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Bad ice winter creates 'regional disaster' for resorts, bait shops

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DULUTH, Minn. -- How bad have ice conditions been on many northern Minnesota lakes this winter? So bad it's hurting businesses that make their money off ice anglers -- resorts, bait shops, fish house rentals and others -- and so bad that some business owners are shutting down early and asking for the state's financial help.

Thin ice, deep snow,...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..............6:30 p.m.......................................................................................6:55 a.m.

Monday.............7:20 p.m......Read more

Predator fish that anglers love faces uncertain future in California water wars

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In California's never-ending water and fish wars, the striped bass doesn't get nearly the publicity as its celebrity counterparts, the endangered Chinook salmon and Delta smelt.

Yet the striped bass is at the heart of a protracted fight over California's water supply, 140 years after the hard-fighting fish, beloved by anglers, was introduced ...Read more

Sharing the trapping tradition: When it comes to the outdoors way of life, Rick 'Critter' Olson comes by his nickname honestly

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NEAR ROOSEVELT, Minn. -- It's a cold, breezy Friday afternoon in early January, but the subzero windchill doesn't stop Rick Olson from making the rounds and tending his trapline.

Just like he's done every day for the previous 83 days dating back to late October.

Trapping -- and sharing his knowledge of the outdoors with others -- is a passion ...Read more

Idaho couple struck a $200K deal on 'Shark Tank.' That's not all they walked away with.

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An Idaho couple just made a splash on "Shark Tank," sealing a deal for $200,000 in investment and securing some additional funding for a cause close to their hearts.

Chris and Geanie Rodgers, of Eagle, brought their utility rope product on the ABC show, where a handful of well-known investors hear pitches from entrepreneurs hoping for financial...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..............1:35 p.m.......................................................................................1:50 a.m.

Monday.............2:20 p.m......Read more

No Child Left Inside program offers grants for wide range of activities

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Pillager Public School west of Brainerd has an outdoors legacy that few Minnesota schools can match.

Beyond its traditional classrooms, the school controls not one but two educational forests. One of those land holdings gets used frequently as a learning place for photography, outdoor ventures and forestry.

The other one -- a 40-acre grove ...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..............7:30 a.m......................................................................................7:55 p.m.

Monday.............8:20 a.m.......Read more

The late Dr. Larissa Minicucci leaves a legacy with animals, tribes and beyond

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Chronic wasting disease would seem a far cry from a love potion, but that night while quaffing beer, Lou Cornicelli thought he might finally have found something useful about the deer-killing affliction whose acronym, CWD, had shadowed him like a ghoul since it was first discovered in Minnesota two years earlier.

The date was Oct. 23, 2003, and...Read more

Dam Goods and Gear: One-at-a-time custom outdoors equipment

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DULUTH, Minn. -- On a frosty winter morning, wood smoke wafted from the workshop outside Geoff Vukelich's home north of Duluth, just up the road from the Rice Lake dam.

What seems odd, however, is that he has a wood stove at all. Vukelich has such a love affair with wood that it's hard to see him parting with any piece to burn.

"Yes, I have ...Read more

Sportmen's Show on collision course with Minnesota DNR over trophy buck exhibit

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Prominent Minnesota deer farmer Steve Porter says he'll keep his commitment to show three monster bucks at the Minnesota Sportsmen's Show in defiance of an emergency rule that temporarily bans the movement of all farmed deer in the state.

The former sheriff of Kittson County said he'll fight any charges that result from ...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..............1:20 a.m.......................................................................................1:50 p.m.

Monday.............2:20 a.m......Read more