Outdoors
December 19, 2020
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Sarah Strommen

Anderson: Q&A with DNR Commissioner Strommen

Sarah Strommen discusses the effect of the pandemic on her agency's operations, the DNR's method of advocating for conservation of wetlands and roadsides, and state management of wolves, among other topics.
Local
December 19, 2020
Seven of eight wolves that were moved to Isle Royale National Park from Michipicoten Island in Ontario have started forming packs, securing territory

As smaller wolves die, one group thrives on Isle Royale

Seven of the eight wolves that were moved from Ontario have started forming packs, securing territory and having pups.
Sports
December 18, 2020
Charlie Lawrence, a former Gophers cross country and track athlete, has been social distancing in his sport in 2020.

Elite marathon runners finally get a chance to compete Sunday

The Marathon Project will have a field of 100, including several Minnesotans.
Duluth
December 18, 2020
A drone captured photos and video of three bobcats on the Wisconsin side of the St. Louis River. In the background, the Bong Bridge connecting Duluth

Duluth photographer discovers three bobcats on frozen St. Louis River

It's a rare sighting of the elusive cats.
Outdoors
December 18, 2020
From left: Loral I Delaney, Doug Sutherland, Pud Hilgenberg, Sherry Delaney, Godfrey Zaunbrecher, Roy Winston Jr., Roy Winston, Nate Wright, David Hil

Anderson: Pheasants, not football, once drew Vikings together in Iowa

Legendary coach Bud Grant and his players recall special days away from football and hunting pheasants together.
East Metro
December 18, 2020
The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Minnesota DNR, reigniting a fight over animal trapping that ensnares the protected Canada lynx.

Lawsuit alleges Minnesota DNR isn't doing enough to protect endangered lynx from trapping

The suit reignites a fight over animal trapping in northern Minnesota
Outdoors
December 17, 2020
CARLOS GONZALEZ cgonzalez@startribune.com Tory Maxa of Shakopee held up his son Kaeden, 7, to get a better look inside a boat at the Minneapolis Boat

Canceled: 2021 Minneapolis Boat Show, which had been set for next month

Show organizers announced the news Thursday morning for the event, which normally draws thousands of people and hundreds of exhibitors.
Outdoors
December 17, 2020

'Like a prion bomb': Chronic wasting disease mystery hits near La Crescent

DNR and landowners search for answers for hot spot near La Crescent.
Outdoors
December 17, 2020
When there isn’t a public health emergency, the Belwin Conservancy in Afton has a bonfire tradition on the solstice.

Minute by minute, winter is very much a numbers game

If we don't count seconds, the Twin Cities and area have the least amount of daylight, at 8 hours and 46 minutes, for seven days between Dec. 18 and the 24th.
Outdoors
December 17, 2020
A tent and trailers preceded an eventual cabin. At one point, a cabin was built around a Moon trailer.

Lake Johnson has seen tent, trailer and, finally, a cabin

Cabin Country: This story begins 45 years ago on a 6-acre lot.
Variety
December 16, 2020
Anthony Taylor, shown at Theodore Wirth Park, is working with parks professionals to get more people of color involved in outdoor recreation.

Twin Cities outdoors advocate says recreation can be form of racial healing

Anthony Taylor has long been an advocate for getting people of color interested in outdoor recreation. Since George Floyd's death, he has worked with the Minneapolis parks system to do even more.
Local
December 13, 2020
As part of a $108 million Hwy. 14 project, the state constructed a concrete culvert to provide safe passage for wildlife underneath the highway.

Roadkill remedy: MnDOT tunnel now offers deer passage under highway

The 200-foot-long culvert passes below Hwy. 14, where deer vs. vehicle collisions are common.
Outdoors
December 13, 2020
Benjamin Knutson of Inver Grove Heights had spent years trying to catch a giant muskie. Fishing Mille Lacs on Nov. 25, he finally landed his first, a

Epic muskie day lifts young fishing guide into rare air

Benjamin Knutson achieved the inconceivable by landing two 50-inch muskies on the same outing on Mille Lacs.
Outdoors
December 11, 2020
There are many noteworthy new cookbooks suitable for the hunter, angler or forager on a holiday gift list.

New cookbooks for hunters, anglers and foragers are field guides of a different sort

A new stack of cookbooks are inspired by the resources of the land.
Outdoors
December 10, 2020

Other wild game cookbooks to consider

From venison to fish, there's cooking tips for anything you might shoot, catch and eat.
Outdoors
December 10, 2020
Walkers made their way late Wednesday morning around the Mark Sather Trail in White Bear Lake. The trail is part of a broader study about social dista

Challenges of social distancing on trails revealed in University of Minnesota study

Though two-thirds of encounters feature users moving apart, more than half don't include safe distancing.
Outdoors
December 10, 2020
Some cold-weather shore angling in mid-November at Lake Harriet.

Naturalist has been watching freeze-up for decades; don't equate it with ice safety

The phenomena of lakes freezing over is interesting and quite spectacular.
Outdoors
December 10, 2020
The family place is on the edge of the wilderness and is intentionally kept simple.

A tradition of cabin life keeps humming Up North

Cabin Country: Yes, it's a long drive. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is 600 feet from the back door, but there is peace here.
Duluth
December 9, 2020
The night sky seen from Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota is now protected.

Voyageurs National Park gains dark sky certification

Certification ensures that Voyageurs National Park will be protected.
Duluth
December 9, 2020
Glenn Simmons Jr. carried his son Kai, 2, atop his shoulders during an outing in Bagley Nature Area in Duluth. The group has met weekly for about thre

Brighter horizons for men of color meeting outdoors

Duluth-area men find rewards in the outdoors and ask why so few Black and brown people know the feeling.