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Reconnecting Perch Lake to the St. Louis River

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Perch Lake in western Duluth isn't much more than a mud pit now, shallow, filled with sediment and so low in oxygen that fish can't survive for much of the year.

As far as fish go, you'd be lucky to find a perch in there.

But a $7 million project headed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers aims to change that -- to make the 30-acre impoundment ...Read more

The story of the Amity owls

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DULUTH, Minn. -- Richard Hoeg remembers growing up in his family's Woodland neighborhood home in Duluth that was filled with small owl statues that his father collected. So maybe that's where it all started.

"My dad grew up on a farm in west-central Iowa and I think he was fascinated with owls out on the farm," Hoeg said as we walked in the ...Read more

YMCA cuts affecting Camp Menogyn and Camp Widjiwagan cause controversy

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Hundreds of donors and volunteers who support camping at YMCA of the North are voicing angst and anger over a COVID-19-related financial decision to fire top managers at half of the Y's eight camps.

Glen Gunderson, chief executive president of the nonprofit association, has successfully allayed some fears that the YMCA could be ...Read more

Fishing the L.A. River is more than a quarantine hobby. For some, it's therapy.

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LOS ANGELES -- "It's my new therapy," Bryant Recinos says before raising his fishing rod and whipping a hook tipped with a single corn kernel -- plunk! -- into the swirling blue-brown water of the Los Angeles River on an early Saturday evening.

Recinos, 24, exudes calm and patience. At the beginning of the shutdown, he bought his first fishing ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday..............4:10 a.m.................................................................................................4:30 p.m.

Monday.............4...Read more

Unlikely food source may be behind moose success at Voyageurs Park

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Deep in the woods of Voyageurs National Park, on the remote Kabetogama Peninsula just south of Rainy Lake, a small and isolated moose population is surviving, even as others in Minnesota have been cut in half or wiped out.

The moose inside the park have been dealing with the same challenges as those outside it, from disease to predators to ...Read more

Dennis Anderson: Call to the outdoors these days is more like a siren

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Summers are so short in Minnesota that courage is required to anticipate their end. But as August begins, and daylight's arc narrows its reach, the inevitability of fall with its cool evenings and even cooler mornings is on everyone's calendar, like it or not.

For those who own a bow or gun, and whose empty freezers demand their ...Read more

As Minnesotans rush outdoors for an escape, bad behavior follows

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Images of Minnesota's idyllic public lands this summer are mixing with visions of crowded trails and parks, careless campers and boaters, and just plain bad behavior as people seek to do the one thing they've been encouraged to do since COVID-19 struck: Find escape in the outdoors.

Stories are ever-present from government ...Read more

Best times for anglers

Sports / Outdoors /

This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday..............11:35 p.m..............................................................................................11:50 a.m.

Monday................Read more

Longtime Pheasants Forever officer in D.C. says relationships are key to getting results

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Dave Nomsen, 65, of Alexandria, Minn., recently ended a 28-year career with Pheasants Forever (PF), the past 25 years as the group's vice president of governmental affairs. Previously he worked for the National Wildlife Federation and taught at South Dakota State. His primary work for PF occurred in Washington, D.C., where he ...Read more

Best times for anglers

Sports / Outdoors /

This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday..............5:15 p.m................................................................................................5:40 a.m.

Monday.............6:...Read more

Fighting cancer with fishing

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ON ISLAND LAKE, Minn. -- Timmon Lund was reeling in a small perch on this big reservoir north of Duluth when the conversation turned to his battle with cancer and how fishing helped pull him through sometimes vicious rounds of chemotherapy.

"I had my own boat. But there were times when I just didn't have enough energy to go on my own. But I had...Read more

Rush River trout ride out damaging flood in western Wisconsin

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A flash flood that destroyed homes in Baldwin, Wis., and killed a motorist in St. Croix County on June 29 ripped through the Rush River Valley with historic force, but fish experts say the river's esteemed trout population appears to be all right.

Newly born trout likely suffered high mortality rates, but juvenile fish and adult trout should ...Read more

Park Sportsmens Club as Minnesotan as baseball and fishing in the summertime

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ORONO, Minn. -- The poet and novelist Jim Harrison once wrote that "the sky is a door never closed to us," and on Tuesday evening in Orono, overlooking the four trapshooting fields at Park Sportsmens Club, when a clear Minnesota sky appeared to stretch to forever, that seemed true enough.

First organized in 1939 in St. Louis Park, the club and ...Read more

Persona non Canada: Long-running travel ban keeps Minnesotans from their northern getaways

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Chris Causey can only reminisce these days about the walleye fishing, swimming and paddleboarding that he and his St. Paul family are now missing on their 22 acres on a Rainy Lake island, where Canada's summertime twilight lives long and slow into the night.

"I consider it heaven on Earth," Causey said last week. "It's the most beautiful place ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday..............11:00 a.m.............................................................................................11:30 p.m.

Monday.............11:...Read more

Caught in storm, Boundary Waters campers thankful to be alive

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Nine wilderness campers from St. Paul are happy to be alive and healthy after a storm's swirling winds uprooted trees all around them in their Boundary Waters campsite the evening of July 8.

The group of four dads and five sons ages 16 to 20 had just finished a burrito dinner around 7 p.m. on Trout Lake north of Tower when they saw rain and ...Read more

DNR liaison Ray Ruiz makes connections as he fishes downtown hot spots

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Ray Ruiz synced his phone to a portable speaker and wedged it near the steering wheel of his sleek fishing boat as he prepared for an evening of catching smallmouth bass in the skyline shadows of downtown Minneapolis.

"Ready to rip some lips?" he asked. "What tunes you wanna hear? You like Skynyrd? I think they might be biting on...Read more

Grizzly bears to remain endangered species, court rules, ending Idaho hunt plans

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BOISE, Idaho -- A federal court last week upheld a decision to keep grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem under the protections of the Endangered Species Act, ending plans in Idaho and Wyoming to allow grizzly hunts.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with a 2018 district court decision blocking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife ...Read more

Best times for anglers

Sports / Outdoors /

This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday..............5:30 a.m...............................................................................................5:50 p.m.

Monday.............6:...Read more