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ELY- A young family is bringing a closely held dream to life on the shores of Birch Lake, where they’re about to open a brand-new resort to give people opportunities to enjoy the wilderness … more
A flashback from my youth appeared at our bird feeder the other day. It was a red-headed woodpecker and it took me a second to register what I was seeing, since this is a bird I’d only glimpsed … more
REGIONAL—The Department of Natural Resources is beginning a new three-year research project in northeastern Minnesota to gather additional data on deer populations. The DNR will place cameras … more
When it comes to technology, I’m definitely the late adopter in the family. So, it was just last week that my wife Jodi showed me the latest and greatest version of the Merlin bird ID app, … more
REGIONAL— Several area rivers remained in flood stage this week even as water levels were gradually receding from heavy rains that fell last week. The heavy rains, as much as four inches in … more
REGIONAL—Throughout the year, the fur coats on white-tailed deer change to match the seasonal weather and temperature. Every spring deer shed their thicker winter coat and replace it with a … more
ELY— Making scientific concepts and findings accessible to a general audience has long been a challenge for researchers. Most scientific journals have little readership outside academia and the … more
Bird migration is always an interesting time for those of us who like to observe the natural world, in part because you never know who will show up and how long they’ll stick around. Most … more
ISABELLA— The U.S. Forest Service declared a prescribed burn that went awry last week fully contained as of May 19, as light rain showers and higher humidity helped firefighters keep the Fry … more
Here in the North Country, the springtime woods can be a noisy affair, and few sounds are as symbolic of that seasonal cacophony as the calling of frogs. For years, I’ve tried (though … more
REGIONAL— This past Sunday’s incursion of heavy wildfire smoke into the North Country from north of the border was a portent of what to expect this summer and into the fall. North Country … more
REGIONAL— River and stream levels continued to exhibit considerable bounce this week as the impact of late April and early May rains faded. Area stream levels began the ice-free season at near … more
REGIONAL— If there’s a consensus about the prospects for anglers when they hit the water on Saturday, it’s that the outlook is favorable for a solid opener. While water temperatures … more
The return of warblers to the North Country is always a sure sign that spring is on its way, although a couple species can make an appearance even as winter is still holding on. Our two earliest … more
REGIONAL— Gov. Tim Walz, this week, signed into effect a new law that allows anyone with a state game or fish license to use a digital image of their license in place of a paper copy when … more
SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST— The wind was picking up by midday but that just made the fire “snappier” in the terminology of the fire officials here who were taking advantage of a dry … more
REGIONAL— Our recent April showers have not only set the stage for new growth this spring, they have reminded us of the wonderful scent that comes in the immediate aftermath of rain. That scent … more
May 3 deadline to enter bear license lottery REGIONAL— If you’re planning to apply for this year’s lottery for the fall bear hunt, and haven’t done so already, you’d … more
LAKE VERMILION— How things have changed on Lake Vermilion’s west end. Not that many years ago, resort owners on the lake’s western half were bemoaning low numbers of walleye, … more
REGIONAL— If you see or smell smoke in the North Country this spring, don’t be surprised. Fire crews on the Superior National Forest fire have begun their spring prescribed fire season … more
REGIONAL— A monumental and authoritative new book is likely to be a must-have for every serious birder in the Upper Midwest. “Breeding Birds of Minnesota,” published by the … more
PIKE RIVER—Staff at the Pike River Hatchery were hoping that the wet and cold weather that settled in mid-week wasn’t going to slow down the walleye run, which finally began in earnest … more
REGIONAL— In the wake of the most unusual winter in northern Minnesota history, ice-out proved equally unusual on many lakes and rivers in the region— and not only because most lakes … more
SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST— Land managers here are reminding trail users, both motorized and non-motorized, to practice TREAD principles when using forest trails during this sensitive … more
REGIONAL—Minnesota’s popular stream trout season opened April 13, with quality fishing opportunities in every region of the state. Trout anglers can find information on Minnesota’s … more
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