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DNR plans grand opening of Fire Prevention Building at State Fair

Minnesota State Fair-goers may scurry up 84 steps of the DNR fire tower to get a bird's eye view of the fairgrounds Aug. 23-Sept. 3, in Falcon Heights.

Once back on the ground, individuals may attend the grand opening of the DNR Division of Forestry Fire Prevention Building.

The log structure is located just northwest of the main DNR building. The red pine building will house a fire tower cab, which once served at Eagle head, east of Sandstone.

Educational and wildlife presentations along with music and theatrical performances are scheduled for the outdoor and garden stages and the fish pond area of DNR Park.

Highlights include demonstrations by the DKNY's Minocqua program, K9 Enforcement Unit, puppet shows and state park trivia, geology and pointing dog demonstrations, Midwest Fly Fishing Magazine; Muskiest, Inc., adaptive hunting and fishing equipment, dogs working with disabled hunters, The Raptor Center and flying bird shows.

An interactive Lasers hot shooting range for youth and adults gives participants a chance to test their skills at one of four shooting simulation stations. The laser range will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at no cost.

Morph, the transforming frog, the 2007 DNR Adopt-a-River found objects sculpture will be on display on the south end of DNR Park. It's a tribute to 71,000 volunteers statewide who have removed 5 million pounds of rubbish from Minnesota waters since 1989.

Smokey Bear is celebrating his 63nd birthday with events at noon and 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24, on the outdoor stage. Smokey also makes daily appearances at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at DNR Park.

In addition, hunting licenses for deer, small game and waterfowl and the complete line of Public Recreation information maps will be available at the Nature Store.