Outdoors
December 25, 2021
00515-079.08 Ruffed Grouse is feeding on crabapples during a winter snow storm. Food, fruit, habitat, landscape, hunt, cold, survive.

Feathered beauties are Christmas presents for all seasons

Providing habitat can attract songbirds to your yard.
Local
December 24, 2021
Minnesota Department of Transportation crews found five baby barn owls nesting under the Wabasha-Nelson Bridge in Wabasha, Minn.

MnDOT stopped painting bridge near Wabasha to save baby owls

Crews spotted five newborns nestled inside the steel structure on Oct. 5 and put part of the job on hold.
Outdoors
December 23, 2021

Staying put: Northern cardinal is one winter warrior

The bird, more than most, has come to symbolize wild bird feeding in Minnesota and elsewhere.
Outdoors
December 23, 2021
The proposed Houston Trail project in the Driftless Area could be headed for more environmental review

Review finds stewardship gaps in motorized trail project in Houston

There is no record of the DNR following federal environmental protocol early on in the development of a Driftless Area off-roading park in the southeastern Minnesota city.
Outdoors
December 23, 2021
Holiday on the wing: It's time to look, listen, crunch avian numbers

Holiday on the wing: It's time to look, listen, crunch avian numbers

The annual Christmas Bird Count, ongoing until Jan. 5, is longstanding work in Minnesota and across the world. It's arguably as vital as ever.
Outdoors
December 18, 2021
Joe LaFave of St. Paul, with his Chesapeake Bay retriever, Beatrice, hunting successfully on a frigid December day in west-central Minnesota.

Anderson: Morris, Minn., is still there — and the pheasants, too

A December hunt chills to the bone, with birds flying.
Outdoors
December 17, 2021
Steve Grooms wrote about pheasants and the upland-bird-hunting life.

Anderson: An outdoor life, now passed, was more than just the hunt

Steve Grooms was an outdoor writer, a description that for him was too confining. He could have written about anything. But nature was the lens through which he saw the world.
Outdoors
December 17, 2021

From ice fishing's ramp-up to marking the solstice, a list of winter tales

Ice fishing, the winter solstice and a last chance for hunters who are up for braving the December chill make are among the outdoor themes as 2021 winds down.
Outdoors
December 16, 2021
The crowd lit their sparklers from one another at the Winter Solstice celebration at the American Swedish Institute on Dec. 22, 2015

Marking the night and the daylight

Winter solstice, and the march toward longer days, arrives next week.
Outdoors
December 12, 2021
Deer hunting was slow near this camp in northeast Minnesota this fall, despite mild weather and some snow,

Anderson: Readers agree: NE Minnesota deer are scarce — or worse

Habitat is changing, but wolves get most of the blame for whitetail losses
Outdoors
December 11, 2021
A hunter afield

Learning curve for hunting extends to forever

Wisdom is gained by a lifetime spent in the field.
Local
December 10, 2021
Lake Bemidji, seen here hosting Hockey Day in 2019, has lost an average of 19 days of ice.

As winters warm, Minnesota lakes have lost about two weeks of ice coverage over last 50 years

Lakes are freezing later and thawing earlier.
Duluth
December 9, 2021
A group of skiers made their way down a Spirit Mountain run at sunset in 2019. Spirit Mountain is poised to get a $1.25 million grant to improve Nordi

Duluth expects to get grant to create mountain bike fleet for area youth

Spirit Mountain is also poised to expand its cross-country ski and mountain bike offerings with a state grant.
Outdoors
December 9, 2021
A Dakota County hunter cooperated with a CWD sampling crew in Hastings on opening day of the 2021 firearms season. Testing was mandatory on opening we

More sparks but no fire in DNR's ongoing fight against CWD

There were surprising new cases, some good news and continued persistence of chronic wasting disease in southeast Minnesota.
Outdoors
December 9, 2021
The “Sky Crashers” of the Aurora Ski Club, photographed in Red Wing, circa 1890. The Hemmestveit brothers, Mikkel and Torjus (upper right standing

A glide through Minnesota's deep Nordic skiing history is full of grit and moxie

Through people and place, a new book courses through an activity that has had a profound influence.
Outdoors
December 9, 2021
Deer use their hyper sense of hearing and smell to understand their world.

All life in Minnesota is adapting to the cold, mammals included

Deer are constant browsers, and they need to be this time of year.
Outdoors
December 9, 2021
Broomball at the new place.

'Cabin world' is all things, to regulars and visitors

A second home? Somehow near Aitkin feels like something more.
Outdoors
December 8, 2021
The big bear ambles by slowly in the Voyageurs Wolf Project’s clip.

Trail cam captures 'fat' bear up North — and the imagination of viewers

The sighting of an oversized bear in far northern Minnesota is generating outsized interest on social media.
Outdoors
December 7, 2021
Testing for deer disease in the Brainerd lakes area will continue for several more hunting seasons because a whitetail recently tested positive for ch

DNR drops plan to end CWD testing after another deer tests positive near Brainerd

Testing in the Brainerd area will continue for several more hunting seasons because a whitetail recently tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
Local
December 6, 2021
Jumping worms have been found in some Minnesota forests.

Minnesota's forests at risk as invasive jumping worms spread

The worms, which lay waste to soil, have spread to forests throughout the Twin Cities area.