Outdoors
October 21, 2021
Erika Rivers has led Parks and Trails since 2014.

Minnesota DNR's Parks and Trails director leaving to lead outdoors nonprofit

Erika Rivers, who oversaw a network of state parks, recreation areas and trails, is taking a new job with a nonprofit known for connecting underprivileged groups to the outdoors.
Outdoors
October 21, 2021
Thirty-five conservation partners joined to form the vast Tiger Lake conservation complex on the edge of the greater metro.

Anderson: Reflecting on a lost land enjoying a rebirth

Legacy Amendment dollars and conservation-minded moves have brought back a wild place in Norwood Young America.
Outdoors
October 21, 2021
Nature’s cleaner-upper, the turkey vulture.

Despite appearance, turkey vultures have a purpose, too

Turkey vultures, great in flight, do some of nature's dirty work on the ground.
Outdoors
October 21, 2021
A closeup look at some of the prairie seeds collected this time of year and why they matter.This is Prairie Violet seed.

Prairie seeds like you haven't seen them

Three Rivers staff offers a glimpse at the work behind maintaining healthy habitats.
Outdoors
October 16, 2021
Scott Ward of Inver Grove Heights with a rooster he took near Madelia. He was part of a four-person hunting party that saw a surprisingly good number

Pheasant opener in Madelia bright, merry and birdy

Madelia is the self-proclaimed "Pheasant Capital of Minnesota'' and Saturday it delivered an impressive supply of ringnecks
Local
October 16, 2021
Kayla Sharboneau, front, and Kiara Fitzpatrick picked seeds as part of the nesting ground restoration effort.

Nature Conservancy to expand protected wetlands to save Minnesota turtles

Why did the threatened Blanding's turtle cross the road? Soon, you won't have to ask.
Local
October 16, 2021
To Finland, with love Minnesota Gov. Luther Youngdahl inspected a fawn about to be shipped to Finland in 1948 with Northwest Airlines flight attendant

Finnish white-tailed deer herd started as Minnesota gift

All those Finnish whitetails can trace their roots to that first Minnesota gift in 1934, as well as another six fawns flown over from the Iron Range in 1948.
Outdoors
October 15, 2021
The current place on the North Shore.

An Up North cabin and the case of a lion who once roamed its grounds

The owner of a cabin on the North Shore recalls the dwelling's early days when a lion was part of the scene and met a sad end.
Outdoors
October 14, 2021
The Minnesota pheasant hunting season begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 16.

Anderson: Ahead of Saturday's opener, ringneck hunters have pheasants on the mind

Among five topics of note, advanced crop harvest should help uplanders find birds.
Outdoors
October 14, 2021
Thomas Drayton suffered from gallstones ahead of his benefit ride, and needed his gall bladder removed.

Benefit ride falls through, but dreams will continue

Thomas Drayton, who has late-stage thyroid cancer, planned to ride from the top of Minnesota to Iowa.
Outdoors
October 14, 2021
An active fall always includes whitetails

An active fall always includes whitetails

Look around. There are signs everywhere of the rut.
Outdoors
October 12, 2021
State wildlife officials are scrambling to protect Minnesota’s herd.

New crackdown could halt captive deer movement for year or more

The DNR is banning movement of farmed whitetail deer once again to protect against spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, which threatens to ruin the state's $1.3 billion deer hunting economy
Outdoors
October 9, 2021
One of the world’s most beautiful gamebirds, the rooster pheasant becomes legal fare in Minnesota Saturday.

Anderson: Pheasants Forever emerges from pandemic boosting conservation efforts

Now employing some 280 wildlife biologists, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are leveraging significant new government and corporate funds to multiply their conservation reach.
Business
October 9, 2021
Jason Sprayberry in one his RVs at one of his favorite local mountain biking spots, Baker Park Reserve in Maple Plain.

Twin Cities entrepreneurs turn their RVs into lucrative 'Airbnbs on wheels'

Travelers seeking the nomadic lifestyle without the hassle of RV ownership embrace a growing number of local and national websites.
Outdoors
October 8, 2021
Fog hung over the tallgrass prairie in a view from the Seppmann Mill overlook, with the Minnesota River in the distant horizon.

Minneopa State Park newsletter captures 'the cycle and beauty of nature'

Minneopa State Park newsletter thrills devotees as it captures 'the cycle and beauty of nature'
East Metro
October 8, 2021
Chad McDonald rides the mountain bike trails of Willow River State Park in Hudson.

New Hudson-area mountain bike trail promises to be among largest in region

What will be one of the largest mountain bike trail systems around gets rolling.
Outdoors
October 8, 2021
Rowdi, gone 8 months on the North Shore, is seen now only on a billboard outside Grand Marais.

Anderson: Have you seen Rowdi, the dog on the billboard missing 8 months?

The billboard is on Minnesota's North Shore, along Hwy. 61. The man who put it up is in Minneapolis and tells why his family has gone to such great lengths for Rowdi.
Outdoors
October 8, 2021
U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials are concerned that DNR logging decisions on public hunting and recreation lands don’t always prioritize wildlife ha

Fish & Wildlife Service leans on Minnesota DNR to correct course on logging

Conditions placed on outdoors grant money to ensure wildlife, hunting and other recreation receives proper priority.
Outdoors
October 8, 2021
Sandhill cranes left their roost Sept. 18 at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area in Grantsburg, Wis., a regular stopover on their migration south.

It's October, and that means sandhill cranes are staging

Dramatic in call and appearance, they're a thriving bird that's worth witnessing in abundance.
Outdoors
October 7, 2021
Red-breasted Nuthatch (sitta canadensis) on a bittersweet perch with a colorful background

Colorful American bittersweet is popular with humans — maybe too much

Birds also rely on the native vine for its red-orange seeds.