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Otters' late charge falls short in state opener
Area gymnasts ready for state USAG
Mom's fight with cancer shaped the attitude of LP-A's Raaen
Good luck at State, Raiders!
Ninth annual old-timers wrestling tournament
Essentia Health-St. Mary's births
Planning will help you see green in retirement
An evening of music and storytelling: Chinese entertainer Gao Hong to perform Thursday in NYM
Wednesday matters: Everyday prayers
Column: Beware of "Can you hear me?" scam calls
Friends & Neighbors
Ryan Hanson Homes has new licensed realtor
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Joins Essentia Health in Detroit Lakes
Back in business: Audubon Liquor Store purchased by brothers-in-law
Norby's recognized for 90 years of membership
L&M Fleet Supply earns honor from Cub Cadet as one of the top dealers in America
Full WE Fest lineup announced
'Beauty and the Beast' debuts to magical $350M globally
Women on a roll: Female directors dominate at Fargo Film Festival
'Wheel of Fortune' unfortunate guess goes viral
'Sesame Street' to welcome muppet character with autism
Lyle E. Donley
Jeffrey M. Webber
Irene Leona Johnson
Ronald "Sam" F. Samuelson
Donna Mae Graffis
Letter: 'Extreme vetting' is a sham--we're already as safe as we can be
Letter: Eken says attack against him by fellow senator was 'flat-out lie'
Another Republican wedge issue to divide Minnesotans?
Letter: 'Repeal and replace' plan means tax cuts for the rich, fewer health benefits for the American people
Now is the time for next Farm Bill
Signs of spring: The lark and pasque flowers
Brad Laabs column: There's still quality lake ice for fishing
Waiting for Woodie Camp: Young waterfowlers can attend free, weeklong summer camp
Blane Klemek column: Pileated woodpecker can hollow out trees like a buzzsaw
Brad Laabs column: Get your poop in a scoop and clean up the lake, anglers!
You've gotta have faith: Christian filmmakers start up business, teaching academy in rural Audubon
My Christmas in Denmark: Different traditions, same feel
Late arrival for New Year's baby: First birth of 2017 at Essentia Health-St. Mary's is Azyloh Roberts
DLHS named 'Safe Sports School'
A $10,000 drop in the bucket: Red Kettle campaign gets big boost from anonymous donor in DL
Pine to Palm
July 9, 2016
Skunks are misunderstood, wrongly despised
Few animals — perhaps none — are regarded by people with more malice than skunks. The common human reaction by the mere mention of this modest mammal is nothing less than a universally held contempt of the creature, which is interesting in that the skunk seeks no one, stalks no...
July 9, 2016 - 5:15am
June 25, 2016
These two birds are way easier to hear than see
As long as I shall live I will forever be thankful for the three glorious summers that I spent conducting wildlife research throughout the prairie potholes of Stutsman and Wells counties in east central North Dakota. I surveyed nearly countless numbers of birds and stood witness to...
June 25, 2016 - 5:35am
June 11, 2016
The friendly, docile chipmunk occupies nearly every woodland in MN
When I was a young boy on the farm I often acquired and kept wild animals as pets. I had three raccoons, a gray squirrel, a skink, frogs, salamanders, snakes, turtles, pheasants, a mallard, and even a few northern pike, sunfish, and bullheads that I tried to keep alive in the livestock’s...
June 11, 2016 - 5:20am
June 4, 2016
Human, bear encounters will continue to occur
Every year around this time American black bears find themselves in “sticky” situations. Perhaps it’s a raid on an apiarist’s bee yard, or an untimely head-dive into a campground garbage can or dumpster, or, more commonly, backyard birdfeeder break-ins. Whatever the case may...
June 4, 2016 - 5:05am
May 28, 2016
The wonderfully wild world of wetlands
Nearly every wood duck nesting box that I’ve installed around my property at Assawa Lake is occupied by wood duck and hooded merganser hens this spring. I’ve been enjoying watching and listening to common snipe winnowing throughout the early mornings and late evenings, as well...
May 28, 2016 - 5:20am
May 21, 2016
Yellow-headed blackbird, yellow-bellied sapsucker return with warmth
Clearwater County’s Upper Rice Lake, the source of the Wild Rice River, is one of Minnesota’s most important shallow lakes. And at 1,860 acres in size, the lake is certainly one of the largest as well. The basin is replete with wild rice and wild birds. Managed for wild rice production,...
May 21, 2016 - 5:05am
May 14, 2016
Some Minnesota birds are actually very intelligent
Some people might mistake a bird’s lack of facial expressiveness as perhaps demonstrative of a lesser intelligence. After all, a bird cannot smile, laugh, or scowl; and thus, the theory might go, must therefore be emotionless and possibly unintelligent. Nothing further could be...
May 14, 2016 - 5:45am
May 7, 2016
Porcupines are Minnesota’s quiet little forest fellows
Several autumns ago while hunting ruffed grouse on a warm and sunny afternoon, I noticed a dark blob in the canopy of a small birch tree. At first I thought it was a gray squirrel nest, but something wasn’t quite right about it so I approached it for a closer look. I soon discovered...
May 7, 2016 - 5:30am
April 30, 2016
Wild turkeys are, once again, abundant in Minnesota
It’s turkey time in Minnesota. Thousands of hunters began “flocking” to the woods once again beginning on April 13th to participate in a pastime that many call an addiction. My introduction to turkey hunting was in 2010 at an event called “Teens Meet Toms”. Coordinated by...
April 30, 2016 - 5:25am
April 23, 2016
Can’t help but appreciate the great blue heron
The great blue heron is an attractive bird to observe. Though somewhat gangly and oversized in physical stature, the bird is graceful in flight, remarkably stealthy when hunting for food, and is bejeweled with beautifully colored plumage. Formerly belonging to the avian order Ciconiiformes,...
April 23, 2016 - 5:30am
April 16, 2016
Get outdoors, listen for the vocals of ovenbirds, thrushes
There’s an avian assembly of woodland wonders that I find especially alluring. Arriving to the Northland by late April and early May and departing in late summer and early fall are the numerous species of woodland thrushes and the charming little ovenbird. Many people look forward...
April 16, 2016 - 5:05am
April 9, 2016
Trumpeting swans announce spring’s arrival in MN
Springtime is my favorite season. While autumn is a close second, spring is the time of year when everything comes back to life. Winter has lost its icy grip and has slowly given way to warmer days and soon-to-be greenery and ice-free lakes. And of course, there’s a little thing...
April 9, 2016 - 5:30am
April 2, 2016
American goldfinch a ‘splash of feathered sunshine’
It is interesting to note that the common loon wasn’t always the endeared and obvious pick for Minnesota’s official state bird. There were several other contenders for the honor (and I should point out, very good considerations). For example, in a 1961 article that appeared in...
April 2, 2016 - 5:05am
March 26, 2016
Bluebird season is here again
There are few songbirds I know of that receive as much attention as the eastern bluebird. Their acceptance of artificial nest boxes has undoubtedly...
March 26, 2016 - 5:15am
March 19, 2016
Sharp-tailed grouse start their annual spring dance
Despite the return of Old Man Winter, one of Nature’s most remarkable annual events is occurring once again on open-brushland landscapes across areas of northern Minnesota. Sharp-tailed grouse, or “sharptails” as the birds are also called, can be found throughout the northern...
March 19, 2016 - 5:05am