Duluth
February 10
Stranded ice anglers await rescue off of Duluth's Lake Superior shoreline on Tuesday. Photo courtesy Darren Tilbury

Ice anglers stranded, rescued near Duluth: 'Lake Superior is not forgiving'

Their fishing equipment and beer are still floating up the North Shore, though.
Business
February 9
The Brunswick Corp., which makes Lund and Crestliner boats, says it needs dozens more employees at its world headquarters in New York Mills, Minn.  Cr

Surge in demand for pleasure boating amid pandemic has Minnesota builders busy

The facility in New York Mills that builds Lund and Crestliner boats has added 114 positions in past 6 months and needs to fill 60 more.
Outdoors
February 6
Minnesota’s Critical Habitat license plates are increasingly popular with vehicle owners. But with record-level revenue from the plates’ sale, the

Anderson: Critical Habitat license-plate program veering from its dedicated mission

A closer look at the DNR's license plate Critical Habitat program reveals the agency in recent years has only minimally deployed license plate funds to preserve habitat.
East Metro
February 5
Two state lawmakers from Maplewood, with the strong support of north metro watershed districts, have again introduced legislation to remove toxic lead

Bird deaths fuel push for Minnesota lead tackle ban

Fishing tackle killing popular waterfowl.
Variety
February 5
Freedom made his home at the U’s Raptor Center but now will reside as an exhibition bird at the Turtle Back Zoo.

A Minnesota sharpshooter rescued eagle caught in tree. Now the raptor has a forever home.

Freedom made headlines in 2016 after he was daringly rescued on July 4th by a U.S. Army veteran.
Local
February 5
Gregg Lind checked on his son Galen Beil, 8, as they and Melissa Arbuckle, left, looked over the Ice Henge sculpture during the Luminary Loppet Friday

Loppet ski races in Minneapolis this weekend called off due to extreme cold

The Loppet Foundation is also cutting short its Luminary Loppet, which will have its final day Friday.
Outdoors
February 4
Hundreds of anglers ply the Mississippi River near Red Wing in spring to seek walleyes amd saiger that swim upstream from Lake Pepin to spawn.

Good old days are now for Lake Pepin perch and walleye anglers

Consecutive years of high water during spawning have helped walleye, too.
Outdoors
February 4
Every wild sign from a walk in the Minnesota woods held a lesson

Every wild sign from a walk in the Minnesota woods held a lesson

A recent outing over a few hours became a rich dive into a diverse ecosystem full of life and death and adaptation in Minnesota's harshest season.
Duluth
February 4
Erin Letzring won the John Beargrease Sled Dog marathon by the smallest margin in the race’s history. She beat out ex-husband Ryan Redington by seve

For Duluth native, ending first Beargrease with a win was a 'team effort'

Erin Letzring edged out her ex-hus­band in her first full marathon.
Outdoors
February 4
Ravens stand out with their aerial displays and intelligence.

February is a generous month in the natural world

Most lakes are covered with 15 inches to 2 feet of ice, but if you head out, always think of springs, soft spots, and changing conditions. Be careful.
Outdoors
February 4
The writer was in a position to buy two places on Mille Lacs: a beach house, left, and a cabin.

Opportunity knocked for doubling the cabin fun on Mille Lacs

Cabin Country: Last year was a very challenging year for many, but did not deter this family's cabin fun.
Duluth
February 3
Wolf V088, a male age one to two years, went missing in early November, based on data collected from the animal’s GPS and body-monitoring collar.  C

Researchers find 2 wolves illegally killed in northeastern Minnesota

The collared animals were located in January and killed in November.
Duluth
February 2
Erin Letzring celebrated with her lead dogs after she won the John Beargrease sled dog marathon by what organizers said was the smallest margins in hi

Beargrease finish is closest in race history

Erin Letzring of Skagway, Alaska, edged out defending champion Ryan Redington to become the first female musher to win the Duluth-to-Grand Portage race since 1998.
Local
January 30
Justin Watkins with a common carp, regarded by the DNR as perhaps the most damaging invasive species in state waters.

Corn, conveyor belts and a virus show promise in removing invasive carp from Minnesota waters

The invasive species has upended ecosystems in state waters since the 1880s.
Sports
January 30
Are some state wildlife management areas (WMA) suitable for user groups other than hunters? A concept unveiled at the recent DNR Roundtable suggests s

Anderson: Wildlife management areas can foster a greater appreciation of nature

The notion of making some wildlife management areas more inviting is taking shape, amid questions about timber harvesting.
Outdoors
January 29
Weighing a mother bear in March 2019 were, from left, University of Minnesota graduate student Spencer Rettler, Department of Natural Resources volunt

Anderson: Mystery around bears' reproduction is a reminder of their balancing act

Minnesota wildlife managers want to minimize nuisance-bear complaints while satisfying hunters' desires, while also, most important, maintaining a healthy, stable bruin population.
Outdoors
January 28

Sure it's cold, but nothing near a traditional subzero Minnesota winter

In 2021, by mid-January we in the metro area had experienced only two days with below-zero temperatures, when 24 days with subzero readings is normal here for a winter season.
Outdoors
January 28
CBoys member Ben Roth takes his share of spills during the filming of YouTube videos, but he excels at riding wheelies of all types.

With throttles wide open, small-town 'CBoys' achieve YouTube stardom

Five young gear heads regale YouTube with daring thrills and spills.
Outdoors
January 28
Those Minnesota memories played a part in attracting the writer and his wife north to Minneapolis after college. In 1986 they bought a cabin in wester

A string of white cabins and family trips inspired their own place

Cabin Country: Lined wall-to-wall with knotty pine, this cabin has memories new and old.
Variety
January 26
Ryan Redington’s sled dog team, led by (left) Ghost and Henry ran down Old Highway 61 near Grand Portage, MN in the final leg of the John Beargrease

In a year of canceled traditions, Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is 'a bright spot'

Other dog sled races have been canceled, but the North Shore's Beargrease marathon will start Sunday, albeit with some modifications.