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Outdoor briefs: Local Viking Sportsmen, QDMA, NWTF banquets coming up

Viking Sportsmen banquet

The 2019 Viking Sportsmen banquet is set for Thursday, April 4 at the Holiday Inn in Alexandria.

Online tickets are available at

Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7. Limited to the first 350 people. Money raised at the banquet goes to benefit local outdoor projects and programs. Included in that is the Youth Outdoor Activity Day hosted by the Viking Sportsmen and Douglas County Pheasants Forever that brought in more than 2,200 kids for a day filled with outdoor activities in 2018.

For more details, contact Gene Sullivan at (320) 808-1431 or Mark Anderson at (320) 760-2559.

Gobblers of Glacial Ridge

The Gobblers of Glacial Ridge, a local branch of the National Wild Turkey Federation, will host its membership banquet on April 6 at the Minnewaska House in Glenwood.

Money raised through the banquet goes to fund a large group of outdoor-related projects, including youth events, educational scholarships, winter food plots and habitat work.

For more information, contact Bob Jacobs (320-805-0460), Steve Pauly (320-766-4442), Gregg Stoen (320-283-5918) or Ron Stoen (320-808-0937).

Prairie to Woods Whitetails

Prairie to Woods Whitetails, the local branch of the Quality Deer Management Association, is hosting its 11th annual banquet on March 30 at the Parkers Prairie Event Center.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner is served at 7. Thousands of dollars worth of guns, bows and other prizes will be available to win.

Contact Bruce Lien at (320) 766-8204 for more information or visit for a banquet registration form.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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