Strutting toms coming to a call is a dream scenario for Minnesota wild turkey hunters. The state’s spring season opens Wednesday.

Anderson: A Pandemic turkey hunt, the sequel

The new turkey season opens Wednesday on the heels of increased license sales in 2020.

Here's your homework for the walleye opener

April 10
Have a favorite opening day memory? Hundreds of thousands of Minnesota walleye anglers do. We want to hear yours.
For many Minnesotans, the May walleye opener is a keeper, and this year the Star Tribune will celebrate your favorite opening day stories.

Minnesota running race organizers join to have a say in their future

April 9
The Twin Cities Marathon is using crowd science data to inform its October plans.
The pandemic resulted in groups coalescing to help state officials help them.
Local
April 9
Silver carp

Nearly 30 invasive carp pulled from Mississippi River in herding operation

State and federal agencies hunted the carp for first time in Minnesota waters.
Local
April 9
Judge approves MPCA changes to water quality standards

Judge approves MPCA changes to water quality standards

The revisions target nearly a dozen pollutants — chloride, salts, sulfate, nitrate and more — in surface water used for industry and agriculture, and for wildlife.
Outdoors
April 9
A male road cyclist goes for an early morning ride on a country road. He shares the road with an oncoming truck going the opposite direction in the ot

Anderson: Just a wave? Friendly gestures on the road are affirming.

The time-honored slight wave of a hand or fingers over the top of a steering vehicle, acknowledge to the driver or rider of an oncoming vehicle that things are all right.
Outdoors
April 9
State Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen’s panel has altered a list of 2019 projects recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources th

Senate panel again tries to alter wildlife habitat projects with constitutional backing

2019 projects tied to lottery proceeds are cut and lumped into bill.
Outdoors
April 8

Ice-out is so common, yet still a fascinating transition

Ice-out is a wonderful spring sign, and as ice is leaving, common loons, great blue herons and ducks and other waterfowl return or stop off on their migration routes.
Outdoors
April 8
The comfort of New Jersey stands in the form of a place Up North.

Bringing a bit of Jersey to cabin country

Maybe Paul Bunyan would be scratching his head (or a mosquito bite), but Bruce Springsteen, from Asbury Park, N.J., would feel right at home.
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 11 hours 48 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.
Duluth
April 7
Levi LaVallee was filming for Red Bull Portside in Duluth in February.

Watch: Stunt snowmobiler Levi LaVallee makes Duluth his 'playground'

The X Games gold medalist filmed stunts at iconic Duluth sites, including one that accidentally landed him in Lake Superior.
Outdoors
April 3
Retired Department of Natural Resources Whitewater Wildlife Management Area assistant wildlife manager Bob Tangen discussed a cutting of oak trees at

Anderson: Aggressive logging in Minn. bluff country threatens wildlife

In recent years, a new DNR management scheme has been implemented that in some cases places wildlife benefits secondary to Whitewater Wildlife Management Area's timber production.
Outdoors
April 2
The Department of Natural Resources has proposed changes to the waterfowl season.

Anderson: Latest proposed changes to waterfowl season don't add up

Say what you will about Minnesota waterfowl managers, they're not shy about revealing their belief that the primary reason ducks exist in Minnesota is to get shot.
Outdoors
April 1
“Rough fish” include bullheads, carp, suckers, and dogfish (low-oxygen tolerant fish species).

DNR pushes for new respect of Minnesota's rough fish

Agency wants to reverse culture of disrespect with targeted new campaign.
Outdoors
April 1
Shown in a still image from the live feed, Harry — the male parent in the EagleCam nest — fed its two chicks Wednesday. The two hatched last weeke

By any metric, Minnesota is at the center of bald eagles' rebound

The bald eagle population in Minnesota is soaring, benefiting from conservation measures.
Outdoors
April 1
Because of how they play in the wind, kites are a good vehicle to talk about weather or even bird flight.

Thinking of bird flight, wind, and where kites fit into equation

In Minnesota we often build or buy (and fly) kites to celebrate the return of spring, but it's really a sport for all seasons.
Outdoors
April 1
An old family photo shows the original cottage on Gull Lake.

Arriving from many miles away to the Gull Lake spot

Cabin Country: This family has trekked north from Kansas every summer to escape the heat and to bask in the view.
Outdoors
March 31
Walleyes caught in the St. Louis River.

Share your fishing stories ahead of the Minnesota opener

For many Minnesotans, the May walleye Opener is a keeper, and this year, the Star Tribune will celebrate your favorite Opening Day stories. Tell us…
East Metro
March 31
The death of 8-year-old Alan Geisenkoetter lead to the closing of a loophole in state law that allowed drivers with DUIs to legally drive boats, snowm

Supreme Court affirms conviction of drunk snowmobiler in boy's death

Snowmobiler Eric Coleman struck and killed 8-year-old Alan Geisenkoetter in 2018.
Local
March 30
Boaters passed the Arcola Bridge on Lake Minnetonka. The coast is clear for boats to navigate Lake Minnetonka after an earlier than usual ice-out was

Lake Minnetonka celebrates ice-out earlier than usual

The announcement marks the start of boating season on Lake Minnetonka.
Outdoors
March 29
Responders and search crews gather at Little Wall Lake Sunday evening, March 28, 2021, after five members of the Iowa State Crew Club were involved in

Body of 2nd Iowa State student recovered in rowing accident

Emergency workers recovered the body of an Iowa State University student on Monday, a day after a school crew club boat capsized during practice on a lake, killing one other student.
Outdoors
March 28
River guide Dick Grzywinski has found Mississippi River walleye and sauger fishing excellent in this early spring as the fish move up to the Red Wing

Anderson: Like spring, Mississippi River rush arrives early

Walleyes, saugers and anglers cluster from Lake Pepin to Red Wing dam.
Outdoors
March 26
John Weyrauch pumped maple sap from a vat to a similar vat in the back of his pickup. Weyrauch’s vacuum tube system has made collecting sap easier a

Anderson: Do-it-yourself maple syrup producers up their game

Whether atop ice cream or pancakes, French toast or oatmeal, real maple syrup made by one's own hand is an unmatched delight.
Local
March 25
The St. Croix River cuts through a basalt gorge known as the Dalles of the St. Croix in St. Croix Falls. The dramatic rock walls are part of Interstat

Minneapolis man, 23, dies in rock-climbing fall

The apparent climbing accident, which left another man hurt, is under investigation, the Chisago County Sheriff's Office said.