hours and 15 minutes.

Another member set out 16 loaves of bread that were gone in 15 minutes.

Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Viking Sportsmen Food Funds, P.O. Box 301, Alexandria, MN 56308. Contributors may designate which species of game bird they want to help.

The Viking Sportsmen play an active role in preserving and growing the local game bird population. Members have been releasing pheasants in Douglas County for 12 years.

Another way to show your support is to attend the club's annual banquet. This year's event is set for Thursday, March 31 at the Holiday Inn. Tickets are available at Alexandria Appliance.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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