The Lake Country Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation holds its annual fund-raiser banquet in Rice Lake on Saturday, April 12. The banquet at Turtleback Golf and Dining Conference Center begins at 4:30 p.m. with a social hour. The event includes dinner, auctions, drawings, raffles, games and a veteran's appreciation tribute. Proceeds from the event help support the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's national and state conservation projects and the Lake Country Chapter's local projects such as youth outdoors events in the Barron and Polk county area. Proceeds also help support Wisconsin's elk herd near Clam Lake, east of Hayward. Additional elk from Kentucky will be added to the herd over the next several years to boost numbers and increase genetic diversity, said Peggy Lundmark of the Lake Country Chapter. Lundmark also said that a new management technique appears to be minimizing wolf and bear predation on the Clam Lake herd. For banquet tickets or membership information call Lundmark at 715-822-2015.