April, in past years, would mark (clockwise from top left) scores of turkey hunters afield in camouflage; spot checks of houses that harbor wood ducks

Anderson: Early spring activity marks renewal for outdoors, now on hiatus

April is known for an annual awakening of nature, a beckon to head outdoors. But not this year.

Duluth becomes bald eagle hub during spring migration

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A juvenile bald eagle flew overhead Thompson Hill in Duluth on Sunday, April 5. Counters from Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory head out every day to keep t
North Shore city is becoming a main terminal for migrating eagles, other raptors.

Doggone it! Minnesota conservation lawbreakers will have to outwit Earl

April 6
Minnesota Conservation Officer Luke Gutzeiller of Redwood Falls with Earl, the latest addition to the Enforcement Division's K9 unit.
DNR Enforcement Division is adding a fifth member to its K-9 unit, a 1-year-old German shepherd named Earl.
Coronavirus
April 6
What's life like in the Minnesota outdoors where you are?

What's life like in the Minnesota outdoors where you are?

Whether the virus touches it or not, tell us what you're doing and experiencing in the outdoors.
Coronavirus
April 6
FILE-Isle Royale, a national park in Lake Superior, will open in June, two months later than planned.

Isle Royale National Park opening delayed two months to mid-June

The Lake Superior island will be off-limits until June 15 at the earliest.
Outdoors
April 6
Minnesota turkey hunting camp takes learning indoors

Minnesota turkey hunting camp takes learning indoors

Modern Carnivore is prepping hunters with free webinars.
Movies
April 6

Review: A look at offerings on new mobile platform Quibi

Quibi may specialize in small, bite-sized videos, but its volume of shows is large. The media platform launches Monday with 175 new original shows — everything from scripted series, comedic diversions, deep dramas and celebrity fluff. Here's a look at some of the notable and less notable shows.
Tony Jones baptized his 14-year old son, Aidan, as a neophyte voyageur at the completion of the Height of Land Portage in the BWCA. ] Aaron Lavinsky �
Special Series: Boundary Water Passage Father, son launch epic canoe journey in Boundary Waters
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Part 1: A rainy start and sore shoulders foreshadowed the adventure to come for a father and son on the lakes near the Minnesota-Canada border.
Coronavirus
April 5
Anglers made their way out to their fishing spots after putting in at the Gray’s Bay Boat Launch Saturday at Lake Minnetonka.

Lake Minnetonka's big boating season at risk under pandemic

It's still not clear how stay-at-home order will affect Minnetonka boating, lake fishing statewide.
Outdoors
April 3
Jake Wallner, left, of St. Paul and his buddy Adam Bergstrom of Farmington set off Tuesday on the Misssissippi River in Bergstrom’s new boat, launch

Anderson: On this stretch of the Mississippi, it's fishing as usual -- for now

On the banks of the Mississippi near Red Wing, where walleye fishing is allowed year-round, anglers decide for themselves when fishing season begins.
Coronavirus
April 3
Bringing the outdoors indoors: "Free Solo"

Bringing the outdoors in: Finding a nature fix while sheltering in

People are getting outdoors in droves, all in flight — at least mentally — from the pandemic. Under stay-at-home orders, they're also bringing the outdoors to the indoors. How are they doing it?
Coronavirus
April 3
Maria Ellis 20, right, played with her brother Da' Macus Ellis 4, at Webber Park pool in Minneapolis in 2018.

Mpls. closes beaches, pools and programs for the entire summer

The closures extend to park restrooms, drinking fountains and aquatic facilities.
Outdoors
April 3
American robin: It is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

As classic birding book attests, the feathered crowd is a gateway to imagination and curiosity

As classic book attests, birds are a gateway to curiosity, imagination.
Duluth
April 3
Lonnie Dupre

Currents: Lonnie Dupre, Minnesota adventurer and explorer

What outdoors people are doing, reading, following, and more.
Coronavirus
April 3
Vados Bait & Tackle co-owner Eric Stokes, in protective gloves, did business with customers outside the shop Thursday. He said currently business revo

What will this year's fishing opener look like? 'Let's see what happens'

Even though the celebratory Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener is canceled, the walleye and northern pike season is set to open as planned next month.
Outdoors
April 2
The cabin is 20 feet north of the house, and has become a big yard a ornament at this point, the owner said.

Minneapolis cabin couldn't get much closer

Cabin Country: This one happens to be in a Bryn Mawr backyard.
Outdoors
April 2
A pair of sandhill cranes take on a golden color from the rising sun Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area in Grantsburg, WI.](DAVID

Thank goodness spring's arrival is giving all a glimpse of normal

Naturalist Jim Gilbert is finding hope in the season.
West Metro
April 2
This spring, Lake Minnetonka may look more like it did in 2014 when no-wake restrictions slowed boating. JIM GEHRZ • jgehrz@startribune.com

Ice-out declared on Lake Minnetonka nearly two weeks earlier than usual

The much-anticipated spring milestone is here.
Coronavirus
April 2
People flocked to Bde Maka Ska in Minneapolis despite officials urging social distancing to combat the spread of the coronavirus as temperatures crept

Mpls. officials double down on call for people to spread out

Alarmed by the numbers gathering at the most popular lakes and trails, parks leaders doubled down on their call for people to spread out and visit smaller neighborhood parks instead. They say doing so could head off more drastic action, such as closing parks altogether.
Coronavirus
April 2
Gov. Tim Walz cast a line on Fountain Lake in Albert Lea during the 2019 Fishing Opener.

Walz calls off Governor's Fishing Opener; season still set to open as scheduled

For more than 70 years, the annual event provides its host community with an opportunity to highlight local fishing and other travel activities, attractions and points of interest.
Coronavirus
March 31
Elite runners set their watches as they took at the start of Grandma's Marathon in June 2017.

Grandma's Marathon canceled due to COVID-19

Race organizers ruled out the idea of postponing the races due to the enormous challenge of planning and preparing for the event.
East Metro
March 31
A walkway was underwater with the Stillwater Lift Bridge seen to the rear along the St. Croix River during spring flooding Tuesday March 31, 2020, in

High water prompts 'no wake' limits on St. Croix River

Minor flood stage could come as soon as this weekend.
Duluth
March 31
Grandma's Marathon cancellation hits hard at Minnesota running legend

Grandma's Marathon cancellation hits hard at Minnesota running legend

The move is especially acute for Dick Beardsley, whose marathon course record set in 1981 stood for 33 years.
Coronavirus
March 31
Denis Sauve, co-owner of Twin Ports Cyclery, mounted a bike to begin repairing it on Friday afternoon in Duluth.

Minnesota bike shops deemed essential to business during pandemic

Since Gov. Walz issued the stay-at-home order, some bike shops have reported an uptick in business, especially for hybrids and kids' bikes.