Minnesotan Jay Johnson’s avocation and vocation focused on the state’s natural resources and their conservation.

Anderson: A sportsman's life, Minnesota style

Jay Johnson has shared in the state's bounty, and helped replenish it, too.

Cabin life pulled Minnesotan closer to a loon family, using his camera lens

November 26
A loon took flight in early May of 2018. The resident loon pair had just reunited on the lake and chased off the intruding visitor loon, said the phot
Mark Ellis brings a keen eye for details to his longtime interest in the lives of the lake's inhabitants.

Plymouth angler's Mille Lacs muskie breaks state record: 'What an incredible fish'

November 24
Nolan Sprengeler, left, and Kevin Kray with the massive fish. The 57 3/4-inch muskie had a girth of 29 inches.
Plymouth angler catches 55-pound, 14-ounce monster and topples a record that has stood for 64 years.

DNR: Nine-day gun season deer kill drops 8% from 2020

Hunters killed thousands fewer deer during Wisconsin's nine-day gun season this year than in 2020, according to preliminary state Department of Natural Resources data released Monday.
A runner inside U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis in February 2018.

U.S. Bank Stadium to reopen in December to runners, in-line skaters

Program returns for 13 sessions beginning Dec. 14 and running through Jan. 27
November 28

Body of missing 2-year-old girl found in Indiana river

A diver on Sunday found the body of a 2-year-old girl reported missing after her father was pulled from his partially submerged truck in a southern Indiana river.
November 27
The Grindstone River Dam in Hinckley is one of the dams the Minnesota DNR wants to remove.

Minnesota's river giants steadily returning after dams removed

Paddlefish and sturgeon are finding breeding grounds they haven't been able to reach for a century.
November 25
Bo Brannon, 14, of Genoa City, Wis., felled his first deer, a buck, on the Wisconsin deer opener while hunting with his dad,  Frank, as well as his gr

Minnesota deer harvest lags last year; license sales flat

Wisconsin opening weekend kill is down 14%.
November 25
An ice warning on Forest Lake in 2003.

November concludes with an icy makeover

This time of year, reports come in of Minnesota lakes iced-over.
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
updated 6 hours 56 mins. ago
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.
November 24

Minnesota man dies in apparent hunting accident in Wisconsin

Authorities say a Minnesota man was shot and killed in an apparent hunting accident in northwestern Wisconsin.
November 23

Opening deer gun weekend in Wisconsin less productive than last year

Wisconsin deer hunters bagged fewer deer on the opening weekend of the gun season than they did a year ago, wildlife officials said Tuesday.
November 21

Wisconsin deer gun hunters once again face ammo shortage

Wisconsin kicked off its 170th deer gun season on Saturday and for the second straight year some hunters were feeling ill-equipped.
November 21

France vows to keep battling in fishing dispute with UK

France's minister of the sea vowed Sunday to "continue the fight" in the country's dispute with Britain over fishing rights.
November 20

Anderson: The art and practice of shooting straight

Proper rifle-shooting technique is necessary to make any shot, particularly those at long range.
November 20
Trout streams have been restored and realigned around the state to better mimic their natural meandering paths. But little research has been done to s

Are Minnesota's creek restorations working?

Researchers hope to find out by studying restored creeks over several years.
November 20

Thailand's festival honoring rivers also pollutes them

Thais flocked to rivers and lakes on Friday evening to release small floats adorned with flowers and candles in an annual festival honoring the goddess of water, with thousands of the tiny boats ending up clogging and polluting the country's waterways.
November 19
In this undated photo provided by Jayne Belsky via the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, is a gray wolf in a wooded area near Wisconsin Dells

Judge: Wisconsin DNR broke law by not scheduling wolf hunt

A Wisconsin judge says the state Department of Natural Resources violated the law by not immediately scheduling a wolf hunting season after federal protections were removed in February.
November 19
DNR Conservation Officer Charles Scott spotted the lost hunter from the air and directed rescuers on the ground to the location. They aided him out of

Opening weekend save: Lost hunter found, thanks to speedy call for help

Cellphones and GPS have undoubtedly boosted hunter safety during Minnesota's deer seasons, but getting lost in the woods isn't a thing of the past.
November 18
Emily Ford, shown earlier this year on the grounds of the Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, where she is head gardener.

Spotlight still follows Minnesota woman months after her winter hiking adventure

Emily Ford will speak Saturday at Midwest Mountaineering's popular fall expo.
November 18
Mount of a spruce grouse.

Anderson: Outdoorswoman Meadow Kouffeld has new stuff to do — taxidermy

The Minnesota college instructor and onetime DNR employee fashions life-like mounts artistically.
November 18
A male pine grosbeak eagerly consumes winter’s crabapple crop.

Times are active for birds passing through and those hanging in for winter

Crapabbles are a staple food source for a breadth of wildlife.
November 18
Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority officials installed three BirdBuffer boxes this month atop 425 Park Av., a concessions building across the stree

Officials cancel trial run of grape-scented bird deterrent outside U.S. Bank Stadium

The conservation group Audubon Minnesota raised objections.
South Metro
November 17
Cynthia Bergeson, who grew up in Inver Grove Heights, comes to the Rock Island Swing Bridge park on her daily exercise routine. Dakota County is worki

Dakota County to speed up creation of greenway trails

The county will spend up to $100 million to complete 77 additional miles of trail.