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REGIONAL— There are two things that every experienced angler up here will agree on: there are plenty of area lakes chock full of fish, and with the right approach, you should be able to catch your … more
I once threw a boot at a male woodcock. I’m not proud of it, but it was an act of desperation. It was many years ago, and my wife Jodi and I were part of a tree planting crew somewhere near … more
SOUDAN— Despite the apparent deaths of hundreds of bats at the Soudan Mine from the effects of white-nose syndrome this winter, state park officials here remain hopeful that the kind of mass … more
hile winter can be slow to give up its grip here in the North Country, when the maple sap starts flowing we know it’s only a matter of time. It’s an exciting time of year, one that always focuses … more
LOST LAKE—Sometimes, at least for me, a visit to old trees helps to keep things in perspective. We view the world from the vantage point of a small, fragile, albeit admittedly clever, primate that … more
n the past week, three conversations have helped me put the situation with our region’s moose population into better context. In the first case, I talked with a well-known ecologist (from a … more
REGIONAL— The Department of Natural Resources is proposing boundary changes for several deer permit areas in northern Minnesota to make it easier to manage for the differing needs of moose and … more
One of the perks of reporting on natural resource issues, such as the decline of the region’s moose population, is that, on occasion, those working on the issue will provide you with valuable and … more
NEAR ELY— A message from his friend Dan Kirkman told Gary Smith, of Ely, that his day had just gotten better. Smith, who had been fishing on an Ely area lake last Saturday, had watched helplessly … more
REGIONAL— A recently completed audit of state forest management gave the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources generally high marks, while concurring with conservation groups that more needs to … more
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