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Radio Gaga: Ham radio alive and well in lakes country
At least 2 arrested after protesters bind themselves to Dakota Access construction equipment
Making his story matter: Family of local veteran lost to PTSD creates foundation to help military veterans coming back from war
One small step for fish: DNR removes Shell Lake dam, replaces it with rocky structure
Angler, 73, found alive after floating for 12 hours overnight on Devils Lake
Preps Plus: The Forum's Minnesota high school football rankings and more
SOCCER: Laker girls pick up first road win at Crookston
Titans to face tough tests early
Laker tennis picks up first dual win
Lumberjacks put a dozen goals up on Laker boys
Time to get pickled: Refrigerator pickles help preserve your garden's bounty
'God's Work...Our Hands'
County DAC welcomes new leadership
Patience is a virtue, it certainly helped me out
Friends & Neighbors
'I still work here': Chivers celebrates 50 years in real estate
Save receipts on back to school supplies
Hospice of the Red River Valley welcomes community specialist
Bell Bank shortens name
'Brew boys' bring new flavor
NYM's Cultural Center hosts selfie exhibit; reception, artist talk, awards set for Thursday
Daughtry to perform Friday at Shooting Star
NYM's Cultural Center to host Kent Duchaine in concert this Friday
Time to head back to school with your friends at the library
Jeanette E. Tomlinson
Aaro August Tanney
Lorraine Elizabeth Windels
Jerrold "Jerry" Joseph McDonald
John Patrick "Pat" Sargent
We are all broken but God is GREATER in our brokenness
Pelican Ass'n worried about old golf course chemicals
Yes, there were attacks before Sept. 11, 2001
The best athlete in the world
The truth about Muslims in MN
Master Gardening Training
'Wise as an old crow' is a true thing
Look close: Don't shoot radio-collared bears
Sad news--more zebra mussels
Electronics now a key part of fishing
Public hearing Oct. 6 on statewide transportation plans
Snellman Days set this weekend
Grondahl says goodbye
September --EMDASH-- Now is the time to...
'Coffee with the Council' set Saturday in DL
Pine to Palm
May 1, 2014
Governor’s Fishing Opener to shine spotlight on Brainerd lakes region
BRAINERD, Minn. -- The ripple effect of hosting the 67th annual Governor’s Fishing Opener will send waves across the Brainerd lakes region for years to come, organizers say. The area will be home to the opener Thursday through May 11 on Gull Lake, with headquarters at Grand View...
May 1, 2014 - 1:30pm
April 26, 2014
Brad Laabs: Birds, open water are signs of spring
This last week we have seen the return of increasing numbers of trumpeter swans, geese, ducks, and eagles. They are all sharing a limited amount of open water and are getting along well with each other. Their return to our area is a sure sign of spring. So is the return of many of...
April 26, 2014 - 10:00am
April 25, 2014
DNR sued over management of Lake Mille Lacs walleye fishery
ST. PAUL -- Two weeks ahead of the Minnesota fishing opener, a group of anglers and current and former resort owners filed suit Thursday to overturn an extended night-fishing ban on Lake Mille Lacs recently enacted by the state Department of Natural Resources. More broadly, they...
April 25, 2014 - 3:00pm
April 19, 2014
Brad Laabs: Stay off the ice; Give Rainy River sturgeon a try
It would be prudent at this juncture to stay off the ice. We will upswing to a trend of warmer weather this week and the ice will deteriorate significantly. No perch, crappie, or sunfish is worth an ice cold swim. Call it quits for the ice season and start focusing on some of the...
April 19, 2014 - 9:00am
April 12, 2014
Brad Laabs: Use caution on ice; get ready for open water
Amazing what a difference a week can make. We have eliminated most of the snow and the snow on top of the lakes. Now the sun’s energy and the warm days can work on getting our lakes ice free. When we get rid of the snow and have more brown ground, it helps us warm more quickly and...
April 12, 2014 - 9:00am
April 5, 2014
Clean up now for a more pleasant start to next ice season
Ice fishing will be over in Minnesota in the next week or two. For many ice fisherman, this ice season is already done. Lake of the Woods is home to the last of the diehard ice anglers and that ice season will be done on April 14. Some anglers in our area will still have a week or...
April 5, 2014 - 8:00am
April 1, 2014
Angler pleads guilty, loses potential world-record fish
Caught — and released to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Rob Scott, the Crane Lake, Minn., angler who caught a potential tip-up...
April 1, 2014 - 8:31am
March 29, 2014
Mille Lacs restrictions will keep anglers away
By now most anglers have heard about all the concerns and controversy surrounding the famed Mille Lacs Lake situation. A few weeks ago, I wrote about some of the proposals being discussed and indicated I would pass along the info once the DNR decisions about the lake have been made....
March 29, 2014 - 12:00pm
March 22, 2014
Brad Laabs: Still good fishing to be had on the Minnesota ice
Spring has officially arrived, but we still have plenty of ice on the area lakes. It looks like we will continue to have ice available for ice anglers for at least the next two or three weeks (or four or five!). The season is closed for walleye, northern, and bass in our area,...
March 22, 2014 - 10:00am
March 15, 2014
Brad Laabs: Eating fish is healthy, tasty and good for you
A couple of years ago I wrote an article about the importance of fish in a healthy diet. In the past I also wrote to help clarify some of the health warnings that have given consumption of fish what I consider to be an over-reaction by some. A recent conversation with someone ill-informed...
March 15, 2014 - 9:00am
March 8, 2014
Brad Laabs: When do you think area lakes will be ice free?
The question of the week this last week has been, “When do you think we will be ice free?” I am sure this has been prompted by this seemingly endless winter, and the fact the calendar says we are in March. Last week we had the official “first day of spring”. This week we have...
March 8, 2014 - 10:00am
March 1, 2014
Brad Laabs: Prepare ahead to get ice houses off lakes
This last week we had many anglers remove fish houses from area lakes, especially the lakes south of highways 10 and 34. This Monday, March 3, all houses south have to be off. The lakes north will have two more weeks before shelters need to be removed. The melt we had a couple...
March 1, 2014 - 12:00pm
February 25, 2014
Fishing licenses expire Friday
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota fishing licenses expire Friday. The Department of Natural Resources reports that 2014 licenses that take effect Saturday are on sale. Ice shelter permits for 2013 remain effective through April 30.
February 25, 2014 - 8:20am
February 15, 2014
Brad Laabs: Weather forcing anglers to fish in close proximity
Over the last number of weeks, anglers on the ice have been mostly fishing in close quarters. The cold and wind have limited the amount of hole jumping, standing out in the open, or sitting on buckets on the ice. That should start to change the next several weeks. Multiple anglers...
February 15, 2014 - 4:00pm
February 12, 2014
2.99-pound Northern wins Poles ‘N Holes
With more than 800 people competing and no unusually hazardous winter weather conditions to contend with, this Saturday’s Poles ’N Holes...
February 12, 2014 - 9:54am