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SOUDAN— Fourteen-year-old Jack Anderson had a feeling two weeks ago as the deer season wound down. He had hunted deer before with his grandfather, Frank Gornick, of Soudan, but Frank had died … more
REGIONAL— The recent colder weather has put ice on many area lakes and ponds, but folks should keep in mind that the ice may still be too thin to support most activities on the ice, such as ice … more
REGIONAL— State Rep. Dave Lislegard, DFL-Aurora, is advocating for a managed wolf hunt in Minnesota as soon as federal protections are lifted on the once-threatened predator. The gray wolf was … more
REGIONAL— The state of Minnesota, with help from local clubs, maintains more than 22,000 miles of snowmobile trails across the state, and that means countless bridges that cross streams, … more
REGIONAL—The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is waiving entrance fees to all 75 state parks and recreation areas on Friday, Nov. 24 – the day after Thanksgiving. This … more
REGIONAL— “More wolves than deer.” That’s been a common refrain from hunters across northern St. Louis County, where the pace of the regular firearms deer season is running … more
I was about nine years old the day my father sent me running in shock over a smell I had never imagined possible. We were both in the basement and I was watching him skin a mink that he had shot … more
SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST— Forest planners here are taking steps now to help the national forest adapt to the changing climate through a new pilot project that includes a wide range of partners. … more
REGIONAL— Hunters in the North Country mostly struggled to find deer during the opening weekend of the regular firearms deer season, even as there were pockets of relatively good success. … more
REGIONAL— Humans have significantly altered the landscape of northeastern Minnesota and those changes appear to be helping wolves prey more effectively on whitetailed deer and their fawns. … more
REGIONAL— The St. Louis and Lake Counties Regional Rail Authority has postponed a decision that could determine the future of the proposed Lake Vermilion bike trail. The authority board took no … more
REGIONAL— With a still-depleted whitetailed deer population across northern St. Louis and Lake counties, hunters will want to take steps to give themselves the advantage when the regular … more
Per the DNR: “Deer populations in many northern areas of Minnesota are still struggling to recover, following back-to-back severe winters. During severe winters, thermal cover and forage … more
REGIONAL—Deer season is a time of tradition, family and fun. It’s also a time for great outdoors stories and we’d like to hear yours— so we can share the best with our … more
REGIONAL— It’s not just your imagination. Leaves are changing color later than in the past here in the North Country, and we’re not alone. All across North America, the dramatic … more
Stephanie Ukkola

 once worked as a manager on the SS William A. Irvin, a retired US Steel ore carrier that sailed the Great Lakes from 1938 until it’s retirement in 1978. The vessel now … more
NORTHSHORE MINE— Soudan resident, Nate Dostert got the scare of a lifetime back in about 2009 when he was working for Cleveland Cliffs-Northshore at the Peter Mitchell Mine near Babbitt. He was … more
SOUDAN—It was a stormy December evening several years ago when Victoria Ranua and her family arrived at their Soudan residence. Snow had been falling for hours and there was nearly a foot of … more
BABBITT— Having grown up in Babbitt, with a long Finnish lineage, Brittney Tuura was in no rush to move away from her family. In about 2012, at age 25, she and her husband and two children, … more
ELY—In 2001, I moved to Ely from Hayward, Wis. with my son who was four years old at the time. I was single back then and had rented a house for us on James St. With the help of a girlfriend, … more
Editor’s note: This is from a current resident of Soudan, recalling her experiences growing up. When I was kid, I lived in the country, in a big house, on a hill. I didn’t have any … more
FALL LAKE- If the strange blob that Paul Pelkola found on his Fall Lake boat lift had been green instead of brown, it could have been straight out of “The Attack of the Green Slime,” one … more
REGIONAL— Seasonal weather forecasting here in the North Country is far from an exact science, and that goes double under an el Niño weather pattern like the one currently taking shape … more
REGIONAL— Earlier this week, PBS aired a two-part Ken Burns series, “The American Buffalo,” that recounted the senseless and tragic destruction of an iconic North American species … more
Having paddled across Nym Lake, the trip into the Quetico formally begins with the portage into Batchewaung. No more than fifty yards or so on the portage, the cares and strains of daily life begin … more
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