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REGIONAL— Residents of Minnesota have just experienced the warmest winter ever recorded in the state, and it wasn’t even close. While this story was written three days before the official … more
REGIONAL— Looking for a meaningful way to spend time in the Boundary Waters this summer? The U.S. Forest Service’s volunteer wilderness ranger program just might be the opportunity … more
ORR- When is a world-record fish not a world record? Adam Van Tassell of Orr knows the answer to that question all too well, as his would-be world-record fish is these days lazily cruising the waters … more
REGIONAL- Steve Abrahamson, of Tower, is an avid traveler, but with help and a little prodding from his even more adventurous daughter and son-in-law, he recently completed a bucket list trip to … more
Of all the landscapes found in Minnesota, the roughly one million acres of stunted spruce forest found across the state’s vast peatlands would probably be seen by most people as the most … more
REGIONAL- Chronic wasting disease is a known fatal neurological disease of deer and other cervids such as elk, caribou, and moose—but are humans at risk of contracting the disease as well? … more
ELY—More than fifteen Boundary Waters enthusiasts recently attended a “Crew Leader Training” retreat at Camp Widjiwagan on Burntside Lake to highlight safety and best leadership … more
REGIONAL— The North Country is on track to set a new mark for the warmest winter in the historical record. While the books weren’t quite closed on January when the Timberjay went to press … more
REGIONAL— Frostbite. Frozen water bottles. Those are typically the biggest challenges that participants in the Arrowhead 135 ultramarathon face along the winding course between International … more
REGIONAL— Careful planning is key to a successful visit to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area this summer, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Reservations for entry permits to the 1.1 … more
REGIONAL— A recently released report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or FWS, provides stunning conclusions on what appears to be a wholesale violation of a federal grant program by the … more
REGIONAL— Plenty of hawks and crows and very few woodpeckers or grosbeaks. Those were among the more consistent findings from the more than 100 area residents who took part in Christmas Bird … more
REGIONAL- The staff at Voyageurs National Park has been chomping at the bit to get to work on the park’s winter snowmobile trails and ice roads, and now with a bit more cooperative weather a … more
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is inviting private woodland owners with two or more acres of forested property to participate in a new effort to help improve forest inventory across … more
REGIONAL— December of 2023 proved to be one for the meteorological record books. The jaw-dropping Christmas to New Year’s warm spell capped a month that was already running much warmer … more
Late December in the Boundary Waters is supposed to be a season laden in white. But in an unprecedented year it was the deep greens that stood out during a hike along the Norway Trail, north of Trout … more
TOWER- While the lack of snow meant no group snowshoeing or cross-county ski outings through early January, members of the Vermilion Area Activity Club just continued hiking, some weekends on … more
REGIONAL— In their continuing effort to encourage Minnesotans to get outdoors, the Department of Natural Resources is waiving vehicle permit fees at all 75 state parks and recreation areas on … more
There are several ways to travel in the North Country wilderness in winter, but none is so fleeting or so rare as on skates. It takes that unusual alignment of November weather to allow for wild … more
REGIONAL— The extraordinarily mild weather so far this month is uncommon, but not unprecedented, according to state climatologist Pete Boulay. It was back in December of 1998, coming off one of … more
ELY— Motivating athletes in practice is always a challenge for a coach. But motivating Nordic skiers in the North Country’s thus-far nearly snowless winter to date is providing an even … more
REGIONAL— With sufficient ice on many North Country lakes, anglers are starting to move their fish houses out to their favorite honey holes. But they’ll want to be aware of a new law that … more
REGIONAL— With the winter bird-feeding season now underway with most folks—even as winter seems to be taking a break— there is considerable uncertainty about just what birds might … more
REGIONAL—If you’re looking to make some extra cash this winter, consider gathering black spruce cones for the Department of Natural Resources. The DNR’s state forest nursery is … more
VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK— A new study just published by the Voyageurs Wolf Project has provided data to confirm the idea that predators, like wolves, can shape the ecosystems in which they live … more
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