Two off-course flights into downtown buildings this week resulted in the deaths of almost 30 Bohemian waxwings and the injury of several others.RELATED CONTENT
Fisheries biologists with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Duluth and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in Superior annually sample the St. Louis River walleye population by electro-fishing above the Minnesota Highway 23 bridge in early spring. Most years, they sample about 1,000 walleyes to learn their ages and lengths. This year, DNR officials plan to sample 5,000 to 7,000 fish and do a full-fledged population estimate, said John Lindgren, fisheries specialist senior at the Minnesota DNR.
Anglers are getting twitchy about the fishing opener. Whitetail fawns are dying up north. Steelheaders are iced out of North Shore streams. Fisheries biologists wonder when they’ll be able to strip walleye eggs for stocking. Here’s a look at how this stubborn winter is affecting fish, wildlife and the people who pursue them.RELATED CONTENT
With Wisconsin’s fishing opener set for May 4 and Minnesota’s for May 11, anglers are wondering whether the ice will go out in time to fish open water.RELATED CONTENT
With the Minnesota fishing opener fewer than three weeks away, Department of Natural Resources crews in northern Minnesota are facing a challenge in getting boat landings ready for the fishing opener on May 11.
Up to 40 percent of last year’s fawns are likely to die this winter in northern St. Louis and Koochiching counties, along with about 15 percent of adult deer, according to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wildlife officials.RELATED CONTENT
Bait dealers say some minnows may be hard to come by on the opener. Bait dealers in western Minnesota supply much of the bait for Northeastern Minnesota, said wholesaler Craig Keuten of Duluth. Those dealers typically trap and strip eggs from suckers to raise sucker minnows. That process is far behind the normal schedule this year, Keuten said.
While steelheaders on Wisconsin’s Brule River have enjoyed a longer period of good water conditions than normal this spring, North Shore steelheaders are just biding their time, waiting for rivers to open. As of midweek, most North Shore streams were cold or unfishable.RELATED CONTENT
Paddling to Hudson Bay in 2011 changed Natalie Warren’s life in a way she hadn’t anticipated.
The e-mail popped into my inbox the other night, and I recognized the name of the sender. He was a young man who had grown up in Duluth, the son of family friends, a high-school skiing teammate of our son and daughter.RELATED CONTENT
The old tote road trail not only looks right on this opening day of Minnesota’s 2012 grouse season — it smells right, too.RELATED CONTENT
Sam Cook column: It’s a new school year, and those first few days are always dicey. So many unknowns. So many risks to take.RELATED CONTENT
Sam Cook column: My wife came in from her flower garden the other day after we had returned from a four-day trip. “Well, the deer are now eating my gladiolus and impatiens and snapdragons,” she announced.RELATED CONTENT
I’m standing near the 5,516-foot summit of Big Bald, one of the high points along the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina. Am I at the top? Can I go higher? Wait. It occurs to me I can check this.RELATED CONTENT
SAM COOK COLUMN: I can still see him locked up on point, every rib on his gaunt frame showing, lungs heaving, forepaw raised, tail high. We called him Chico; he was an orange-and-white English pointer.RELATED CONTENT
SAM COOK COLUMN: We come to know our dogs like we know our families. We know what every hesitation in their gait means, or the flick of an ear, or the scrunch of a brow. Then one day they are gone, and we wonder how we will go on.RELATED CONTENT
SAM COOK: The word came down from the birders late on Tuesday. The nighthawks were moving.RELATED CONTENT
It’s a perfect place to train retrievers. The 40-acre field with a narrow pond is part of the Duluth Retriever Club’s property along Lester River Road north of Duluth. Now the parcel has a name: Ron Nelson Field.RELATED CONTENT
She was young and bright, and she asked good questions. We had a chance encounter in Canal Park the other day, but it was where the conversation went from there that left me a little wistful.RELATED CONTENT