Outdoors
July 23

Minnesota fishing report

A look at where the fish are biting around the state.
Outdoors
July 23
A bumblebee probed a bee balm flower for nectar.

Don't forget that bees have important roles

Before a plant can produce fruit or seeds, the flowers must be pollinated, and although many important plants such as grasses are pollinated by wind, others depend upon insects.
Outdoors
July 23
A farmhouse eventually was sold, and a cabin was bought on the Minong Flowage in northwestern Wisconsin.

From Minnesota farmhouse to Wisconsin lake cabin, the blessing were worth repaying

Although still enjoyable, the lake property eventually became too much. The sale money went into a charitable remainder trust and will get distributed to several good causes.
Outdoors
July 20
This newly seeded Goodhue County public water buffer utilized variable widths to allow for easier farming. Farmers have been buying in to buffering af

Anderson: Grass buffers have proven their worth in Minn. farm country

Passed by the Legislature at the urging of then-Gov. Mark Dayton, the state's buffer law was intended to reduce farmland runoff, thereby helping to clean up rivers and other waters.
Outdoors
July 20

5 rescued after boat capsizes on northern Minnesota lake

All five people aboard a 14-foot boat are safe after their craft capsized Sunday in gusty winds on a lake in northern Minnesota, authorities said.
Coronavirus
July 19
A large group of visitors stopped to enjoy Gooseberry Falls on Tuesday despite the pandemic.

Minnesota's North Shore fills up: Campgrounds, resorts, vacation rentals ride the pandemic

Despite, or more likely because of, the pandemic, Minnesota's share of Lake Superior's coastline has been attracting swarms of visitors.
West Metro
July 18
Bethany Anderson, 13, rode a wave on Lake Minnetonka. Her family, which owns North Shore Marina, is among a growing group to take up the high-adrenali

Wake boats on Lake Minnetonka are making waves

The growing popularity of wakeboarding is stirring a backlash over the noise and the disruption on local lakes.
Outdoors
July 16
Trapshooters had clear weather Tuesday during league night at Park Sportsmens Club in Orono. The club, first organized in 1939, is a slice of American

Anderson: Sportsmens club as Minnesotan as baseball and fishing in summertime

The coronavirus has thrown a wrench into just about everything this summer. Yet people come to the club for competitions and socializing, even in the time of a pandemic.
Outdoors
July 16
Flood waters overtook the intersection of 12th and Florence Street in Baldwin, Wis. in the early hours of June 29.

Rush River trout ride out damaging flood in western Wisconsin

Even young trout survived as did most stream banks.
Outdoors
July 16
The Jordan cabin on Davis Lake hasn’t changed much in decades. Still, it’s a place of activity and escape in McGregor, Minn.

In praise of little change: The cabin on Davis Lake

Cabin Country: The family purchased this in 1976 on Davis Lake in McGregor, Minn., and nothing has changed much in 45 years.
Outdoors
July 16
Stockton Island is littered with raspberry and blueberry patches, attracting visitors and bears alike. ] MARK VANCLEAVE ¥ The Apostle Islands Nationa

What catches a naturalist's eye in July? Flowers, prairies and berries

This time of year, flower gardens are looking good.
Outdoors
July 16

Minnesota fishing report

Alexandria area: Reno, Miltona and Osakis are best for walleye action on bobbers in the evenings or bottom bouncers with night crawlers at 25-30 feet.…
Outdoors
July 16

Surge in Minnesota fishing has slowed

The 2020 spike in fishing license sales has sagged, but it's still boom time on Minnesota lakes
Coronavirus
July 14
Chris Causey’s view from his Rainy Lake island property.

Border ban keeps Minnesotans from their Canadian getaways

Canada's ban on discretionary crossings by Americans began March 21 as part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's mission to send the highly contagious virus into further retreat. A recent poll of Canadians showed overwhelming support for telling leisure-seeking Americans: Stay out.
Outdoors
July 13

Minnesota fishing report

A look at where the fish are biting.
Local
July 12
A fight between the DFL-controlled House and GOP-led Senate has blocked the spending of a $61 million environmental trust fund for the first time sinc

Partisan fight over emission standards threatens $60 million in Minnesota environmental trust fund projects

Some still hold out hope that the money will be freed up in the special session.
Outdoors
July 12
Liaison Ray Ruiz brings a fresh urban perspective and zeal to his DNR job. He also appears to have the hookup on landing bass on the Mississippi River

Fishing in the city: DNR's Ruiz shows off hotspots near downtown

Ray Ruiz's job with the Department of Natural Resources is to work with diverse metro area community groups to increase participation in fishing.
Duluth
July 12
David Bell stretches out next to the root of a tree that toppled in his group’s campsite in a storm Wednesday evening on Trout Lake in the Boundary

Caught in storm, Boundary Waters campers thankful to be alive

Nine wilderness campers from St. Paul are happy to be alive and healthy after a storm's swirling winds uprooted trees all around them in their Boundary Waters campsite Wednesday evening.
Outdoors
July 10
A buoy at the lakeshore in Angle Inlet. The marker matches the design of its "sister" buoy in Key West, Fla.

It's not an easy trek, but Angle Inlet still can be reached

The temporary closure of Canada's border has cut off the only land route to Angle Inlet. For now, nearly all traffic is by boat. The routes vary from 30 to 50 miles long and can be dangerous if ill-equipped or inexperienced.
East Metro
July 9
Bikers crossed the historic Stillwater Lift Bridge, now exclusively for pedestrians and bikers. Finally connected by a historic bridge and opened to t

New St. Croix River Crossing Loop Trail has Stillwater going round and round

The new trail was finally completed this spring with the reopening of the historic Lift Bridge.