Outdoors
January 2
Shorts in winter: Why some Minnesotans stick to their summer finest

Shorts in winter: Why some Minnesotans stick to their summer finest

What's behind an almost cultlike devotion? Is winter madness at work?
Local
January 2
This aerial photo shows vehicles and plenty of fishing houses at the 2012 International Eelpout Festival in Walker, Minn.

Minnesota's International Eelpout Festival canceled

Organizers blame inability to pay cleanup costs.
Outdoors
January 2
Amanda Johnson of Blaine is passionate about getting women outdoors. This month she will host a second women’s spearing event. Thirty women have alr

Blaine angler uses dark-house spearfishing as part of mission to get women outdoors

Amanda Johnson, who grew up in Plymouth and graduated from Benilde-St. Margaret's, is a full-throated devotee of dark-house spearfishing — which has roots in pre-settlement Native American culture.
Outdoors
January 2
Cross-country skiing

Candlelight outings, ski lessons make up parks weekend.

Variety of options at Minnesota state and regional parks.
Outdoors
January 2
December 6, 1974 Ducks found a winter spa at Lake Calhoun yesterday. There was shore ice for sunning and still enough open water left for swimming. Te

Waterfowl have feet to endure a Minnesota cold

Nature Notes: They are mostly tendons and have few nerves.
Outdoors
January 2
The “North Woods paradise” sits on 80 acres of sugar maples, birch and hemlock.

Cabin was moved board by board deeper into Wisconsin's North Woods

The 160-year tamarack log cabin has been a coveted destination.
Outdoors
January 2
Sally Bair and her team crossed the finish line during the 1980 sled dog race on Lake Minnetonka.

Sled dog racing returns to Lake Minnetonka, rekindling history

Mushers and their teams will race 40 miles, beginning and ending in Excelsior.
January 2

Hunter 1, rattlesnake 0 after scary encounter in deer stand

A Mississippi hunter says he was trapped in his deer stand when a rattlesnake joined him there last month, but the snake ended up the loser.
Outdoors
January 2

DNR loosens reins on wild turkey hunters

A change in Minnesota's game regulations for 2020 will give spring turkey hunters new freedom to choose when and where they'll pursue toms and jakes.
Outdoors
December 31, 2019
Comfortable in canoe country: Florence Page Jaques

'Not quite a city mouse': Florence Page Jaques became nature's witness

Series: 'Canoe Country' writer may be best known for her artist husband, Francis.
Outdoors
December 31, 2019
Sigurd Olson

Wild prophet: Long after his death, wilderness writer Sigurd Olson still inspires

Olson was more than a nature writer; as a political organizer and charismatic influence in the wilderness world, the resident of Ely had few peers.
Outdoors
December 31, 2019
Camouflage clothing designed to hide a hunter from deer takes on a bright look, right, when the material contains ultraviolet brighteners. A special p

Evidence indicates UV brighteners in a hunter's clothing can scare deer away

Evidence indicates deer see — and avoid — hunters in clothing with ultraviolet brighteners
Outdoors
December 31, 2019
Time spent around the camouflage racks in an outdoors store will help in the forest, because it’s important to not be seen. Being heard won’t help

Three suggestions to become part of the natural scene

The animals you want to see don't want to see you.
December 31, 2019
A six-member crew crossed the treacherous icy waters of the Drake Passage by row boat. They finished in 13 days.

Minneapolis rower part of team that crossed perilous Drake Passage

As freezing water thrashed their rowboat in some of the most treacherous waters in the world, six men fought for 13 days to make history, becoming the first people to traverse the infamous Drake Passage with nothing other than manpower.
Outdoors
December 28, 2019
Cycling in the Minnesota River Bottoms -- perfect terrain for fatbike riding.

Fatbiking continues to roll up admirers; Minnesota ambassadors weigh in

Fatbiking has its own culture, gear choices, and quirks. We got some experts to offer tips and ideas.
Outdoors
December 27, 2019

American crows are content in big numbers

Nature Notes: Their roosting speaks to nocturnal threats.
Outdoors
December 27, 2019
Anglers, ultramarathoners, hunters: Revisiting folks who love the outdoors

Anglers, ultramarathoners, hunters: Revisiting folks who love the outdoors

We revisited some of the people we featured in 2019. From anglers to hunters, from ultramarathoners to educators: outdoors lovers, all.
Outdoors
December 26, 2019
A family photo at the cabin from July 4, 1971. Everyone crammed into the cabin, said the writer.

Thoughts of Aitkin County cabin evoke freedom of youth

The best part was the other kids on the lake. All told about 13.
Outdoors
December 26, 2019
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Winter walks by shoe and snowshoe, ice fishing among parks programs

All sorts of way to explore -- and learn -- in regional and state parks.
Outdoors
December 25, 2019
A winter inhabitant cedar waxwing has lunch planned.

With winter's help, wildlife photographer gets killer shots

Twenty degrees below zero, and 20 inches of snow. That's what we've experienced so far this December. Yet winter is only a few days old.