Management of the state’s natural resources and outdoor recreation can’t be sustained at its current level. DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen is hop

Anderson: DNR leader Strommen turns to the people for help

Minnesota DNR commissioner Sarah Strommen later this month will ask a panel of non-DNR employees for ideas on what to fund and how to fund it.

Osprey near Grey Eagle gets new nest — one that won't catch fire

June 14
An osprey sits atop a newly installed platform on June 7 near Grey Eagle, Minn.
Stearns Electric Association built a platform for an osprey with a penchant for a certain power pole.

After a bitter debate, Mpls. will cut pesticide use in parks

June 14
Spectators watched an outdoor performance at Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis in 2019. After a years-long struggle the Minneapolis Park Board has agre
The decision follows a long struggle pitting activists who demanded a blanket ban on synthetic pesticides against scientists who warned against the false advertising of organic products.
Local
June 14

Wisconsin pioneer remembered as more women start fly fishing

Traditionally seen as a man's sport, fly-fishing has grown in popularity among women and girls over the past few years, and women are its largest growing demographic.
Local
June 12
Lake Itasca, pictured in 2014 at the point it flows into the Mississippi River, is one of Minnesota’s coldwater lakes that hasn’t lost oxygen.

Minnesota freshwater lakes are rapidly losing oxygen as temperatures climb

The problem has been affecting lakes in just about every temperate climate in the world.
Outdoors
June 11
A Waste Management dumpster for deer carcasses in Rochester, Minnesota.

Deer farming drives predicament over CWD-infested dump site

Minnesota officials are scrambling to fight against the spread of chronic wasting disease in northern deer herds where the always fatal neurological disease has traveled via deer farming
Outdoors
June 11
Attendees of the national Backcountry Hunters and Anglers rendezvous held last weekend in Missoula, Mt., gather to hear campfire stories of sometimes

Anderson: Smaller-scale conservation groups doggedly pursue stewardship

1,500-strong Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is among organizations dedicated to protecting land and natural resources.
Business
June 10

At El Salvador's Bitcoin Beach, a glimpse of crypto economy

After El Salvador's congress made the bitcoin legal tender this week, eyes turned to this rural fishing village on the Pacific coast. Known to surfers for its pounding waves, El Zonte has had the cryptocurrency in its economy for the past year.
Outdoors
June 10
A Halloween pennant dragonfly perched on the end of a dead stem at Crow-Hassan Park Reserve.

Some Minnesota dragonflies are peaking

There are about 6,000 species of dragonflies worldwide and about 140 species in Minnesota.
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 2 hours 14 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.
Outdoors
June 10
Said the writer about the cabin near Aitkin: “The lake is a magical place where we connect as a family and to the natural world.  The weight of what

Kids' stories help capture special lake place near Aitkin

Cabin country: Passing down the love of the lake through the generations.
Outdoors
June 10

Minnesota fishing report

A look at where fish are biting this week.
Sports
June 10

Trophy tales: Four minutes to land a 40-inch northern

Outdoors
June 10
A photo that circulated on Facebook showed Brett Stimac posing with the bear federal authorities say was illegally killed.  Credit: U.S. District Cour

Brainerd man gets prison for killing, decapitating bear on Red Lake land

The 15-month sentence given Tuesday for Brett J. Stimac, 41, by U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson also included a year of supervised release and a $9,500 fine.
Nation
June 7

Woman dies after fall at US national park; body recovered

A 26-year-old woman has died after falling in a canyon at a U.S. national park in Utah, officials said.
Outdoors
June 5
Rain has been scarce in the north. Consequently, there is little current in this big border lake. But crappie, walleye and northern pike fishing has b

Anderson: The time is now for fishing the peak of the Minnesota season

Experiencing the best of Minnesota's fishing.
June 4

Trophy Tales: On a brand-new fishing pole, a birthday muskie

All spring and summer we'll be featuring weekly fishing photos and stories from Star Tribune readers. Send yours to: fishphoto@startribune.com
Outdoors
June 3
Canadian fishing lodges dependent on American clients continue to suffer under the border closure.

Anderson: Plans in Canada are murky as resorts continue to suffer

Border news Up North remains bad, and Canadian lodges dependent on U.S. visitors continue to suffer.
Outdoors
June 3
Snapping turtles will cover their eggs and try to make the nest look inconspicuous.

Summer reminds us that there are rhythms at work that make life possible

Every forest, every prairie, every wetland, every roadside ditch, and every backyard is rich in green abundance.
Outdoors
June 3

Minnesota fishing report: Finding a good bite on the border, hitting smallies on the St. Louis River

A look at where fish are biting this week.
Outdoors
June 3

Learn more about tree identification

In-person and online resources are available.
Outdoors
June 3
Trees are an essential part  of the ecosystem: They clear  the air and keep flooding at  bay among other things.

Trees do more than fill the sky; dig deeper on their diversity

Try learning to identify them; it's edifying.
Local
June 2
Medical marijuana at Montana Advanced Caregivers, a medical marijuana dispensary, in Billings, Mont.

GOP blocks $15 million for job loss benefit administration

Republicans who control the Legislature's budget-writing committee scrapped Gov. Tony Evers' plan Wednesday to hand the Department of Workforce Development $15 million to improve how it administers unemployment benefits.
Local
June 1

Mille Lacs walleye fishing returns to catch-and-release only

Walleye fishing on Mille Lacs Lake returned to catch-and-release only on Tuesday for the rest of the summer.