Ice teams from four Lake of the Woods fishing resorts in the Wheelers Point area now stand united as a result of the $20 million buyout.

New owners make cold-blooded investment in ice fishing on Lake of the Woods

A pair of private investors is betting a cool $20 million after buying four distinct resorts on Wheelers Point.

What's a 65-year-old retiree to do? Hike the Appalachian Trail

November 26
Cory Kolodji, 65 of Hibbing, at the end of his hike of the Appalachian Trail.
Cory Kolodji grew up in Baltimore, it had been his dream to hike the trail that covers 2,194 miles and traverses 14 states. But then things got in the way.

Fungus likely cause of goose and duck die-off in southern Minnesota

November 25
Dozens of ducks and geese, like those pictured here, died recently in Waseca, Minn.
The DNR ruled out viral causes, including bird flu, after the birds were found dead in Waseca.
Local
November 26
Purrington Prairie outside Windom, Minn., is a 40- acre remnant of native prairie that has never been plowed. Shown here in bloom, the former cow past

Family's unplowed prairie to become one of Minnesota's newest refuges

Scientific and Natural Areas are a key tool in the state's fight to save species from extinction.
Outdoors
November 24
Access to Minnesota State Parks will be free on Black Friday.

Prefer hiking to shopping? Minnesota State Parks and recreation areas are free on Black Friday

The post-Thanksgiving tradition is meant to encourage people to get outside.
Outdoors
November 24
The city of Hastings hosted an ice fishing event which 45 families signed up to attend on Lake Rebecca. The event followed the Minnesota DNR outdoor r

Documenting lake freeze-up comes with the season

Naturalist Jim Gilbert has documented freeze-up and ice-out for more than 50 years.
Outdoors
November 23
Along the Superior Hiking Trail in Tettegouche State Park.

Thankful for Minnesota's outdoors: Voices of gratitude for state's bounty

We asked Minnesotans woven into the natural world and everyday residents to reflect on their appreciation.
Magazine
November 21
Emily Ford with her sled dog, Diggins, on a break during their journey on skis across the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

It's a wild life: Meet the latest generation of Minnesota's adventurers

They're young, diverse and up for a challenge.
Magazine
November 21
Beaver dams and lodges in Cloquet Valley State Forest.

What you should know about beavers in Minnesota

These industrious creatures build dams and lodges all across the state.
Local
November 20
Fisheries specialist Andrew Scholten netted minnows at the DNR fish hatchery in Waterville, Minn. The hatchery dates to the 1950s. It’s small, outmo

Eyeing surplus, DNR to try again for huge outdoors investment

In the last session, the department asked lawmakers for more than $300 million for one-time projects around the state, but left largely empty-handed after major spending bills collapsed under partisan spending disagreements.
Outdoors
November 19
Joe Hautman, winner of the 2022 federal duck stamp conteat — his sixth such win — at work in his Twin Cities suburban home studio.

Anderson: Winning wildlife artist Hautman has one more brush with fame

Together with his two brothers, the Hautmans have won the federal duck stamp competition 15 times. He added to that record this year with his sixth win.
Nation
November 19

Wisconsin deer hunter rescued from river when kayak capsizes

A deer hunter whose kayak capsized Saturday morning in an eastern Wisconsin wildlife area was rescued after spending about an hour in icy waters.
Business
November 18
Winnebago introduced an eRV concept vehicle in January. The Advanced Technology Group at Winnebago is also working on e-concepts for the towable and m

Winnebago will open innovation center next year in Twin Cities

The 40,000-square-foot center will be for its Advanced Technology Group.
Outdoors
November 18
The decline among hunters, baby boomers and younger, is evident.

Anderson: Graying out? Why are older deer hunters disappearing?

Some deer hunters kill deer. Some deer hunters don't. And increasingly, some deer hunters don't show up at all. Problems that follow this decline also are almost too many to count.
Outdoors
November 17
Marshall Johnson, a University of Minnesota graduate, has brought his conservation farming strategies to restore grassland habitat to a larger scale a

Ranchers can tilt scales in grassland birds' favor, Audubon chief says

Q&A: Marshall Johnson, the National Audubon Society's conservation chief and a University of Minnesota alum, talks bird-friendly solutions, deepening his hunting roots and that signature cattleman's hat.
Outdoors
November 17
Sam Harris of Maple Grove with the spike buck he shot during firearms season at his family’s camp near Fergus Falls

Deer hunters finish primary gun season with less to show

DNR says adverse weather contributed to the markedly lower harvest across Minnesota.
Nation
November 17

Cold and snowy conditions to greet Wisconsin deer hunters

Hunters can expect near-perfect conditions when Wisconsin's annual nine-day gun deer season opens Saturday.
St. Cloud
November 16
Sandhill cranes leave Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, some to continue migration, others to feed in nearby fields, after roosting Wednesday, Nov.

Record-setting 29K cranes flock to Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

The refuge, which saw twice the number of sandhill cranes as its previous record year in 2019, provides a safe place for birds to roost and eat on their migration south.
Outdoors
November 15
In the spirit of thanks, what about Minnesota's outdoors are you grateful for?

In the spirit of thanks, what about Minnesota's outdoors are you grateful for?

Contribute to our feature about what — a place or an activity? — that raises feelings of appreciation.
Outdoors
November 12
Wildlife photographer Bill Marchel of Brainerd approaches Sally, a German short-haired pointer owned by Rolf Moen of Brainerd. Sally has scented and

Anderson: The flight, and allure, of hunting woodcock

As table fare, these migrators can't be surpassed. Woodcock also provide good dog-training opportunities.
Outdoors
November 11
Bud Grant, right, during his high school days in Superior, Wis. Shown, from left, are his dad, Harry Peter Grant Sr., his younger brothers Jack and Ji

Anderson: Grant recounts Armistice Day Blizzard, when he nearly died hunting ducks

Bud Grant, 95 now, was barely a teenager when the storm crushed the Midwest on Nov. 11, 1940, and claimed 154 lives. The legendary Vikings coach is one of the few hunters alive today who experienced and survived the blizzard.
Minneapolis
November 11
Kids and families of Camp Katharine Parsons swam in Oak Lake.

Phyllis Wheatley Community Center to revive decades-old summer nature camp for city kids

The north Minneapolis community center wants to reactivate a long-dormant camp in Carver County by its 100-year anniversary in 2024.
Outdoors
November 11
Birding along the St. Croix River.

Get out and go: Hike, learn, bird-watch and imagine adventure in the coming week

Here are five outdoors-related possibilities.