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My mom always used to say “Don’t wish your life away” when we were kids. You know when you were waiting for some special day or activity. I truly respect that phrase and it comes to … more
REGIONAL— If you’re thinking this winter has been exceptionally snowy, you’re right, at least for points just south of the North Country. The Duluth area and east-central Minnesota … more
THE BOUNDARY WATERS— The yodel of a loon. The chirp of a bald eagle. The sound of waves lapping on rocks. These are sounds of nature that visitors to the 1.1-million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe … more
Hypothesis made, hypothesis confirmed.That was the conclusion of an admittedly obscure study that happened to connect to the North Country, and on which we had reported on back in August 2021. The … more
Where did the pine grosbeaks go so suddenly?That’s a question I get a lot this time of year. Of all the common feeder birds here in the North Country, few if any are as regular in their habits … more
REGIONAL— The National Weather Service office in Duluth is offering both good news and bad news on the prospect for spring flooding in the North Country. Exceptional amounts of snow have fallen … more
REGIONAL— A new bill that would establish a Lowland Conifer Carbon Reserve in Minnesota has been laid over for possible inclusion in an upcoming omnibus environment and natural resources bill. … more
REGIONAL— Trail cameras are popular with hunters, wildlife photographers, nature lovers, and security buffs. They’ve also proven extremely useful for wildlife researchers as the Voyageurs … more
ELY—Downed and dead woody debris poses a serious wildfire risk here in the North Country, but you can take steps to reduce the danger to your property by clearing and safely burning dead trees … more
REGIONAL— The Department of Natural Resources is reminding anglers that fish house removal deadlines are approaching. Make a plan to bring the proper tools with you to remove your fish house … more
REGIONAL— A federal judge has agreed to a proposed consent decree between the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) that will adopt new … more
REGIONAL— Seven organizations were among those receiving funding from St. Louis County to help reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species. The county board voted unanimously to approve … more
REGIONAL— An Iowa woman sustained an apparent broken arm and other injuries last Friday evening after she lost control of her snowmobile on the Taconite Trail, near Star Lake. The remote lake … more
REGIONAL—The longer days of late February are a reminder that spring is at least somewhere out on the horizon, yet it’s often the toughest time of year for wildlife like whitetail deer. … more
I would not want to be a weather forecaster. Nope. They get blamed for bad weather, even when they are right about the forecast. And they never get credit when there is good weather, and they do … more
In our Jan. 27 edition, I reported on a recent study in the journal Environmental Research that linked higher levels of chemicals known as PFAS and PFOS in human blood to the regular consumption of … more
REGIONAL—The North Country is facing the prospect of more flooding this spring, although an unusually limited amount of frost in the ground this winter could allow more of the melting snowpack … more
REGIONAL— After more than three decades as a wilderness guide in the Boundary Waters, Ken Hupila has more than a few stories and thoughts to share, and you can get a taste in his most recent … more
This year’s early deep snow has made an otherwise mild winter tougher than it might otherwise have been for deer and some other wildlife. But the dense 18-20-inch blanket, and more that fell on … more
When I leave in the spring and fall, to wait out the ice and water conditions, I must look like Granny Clampett, riding on her rocking chair, strapped down with all of her belongs on the top of the … more
REGIONAL— Would you like to learn more about how to attract wildlife to your property? Whether you’re looking to attract more butterflies to your backyard or more whitetail deer to your … more
REGIONAL— This week’s cold snap was, for the most part, a return to normal for late January in the North Country after an exceptionally mild and remarkably gloomy January.Consistent, deep … more
BIRCH LAKE— Whether or not to list Birch Lake as an impaired water due to elevated levels of sulfate is another flashpoint in the ongoing battle over mining pollution in northeastern Minnesota … more
Another one of northern Minnesota’s iconic wildlife species appears to be in trouble, a likely victim of a changing climate. Area Christmas bird counts around the region have confirmed an … more
REGIONAL— A new study, based on data from the Environmental Protection Agency, finds that fish caught in lakes and rivers in the U.S. contain dangerously high levels of toxic synthetic … more
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