FILE - John Stien broke away from the pack in the 2009 Grandma’s Marathon. The marathon announced Tuesday it would allow race spectators and live mu

The party's back on: Grandma's Marathon to allow spectators, live music

Expect a free daylong musical lineup at Bayfront Festival Park in honor of the marathon's 45th year.

Minnesota paddlers report breaking record for fastest trip down Mississippi

May 10
The MMZero team, in an image from its website.
Two teams led by Minnesotans have been pushing their canoes day and night to get down the Mississippi River. One reported reaching its goal Monday morning.

Planned hunt draws 45,000 applicants to kill 12 bison this fall

May 10
A park ranger and a group of motorcyclists pass a sign warning of bison within the Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona.
National Park Service officials want to reduce the size of a Grand Canyon herd that they say has damaged vegetation, archaeological sites and the water supply.
Nation
May 9

Florida weighs allowing limited harvest of goliath grouper

Florida may lift its three-decade ban on catching and killing goliath grouper. Wildlife officials say the coastal fish's numbers have recovered sufficiently from near-extinction to allow a limited harvest, but the proposal is strongly opposed by environmentalists who say it is still at risk.
Outdoors
May 8
(Above) Paul Bower, flanked by Jim Tuller, left,  and James Powers mark their calendars to hit the lake on the Saturday after the state fishing opener

Anderson: Losing out on fishing opener leaves friendship with a void

This "Gang of Four'' has celebrated their own private fishing opener the second week of the season, overcoming personal tragedy.
Outdoors
May 7
FILE - In this Jan. 14, 1995, file photo, a wolf leaps across a road into the wilds of Central Idaho. Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed into law a mea

Bill to kill up to 90% of Idaho wolves signed by governor

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed into law a measure that could lead to killing 90% of the state's 1,500 wolves in a move that was backed by hunters and the state's powerful ranching sector but heavily criticized by environmental advocates.
Variety
May 7
Phillip Marbut Jr. worked one of his favorite spots for magnet fishing at Rivers Edge Park in Waite Park, Minn.

Minnesota's magnet fishers seek sunken treasure, be it antique tools or guns

More Minnesotans are getting hooked on metal fishing, reeling in everything from bottle caps to bicycles.
Outdoors
May 7
Team captain Scott Miller of Minneapolis and his three crew mates will glide in a customized 23-foot Wenonah canoe. The team, from left: Adam Macht, J

Paddling down the Mississippi, looking to set a record

A Minneapolis man is leading a crew in an attempt to speed down the Mississippi River in a canoe. They're in the wake of another foursome with Minnesota connections deep into its own attempt.
Outdoors
May 6
David Whitescarver of Golden Valley, left, and Scott Ward of Inver Grove Heights held a  a 51-inch sturgeon caught and released late last week east of

Sturgeon make spring another weighty affair in all the right ways

Biggest spring turnout is for sturgeon and 'the action's been hot.'
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 23 hours 30 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
May 6
ALEX KORMANN • alex.kormann@startribune.com Duluth Mayor Emily Larson is proposing a $24 million investment in Spirit Mountain, following a recommen

Duluth mayor proposes $24 million investment in Spirit Mountain

$12 million in state bonding money will be requested.
Local
May 6
While bald eagles are no longer an endangered species, they are still protected by multiple federal laws, and other state and municipal statutes.

Reward for information on 2 bald eagles shot to death along northern Minnesota river

The discovery was made near Blackduck, according to the DNR.
Outdoors
May 6
Orioles love seeing grape jelly at a feeder.

Homing instinct will drive some of the spring's 'big three' birds back to Minnesota

Southern Minnesota backyard birders look for the "big three" — Baltimore orioles, rose-breasted grosbeaks and ruby-throated hummingbirds.
Outdoors
May 6
The cabin in Pine County continues the family’s long connection to cabins.

Lives change, and cabins with them

Cabin country: Sweet childhood memories live on.
Nation
May 5
The National Park Service is opening a rare opportunity for skilled volunteers to help reduce the population of bison roaming the Grand Canyon and far

Chance to shoot bison at Grand Canyon draws 45k applicants

More than 45,000 people are vying for one of a dozen spots to help thin a herd of bison at Grand Canyon National Park.
Outdoors
May 2
Outdoors writer and TV show host Ron Schara, above, has been hunting wild turkeys since 1967. His new book features favorite stories from more than 50

Anderson: Schara on turkeys, and spilling blood and ink

Ron Schara has been hunting wild turkeys since 1967. His new book features favorite stories from more than 50 years of outdoor opportunities.
Outdoors
April 30
Al Lindner, left, and Marv Koep outside the shop.

Through the 1970s and on, Nisswa bait shop was epicenter of opener

As this year's May 15 fishing opener approaches, thoughts turn to fishing openers past and the joyful stampede of walleye anglers that jammed bait shops Up North for two days of round-the-clock sales.
Outdoors
April 30
From the weather to the bite, memorable fishing openers are eternal

From the weather to the bite, memorable fishing openers are eternal

For fishing hall of famers to readers, there is a common thread: They were happy to be out.
Outdoors
April 30
Anderson: 6 Minnesota-inspired innovations that changed the sport of fishing forever

Anderson: 6 Minnesota-inspired innovations that changed the sport of fishing forever

Revolutions in minnow imitations, bait presentation, lure distribution, boat design, electric trolling motors and fishing electronics are among these homegrown breakthroughs.
Outdoors
April 30
Jared Cuevas leaned in to son Aaron, who was hoping for a bite Wednesday on Lake Hiawatha. The family later landed a carp.

Get fishing, and the family will follow

Son's interest has led Minneapolis family into new waters.
Outdoors
April 30
Karen McTavish is drawn to pursue muskie like no other fish.

Chance muskie meeting ignited her fervor

Duluth woman has been all-in since last year's encounter.
Local
April 29
Federal regulators have identified 30 wild rice waters across Minnesota for the official list of polluted waters that require fixing. Richard Tsong-Ta

Federal regulator steps in to protect Minnesota's wild rice stands

The MPCA says it is caught between state and federal law.
Outdoors
April 29
Both robin parents get nourishment to their young.

Look to birds' health for state of our environment

The American robin is busy now nest-building, well, everywhere, writes naturalist Jim Gilbert.
Business
April 28

Ex-wildlife managers want veto of Idaho wolf-killing bill

Nearly 30 retired state, federal and tribal wildlife managers sent a letter Wednesday to Idaho Republican Gov. Brad Little asking him to veto a bill backed by agricultural interests that could cut the state's wolf population by 90%.