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Ikes hosting hog roast

The Izaak Walton League will be hosting a hog roast fundraiser, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Izaak Walton Cabin in Todd Park.

Menu including pulled pork sandwiches from Piggy Blues, all-you-can-eat sweet corn from Honey Tre Farms and coleslaw and apple crisp from Super Fresh Produce.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the door.

Proceeds from the hog roast will benefit the Wetbugs Program, an environmental program that takes place at Ellis Middle School and the Hormel Nature Center.  This will be the 24th year that Chapter 10 has supported the Wetbugs Program.  Dr. Dean Hanson, an aquatic entomologist from Stillwater, brings his live wetbugs to the classroom. The wetbugs include mayflies, stoneflies, caddis flies, hellgrammites, damsel flies, and mosquito hawks. This provides students hands-on identification before their field trip to the stream.

The ability of a stream to support these insects will indicate the water quality of that stream.

Approximately 300 seventh grade students at Ellis will be involved in this two-day program in September, with Hanson’s presentation being given 11 separate times. This helps the students understand the biology of a stream and the impact of non-point source and point source pollution.

This year, Austin Chapter 10 will contribute $1,000 and the Austin Public Schools District will contribute $400 toward Dr. Hanson’s presentations.