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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
REGIONAL— A new study citing data from five national parks, including Voyageurs National Park, has concluded that human-caused mortality among gray wolves has a detrimental effect on both the … more
REGIONAL—December’s heavy snowfall may have set the stage for excellent snowmobiling conditions across the state, but that has also brought with it a rise in snowmobile related crashes. … more
There was a critter afoot. I pointed that out to Jodi several days before Christmas. Someone had dumped the butchered remains of a deer on our property back in November and I had dragged it all to a … more
REGIONAL— Plentiful snow and winter recreation typically go hand-in-hand, but the region is still feeling the effects of two December snowstorms which left area ski and snowmobile trails a … more
My biannual pilgrimage back to the island has started, but it is always fraught with peril. This year is no exception, and in fact, will go in the logs as a not-too-great travel year. You know, … more
REGIONAL— The Department of Natural Resources has released an update to its wolf management plan that continues the state’s commitment to wolf conservation. The new plan, which … more
REGIONAL— Three years ago, biologist Michael Joyce installed over 100 “nest” boxes designed to meet the specific needs of the fisher, Minnesota’s largest member of the weasel … more
REGIONAL— Birders around the area will be pulling out their binoculars and warm winter gear over the next couple weeks to take part in the 123rd annual Christmas Bird Count, sponsored and … more
xIf you enjoy feeding birds this time of year but don’t like to see dozens of aggressive blue jays keep other birds from getting their share, consider this rather simple solution. When it comes … more
REGIONAL— A recreation plan issued just over a century ago by a then little-known landscape architect working at the time for the U.S. Forest Service, laid the groundwork for a revolutionary … more
REGIONAL— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced a final rule last week that reclassifies the northern long-eared bat from its earlier threatened status, to endangered. According … more
REGIONAL— The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is asking residents to limit their use of salt to maintain sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots this winter. It can save you money and help … more
“I wish I had a river, that I could skate away on…” “River” by Joni Mitchell As we settle into winter here, I’ve been thinking about why this has become my … more
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