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Area football teams complete regular season play
Defense and a varied rushing attack give Lakers seventh win of the season
Roth runner-up at Creighton Classic
Lakers finish regular season with 17th victory
McCulloch all-time winningest football coach at Valley City State
'Stash your Ash'; Detroit Lakes ALC students bring awareness about cigarette butt pollution
Slice of the ice; Lakes Curling Club gears up for new season
An ode to my team
Seaberg turns 80
Lindens to celebrate 40th anniversary
Friends & Neighbors
A 'Midwest' mural; Artist paints a Minnesota-inspired mural on Midwest Printing building
Average MN gas prices down for October
WCI receives Responsive Philanthropy Award
Kreuger joins staff at Midwest Bank
Saying goodbye to Goodman's
The great debate: Apple or pumpkin? Holy Rosary volunteers already taking orders for annual pie sale
National Cat Day is Oct. 29!
'Bat Masks of Mexico'; Exhibit opens Monday at ‘The W’ coffee shop in Warren
St. Andrew's Society to host Scottish dinner Nov. 5
Museum's Barn Raising Bash' set for Oct. 29
Marylou F. Chromy
Douglas H. Meyer
Mavis L. Nelson
Toxic Trump? For first time in more than 50 years, Forum Communications declines to endorse Republican nominee
Republicans using fantasies and falsehoods to attack DFLers on MNsure
Constitutional Amendment will be on the ballot on Nov. 8.
Buboltz' say Skoe, Eken and Marquart are strong leaders for this area
Should I stay or should I go? Hurricane forces tough decisions
Don't be fooled: Cold water doesn't mean lethargic fish
Mouse invasion is about finding food, warm place to nest
Whether you call it timberdoodle or woodcock, it's a great Minnesota bird
Special deer hunting season opens Thursday for youth with adult mentors
Explore the possibilities: New online tool helps find public hunting land
Ben Affleck's 'The Accountant' Dominates with $24.7 Million
Puppies saved from high-kill Texas shelter look for DL homes
A surprising celebration: DL's LuAnn Porter honored for 25 years with United Way
Three years and counting: DL family opens up about adoption struggles
Fired up for hunting season; Local Sportsman’s Clubs have their sights set on you
Pine to Palm
November 14, 2015
Muskrats are interesting inhabitants of marshes, lakes and rivers
I watched a muskrat swimming in the shallow water of Lake Assawa a few evenings ago. The animal’s fur coat, glistening from water droplets and sunlight, looked surprisingly luxuriant and striking in contrast to its drab surroundings. Seemingly content on swimming, I was enticed...
November 14, 2015 - 5:50am
November 7, 2015
The white-tail deer ranges across most of North America
Few animals come as well equipped to cope with the harshness of Mother Nature and the pressures that humanity has placed on their varied habitats as the white-tailed deer. Indeed, the species range across most of North America, in addition to Mexico and South America. White-tailed...
November 7, 2015 - 5:10am
October 24, 2015
A walk through the autumn woods with wildlife
I spend as much time as I can each year in the out-of-doors. To say the least, it is good for the soul. What with the demands of work and the need to pay monthly bills, time spent afield is time well spent. Over the years I have passed time in a host of wild settings. I’ve whiled...
October 24, 2015 - 5:00am
October 17, 2015
Predators illustrate the natural circle of life
As a young boy on the farm, observing wildlife was as much a part of my day as was helping with the milking chores. On one particular winter afternoon while feeding our young stock, I heard the whine of several snowmobiles across the road and on the neighbor’s hayfield. When I looked...
October 17, 2015 - 5:40am
October 10, 2015
Fun-loving, curious otters are well ‘suited’ for semi-aquatic life
In my mind no other wild creature seems to enjoy life more, or takes more pleasure in spending time with family just lying around or goofing off, than the comical river otter. Few Minnesota mammals are as interesting and enjoyable to watch as they are. River otters belong to the...
October 10, 2015 - 5:15am
October 3, 2015
The handsome wood duck is passing through the area right now
I remember many years ago when a man telephoned to tell me about a problem he was experiencing. His quandary had to do with ducklings of all things. The ducklings, according to the distressed caller, were jumping out of his artificial nest box, and no matter how hard he tried at keeping...
October 3, 2015 - 5:15am
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
Monarchs move in on hummingbird ground
The monarch is not a bird, of course, but it is a magnificent winged creature. Several monarch butterflies have been frequenting a patch of...
September 12, 2015 - 5:10am
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
Recording of natural history can often lead to ‘discoveries’
Among the many benefits that came with being the victor in conflicts throughout the ages was the ability to dictate the narrative from that point...
August 22, 2015 - 5:25am
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
Hummingbird, songbird migration begins
Male hummingbirds are starting their migration to Central America. Warblers and thrushes won’t be far behind. Soon, nighthawks will be swooping...
August 15, 2015 - 5:05pm
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