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Broadening a campsite menu isn't so daunting with these ideas

Passionate campers insist on avoiding the easy button. Here is how to ramp it up.

Getting closer to North Woods than a drive from Chicago became mandatory

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The Yost family cabin was built in stages: bottom level first.
Couple relocated to the metro to be closer to a favorite spot: Hayward, Wis., cabin.

Minnesota cycling team suffers for fun to 'Ride Across America'

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Thomas Niccum, 62 moved down the road during the the Ride Across America.
The Bike Guy column: Local team speeds through cross-country ride.
Outdoors
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The writer used a skid steer with an attachment called a Harley rake to grind up and lay trail on his land several miles east of Brainerd.

Working on family plot makes the value of trails personal

Doing the homework, learning from forestry specialists and digging in on family land has been an education.
Outdoors
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Said Lori Schmidt, shown in 2011 at the wolf center in Ely, Minn.: “There’s much misinformation on both sides from wolf lovers to people who don�

Wolf center curator says the focus on educating, not opining

My Outdoor Life: Lori Schmidt says upbringing led her to see 'conservation as a lifestyle.'
Outdoors
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Butterfly tagging, rope-making, seed-collecting among parks programs

It's a mix of learning opportunities at state and regional parks.
Outdoors
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Birds rejoice; it's wild grape season

Nature Notes: About 60 bird species eat the fruit.
Outdoors
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Steve Windels, biologist at Voyageurs National Park.

Currents: Steve Windels, Voyageurs National Park biologist

What outdoors people are doing, reading, listening to, and more.
Outdoors
August 20

State fishing report

Fishing on Lake Superior has been consistent, as anglers are finding a variety of lake trout, coho salmon and walleye.
Outdoors
August 20
An estimated 50-inch lake sturgeon from 2016, with DNR volunteer Kayla Stampfle in Falcon Heights.

Endangered species review won't stop sturgeon fishing in Minnesota

Even if lake sturgeon in Minnesota gain protected status under the Endangered Species Act, fishing for the ancient species in Minnesota has a strong chance to continue.
Outdoors
August 20
Brian Castro caught this muskie fishing on the Northwest Angle near the Minnesota-Canada border,

Trophy tales: Take a look at this guy's second-biggest catch

Brian Castro, Inver Grove Heights • 50-inch fish muskie • Lake of the Woods The muskie pictured wasn’t the biggest fish that Brian Castro caught…
Outdoors
August 20

Gear alert: Knot to know — the join knot

The surgeon's join knot (as differentiated from the surgeon's loop knot) is important for anglers to know because it can join two lines of moderately different diameters
Outdoors
August 20
The Buzz Bullets’ Masahi Kurono passed the frisbee through the defense of the Minnesota Wind Chill’s Isaac Leonard

Minnesota Wind Chill disc team building a brand in Twin Cities

Brewery-owned Wind Chill seeking support to match its passion.
Variety
August 19

4 last wolves in Washington pack killed by state hunters

The last four members of a wolf pack that preyed on cattle in a rural Washington state area bordering Canada have been killed by state hunters, prompting protests from environmental groups.
Local
August 19
There were once an estimated 15 million sturgeon in the Great Lakes alone.

Minnesota's ancient lake sturgeon could get endangered species protections

Listing fish as endangered could test new rules.
Outdoors
August 19
A gun dog in old age provided a dignified subject when Minnesota artist Jim Killen of Owatonna painted “Faithful Companion.” (www.killencollection

The pleasure of a gun dog's company in old age

As years pass for both hunter and companion, appreciation grows.
Outdoors
August 16
Frank Taylor gave guests a lesson in bird biology during a mist-netting and banding session in 2017 on the North Shore.

Anderson: Minnesota falconer is still raptor-crazy after all these years

Game Fair: Frank Taylor is in his 38th consecutive year at the event.
Outdoors
August 16
The Jones family — from left, Aidan, Crosby and Tony — found a spot to relax at a campsite midway through their wilderness adventure.

Final BWCA paddle might signal new beginning for son

Part 5: After the final paddle, a father wonders about what a first-time trip to the wilderness will mean to his son in years to come.
Outdoors
August 15
Aidan Jones, with his dog Crosby, loaded up for Long Portage -- more than 2 miles -- halfway through the trip.

A young man reflects: The trip was worth it

Young man reflects on first trip into the BWCA.
Outdoors
August 15

Boundary Waters Passage: Part 5 gallery

A final paddle of the trip, with thoughts of the impact of a first-time trip into the BWCA.
Outdoors
August 15
The cabin near Siren, Wis., has gone through an abundance of upgrades.

Cabin near Siren, Wis., has been a mix of projects, with time for fun

In June 1991, my husband and I visited a cabin on Big Sand Lake near Siren, Wis., and found a cabin for sale next door.…
Outdoors
August 15
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Learn about bears, turtles, fire-making at parks programs

Dark Sky Festival McCarthy Beach State Park 7-10:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday • Learn to identify constellations without a telescope, or learn how to use a telescope.…
Outdoors
August 15
Hummingbird mints like the Blue Boa are relished by hummingbirds. (Norman Winter/TNS) ORG XMIT: 1333872

Celebrating hummingbirds, a marvel of the bird world

This is feeding frenzy time as they prepare to migrate.