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Recently, it seems, we tend to have more bad news than good when it comes to the state of bird populations in North America, including right here in the North Country. But now, one of the birds that … more
LAKE VERMILION— A Birch Point resident and his Michigan fishing partner took the top spot in last weekend’s City Auto Glass walleye tournament here, helped by their first catch of the … more
LAKE VERMILION— A lot of conventional wisdom took a beating here during Saturday’s fishing opener, including the usual assumption that opener is invariably timed with lousy weather. … more
REGIONAL- With the 2022-23 snow season hopefully now behind us, it was certainly above average for snowfall here in the North Country, but not the record-setting winter seen just to our south. At the … more
LAKE VERMILION— Warm weather that arrived earlier this week has melted the final vestiges of ice here, with an official ice-out date of May 10, just in time for Saturday’s fishing opener. … more
REGIONAL— Patience. That was the advice from most area fishing guides ahead of Saturday’s fishing opener. Not that there aren’t plenty of walleye out there, but as is typical of … more
REGIONAL— While most anglers in the area are likely headed to Lake Vermilion this weekend in their quest for walleye, there are plenty of other excellent locations and other species to pursue … more
REGIONAL—Anglers who intend to release any of the fish they catch can boost the chances those fish will survive by following best practices for catch and release: • Plan fishing trips … more
REGIONAL—The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is looking for volunteers to serve as part of their Citizen Lake Monitoring Program, and they need volunteers for many lake and stream locations … more
REGIONAL— Will it or won’t it? With fishing opener just over a week away, and ice still covering many North Country lakes as of late this week, whether that ice would clear in time for … more
REGIONAL— Members of the Fond du Lac Band are expected to begin their spring netting on Lake Vermilion as early as next week. The annual event is part of the Band’s efforts to exercise … more
REGIONAL— It’s been a long winter, and not just for the human residents of the North Country. Black bears are emerging from their long winter naps hungrier than usual, and with the late … more
Pamela Wettering captured these photos of a very active display of the northern lights recently. more
PIKE RIVER— It’s been another late start for operations at the Pike River Hatchery, as late April snows and continued chilly weather have slowed the spring walleye run. Despite the … more
REGIONAL— A newly-published study from the University of Minnesota has found a link between invasive earthworm populations, white-tailed deer and tree harvesting in northern forests.The … more
REGIONAL— It’s that quintessential sign of spring, after a long winter. Those tulips that you carefully planted and fertilized last fall are finally up and ready to open in their pink, … more
April is so often the cruelest month in Minnesota, as those first hints of spring are quickly slapped down by the return of winter’s cold and snow. This year’s mid-month tease, which … more
I still remember the first Earth Day, back on April 22, 1970. Like most kids in Bloomington, then a still new and rapidly growing Twin Cities suburb, I walked to my school, the aptly named Oak Grove … more
REGIONAL— Oh, so close. That’s the word on the Mesabi Trail, which is within just a handful of miles of bridging the two final gaps in this 150 mile long paved bike trail stretching from … more
REGIONAL— While winter finally appears to be in retreat across the North Country, the impact of the deep and dense snowpack that’s been in place throughout the region for the past several … more
REGIONAL— There is more evidence of stability in the northeastern Minnesota moose population even as the Department of Natural Resource’s latest estimate of 3,290 moose marks a … more
REGIONAL— This week’s remarkable weather brought more than near-record warm temperatures to the North Country. The southerly breezes also brought with them a flood of migratory birds that … more
LAKE VERMILION— The fishery here continues to be remarkably strong and anglers can anticipate more of the same for the foreseeable future. That’s the upshot of the latest fall … more
DNR finalizes rule changes to reduce accidental lynx take REGIONAL— The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has finalized trapping rule changes to help minimize the risk of accidental … more
The blood on my snowshoe trail the other day, right behind our house, was the first clue that something had happened overnight. By the time I saw it, our dog Loki was already a step ahead of … more
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