Outdoors
May 14

Minnesota fishing report: From Leech to Park Rapids to Battle Lake, anglers find action

A look around the state at the first weekend of fishing.
Outdoors
May 14
The place on Cedar Lake still is in the family.

The family and cabin grew together on a lake in Annandale

Cabin Country: a retreat for relaxing, reading and recalling happy memories.
Outdoors
May 14
The golden-winged warbler is one of multiple warblers.

Look for warm-weather warblers flitting about Minnesota

Wood duck and mallard ducklings and pairs of Canada geese with their goslings easily catch our attention now. So do nesting American robins and common grackles.
Outdoors
May 10
Lee Bergstrom of Ottertail waited for an opening at a boat landing after calling it quits Saturday after fishing from 6 to 10:30 a.m. on Otter Tail La

In Otter Tail County, snow is poor replacement for governor during fishing opener

In more ways than one, this was the Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener that wasn't.
Outdoors
May 10
Upper Red Lake, about an hour north of Bemidji, was about as crowded this opening day as it was a year ago. The hottest walleye lake in the Minnesota

Anderson: Anglers venture away from home to seek walleyes on fishing opener

Despite pleas to stay close to home, the popular Upper Red Lake spot drew big numbers from Twin Cities-area anglers for the annual opener. After all, Minnesota is a walleye state, and most walleye are Up North.
Outdoors
May 9
Pickups, boats and trailers lined up, preparing to launch, Saturday morning at West Wind Resort on Upper Red Lake. The resort limited access to its la

Five ways the fishing opener - on the way to and on Upper Red Lake - was different

Here's a look at five ways this year's opener en route to and on Upper Red Lake was different:
May 9

Not giving it up cold turkey: Bird hunters just winging it

The coronavirus pandemic has canceled dozens of spring traditions, from college basketball's Final Four to Easter Sunday services, but there's one rite that's going on largely unfettered — turkey hunting.
Outdoors
May 8
Since 1926, Howard’s Point Marina in Excelsior on Lake Minnetonka has served up live bait, fishing accessories, refreshments and other necessities f

Reusse: Run by characters and 'lake kids,' Lake Minnetonka marina is a keeper

Invasive species (of all kinds) keep things interesting on Lake Minnetonka. Howard's Point Marina is still going strong. The owner said he bought it because "it's a neighborhood treasure."
Outdoors
May 8
Tony Seykora

Anderson: These old men can't fish this weekend, but still have great tales to tell

Not everyone who wants to will be fishing when walleye season opens Saturday. Sitting this one out will be thousands of elderly Minnesotans who are confined to nursing homes by the pandemic, with no one allowed in and no one allowed out.
Outdoors
May 8
Daniel Belous, 15, held up a smallmouth bass he’d just caught Wednesday night at the Rum River Dam in Anoka He was released it after measuring it an

New angling generation: Boom in licenses for teens adds to opener

Through Tuesday, the DNR had sold more than 13,000 fishing licenses for Minnesota youngsters who are 16 and 17. That's an increase of 99 percent for the same period in 2019.
Coronavirus
May 8
Although Lake Mille Lacs will undoubtedly be busy during the weekend fishing opener, Tim Potoczny said his resort, McQuoid’s Inn, will be nearly emp

Minnesota's resorts walk a fine line between safety and service

Anglers headed north will find the opener a very different affair from previous years.
Coronavirus
May 7
Walkers and cyclists made their way along Brown’s Creek State Trail on Wednesday afternoon near downtown Stillwater. Multiuse paths such as Brown’

Everyone is outdoors because of the pandemic; here's a way to share space safely

With everyone outdoors during the pandemic, it'll take common sense and respect to coexist.
Outdoors
May 7
This is prime morel hunting time.

Another Minnesota outdoor pursuit, morel mushroom harvesting is on

General advice is to hunt after a rainfall during the bloom of purple lilac.
Duluth
May 7
Members of the Minnesota-Duluth recreation program paddleboarded in Up North in summer 2018.

UMD's long-running outdoor rec program paddles, hikes, climbs – and serves

Minnesota-Duluth's outdoor rec program is all about active students, but its intent is the region, too.
Coronavirus
May 7
DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen

Minnesotans urged to stay close to home for fishing opener

That means no overnight stays and traveling no farther than what can be done to and from on a single tank of gas or a single charge, officials said.
May 6

Outdoor enthusiasts reject wholesale changes to deer season

Outdoor enthusiasts overwhelmingly rejected Wisconsin wildlife officials' proposals to dramatically reshape the state's gun deer hunting structure to bolster the waning sport, a survey released Wednesday shows.
Coronavirus
May 6
On Twitter, state Sen. Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids, referenced a “nice little tent city set up here” in St. Paul, before appealing to Gov. Tim

State senator compares homelessness to leisure camping in call for opening campgrounds

Homeless outreach advocates have expressed concern about outbreaks among the vulnerable.
East Metro
May 5
Tom Bell, a retired Park High School biology teacher, hiked through Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park in 2015. Work on a $3.9 million trailhead build

Washington County Board to consider new trailhead building for Cottage Grove park

But $3.9M project still under consideration in Washington County.
Coronavirus
May 5
Paddling a canoe on Gunflint Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Boundary Waters, Voyageurs to open for day activities only

The decision to restrict access to the Boundary Waters during what is typically the start of the season was "particularly difficult," said Connie Cummins, Superior National Forest supervisor.
Outdoors
May 4
Fishermen on Lake of the Woods.

Can't do much else? Minnesota fishing license sales are exploding

Local bait shop owners are thinking that Minnesotans, including a lot of youngsters, are turning to fishing to fill a void left by the closure of organized sports.