DNR conservation officers receive funds for lifesaving AEDS

Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation provides funding for 10 new AEDS

The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation awarded the local Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers funding for automated external defibrillators (AEDs). A total of $6,258 from the Peter Burich and Gloria Sella Burich Fund was awarded to purchase 10 AEDs.

“Our Conservation Officers (just like our Local Sheriff and Police Departments) spend a lot of time serving their communities and meeting the needs of the general public. These officers work in rural/remote areas across Itasca County where EMS is NOT quickly or easily accessed,” says Sharon Voltz, DNR employee and volunteer for the Yellow Ribbon Committee. “While our officers are trained to perform CPR and all other aspects required to become law enforcement officers, this equipment will fill the gap in performing their duties.”

An AED is a device used to administer an electric shock through the chest wall to the heart. Built-in computers assess the patient's heart rhythm, judge whether defibrillation is warranted, and if needed, administer a shock. AEDs are important because they strengthen the Chain of Survival. They can restore a normal heart rhythm in victims of sudden cardiac arrest. New, portable AEDs enable more people to respond to a medical emergency that requires defibrillation.

Other news about the DNR: Spring might be just around the corner With warmer weather, slush and mud, this time of year can be some of the most fun (and most dangerous) times to be riding an ATV. The DNR established safety rules and regulations to make riding ATVs safer:

ATV training requirements for Youth 6-15 years old Effective July 1, 2017, youth ages 6 through 15 must complete an online ATV safety course and a hands-on ATV riding performance class (a parent or guardian must be present at the hands-on training portion for youth ages 6 through 10).

ATV training requirement for people 16 years and older Anyone born after July 1, 1987, who is 16 years or older can complete one of the ATV safety online courses and pay all necessary fees online to meet certification requirements. People aged 16 and older are not required to attend the ATV safety Hands-On class.

ATV Hands-On Safety training is held at different locations throughout Itasca County from April through August, but classes are filling up quickly. For more information about safely riding an ATV, please check out the Itasca County DNR Safety Training Classes page of their website at: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/events/safety_training.html.

Who is ready for fishing?

Below are the posted openers for catch and keep: May 11, 2019: Walleye, Sauger and Northern Pike May 25, 2019: Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass June 1, 2019: Muskie June 7-9, 2019: Take a Kid Fishing Weekend

On Take a Kid Fishing Weekend, Minnesotans can fish without licenses if they take children 15 or younger fishing. Minnesotans 15 and younger don’t need fishing licenses any time of the year. Take a Kid Fishing Weekend is a way for adults and kids to fish together without buying a license. For more information, check out https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/events/event.html?id=54716.

Because we all know the cold will be coming around again sooner than we know, January 18-20, 2020 is Take a Kid Ice Fishing!

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