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County museum abloom with events this weekend
Commemorating the one-room schoolhouse: Museum seeks stories, photos, info on country schools for upcoming book
'The Ash Girl': DLHS's spring play offers darker take on familiar fairy tale
High court allows counties to pick financial auditors
Moorhead looks to new development strategies as Herbergers set to close
Summit to address football concerns in Minnesota
Nordick selected as new Park Rapids Activities Director, head football coach
Area golf courses waiting on Mother Nature
Gopher Road Trip coming to Perham
Smith, Huskers to battle for Big Ten Championship
Unwrapping #MeToo with grace
It's almost time to light the 'Fire in February': DL preacher's plans taking shape to mobilize community to read Bible's Book of Acts
'Fire in February': DL preacher hopes to mobilize local faith community to read Bible's Book of Acts
LP-A Elementary recognized for achieving positive student outcomes
Snappy side: Festive Pomegranate Salad sure to shine on holiday menu
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Parent company of Herberger's could be headed for liquidation
Detroit Lakes couple forced to spend extra $2,000 on flights home after being stranded in Mexico by Sun Country
Peterson: Work mandate for food stamps imperils next farm bill
Arvig to boost workforce by 160
Ketter joins Mid-Minnesota as DL branch manager
Special music event coming to DL library April 24
What's coming up for arts and entertainment around the region
What's new in arts and entertainment around the region
Crawling with creativity: Detroit Lakes' 2nd Annual Art Crawl set for April 19-21
Stories sought for new musical set in Otter Tail County
Merle R. Meyer
George B. Scarborough
Family of slain child says multiple people called Otter Tail County social services
Letter: Help make these school projects community plans
Letter: Thumbs up to all you snowplow drivers
Letter: An alternative DL school building plan
Divided loyalties--don't be quick to judge
Ice-out shaping up to be late: Brutally cold April will impact May fishing opener
Wild turkey a success story in Minnesota
Snowy start to steelhead season: Despite snowstorm, Brule River anglers turn out for opener
Now is the time to clean, repair your birdhouses
Let's bring back the fishing pier at Dunton Locks
Getting ahead of the curve: Cancer rehab in DL helps patients get back into life
'We'll strive to be fair': Two of Becker County’s top legal eagles talk about upcoming judgeships
Ruby's Pantry helps families make ends meet; Local mom of 7 shares her story
Adolescent anxiety is on the rise, and social media may be part of the problem
Minnesota Made: Enjoy some movies shot in the Lake of 10,000 Lakes
Letter: Ice palace co-chairs thank the community
Youth fishing derby on Little Detroit Lake was 'great success'
The walls came tumbling down: Ice palace demolished on Friday
Totally tube-ular!: Elementary school students get outside to slide
Polar Fest's inaugural hotdish challenge brings in big, hungry crowd
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
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
More deer seen after milder winter
Reports of good white-tailed fawn numbers are coming in from around Minnesota as a milder winter and a conservative approach to the 2014 hunting...
August 1, 2015 - 5:05am