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Lorie Skarpness

staff reporter

Lorie Skarpness is responsible for the Saturday Life page, including the "Northwoods Cooks" recipe column. She especially enjoys writing for the "Northland Outdoors" section and writing in-depth feature stories.
She also covers Nevis School Board and Akeley city council meetings.

Lorie earned her degree in writing from Concordia College, Moorhead. She has worked as a newspaper reporter for 16 years. Her stories have also published in several magazines, including "Lake Country Journal", "Good Old Days" and "Northwoods Woman."

Lorie also has a degree in child development and family studies from North Dakota State University. She has served as a child care center director and Head Start teacher in that field and written research articles for professional journals.

Many events for family fun are planned for the 73rd annual Paul Bunyan Days on June 24-26.
Here are a few tasty walleye recipes to sample.
The fawn, nicknamed Smokey, is recovering at Northwoods Wildlife Rescue.
“I’ve seen kids open up more with their personality,”said Mike Swan, a member of the Native Advisory Board at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. “The kids take the lead in their drama camp production. It might be a fairy tale with castles and knights. They are expressing their creativity to let that out in new ways. Some kids never knew they could do something like that.”
Whether opening your cabin yourself or hiring professionals, planning ahead is the key to helping the process go smoothly.
Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club will be hosting Duluth author Ryan Rodgers on Saturday, April 2 to talk about his book, "Winter's Children," and the history of Nordic skiing.
White Earth elder is encouraging Native American youth to explore their creativity through theater.
After two years of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, a Minnesota emergency room physician talks about the toll on hospital staff and patients.
Gilligan, the juvenile loon who was stranded on a lake in the Crow Wing Lake chain near Nevis in early December when much of the lake iced over, was seen flying away from Dec. 19 by two people who were ice fishing in the area where Gilligan had been sighted.
Loon lovers hope for a happy ending as the young loon struggles to elude eagles and find enough room to take off.