Conservation of Minnesota’s treasured natural resources, such as Carlton Peak along the Superior Hiking Trail, is again under threat by efforts in t

Anderson: GOP effort to slash, shift Minnesota's conservation funding darkens future

Many are to blame for this tragedy-in-the-making. Among them in this legislative session are Senate Republicans who are fiddling with environmental funding proposals.

Anderson: As sales surge, bearing arms means bearing responsibility

April 15
Most hunters, if they’re honest, have encountered potentially catastrophic gun situations of their own in the field.
Gun ownership requires mental as well as physical skills, both of which require practice. Even so, most hunters, if they're honest, have encountered potentially catastrophic gun situations of their own in the field.

Walleye opener: Share your best stories with the Star Tribune

April 16
Have a favorite opening day memory? Hundreds of thousands of Minnesota walleye anglers do. We want to hear yours.
For many Minnesotans, the May walleye opener is a keeper, and this year the Star Tribune will celebrate your favorite opening day stories.
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A pair of great blue herons sat among their colony of nests hidden in the forest Thursday, April 15, in Rochester Township.

Great blue heron rookery halts development near Rochester

Bird enthusiasts say Rochester construction endangers heron nests
Outdoors
April 15
A 10-point buck with velvet antlers in summer. Minnesota deer hunters will notice new regulations next week when the DNR releases its rule book for th

CWD reaches a new northern limit with discovery of deer disease in Beltrami County

Discovery on Beltrami County farm threatens animals on tribal lands.
Outdoors
April 15
Painted turtles are the most common of the eight species found in Minnesota.

What says spring more than a sunning turtle?

The painted turtle, aka the mud turtle, is the most common of Minnesota's eight turtle species.
Outdoors
April 15
The longtime family place in Lapointe, the Wisconsin town on Madeline Island. Most of the year, the island is accessible by ferry service.

Across a channel and escape to the family place is complete

Cabin Country: Madeline Island escape is part of home.
Outdoors
April 10
Strutting toms coming to a call is a dream scenario for Minnesota wild turkey hunters. The state’s spring season opens Wednesday.

Anderson: A Pandemic turkey hunt, the sequel

The new turkey season opens Wednesday on the heels of increased license sales in 2020.
Local
April 9
Silver carp

Nearly 30 invasive carp pulled from Mississippi River in herding operation

State and federal agencies hunted the carp for first time in Minnesota waters.
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.
Local
April 9
Judge approves MPCA changes to water quality standards

Judge approves MPCA changes to water quality standards

The revisions target nearly a dozen pollutants — chloride, salts, sulfate, nitrate and more — in surface water used for industry and agriculture, and for wildlife.
Outdoors
April 9
A male road cyclist goes for an early morning ride on a country road. He shares the road with an oncoming truck going the opposite direction in the ot

Anderson: Just a wave? Friendly gestures on the road are affirming.

The time-honored slight wave of a hand or fingers over the top of a steering vehicle, acknowledge to the driver or rider of an oncoming vehicle that things are all right.
Outdoors
April 9
The Twin Cities Marathon is using crowd science data to inform its October plans.

Minnesota running race organizers join to have a say in their future

The pandemic resulted in groups coalescing to help state officials help them.
Outdoors
April 9
State Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen’s panel has altered a list of 2019 projects recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources th

Senate panel again tries to alter wildlife habitat projects with constitutional backing

2019 projects tied to lottery proceeds are cut and lumped into bill.
Outdoors
April 8

Ice-out is so common, yet still a fascinating transition

Ice-out is a wonderful spring sign, and as ice is leaving, common loons, great blue herons and ducks and other waterfowl return or stop off on their migration routes.
Outdoors
April 8
The comfort of New Jersey stands in the form of a place Up North.

Bringing a bit of Jersey to cabin country

Maybe Paul Bunyan would be scratching his head (or a mosquito bite), but Bruce Springsteen, from Asbury Park, N.J., would feel right at home.
Duluth
April 7
Levi LaVallee was filming for Red Bull Portside in Duluth in February.

Watch: Stunt snowmobiler Levi LaVallee makes Duluth his 'playground'

The X Games gold medalist filmed stunts at iconic Duluth sites, including one that accidentally landed him in Lake Superior.
Outdoors
April 3
Retired Department of Natural Resources Whitewater Wildlife Management Area assistant wildlife manager Bob Tangen discussed a cutting of oak trees at

Anderson: Aggressive logging in Minn. bluff country threatens wildlife

In recent years, a new DNR management scheme has been implemented that in some cases places wildlife benefits secondary to Whitewater Wildlife Management Area's timber production.
Outdoors
April 2
The Department of Natural Resources has proposed changes to the waterfowl season.

Anderson: Latest proposed changes to waterfowl season don't add up

Say what you will about Minnesota waterfowl managers, they're not shy about revealing their belief that the primary reason ducks exist in Minnesota is to get shot.
Outdoors
April 1
“Rough fish” include bullheads, carp, suckers, and dogfish (low-oxygen tolerant fish species).

DNR pushes for new respect of Minnesota's rough fish

Agency wants to reverse culture of disrespect with targeted new campaign.
Outdoors
April 1
Shown in a still image from the live feed, Harry — the male parent in the EagleCam nest — fed its two chicks Wednesday. The two hatched last weeke

By any metric, Minnesota is at the center of bald eagles' rebound

The bald eagle population in Minnesota is soaring, benefiting from conservation measures.
Outdoors
April 1
Because of how they play in the wind, kites are a good vehicle to talk about weather or even bird flight.

Thinking of bird flight, wind, and where kites fit into equation

In Minnesota we often build or buy (and fly) kites to celebrate the return of spring, but it's really a sport for all seasons.
Outdoors
April 1
An old family photo shows the original cottage on Gull Lake.

Arriving from many miles away to the Gull Lake spot

Cabin Country: This family has trekked north from Kansas every summer to escape the heat and to bask in the view.
Outdoors
March 31
Walleyes caught in the St. Louis River.

Share your fishing stories ahead of the Minnesota opener

For many Minnesotans, the May walleye Opener is a keeper, and this year, the Star Tribune will celebrate your favorite Opening Day stories. Tell us…