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 By Chris Gass    Outdoors    May 17, 2019 

Dog poop adds up to more than a dirty shoe

I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but the morning routine outside sure has changed from just a month ago. No more does it seem to be solemn and dark, and still past 6:30 a.m. Far from it, in...

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    May 17, 2019 

Follow the code to enjoy fishing

Minnesota fishing opener morning, my son Joseph and I arrived at Boy Scout Landing on the St. Louis River just past 5 a.m. The lower parking lot was already packed. We pulled in and found ourselves...

 

St. Louis River estuary restoration project open house is May 21

Work on an extensive habitat restoration project will take place this summer in the St. Louis River estuary, where the river enters Lake Superior. Staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural... Full story

 

Fishing season begins Saturday across state

The Minnesota season is open for walleye, northern pike and trout in lakes Saturday, May 11. Out of the 1.4 million licensed anglers in Minnesota, about half a million anglers take part in the tradition of the fishing opener. Make sure to buy your...

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    May 10, 2019

Opener can be a zoo

If you want peace and quiet, wait till Monday. Minnesota’s fishing opener congregates more fishermen per square acre than any other time of year on productive post-spawn walleye locations...

 

Burning brush or yard waste restricted

As warm and dry weather continues to spread throughout the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has added more northern Minnesota counties to the burn restriction list, which now includes Carlton, south St. Louis, Pine, Wright and Ait...

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    May 3, 2019

Angling 101

The feedback I receive on my angling articles covers the spectrum. Most people appreciate my stories along with the technical information I share. Others enjoy my articles, but the minutiae of...

 

What a perfect spring ... for making maple syrup

Wow, what an April, lots of snow and a ton of maple sap. Just as Twins fans remember 1991, ricers remember that great crop with no rice worms, and skiers remember the year of perfect snow, I will reme...

 
 By Ann Markusen    Outdoors    May 3, 2019

Birding away the month of April

"April is the cruelest month," T. S. Elliot penned in his masterpiece, "Four Quartets." When I moved back to Minnesota in 1999, my brother warned me that November, March and April were the worst for...

 

Local nature writer, publisher, win book award

Stone Ridge Press and author Larry Weber recently won the prestigious silver Benjamin Franklin award from the Independent Book Publishers Association for Weber's latest book, "Web Watching: A Guide...

 
 By Chris Gass    Outdoors    April 26, 2019

Adopt a Drain program

It’s official, ice-out season is in, and open waters are coming our way! Dedicated water enthusiasts are ready to pry their way out the door and itching for their chance to get out to enjoy the...

 

DNR seeks comments on Line 3 license and permit

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comments until May 17 on applications related to the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project. The DNR is accepting comments on applications for several different licenses and permits needed...

 

Life jackets a safety necessity when boating on cold water

With waterways across the state clearing of ice, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds eager boaters that wearing a life jacket is a critical safety necessity during the spring “cold water” season. While boaters should always wear...

 

Early riser gets the bird

The moon was perched high above, casting long shadows across the front yard. I quickly gathered all the information I needed. The skies were clear, and the limbs silhouetted against the horizon stood...

 

DNR offers tips for avoiding conflicts with bears

Homeowners are reminded to be aware of bears this spring and check their property for food sources that could attract bears. “Bears are roaming around now with the loss of snow and warmer weather, so interactions with people have started in many...

 
 By Dylan Kelly    Outdoors    April 19, 2019

Sparks, youth and you

My life in high school revolved around the circus. Not the traveling, professional, three-ring type of circus that may come to mind. But rather Circus Juventas, a nonprofit youth performing arts program in St. Paul. I would walk down to a large...

 

Take the plunge into water monitoring!

Well, I did it. I took the plunge! The water's great and I aim to help keep it that way! No, I didn't literally jump into the water, especially this time of year! Brrrrrr! But after thinking about it... Full story

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    April 19, 2019

Folsom Prison turkeys

Johnny Cash startled me awake. My eyes tried to adjust to the ray of light pouring onto the ceiling. Sometime during the night, my phone had fallen halfway under the bed, adding to my confusion. "I...

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    April 12, 2019

Time to 'pout'

A couple of weeks ago my oldest son Joseph passed his driver’s test. Elated, he took his first officially licensed cruise through Cloquet. Atop the bridge over the St. Louis River, our Suburban’s...

 
 By Judy Walker    Outdoors    April 5, 2019

Getting a jumpstart on the garden

Early in March we spent an afternoon soaking up the sun and strolling in the stunning Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. It was quite busy, even for a weekend. Part of the draw was the butterfly...

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    April 5, 2019

A Big Otter education

A couple of times a week I would drop down the ridge behind my childhood home into the lowlands that led to Big Otter Creek. Having made the journey dozens of times with my older brothers, I was...

 

Why the ground rumbles beneath you ... or not

Hello to another edition of "Look at that!" I have been on the run recently and found myself in Anchorage, Alaska, where two of my grandchildren live. The last time I traveled was my first trip to Haw...

 
 By Chris Gass    Outdoors    April 5, 2019

Try something new this spring: Adopt a drain

The season of spring may well be considered the season of new. As the latest-model boats and motorcycles hit the market, grills and other summertime recreation equipment fill the stores, and the...

 

Closing a manure pit is a big job

Last week, the Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District brought you Part 1 of a story on water quality and agriculture, which highlighted the ways farmers can make an impact - positively or... Full story

 

Winter ends with near-normal temperatures

Spring seems to be here - and if not, at least the promise of spring is finally in the air after a good five months of winter. But I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop. Last year, the last...

 

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