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Deep Portage critter art contest
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Deep Portage Learning Center is seeking black ink drawings of wild animals, fish, birds and insects that are native to the north-central Minnesota area.


The winning artist’s drawing will be featured on Deep Portage’s 2014 critter art mugs.

Some examples of critters featured on past years’ mugs are: turtle, porcupine, fawn, buck, sunfish, wolf, grouse, musky, large-mouth bass, bobcat, chickadee, house wren and hummingbird, osprey and dragonfly.

Send drawings to Deep Portage Learning Center, 2197 Nature Center Drive N.W., Hackensack, MN 56452.

The deadline for submissions is Oct. 15.

Deep Portage is an environmental learning center and conservation reserve, located 10 miles east of Hackensack. Open to the public, it offers more than 11 miles of hiking/cross-country ski trails, an interpretive center to explore, and educational programming year-round. If you are interested in learning more about Deep Portage, please visit the website, call 218-682-2325, or email