North Metro
September 3, 2019
Sarah Stewart, from left, April Strzelczyk and Elena West sent up a camera to check on a nest of redheaded woodpeckers.

Anoka County oaks may hold clues to saving redheaded woodpeckers

Oak savannas may hold clues to saving the redheaded woodpecker.
Outdoors
September 2, 2019
Science continues to turn up evidence of preventive care and health benefits owing to time outside.

'Go for a walk and call me in the morning': Prescriptions for outdoors time take root

Some Minnesota doctors will soon be handing out prescriptions for time outdoors amid legitimate science that points to nature's health benefits.
Outdoors
September 2, 2019
The yurt in Lac qui Parle County is a place of retreat.

Finding kinship and respite in a yurt in southwestern Minnesota

Cabin Country: "I like to write there, weed the walk, sit on the swing, and look across the fields."
Outdoors
September 1, 2019
Alex Robinson, 31, of St. Paul has been named editor-in-chief of Outdoor Life magazine, based in New York City. A University of Minnesota graduate, Ro

Anderson: Robinson, a Minnesotan, is newly in charge of venerable Outdoor Life

In its more than 120-year history, Outdoor Life has published the writings of Hemingway, Grey, Roosevelt and Leopold, as well as Clark Gable, Babe Ruth and Amelia Earhart.
Outdoors
August 31, 2019

Federal Ammunition's conservation program jolted by job cut

Ryan Bronson, only the third person since 1935 to lead Federal's conservation program, said Monday on Twitter that the two-man conservation staff at Federal's parent company was "terminated."
West Metro
August 30, 2019
Rachel Soukup was surprised to see very few people Friday at Lake Nokomis beach, one of the many in Minneapolis closed because of illness reports.

After summer of beach closings, illnesses, officials look at how to make next year better

Officials are talking about public education, more water testing and limits on boats as keys to curtailing outbreaks next summer.
North Metro
August 30, 2019
Granite Peak in Montana.

Witnesses tell of climbing tragedy on Montana mountain

As his horrified son watched, a 65-year-old Circle Pine man lost his footing and fell.
West Metro
August 30, 2019
Eden Prairie police released this photo of what appear to be a cougar, toward the left edge. It was spotted Monday afternoon near Purgatory Creek.

Eden Prairie police warn of a possible cougar on the prowl, share a photo

Authorities are working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to positively identify the animal.
Outdoors
August 29, 2019
Joe Friedrichs is known to know a few good fishing holes.

Currents: Joe Friedrichs, WTIP producer and BWCA podcaster

What outdoors people are doing, reading, following, and more.
Outdoors
August 29, 2019
Magnolia warbler credit Jim Williams

All sorts of birds are visiting, passing through this time of summer

Late broods of barn swallow young are fledging, and mourning doves continue nesting. Open flocks of common nighthawks — those dark-colored birds with long, pointed…
Outdoors
August 29, 2019
Greta stood her ground before herding sheep to get into position with her handler, Wendy Peters, during the 30th Annual Wisconsin Stock Dog Associatio

Anderson: Sheepdogs will deliver command performances at Hudson event

Herding competition has become more of a sport.
Outdoors
August 29, 2019
walleye clip art

Paddle the St. Croix, learn about bats' struggles, tag butterflies

Minnesota state and regional parks' programs run the gamut.
Local
August 29, 2019

Sketchbook: Late summer around the water

Nanci Olesen of Minneapolis captured moments in the metro that speak to the everyday in a Minnesota summer: time at, on, and near water. "I wanted to draw what I see each day."
North Metro
August 29, 2019
A.J. Klein controlled the race, winning in a “devil takes the hindmost” contest where the last to finish each lap is eliminated.

Blaine velodrome that hosted Olympic trials gets ready to close

One of the only outdoor wooden tracks in the nation and a source of pride for the local bicycling scene, the 250-meter velodrome will be torn down after this race season.
North Metro
August 29, 2019
Granite Peak in Montana.

Minnesota man dies climbing highest peak in Montana

Man, 65, and his son were climbing highest points around country.
East Metro
August 28, 2019
West Metro
August 27, 2019
Heather Holm, right, a bee and pollinator expert from Minnetonka and member of Protect Our Minnetonka Parks, and Maureen Hackett, a local naturalist,

Minnetonka Council approves controversial mountain bike trail

The Minnetonka City Council approved a controversial mountain bike trail through Lone Lake Park on Monday night that some opponents fear will compromise habitat for…
Outdoors
August 27, 2019
Thea Goudy.

Trophy tales: A family fishing keepsake

A look at memorable fishing catches around the state.
Local
August 27, 2019
Starting at 12:01 a.m. Sept. 6, anglers will not be able to target walleye when fishing on Mille Lacs, the DNR said.

With limit reached, Mille Lacs walleye season to end in 10 days

The step was taken so state anglers don't exceed the safe walleye harvest level set for 2019. Winter walleye regulations are expected to be announced in November.
Outdoors
August 27, 2019

Anderson: Brook trout rebound a surprise success from conservation efforts

Wholly dependent on very cold water, brook trout are perhaps Minnesota's most vulnerable finned species to ever-warming temperatures.