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Minnesotans will soon have the opportunity to discuss goals and values that could define Minnesota's first-ever deer management plan. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold 12 public engagement meetings on the plan from Jan. 31 to March 2. "These meetings will be different than typical input meetings," said the DNR's Adam Murkowski, big game program leader. "To get in-depth discussions and feedback, considerable time will be devoted to small-group brainstorming and discussions."
A statewide fisheries advisory group again has brought up the idea of reducing Minnesota's statewide walleye limit from six fish to four, said Chris Kavanaugh, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources regional fisheries supervisor at Grand Rapids. The topic was one of several fisheries issues discussed at the DNR's annual Roundtable meeting held Jan. 6 in a Minneapolis suburb. Other topics included the possibility of a fishing license fee increase and establishing new limits for northern pike, Kavanaugh said.
COHASSET — Mike Best of Deer River calls it the fish that got him "addicted" to spearing northern pike. And he didn't even spear it himself. He was just a kid. "My dad speared a 20-pound, 9-ounce pike," said Best, 60. "I got to carry it on my shoulder back to the landing."
Something under the upturned roots of the aspen tree caught my eye. Something whitish. Something that didn't look right in the exposed roots and soil. It appeared to be — a skull. I was walking my dogs deep in Hartley Park, along a single-track trail a week or so ago. Upon closer inspection, it had all the features of a skull. Bleached cranium. Eye sockets. Nose cavity. It was half-buried in dirt and leaves.
Grand Marais climber and adventurer Lonnie Dupre narrowly escaped disaster during his attempt this past week to solo-climb Alaska's Mount Hunter. Dupre, 55, broke through a crevasse on his retreat from the 14,573-foot mountain and hung by a single ice axe for several minutes with his feet dangling beneath him, he said. "That scared the s--- out of me," said Dupre, who in 2015 became the first solo climber to summit Alaska's 20,310-foot Denali in January. "Getting back down to my tent, I was pretty shaken up."
Grant Sorensen admits he didn't know how much work he was signing up for. All he knew is that the opportunity seemed like the next logical step in his quest to make fishing a part of his career. At age 26, the Duluth East graduate will launch his own fishing show Feb. 12 on WDIO-TV Channel 10 in Duluth. "Superior Angling" is a collection of 13 30-minute episodes of fishing from Lake Superior to inland lakes in Northeastern Minnesota, Wisconsin and Canada.
Another year, another mountain. Grand Marais adventurer Lonnie Dupre was holed up at the Talkeetna Roadhouse in Talkeetna, Alaska, on Tuesday making final preparations for yet another mountain ascent. Recently back from a climb in the Himalayas, Dupre, 55, hopes in coming days to become the first person to make a solo winter ascent of Alaska's Mount Hunter, at 14,573 feet. A team of climbers reached the peak in the winter of 1980.
Duluth cross-country skiers are getting closer to seeing the city's first trail with snowmaking capabilities. The Duluth Cross-Country Ski Club (DXC) has raised $310,000 toward its goal of $500,000 for the Grand Avenue Nordic Center, said Annalisa Peterson, DXC president. The group, with more than 500 members, hopes to reach its goal by the end of February.
Midday, early January. Duluth temperature, minus 7. Sunlight is flooding in the big south window of the living room. I take action, swiveling an easy chair into position facing the window. I plop down and prop my feet on the low radiator. I put my head back and close my eyes. Sunlight bathes my cheeks, my eyelids. Radiator heat seeps through my wool socks and into the very marrow of my metatarsals. I might as well be on a chaise lounge, third deck, cruise ship, Caribbean Sea. Heat. We take it where we can find it in January.
Grand Marais adventurer Lonnie Dupre left Talkeetna, Alaska, on Wednesday and flew to the base of Mount Hunter to attempt its first winter solo ascent. Mount Hunter, at 14,573 feet, is considered the steepest and most technical of the peaks in Denali National Park. Dupre, 55, became the first person to climb Denali, at 20,310 feet, solo in January 2015. He had been unsuccessful in three previous attempts to summit Denali, also known as Mount McKinley, in winter.