BWCA outfitters aren’t happy with the 13 percent reduction in entry permit availability recently imposed by the U.S. Forest Service for 2022 and bey

BWCA outfitters say Forest Service went too far in reducing permits

Guides and others say recent decisions were made without seeking their opinions and that most of the damage to the wilderness last year was done by a small number of visitors.

A Minnesotan whose love of rivers and lakes ran as deep as his advocacy

January 20
Darby Nelson spent most of a lifetime in Minnesota waters, learning about them and defending them. He is shown on the Le Sueur River.
Darby Nelson was a teacher, legislator, author and relentless defender of Minnesota's waterways.

Minnesota's chill doesn't extend to the boating world

January 20
The Sea-Doo Switch is a cross between a Jet Ski and a pontoon boat.
The Minneapolis Boat Show is back, reflecting an industry awash in sales for water-toy sellers and supporting outfits.
Outdoors
January 20
As the ice melts off the northern edge of Minnesota and the walleye begin their run to bite everything they can to fatten up before spawning season, d

Wonders above the ice and below while in winter's grip

Jim Gilbert reflects on those ice covers, some of which are troublesome.
Business
January 19

Colorado coal town grapples with future as plant shuts down

In a quiet valley tucked away from Colorado's bustling ski resorts, far from his hometown in northern Mexico, Trinidad Loya found a way to support his family's American dream: Coal.
Local
January 18
A sundog formed during sunrise over the island ice road connecting the Northwest Angle to the various islands on Lake of the Woods in 2021.

Ice highway connecting Warroad with Northwest Angle is back for second year

The 37-mile road over frozen Lake of the Woods costs $250.
Outdoors
January 15
A gathering of longtime friends, pre-pandemic. In back row, from left, Bob Lessard, Norb Berg, Pat Smith, Bud Grant. Front row from left, Dick Hanouse

Anderson: Amid pandemic, memories often are glue that connects longtime outdoor friends

Communicating by phone, text or email is a poor substitute for in-person gatherings
Business
January 15

Swine fever in wild boars worries Italy's pork industry

The discovery of African swine fever in northern Italy has Italian pork producers fearing significant economic damage to a major agricultural export and has forced curtailing of the official seasons to hunt for game and to gather prized truffles.
Business
January 14

Scientists: Duck is 1st wild bird flu case in US in 5 years

A duck killed by a hunter in South Carolina had a contagious and dangerous bird flu that has not been detected in the wild in the U.S. in five years, officials said.
Tony Jones baptized his 14-year old son, Aidan, as a neophyte voyageur at the completion of the Height of Land Portage in the BWCA. ] Aaron Lavinsky �
Special Series: Boundary Water Passage Father, son launch epic canoe journey in Boundary Waters
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Part 1: A rainy start and sore shoulders foreshadowed the adventure to come for a father and son on the lakes near the Minnesota-Canada border.
Outdoors
January 14
Americans are critical business for Quetico Provincial Park.

Anderson: Want to paddle Quetico this summer? Maybe you'll get to

Owing to COVID's impact, a number of factors will determine how feasible it is for U.S. residents to cross the border into the Canadian wilderness that's a twin to Minnesota's BWCA.
Outdoors
January 14
“Don’t just feel at home — make Middle River your home!’’ That’s the slogan city officials in the goose capital of Minnesota have paired w

Free land, cable and beer: State's tiny goose capital wants you to move there

Make Middle River your home and perks include a free lot, a Sportsmen's Club membership and a $100 gift certificate to a tavern in town.
Outdoors
January 14
“We’re using all the tools we have to manage the wilderness to keep it as the amazing place that people love to visit,’’ said Forest Service s

Forest Service cuts access to BWCA to relieve crowding

About 23,000 fewer people will be allowed to enter the wilderness area this year under a reduction in the availability of entry permits.
Outdoors
January 13
Shown in 2017, the Fat Bike World Championships in Crested Butte, Colo. The inaugural event was in 2016.

Fatbiking leaves mountains to bring racing festival to western Wisconsin

Fat Bike World Championships, billed as a celebration of the sport, will roll in New Richmond and be led by local riders.
Outdoors
January 13
A black-capped chickadee with a seed.

Wisps of life are a constant in Minnesota winter

Black-capped chickadees have many adaptations to keep them from heat loss.
Politics
January 13
Former legislator Frank Moe, DFL-Bemidji, died Wednesday.

Frank Moe, legislator and avid dog sled musher, dies at 56

The former northern Minnesota lawmaker died Wednesday from brain cancer, according to his family.
Duluth
January 12
Stranded anglers awaited rescue after an ice floe broke away from the Lake Superior shoreline near Duluth in 2021. The Duluth Fire Department responde

Duluth water emergencies spiked in 2021

Most rescues involved Lake Superior.
Duluth
January 11
Ryan Redington pet each of his dogs after winning the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in January 2020. Redington’s sled dog team was hit by a snow

Elite sled dogs struck in snowmobile hit-and-run in northwestern Wis.

Musher Ryan Redington narrowly avoided collision, but two of his dogs were injured.
Outdoors
January 8
The Department of Natural Resources Fish and Wildlife Division is reorganizing and some positions around the state might be consolidated. The plan is

Anderson: While DNR Fish and Wildlife Division reorganizes, jobs go wanting, outposts go dark

A plan that is expected to be complete by spring aims for more efficiency.
Local
January 8
Starry stonewort, pictured here, is Minnesota’s newest aquatic invasive species. The destructive algae has spread now to 17 lakes and the Mississipp

More gear coming to help boaters contain invasive starry stonewort algae on Minnesota lakes

Crews are installing 28 new boat cleaning stations on Minnesota lakes infested with starry stonewort.
Outdoors
January 6
DNR crews work on the enclosure project last year in Beltrami County. The state reimbursed the county for the commercial value of the timber. Total co

Minnesota deer farmer fights state over illegal carcass dump

Regulators demand he maintain and pay for a fence to protect wild deer against chronic wasting disease.
Outdoors
January 6
The casings and berries might look pretty, but Oriental bittersweet is an invasive species targeted for eradication.

Get outdoors — and do some good for Minnesota habitats at the same time

Three Rivers Park District is battling a nasty invasive vine and could use trackers this winter to help the fight.
Outdoors
January 6
This male bald eagle was brought in December from Cass County into The Raptor Center. Blood work came back showing blood lead levels at 4.0 parts per

Anderson: Minnesota DNR takes baby steps in banning lead ammo for hunting

Responding to a petition, lead will be outlawed in some Minnesota state parks and scientific and natural areas.
Outdoors
January 6
For serious bird watchers, the Sax-Zim Bog in rural St. Louis County is a unique boreal habitat in the U.S. that attracts serious birdwatchers from ar

Permanent in Minnesota or visiting, owls are fascinating

There are 12 species found in Minnesota.