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Outdoor briefs: Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust honors three scholarship recipients

Firearms and ATV/snowmobile instructor safety courses being offered in Morris in late August.

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Wesley Siira
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The Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust recently announced three scholarship recipients for this upcoming school year.

To be eligible for this, students residing in Douglas, Ottertail, Grant or Pope County must be pursuing a degree in the environmental sciences fields. The Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust is a non-profit conservation organization serving those four counties.

Ella Van Kempen and Ava Carlson both received $1,000 scholarships this year.

Van Kempen is a 2019 graduate of West Central Area High School. She received the Vernon P Ostrom Scholarship. Van Kempen will be a senior at the University of Minnesota-Morris this fall where she is an environmental sciences major and a member of the women’s basketball team.

Carlson is a 2022 graduate of Battle Lake High School. She earned the Dean A Elmer Scholarship and will pursue a bachelors in environmental sciences degree at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.


Wesley Siira earned the $500 Harvey K. Nelson scholarship. Siira is a 2022 graduate from Brandon-Evansville who will attend South Dakota State University this fall with a double major in agriculture education and animal science.

The Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust will begin taking applications for scholarships for the 2023-24 school year in January of 2023. Visit www.phctrust.org for more information.

Certified firearms, ATV/snowmobile instructor courses

Adults interested in getting certified as a firearms safety instructor can take part in a Minnesota DNR course in Morris on Aug. 31. There is also a certified volunteer ATV and snowmobile safety instructor training class in Morris on Aug. 30.

Both classes will be held at the Morris High School in the media room at 5:30 p.m. Instructors for both must be at least 18 years old.

Full details about the courses can be found at the Minnesota DNR website .

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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