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Offensive woes continue for Laker girls
Pelican Rapids completes sweep at Frazee
Viking girls hold on for win at Frazee
Wrestlers looking to jump back in section mix
Wittner takes over Hornet basketball program
Want to be a snowbird?: Here’s what you should know before ‘taking flight’
In search of cultural identity in a new country
Establishing an early homestead in Becker County (Part 2 of 3)
Reacting the christian way
Friends & Neighbors
Average MN gas prices up 5 cents
Styles on Willow has a new hair stylist
Essentia Health welcomes family medicine physician in Park Rapids
Is your sewer skewered?: Local man designs system to prevent frozen sewer vents
Essentia Health welcomes orthopedic surgeon in Detroit Lakes
Grace Lutheran to host Holiday Vendor Fair
'World's best tribute to young Elvis' comes to Detroit Lakes Saturday
Area students participating in Concordia Christmas Concerts
Award-winning country artist Phil Vassar coming to Shooting Star Friday
Great American Think-Off solicits questions for anniversary debate
Diana Lynn Aker
Helen C. Erickson
Eugene (Gene) A. Nelson
Melvin Martin Goodman
Jeffrey Lee Olds
Mourning a friend who survived Pearl Harbor--and helped win WWII
Guest editorial: Don't ditch local businesses this Christmas
Does penalizing airlines for customer service infractions do any good?
Don't curse the clouds, they have surprising benefits
Editorial: Becker County scams - why can't we stop them?
It's December, bring on the ice fishing!
This is the time to go after trophy muskies
Wanted: More deer hunters in Minnesota
Now is the time to plan a Boundary Waters trip
Lot of activity as autumn turns towards winter
An explosion of everything Christmas: Detroit Lakes woman creates holiday wonderland in her home
'In Spite of Heroin': Area mom pens book about surviving twin sons’ addiction
MN children's book author coming to DLCCC Thursday
Tuxes & Tails: Rescued dogs, tuxedo’d handlers to strut their stuff on the runway this coming Friday
'An Andy and Bing Christmas': Former NFL player to bring classic Christmas show to DL
Pine to Palm
Severe Weather Announcements (3)
November 12, 2016
Lot of activity as autumn turns towards winter
Though autumn is a favorite season of mine, it's hard to admit that the summer of 2016 is over and the winter of 2016-17 is right around the corner. Looking out across Assawa Lake, I see that none of the yellow leaves of ash and aspen trees that were clinging to branches just a few...
November 12, 2016 - 5:00am
August 20, 2016
Your photo could go ALL THE WAY
Tamarac National Wildlife is having its 14th annual photo contest for amateur photographers whose work may look anything but amateur. The deadline...
August 20, 2016 - 5:00am
May 24, 2016
DL’s 19th Festival of Birds brings picture-perfect weather, big crowds
After enduring a couple of years of rain and mud, participants at Detroit Lakes’ 19th annual Festival of Birds were rewarded with sunny skies...
May 24, 2016 - 3:01pm
April 29, 2016
Wildlife rehab center is there to help
The great horned owlet, a gray puffball of feathers with eyes, was snapping its beak at the prospect of lunch, and Tara Smith was not about to...
April 29, 2016 - 2:13pm
April 16, 2016
Get outdoors, listen for the vocals of ovenbirds, thrushes
There’s an avian assembly of woodland wonders that I find especially alluring. Arriving to the Northland by late April and early May and departing in late summer and early fall are the numerous species of woodland thrushes and the charming little ovenbird. Many people look forward...
April 16, 2016 - 5:05am
April 9, 2016
Trumpeting swans announce spring’s arrival in MN
Springtime is my favorite season. While autumn is a close second, spring is the time of year when everything comes back to life. Winter has lost its icy grip and has slowly given way to warmer days and soon-to-be greenery and ice-free lakes. And of course, there’s a little thing...
April 9, 2016 - 5:30am
February 6, 2016
Help wildlife during tax time
The Feb. 1 deadline for employers to send statements of last year’s earnings to employees means many people are starting their income tax returns now. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources would like to remind them of an opportunity to invest in the future of nongame wildlife....
February 6, 2016 - 5:00am
January 30, 2016
Calling all birders: Counters needed for GBBC
First off, my apologies for writing in my state birds column that the Dominican Republic is a United States territory. I heard from many of you about my error! After the mistake was corrected, I wrote to those of you that e-mailed me that I had better stick to biological matters and...
January 30, 2016 - 5:00am
January 16, 2016
Otters know how to have some fun
Northern Minnesota is replete with natural wonders and special places to enjoy nature. From national wildlife refuges to state parks, national and state forests to state and federal wildlife management areas, lakes and rivers galore to abundant public lands, our state has it all....
January 16, 2016 - 5:00am
January 9, 2016
Delights of winter birds is fun from indoors, too
A few mornings ago, I enjoyed the early rays of sunlight while filling the backyard birdfeeders. As I looked upon the leafless bur oaks gracing the woodland and lawn, I recalled that it wasn’t all that long ago when the very leaves now on the ground and underneath several inches...
January 9, 2016 - 5:05am
January 2, 2016
Birds aren’t the only creatures that fly
When asked to name the one distinguishing feature that sets birds apart from other creatures, many people answer that the ability to fly is unique amongst birds and birds only. While this is a good answer, it is not the best answer. The fact is, not all birds can fly (think penguins,...
January 2, 2016 - 5:10am
December 19, 2015
Pileated — an unmistakable woodpecker of grand proportions
The large bird, having just launched itself from its perch on a great poplar tree, swooped through the forest timber in an undulating, straight-line flight. Long wings, stretched far to its sides with each culminating wing-beat, were quickly drawn within, causing, only momentarily,...
December 19, 2015 - 5:05am
December 12, 2015
Birds also store food for winter
Most of us who grew up in this area, I would imagine, are possessed of vivid memories of being around the kitchen when our mother or grandmother...
December 12, 2015 - 5:10am
Nuthatches are very interesting year-round birds
Francis Stella, a Michigan poet who writes wildlife poetry, once wrote of the ubiquitous white-breasted nuthatch: “From bark to bark he darts in flight,This craning no-neck woodland sprite —Our all-season tree inspectorAnd invertebrate collectorWho claims old tree-holes for his...
December 12, 2015 - 5:00am
November 21, 2015
Solitude of a prairie bison exemplifies a huge injustice
As many of you know, I spent three glorious summers (1997-1999) on the rolling prairies of east central North Dakota near the small town of Woodworth working on wildlife research projects. At the summits of some of those hills overlooking wetlands galore, I often pondered about what...
November 21, 2015 - 5:35am