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Upcoming outdoors events in the Northland

8th annual Bike Swap, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Continental Ski & Bike, 1305 E. First St. Call (218) 728-4466 or go to

River Talks, science talks about the estuary, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Clyde Iron Works restaurant, 2920 W. Michigan St. John Lindgren and Paul Piszczek with the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of natural resources present, “Something Fishy: What’s happening with fish in the St. Louis River Estuary.” Go to Superior Trap & Gun Club summer league shooting, 4 p.m. to dark Wednesdays through Aug. 27, 5642 Wisconsin Highway 35, Superior. A six-week doubles league will start July 2. A captain’s meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

UMD Recreational Sports Outdoor Program offers these events. Call (218) 726-7128,,

  • Cattin’ the Louie, 7-10 p.m. Wednesday. Cost: $12, $6 for UMD students. Register by noon Tuesday.
  • Mountain Bike Cuyuna Trail Systems, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 4. Cost: $40, $22 for UMD students. Register by noon Friday.
  • Frog Hike, 7-9 p.m. May 5. Cost: $6, $3 for UMD students. Register by noon Friday.
  • Diamond Willow Walking Sticks, 5-8 p.m. May 5. Cost: $15, $8 for UMD students. Register by noon Friday.

34th annual Ruffed Grouse Society Duluth/Superior Chapter Conservation & Sportsmen’s Banquet, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Elks Club, 1503 Belknap St., Superior. Cost: $60 for single, $75 for member and spouse and $35 for junior by April 21 or $85 for single, $100 for member and spouse and $35 for junior. Call Greg at (715) 392-0688 or email

Hartley Nature Center’s 10th annual “Wine in the Woods” benefit auction, 6-9 p.m. Thursday, 3001 Woodland Ave. Tickets: $45 in advance, $55 at door, limited tickets available. Call (218) 724-6735 or go to

Thursday Night Fly Tying Get Together, 7 p.m. Thursday, Great Lakes Fly Shop, 4426 Regent St. Free. Call (218) 740-3040.

Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center, 7328 Boulder Dam Road, offers these events. Call (218) 721-3731, email or go to

  • Bent shaft paddle-making workshop, Friday and May 5
  • Boulder Birding Big Day, May 10
  • Minnesota Phenology: Monitoring Seasonal Changes webinar, May 28
  • St. Louis River Watershed Educator Workshop – session I, June 10-11
  • What’s New in Green Building Standards? Webinar, June 17
  • St. Louis River Watershed Educator Workshop – session II, June 18-19
  • Talking with Landowners about Intergenerational Land Transfer webinar, July 15
  • Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer training, July 28-Aug. 1
  • Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer training, Aug. 18-22
  • Sasquatch Scramble Obstacle 5K Run, Sept. 6

Minnesota Iron Range Retriever Club informal retriever field trials, 9 a.m. Saturday and May 4, 5029 Highway 7, south of Mountain Iron and Virginia. Entry fees: $10-$15, free for spectators. Practice night offered 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call (218) 741-8645 or go to

Youth Outdoor Expo, for ages 4-14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Hartley Nature Center, 3001 Woodland Ave. Features archery, fly tying, bird banding, fly casting, laser hunting simulation and more. Sponsored by W.J. McCabe Chapter of the Izaak Walton League and Hartley Nature Center. Free. Call (218) 724-6735 for required registration; space is limited.

Minnesota Iron Range Retriever Club training nights, 6 p.m. Tuesdays beginning May 6, clubhouse, 5029 Minnesota Highway 7, south of Mountain Iron and Virginia. Orientation and registration at 6:30 p.m. May 6. Fourteen sessions are planned. Cost: $50. Call Mark at (218) 780-3782, Karen at (218) 780-2674 or Mike at (218) 780-3993.

Shotgun shooting lessons for beginners, ages 12 through high school, 2 p.m. May 10 and 6 p.m. May 15, Superior Trap and Gun Club, 5642 Wisconsin Highway 35, Superior. Loaner guns available. Lesson fee: $10 includes shells for 12 or 20 gauge. Safety glasses and hearing protection required. Call Rick at (715) 399-8528 to register.

Duluth Retriever Club “Train the Trainer” classes begin 6 p.m. May 13 at the clubhouse, 5476 Lester River Road. Cost: $50 for a DRC membership, $50 for 10-class session and $20 for a training DVD. Email to register. Go to for more details.

Superior Hiking Trail guided spring hike, 10 a.m. May 17, Lutsen Mountain Recreation Area to Caribou Trail. Meet at the Caribou Trail parking lot. At Highway 61 milepost 92 turn left on Caribou Trail (Cook County Road 4) and go 4.1 miles to County Road 94 (watch for SHT sign). Turn right and take immediate left to trailhead parking lot. Call (218) 834-2700 or email

Twin Ports Walleye Association 2014 tournament schedule. Call (218) 391-6874 or go to for registration forms and fees.

  • Berg Construction Walleye Cup, May 17-18 on the St. Louis River
  • June Shoot Out, June 14 on the St. Louis River
  • Summer Slam on Aug. 23 on Island Lake

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, 102 E. Crex Ave., Grantsburg, offers Explore Bowhunting workshop, ages 11-17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7. Registration required by May 23. Free. Call (715) 463-2739 or go to

Voyageurs National Park’s boat tours begin June 15 and depart from the Rainy Lake and Kabetogama Lake visitor centers. You can reserve your dates now. Call (877) 444-6777 or go to

Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival, Aug. 16-17, in Duluth. Features Enduro race, guided trail rides and hikes, downhill race, voyageurs revenge race and party at Chester Bowl. Go to for details.

If you have a meeting notice or other item to submit to Outdoors Notes, you can email it to us at or fax it (218) 720-4120, attention Outdoors Notes. Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Tuesday before the Sunday of publication. If you have any questions, call Kris at (218) 723-5322.