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Fawns also are born this time of year. Being odorless provides them protection.
The population of the state bird is stable, but conservation efforts like volunteer monitors prove they're essential to knowing that.
From where and how to buy a license, to ice-out updates to videos on targeting fish, there is something for every angler. Good luck.
A fox kit from Anoka County has tested positive for a deadly, highly contagious bird flu that has killed countless wild birds this spring.
Marathon paddler has created 140-mile race on Mississippi River in June.
The quick action of good Samaritans and water patrol limited the dangers after a boater was flung into the water with the boat motor still running.
The state currently only requires youth get educated before operating watercraft and is a minority among big boating states.
From Voyageurs National Park to monuments, a trail, a river park and a shared riverway, the state's units are saturated in history.
Planners in 1980 had a development blueprint for Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, knowing the region's popularity.
Tent camping also is allowed at the new sites, but the campground was created with the popularity of recreational vehicles in mind.
Doug Shidell has ridden upward of 57,000 miles in the service of his comprehensive Twin Cities Bike Map. He just sold the business, but his spirit for exploration still fires.
Project calls for one chair in five different Minnesota state parks ready for use by early summer.
Reports suggest it was the busiest winter in years on-trail; Snowmobile Instructors of the Year try to make it safe.
It's winter, but thoughts of what the next season holds are top of mind. All paths lead to spring.
Applications for next phase of No Child Left Inside funds are due next week, with continued interest expected.
The project aimed at restoring the park's predator-prey balance is ongoing; now children have a way into the story, too.
The area's history as a hub of industry and recreation led to unique protections and management for the Boundary Waters — and a national park next door.
Recruits to come are welcomed but seen as a patch for current vacancies and looming retirements.
A University of Minnesota pilot study focuses on the experience: Is there one way to spend time in nature that is better than another?
Darby Nelson was a teacher, legislator, author and relentless defender of Minnesota's waterways.
The Minneapolis Boat Show is back, reflecting an industry awash in sales for water-toy sellers and supporting outfits.
Fat Bike World Championships, billed as a celebration of the sport, will roll in New Richmond and be led by local riders.
Three Rivers Park District is battling a nasty invasive vine and could use trackers this winter to help the fight.
The ups, downs and in-betweens from the year that was on Minnesota's vast outdoors landscape.
The annual Christmas Bird Count, ongoing until Jan. 5, is longstanding work in Minnesota and across the world. It's arguably as vital as ever.
Ice fishing, the winter solstice and a last chance for hunters who are up for braving the December chill make are among the outdoor themes as 2021 winds down.
Through people and place, a new book courses through an activity that has had a profound influence.
The sighting of an oversized bear in far northern Minnesota is generating outsized interest on social media.
Ice fishing's popularity is reflected in the big annual events. The annual St. Paul show opens Friday, with a good vibe all around.
Emergency action was taken in October after Wisconsin shipped deer to several states, including Minnesota.
Emily Ford will speak Saturday at Midwest Mountaineering's popular fall expo.
Dianne Seger left the Twin Cities for a Virginia town to support her trail family with good food, a place to rest, clean laundry — and loaner clothes with Minnesota sports logos.
There are positive signs of hunter engagement, but will the likely COVID-fueled bump in license sales continue?
The former Star Tribune columnist has turned the show into must-viewing for many outdoors enthusiasts throughout Minnesota.
Erika Rivers, who oversaw a network of state parks, recreation areas and trails, is taking a new job with a nonprofit known for connecting underprivileged groups to the outdoors.
Three Rivers staff offers a glimpse at the work behind maintaining healthy habitats.
Thomas Drayton, who has late-stage thyroid cancer, planned to ride from the top of Minnesota to Iowa.
Minneopa State Park newsletter thrills devotees as it captures 'the cycle and beauty of nature'
Dramatic in call and appearance, they're a thriving bird that's worth witnessing in abundance.
Carrie Tollefson is among the top women as the marathon returns from its pandemic hiatus. A Minnesotan hasn't won the race in decades, but that could change Sunday.
In trying to help create deterrents, they are learning how raptors' react to different sounds.
Conservationists insist creating and protecting habitat is the best climate-mitigating strategy.
Lee Radzak has done a lot and observed a lot as the caretaker of one of Minnesota's most popular and recognizable landmarks.
A solid, busy season appears now to be ending early with the wilderness closed and fires threatening. "Economically, it is a big hit for us," one outfitter said.
Thomas Drayton has untreatable cancer and couldn't find a benefit ride, so he opted for DIY.
Three systems, and some with expansion plans, reflect diversity of riding possibilities.
Moving there, playing there, buying there: Communities rally around the recreation area's wild success and could be creating a model for other Iron Range towns.
Step into the past to learn the region's origin.
Voices: Like more people, Derrick Justin is energized by his connection to the area.
Mari Kivisto of Deerwood guides all-comers, and she has some advice for places to start on a visit.
Seth Feider nailed down the prestigious Bassmaster Angler of the Year championship on Friday.
Fishing against the elites of the professional fishing circuit, 36-year-old Seth Feider is a few casts away from claiming the title of Bassmaster Angler of the Year.
From seeing wildlife to self-powered fun, activities are opening up to meet any interests.
Roseville native Mason Ferlic dug deep down the stretch of the Olympic trials steeplechase final with a little help from his family. Here's the joyous video from the end of the race.
It's a repeated observation this spring and early summer among birders, citizen-conservationists and others in Minnesota who anticipate the popular bird's migration.
Nationally, the camping scene remains robust, supported by many first-timers. There are parallels in the wilds of Minnesota, too.
Should races, especially major ones, require all participants be vaccinated? Unsurprisingly the answer is complicated, as the heavyweights of marathoning have learned.
The group that left the headwaters in northern Minnesota was within about 140 miles of finishing when disaster struck and ended its quest.
Four northern trail areas have collaborated during a hot time for the activity. The trail systems have diverse and unique back stories.
Not all of the half-million or so Minnesota anglers who have plans for Saturday's fishing opener will carve a path atop some freshwater in a vessel.
Two teams led by Minnesotans have been pushing their canoes day and night to get down the Mississippi River. One reported reaching its goal Monday morning.
A Minneapolis man is leading a crew in an attempt to speed down the Mississippi River in a canoe. They're in the wake of another foursome with Minnesota connections deep into its own attempt.
For fishing hall of famers to readers, there is a common thread: They were happy to be out.
Son's interest has led Minneapolis family into new waters.
Duluth woman has been all-in since last year's encounter.
A morning walk revealed nature's slow churn and the stark beauty of flood plain forest.
The pandemic resulted in groups coalescing to help state officials help them.
The bald eagle population in Minnesota is soaring, benefiting from conservation measures.
Emily Ford accepts the attention on her epic winter thru-hike, even if her intent was modest. "A lot of things in my life appear," she says, "and I just say, yes."
Twin Cities in Motion announced Tuesday that marathon registration will open at 10 a.m. on April 8. The race is set for Oct. 3.
These Minnesotans went into the wild for different reasons, but all have experienced unmistakable awe.
A trip into the million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for a long weekend is a must. So, too, are gaining some skills and taking on a longer adventure.
Their Minnesota story matches other wildlife: It's one of cycles, and offers clues about the fisher's current struggle.
Tell us about an extended trip into the wilderness and how it affected you.
Group is finalizing report to DNR, Explore Minnesota.