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Paynesville Press - August 21, 2002

Artist named stamp finalist

Ron Iverson of Paynesville was one of five finalists in the 2003 Trout and Salmon Stamp Contest.

The Minnesota Trout and Salmon Stamp is required for anglers who fish in designated trout streams, designated trout lakes, or Lake Superior, or possess trout or salmon. The Department of Natural Resources typically sells around 97,000 stamps each year at $8.50 each, with proceeds going to habitat improvement and stocking programs for lakes and streams.

This year, 15 entries were submitted in the stamp contest, which was judged in early August. The winning entry was done by Micah Hanson of Rushford, who depicted a brown trout about to catch a stonefly nymph. Hanson also won the 2000 Trout and Salmon Stamp Contest.

Winners do not receive a prize, but retain print production rights to the work, which is usually reproduced as a wildlife print.

Other finalists were Tombo Beard of Circle Pines; Charles Dero of Miltona; and Laurence Huls of Avon.

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