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TOWER-SOUDAN— A project that’s been plagued by delays is finally moving forward here and that’s good news for hikers and bikers who use the Mesabi Trail. That portion of the trail … more
REGIONAL— Cautious optimism is the general rule for area bear guides, even as the abundance of natural foods in the woods appears to be reducing interest in their baits. The bear season gets … more
REGIONAL— Visitor use in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness returned largely to pre-pandemic levels last year, according to a recently released visitor use report for the year 2018-2022, … more
REGIONAL— A national organization hired by the Superior National Forest is recommending the creation of a sustained effort at collaboration with a wide range of area stakeholders to address … more
ELY- A college camping trip proved a life-changing experience for Kesley Ebbs, and he’s hoping to give other young people of color that same chance to experience nature on its own terms. Ebbs, … more
LAKE VERMILION— After a sometimes-challenging summer for anglers here, the fishing action on Lake Vermilion is suddenly hot— really hot. “It’s as good as I can ever … more
REGIONAL- While recreational cannabis is now legal in Minnesota, outdoor recreationists should be aware that the change in law does not apply to federal lands within the Superior National Forest, … more
REGIONAL— If you’re hoping for a shot at an antlerless permit this year, don’t forget to purchase your firearms deer permit by Thursday, Sept. 7. Hunters who purchase their license … more
REGIONAL— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is withholding millions of dollars in federal habitat funds from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources over the state agency’s … more
REGIONAL— An unusual collaboration of land management partners has been working together for a decade now to enhance moose habitat in northeastern Minnesota. Over the past ten years, the … more
Ever eat a pine tree? That was the question posed by Euell Gibbons in his 1970s-era cereal commercial. “Many parts are edible,” advised Gibbons, the author well-known at the time for his … more
A strange thing happened in my garden a couple of nights ago. Now you should understand my garden is 32 five-gallon buckets of various kinds of vegetables and a few smaller containers of green beans. … more
REGIONAL— Drought conditions continue to build across Minnesota, despite on-again, off-again rainfall in recent weeks. According to the latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor, … more
What’s in a name? When it comes to the common name, “popple,” it can mean one of three distinct tree species in northern Minnesota. My parents grew up in northwestern Minnesota so … more
REGIONAL—More hunters in northeastern Minnesota will be limited to bucks-only this year than at any time in the past several years. Last winter’s tough conditions, with extended deep and … more
LAKE VERMILION— With rain steadily pelting the lakeside tent at Fortune Bay Resort Casino on a recent Wednesday morning, Phil Bakken announced to the 40-plus kids in attendance that the 2023 … more
For the second year in a row, the wild fruit crops around the area are bordering on abundant to exceptional, at least in many places. And this year, June’s early heat has left most berry crops … more
REGIONAL— Drought conditions continue to build across Minnesota, including here in the North Country, despite some recent rains. That’s according to the National Weather Service Office in … more
Living on an island takes a great deal of planning and consideration. I certainly wish I had done that and not gone on the seat of my pants method. Still, four years later, I’m still here and … more
My gradual transition from gardener to small-scale farmer took another step forward recently when the U.S. Post Office in Tower called early one morning just over a month ago to tell me that my … more
HIDDEN VALLEY— Ely has debuted the latest contribution to the growing number of top-notch mountain bike trails in northeastern Minnesota— just be sure you’re paying attention if you … more
REGIONAL— The Department of Natural Resources has good news for those who plan to hunt ruffed grouse this fall. Northern Minnesota’s spring ruffed grouse drumming counts are up again from … more
While the long-term prospects for the monarch butterfly remain in doubt, there is evidence that the individual efforts of people who care about this remarkable insect are making a difference. The … more
As I paddled my kayak along the muskeg shoreline of Lost Lake this past weekend, I had a squadron of defenders watching my back. It’s not news to anyone who has set foot outside this year that … more
LAKE VERMILION— Way out in the middle of Big Bay sits one of the region’s most robust hubs of bird life. It’s called Potato Island, presumably for the many potato-shaped boulders … more
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