Local
October 1

South Dakota pheasant season nears with promising numbers

The South Dakota pheasant hunting season gets underway in two weeks, and the numbers look more than promising.
Outdoors
October 1
Carrie Tollefson had her nails painted by her daughter, Ruby, 11, while her youngest, Greer, 5, got ready to climb on the patio furniture and Everett,

Local runners will have a shot at Twin Cities Marathon glory this year

Carrie Tollefson is among the top women as the marathon returns from its pandemic hiatus. A Minnesotan hasn't won the race in decades, but that could change Sunday.
Outdoors
September 30
Chaska’s Jim Hautman won this year’s competition for the 2022-2023 Federal Duck Stamp with this acrylic painting of a pair of redheads afloat in h

Minnesota's duck stamp dynasty still flying high

Wildlife artist Jim Hautman won his sixth federal duck stamp contest, adding to the painting fame he shares with two brothers.
Outdoors
September 30
The summer place has a modified garage to accommodate for visitors.

Summer place near Annandale fits the bill

Family got creative with a small space.
Outdoors
September 30
Northern Minnesota is the first to turn each fall and the mix of colors make for a spectacular show. The aspen, pine, maple and birch create a kaleido

Naturalist has a few go-to October leaf drives

Drought could affect fall colors but, still, experience brilliance.
Outdoors
September 25
Tom Larson, left, and Matt Slater await a flight of ducks while hunting northwest of Willmar on Saturday, opening day of the 2021 Minnesota watrerfowl

Anderson: Waterfowl season debuts with traditions renewed, though ducks are few

A new duck hunting season at a camp that has long history dawned Saturday. Though few ducks were overhead, the morning's enjoyment, ultimately, would not be defined solely by the number of birds bagged.
Outdoors
September 24
Ducks seen on the opening weekend for non-resident North Dakota hunters included drake mallards, like these, as well as pintails, gadwall and wigeon.

Anderson: Ducks deserve our best, not hollow words and indifference

We say we cherish ducks. But our actions often fool us into thinking we're conservationists when the reality is very different. A change of values is needed.
Outdoors
September 23
DNR has spent $14 million in tax dollars to combat the spread of chronic wasting disease among wild deer. The agency’s biologists have linked some o

Interest grows in stopping spread of CWD in Minnesota

Hunters, tribes, conservation groups and St. Louis County call on state to get rid of deer farms.
Outdoors
September 23
Various studies for years have tried to get some clarity on bird injuries and deaths around wind turbines. New University of Minnesota research of eag

U researchers drill down on ways to protect eagles in wind farms' airspace

In trying to help create deterrents, they are learning how raptors' react to different sounds.
Outdoors
September 23
The old farmhouse has been a haven.

Franconia spot is 'a bit like being in a living museum'

Improvements have been made through the years to this haven.
Outdoors
September 23
Minnesota wild-growing grape, found growing wild in the forest and along roadways. It is native to most of the United States.

Wild grapes are abundant resource afield this time of year

Between birds and mammals, they are common food source.
Sports
September 22
Runners head out at the start of the 2015 Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)

Twin Cities Marathon and 10-mile race are back, with COVID protocols

After the global pandemic shut down last year's race, COVID-19 precautions taken this year will help keep runners, volunteers and spectators safe.
Duluth
September 20
Brooks Johnson / brooks.johnson@startribune.com A group of friends walk across a new bridge on the DWP Trail on Friday. The former rail grade has been

Revitalized rail-to-trail segment opens in Duluth

The all-weather, multiuse DWP Trail runs from Spirit Mountain to the Mission Creek trail system and includes a tunnel through Ely's Peak.
Outdoors
September 20
Chandra Twede received trapshooting lessons from her grandmother, Loral I Delaney, in 2003.

Famed trapshooter, dog trainer Loral I Delaney of Ramsey dies at 83

An animal lover who as a young girl kept everything from racoons to skunks as pets, Delaney at age 5 headlined her first dog act in 1943.
Duluth
September 19
Barker’s Island beach in Superior, Wis., was closed last week due to a potentially toxic algae bloom in a warmer Lake Superior.

Heat causes algae blooms to become more common on Lake Superior

Contact with algae blooms can be toxic to humans and pets and can also disrupt marine life.
Local
September 18
Ken Nodo has fished Little Rock Creek since he was a boy. To him, the fish in the creek are “the canary in the coal mine.”

A trout stream struggles in Minnesota farm country

Irrigation pumps up crops but threatens state's rivers and streams.
Outdoors
September 18
Stephen Roche, left, of Princeton, and Steve Backowski of Andover have been friends since their days at Anoka High School, and have hunted ducks toget

Anderson: Two kids from Anoka celebrate nearly a half- century of duck hunting together

Bound by a common love of fall and the surprise appearance of fast-flying ducks wheeling atop their decoys, Stephen Roche and Steve Backowski reflected on a recent day how quickly a half-century can pass.
Outdoors
September 17
Hunters might be among the first Minnesotans to have their recreation choices, and perhaps their lifestyles, significantly altered by climate change.

Threats of climate change lurk as Minnesota's hunting seasons begin

Hunters might be the first Minnesotans to have their recreation choices, and perhaps their lifestyles, significantly altered in a number of ways.
Outdoors
September 17
Climatologists foresee the northeastern boreal forest receding or going away, possibly as early as 2070.

Wildlife managers foresee winners, losers as climate change alters Minnesota forests

Elk relocation project exemplifies long-range forest wildlife planning in the era of climate change.
Outdoors
September 17
In 2019 research scientists with the DNR identified just 176 lakes in the state which they think will be cold and deep enough for cisco to survive in

Environments that Minnesota's fish depend on face their own challenges

Higher water temperatures are of special concern for health of walleye.