Former DNR regional chief Lori Dowling-Hanson didn’t see the backlash coming when she made a 911 call about possible child neglect and sex trafficki

Former DNR regional chief Dowling-Hanson preparing to sue over her dismissal

Job protections as a DNR political appointee are next to nil, but Lori Dowling-Hanson believes her ouster was fallout from trying to protect a child — something supporters say she was mandated to do.
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Finding a groove, becoming a 'real' backpacker on the Superior Hiking Trail

July 20, 2018
Day-7 - One of the most stunning vistas along the Superior Hiking Trail is the overlook at Bean Lake north of Silver Bay. Here, father and son hikers,
Finding other hikers is easy. Meet BlueBerry and Green Tortuga as the writer tries to find a groove during her thru-hike on the Superior Hiking Trail.

Outdoors celebrity Steven Rinella embraces the wild within and without

July 19, 2018
Steve Rinella has leveraged his outdoors knowledge and skills.
Popular MeatEater podcast is on the road and making a stop in Minnesota.
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Whitetail deer

Counties strategize to dispose of deer carcasses, but work remains

Dumpsters alone can't ensure CWD containment.
Outdoors
January 27

BWCA permit reservation opens soon

Permit reservations for spring and summer trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area go up for grabs next Wednesday.
Duluth
January 27
Laura Neese high-fived spectators near the starting line as she took off on the John Beargrease sled dog marathon from Billy's Bar in Duluth on Sunday

Dogs unleash pent-up energy at start of Beargrease

Beargrease mushers say they admire the sport, love the dogs
Outdoors
January 26
Todd Stauffer (right), owner of Set The Hook Guide Service and Fish House Rental, took time to visit with tenants Frank Trcka, left, of Washington, Io

Anderson: Lake Minnetonka ice fishing village a hot destination for Iowa regulars

An Iowa family now regulars at a well-outfitted Lake Minnetonka ice house cluster, bunked in a sleeper fish house for three nights — hooking, reeling and smiling, 24/7.
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
updated 16 hours 19 mins. ago
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 24
The sled dogs of Good Times Adventures in Breckenridge, Colo., waited to run the trails off Tiger Road on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020.

Beargrease mushers know their teams – and what makes them go

The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, beginning Sunday in Duluth, demands a lot from its human and canine participants.
Outdoors
January 24
ONE TIME USE. Burbot

Even if the festival is off this year, it's the eelpout's time

Nature Notes: They are most active in winter, their spawning period.
Outdoors
January 23
Sled dog essentials: From harnessing to feeding, what it takes to run them

Sled dog essentials: From harnessing to feeding, what it takes to run them

Beargrease champion mushers Blake Freking and Ryan Anderson go behind the scenes.
Outdoors
January 23
Microphone on boom stand ready for the meeting ,blurred background group of people sitting around table. Microphone on stage in conference hall.

Anderson: DNR event misses chance to take up critical issues of the day

Having hoped the roundtable this year, finally, would offer weightier matters for discussion, many in attendance will shrug, albeit politely.
Outdoors
January 23
Outside and in, the cabin was not much to look at in October 1987. Still, the history of the place made it worth the effort of salvaging it.

Resurrected cabin once helped bootleggers on the run

Cabin Country: Hearing rich history maybe saved North Shore place from teardown.
Outdoors
January 23
Mark Helmer groomed the ski trails Jan. 3. Sometimes he’ll get out several times in a day.

Korkki ski trails near Two Harbors are proudly old-school

Landowner shaped 10 kilometers of trails himself in the 1950s.
Outdoors
January 23
Kurt Stafki keeps things light, but he's serious about his cycling life.

Currents: Kurt Stafki, Otso Cycles

What outdoors people are reading, following, and more.
Outdoors
January 23
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Fire, light, snow and stars: Parks programs say, 'winter'

Snow science, hikes on candlelit trails, ski races and more this weekend.
Local
January 22
Signs on a Minnesota snowmobile trail in 2008.

Wis. sheriff wants charges against men who damaged snowmobile trail signs

The vandals damaged about 70 signs near Rock Creek and Spring Brook townships in Dunn County.
National
January 22

DNR board to gauge reaction to deer hunt changes

Wisconsin wildlife officials agreed Wednesday to ask gun deer hunters this spring whether they would support wholesale changes to the sport, including tacking another 10 days onto the state's traditional nine-day season in November.
Outdoors
January 21
Boatload of boats: Alumacraft boats, above, will be among the more than 700 on display at the Minnapolis Boat Show. The four-day event attracts plenty

Minnesota boating's time to shine rolls around with four-day Boat Show

The four-day event has 700+ boats, 230 exhibitors and draws 38,000 to Convention Center
Outdoors
January 21

Minneapolis Boat Show schedule

The event kicks off at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Variety
January 21

DNR: Total 2019 Wisconsin deer kill down 14%

Hunters in Wisconsin killed nearly 50,000 fewer deer last year than in 2018, according to a report state Department of Natural Resources officials planned to submit to their board Tuesday.
Outdoors
January 19
Until 2018, when he cut back his on-air roles, Ron Schara was the longtime host of the Minnesota Bound outdoors TV show, as well as other broadcasts.

Anderson: Hunting and fishing TV shows are still changing

As many Minnesotans settle in for a long winter of more "watching" than "doing," they'll see changes among hunting and fishing shows.
Outdoors
January 18

DNR roundtable to cut broad swath on outdoors

Impacts of climate change will be among the topics.
Home & Garden
January 17

Bull-noser: Camera records moose trapping Alaska man in shed

An Alaska man carrying garbage to his shed had to take cover inside when a curious bull moose decided to join him.