Congrats to RE@L Guest Blogger, Al Schmidt!

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echopressTerrific story today in the Alexandria MN “Echo Press” newspaper about former Guest Blogger Al Schmidt who works at the Minnesota Department of National Resources (DNR) out of Glenwood, MN. 

Al is involved in another DNR project that helps kids find out more about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, as we call it!

Take a look at the new aquarium to help kids learn more about fisheries! That’s a hot topic in Minnesota these days as we recently found a shortage of Minnesota’s famous-tasting Walleyes in one of our biggest lakes, Mille Lacs.

We need more research to find out what’s causing this shortage, and other lake and fish problems, as well, This new aqaurium can help! It can even help our kids see conservation as a fascinating STEM career. And, if they were to ask our Guest Blogger, Al, they would hear why it truly is a good job. So, if you are near the Douglas County Fair this fall, stop by and learn a lot more about Minnesota’s fishes.


Congrats, Al!  Here’s the story, from the Echo Press by staff writer, Eric Morken!

Whether or not you like to fish or look at fish in aquariums, this is an interesting  story.

Click on the photo to the right to read the rest of the story.

Check out Minnesota’s famous fishes and ask Al and his colleagues all about Natural Resources as a STEM career. You might be glad you did!


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