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Genoa National Fish Hatchery hosts March Friends Group meeting
Midwest Region, March 12, 2003
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The Genoa National Fish Hatchery hosted the monthly Friends of the Upper Mississippi River Fisheries Services friends group meeting in March. Highlights of the meeting included guest speakers Kay and Russell Hively, of the Friends of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery Friends Group. Kay and Russell spoke on the benefits of having a Friends Group, how to get a group organized and described the incorporation process. Friends groups are currently a priority in the Service's Fisheries program, and are listed as such in the recently released Fisheries Vision Document. A group of 25 interested local citizens enjoyed fellowship, food and a dedication to the resource as they heard about Kay and Russell's experience in forming an effective and energized support group for Neosho. Their experiences will no doubt be a great help in forming an active friends group for the LaCrosse area FWS fishery stations. The group supports the LaCrosse Fish Health Center, LaCrosse Fishery Resource Office, and the Genoa National Fish Hatchery, and recently picked its officers in December. Efforts of the group so far include forming the articles of incorporation, and an active membership committee to stimulate growth.

As a side benefit of the trip, 35 students from Saint Matthews Lutheran School and the Viroqua homeschool group were treated with a visit from Captain Clark of Lewis and Clark fame. Russell Hively is a William Clark character actor, and appeared in historical garb to tell the students about his adventures on the Corps of Discovery expedition.

Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov
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