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Federal group asks for public's help in naming Wisconsin islands

Mississippi River flooding Photo: Image by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Federal group asks for public's help in naming Wisconsin islands

By The Associated Press. CREATED Mar 11, 2012

 STODDARD, Wis. (AP) -- A federal wildlife group is asking for the public's help in naming seven islands in the Mississippi River near Stoddard, Wis.
  
The contest is organized by the La Crosse District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.
  
The agency asks that suggested names reflect the area's habitat, geology, geography, history, wildlife and plant life.
  
A La Crosse Tribune report (http://bit.ly/wYU4DI ) says proper names aren't allowed. That means you can't try naming them after yourself or any other person.
  
Each person is limited to one name submission per island. Entries must include a reason why the name should be selected.
  
Judging will be conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources and Mississippi River Wild.

Entries may be:
-- emailed to ausan--fletcher(at)fws.gov or paula--ogden-muse(at)fws.gov
-- faxed to 608-783-8452
-- mailed to Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge "Island Naming Contest,"  555 Lester Ave., Onalaska, WI 54650