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Painting by Scot Storm of Sartell wins 2004 Minnesota Duck Stamp contest

The common merganser will be featured on the 2004 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp (Duck Stamp). The painting by Scot Storm of Sartell was chosen as the winning design from among 33 entries in the stamp contest sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Ten entries advanced to the second stage of judging, from which three finalists were selected during the judging Sept. 11 at the DNR Building in St. Paul. The other finalists were Edward Durose of Roseville, second place, and John House of Evansville, third place.

Two Mississippi Flyway species were eligible as subjects for the 2004 Minnesota stamp, according to Ray Norrgard, the DNR waterfowl stamp contest coordinator.

"We want to get all flyway species onto a Minnesota stamp at least once," Norrgard said, "so next year we'll include in the contest the one remaining species, the white-winged scoter."

The five-member panel of judges this year included Tim Spielman, outdoors writer for Outdoor News; Ross Hier, DNR assistant area wildlife manager, Crookston; DNR Conservation Officer Dean Olson of Rochester, Tim Walsh of the Hadley Company in Bloomington; and Dr. Roger Strand of New London.

The $5 Migratory Waterfowl Stamp is required of all Minnesota waterfowl hunters ages 18 through 64. Stamp sales generate between $400,000 and $600,000 per year for habitat enhancement projects in state wildlife management areas and designated waterfowl lakes.

The DNR offers no prizes for the stamp contest winner, but the winning artist retains the right to reproduce the work, which is usually done as limited edition prints. The 2004 Migratory Waterfowl Stamp, which will be the 28th Minnesota Waterfowl Stamp, will be available for sale in March 2004.




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