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Fremstad lawyer named ‘Rising Star’
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‘Annie Get Your Gun’ opens July 28
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Erasure Poetry Workshop set July 29 in New York Mills
Julie Ann Stewart
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Sound & fury drowns out the issues
ND should have left ‘Red Tomahawk’ image on its 4,000-plus highway signs
Running with the fools
Woman born of native-white parents wonders how DL can close cultural gap
Northwest MN Fishing Report
Northland Outdoors TV goes in search of monster trout
DNR advice for handling damaged trees
Time to get over trauma, learn to cast
Birds vary wildly in how, where they build nests
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May 2, 2015
Black bears, abundant in MN, are rarely seen
The American black bear is one of the most fascinating of Minnesota’s many mammals. While abundant throughout much of Minnesota, observing one is a rare event. Active mostly at night and asleep for about half of every year, it’s no wonder that few of these special wild animals...
May 2, 2015 - 5:15am
April 25, 2015
Eastern bluebirds among the favorites of bird enthusiasts
It was the last week of March when I observed my first bluebird of 2015. To be truthful, I only heard the bird, but its sweet and mellow whistle was music to my ears nonetheless. Indeed, I thought, the bluebirds are back. At last, it would seem, spring is finally here. The wood...
April 25, 2015 - 5:10am
April 18, 2015
American woodcock, common snipe return to northern woodlands
Springtime is my favorite time of the year. Snow is gone, ice is out, and birds are back. It’s a wonderful season. Especially joyful are the return of avian migrants of all color and size. Lucky we are here in Minnesota to live where massive migrations occur each spring and fall,...
April 18, 2015 - 5:15am
April 11, 2015
Woodland caribou populations continue downward trend
I remember the first and only time I observed a wild, free ranging caribou. Fishing for salmon on a bank of the Goodnews River upstream from Goodnews Bay in southwest Alaska, I was perpetually being tormented by hordes of hungry, blood sucking mosquitoes. And since the salmon weren’t...
April 11, 2015 - 5:25am
April 4, 2015
Wildlife signs can tell a story if you take the time to read them
What makes observing wildlife so enjoyable is the number of ways in which we can participate in it. For obvious reasons, “observing” implies we actually see something. And typically, when one says they have observed a particular species of bird, flower, insect, or what have you,...
April 4, 2015 - 5:15am
March 28, 2015
Signs of spring are all around: From migration to sugaring
When one considers the tug-o-war that occurs every year between winter and spring in the fight for who will outlast whom, then it’s easy to understand why the month of March was so named. March, you see, was named after Mars, the Roman god of war. Yet, ‘tis the month of...
March 28, 2015 - 5:10am
March 20, 2015
Ruffed grouse — the drummer of the woods
It won’t be long and the sounds of Nature will become especially “animated”. From peenting woodcock to winnowing snipe and from vocalizing American bitterns to singing male red-winged blackbirds, robins, bluebirds, and much, much more — each vying for space, territory, and...
March 20, 2015 - 2:35pm
March 14, 2015
Bright red northern cardinals becoming more common
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website credits the northern cardinal as perhaps the very bird, “...responsible for getting more people to open up a field guide than any other bird.” Moreover, as the narrative continues about the species, “They’re a perfect combination...
March 14, 2015 - 5:15am
March 7, 2015
The plain black raven is far removed from the ordinary
I just read a story about a little girl somewhere in England that receives little gifts from crows that she feeds daily handouts to. The crows evidently leave her (in kind perhaps?) with an array of objects. These objects range anywhere from tiny colorful trinkets that the crows manage...
March 7, 2015 - 5:10am
February 28, 2015
The European starling is a transplant to North America
So far I haven’t had a lot of feathered friends visiting my feeders this winter. Consequently, I haven’t needed to work too hard at keeping the feeders filled. It’s never really work, you know, but I’ve sometimes gone several days in a row without replenishing my birdfeeders...
February 28, 2015 - 5:05am
February 21, 2015
Irruptions are common when food is limited, conditions harsh
A few weeks ago I wrote that I hadn’t seen too many common red polls, American goldfinches, and other birds often associated with wintertime influxes at our backyard feeders. It turned out that my feeders were likely a group of only a handful of feeders that didn’t have hordes...
February 21, 2015 - 5:15am
February 14, 2015
The awakening of Minnesota’s black bears
It won’t be long and it will be springtime. Already mid-February, hibernating mammals throughout the Northland will eventually emerge from their underground sleeping chambers. Some of the true hibernators, such as chipmunks, thirteen-lined ground squirrels, and woodchucks, might...
February 14, 2015 - 5:20am
February 7, 2015
Shrews are among the most fascinating MN mammals
They’re neither mouse nor vole, yet they have features of both. They scamper about, they squeak, they’re small, and they’re furry. But strange as it is, these mouse-like creatures of the woods and farm are no more a rodent than you and I are. Indeed, what I’m writing about...
February 7, 2015 - 5:10am
January 31, 2015
Wild birds not as frequent visitors this year
My backyard birdfeeders have not been visited by as many wild birds this winter as they were visited during the last two winters. The usual species have been ever present — black-capped chickadees, white breasted nuthatches, blue jays, and all of the year-round resident woodpeckers...
January 31, 2015 - 7:30am
January 24, 2015
Black-backed woodpecker is dependent on dead coniferous trees
I remember the very first black-backed woodpecker I ever observed. It was the summer of 1995 in Itasca State Park where the late Ben Thoma, a well-known naturalist at the park, pointed to a tree near the east entrance and told me what had made a particular cavity in tall jack pine...
January 24, 2015 - 9:30am