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A 'Fly Night' in DL
Clarification on river study
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Park Rapids dancer trains with renowned Rockettes
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'Brew boys' bring new flavor
State gains 11,300 jobs in July
Bell Bank hires Amundson, promotes Erickson
Waubun Insurance Agency purchased
The Inn at Dunvilla opens
Man of 1,000 voices
Headwaters Center programming resumes Sept. 6 in Armory Square
Medora Musical ticket sales break 100,000
Down to the Nitty Gritty: McEuen talks Dirt Band, Music on the Mountain
Let your local library help you update your home
Mary Ellen Marks
Thomas Raymond Savageau
Maurice F. "Maury" Gagnier
Barbara (Duncan) Erickson
Peter M. Koshowski
Read more, watch less TV: Follow these steps and become an informed voter
All MN students now taking ACTs
Columnist Rob Port has secret agenda--affiliated with the Koch brothers
The tale of my trip to Denmark, it's the 'perfect country for me'
Letter: Democrats are dead wrong on their energy platform
Electronics now a key part of fishing
Hundreds to attend Hiking Fest Aug. 27 at Itasca Park
This songbird has a killer attitude
Wolves are intelligent and social
'Coffee with the Council' set Saturday in DL
DL Jaycees fire up for 2nd annual Rib Fest
Wething celebrates 88 years
Theater for everyone
Pine to Palm
September 19, 2015
Still a little time to spot, enjoy a hummingbird or two
I’ve written about the ruby-throated hummingbird many times over the years. And why not? They’re a fascinating and delightful species of bird to observe. For many of us, feeding hummingbirds is an enjoyable hobby. Some people put out one feeder that maybe attracts a pair or...
September 19, 2015 - 5:15am
September 12, 2015
Minnesota’s grouse are remarkable native birds
My grandfather Max Klemek called them “pat’ridge”. And for many years I called them partridge too. The ruffed grouse, their rightful common name, is also called many other names, some of which I’ve never heard of: moorfowl, birch partridge, wood grouse, drumming grouse, ruffled...
September 12, 2015 - 5:05am
September 5, 2015
American goldfinch was once thought of as ‘unofficial’ bird of MN
The American goldfinch, sometimes called eastern finch, wild canary, and yellow finch, is a delightful Minnesota songbird. Coming as a surprise to some people, goldfinches are often observed at our backyard birdfeeders the year ‘round here in the Northland. But what you won’t...
September 5, 2015 - 5:40am
August 22, 2015
You’ll never forget the first time you see a ruddy duck
I thought of a duck today — a little known fellow of squat proportions known for the courting male’s comical antics and strange sounds; its oversized light blue-colored bill; and its longish tail for its overall body size. Indeed, the unusual looking and acting ruddy is a duck...
August 22, 2015 - 5:15am
August 15, 2015
Blane Klemek: Feathered friends feverishly feeding and foraging
Often as it is, when we watch wildlife going about their business it’s the eating business that we observe them doing: squirrels cracking acorn shells, deer grazing on hay fields, or ducks dabbling in the wetlands. All creatures great and small spend a large part of their daily...
August 15, 2015 - 5:10pm
August 8, 2015
Meadowlark melodies, bobolink warbles are songs to treasure
Two of my favorite grassland nesting songbirds, the bobolink and meadowlark, are members of the blackbird family. The family, Icteridae, includes 23 species in all. Those others are brown-headed cowbirds and species of blackbirds, meadowlarks, grackles, and orioles, too. And though...
August 8, 2015 - 5:15am
August 1, 2015
The social, graceful, beautiful purple martin captures our admiration
As soon as springtime warms enough to where insects are fairly abundant, several species of swallows begin showing up throughout Minnesota. In all, six of the nine North American swallows migrate to Minnesota to breed and nest. All of them share similar physical characteristics with...
August 1, 2015 - 5:10am
July 25, 2015
The coyote: Cunning to some, nuisance to others
I remember well the first time I ever observed a coyote in the wild. I was deer hunting on an early November morning from a deer stand that my Dad and I had made from ironwood earlier that fall. The location of the stand was adjacent to a narrow forest wetland choked full of sedge...
July 25, 2015 - 5:20am
July 18, 2015
Few summer sights and sounds are more pleasant than birds
Last summer while picking blueberries in a jack pine clear cut, I heard a bird that I honestly couldn’t say I had ever heard before. I stopped picking berries, stood up from my hunch-over “picking posture”, and began searching for the bird. The song was quite musical and very...
July 18, 2015 - 5:15am
July 11, 2015
Minn. lucky to have cranes
For all its quintessential wildness and uniqueness, not many sounds in nature can match that of the sandhill crane. The unmistakable rattling “karr-r-r-r-o-o-o, karr-r-r-r-o-o-o, karr-r-r-r-o-o-o” echoing across the marshes and fields is as much prehistoric in quality as it...
July 11, 2015 - 5:10am
July 4, 2015
Phoebe birds build their nests in the most unseemly places
This past June marked the 13th year I’ve enjoyed my present home here in the Northwoods. Over the past many years, I have been very grateful...
July 4, 2015 - 5:05am
June 27, 2015
Some species of birds show remarkable intelligence
A recent episode of the public television program Nova, Inside Animal Minds, examined the fascinating subject of animal intelligence — namely birds, especially crows and members of the family that crows belong to. The program interviewed biologists and researchers that performed...
June 27, 2015 - 5:25am
June 20, 2015
Bald eagles are, once again, common in MN
On June 20, 1782, the bald eagle was selected to grace the Great Seal of these United States. The bird was chosen because of its strength, majesty,...
June 20, 2015 - 5:20am
June 13, 2015
House sparrows have thrived in North America
In early May I found myself in a little southeastern Minnesota town. Like many of the small towns in this part of the state, its history is agrarian — founded by farmers and mostly inhabited by those involved in some way, shape or form, in agriculture. It’s my kind of town. Spring...
June 13, 2015 - 5:00am
June 6, 2015
Hummingbirds are fascinating creatures
As usual, I observed my first ruby-throated hummingbird on Mother’s Day weekend, or thereabouts. Without fail in early to mid-May, hummingbirds arrive to Minnesota’s northland tired and hungry after their long journey from Central America. These tiny bundles of feathered energy...
June 6, 2015 - 5:05am