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Clearly, the man can cover ground. Ashland's Shane Peltonen hiked and ran 4,700 miles across eight northern states last summer, most of it on the North Country National Scenic Trail. Peltonen, 43, a former professional bicycle racer, hiked from Killington, Vt., to Lake Sakakawea State Park in North Dakota from April 10 to Oct. 30 — about 200 days.
Coho salmon fishing has been good recently between Duluth and Two Harbors. Anglers fishing from shore at the French River and beyond have been catching plenty of salmon, said Duluth's Ross Pearson of Kamloops Advocates. "We've seen some really good coho fishing the last couple of weeks," Pearson said. "Good numbers. Lots of people catching pretty fair numbers of fish. Some limits." The cohos have been mostly in the 16- and 17-inch size range, he said.
March 25 — Opening of steelhead fishing season on Wisconsin's Brule River. April 12 — First Minnesota turkey hunting period begins. April 15-16 — Wisconsin youth turkey hunt. April 19 — First Wisconsin turkey hunting period begins. May 5 — Deadline for Minnesota bear hunt lottery. May 6 — Wisconsin inland fishing opener; Wisconsin smallmouth bass catch-and-release season (northern zone) opener; Wisconsin largemouth bass harvest season opener. May 13 — Opening of Minnesota fishing season.
The second annual Ice & Mixed Fest, a celebration of Duluth's winter climbing scene, will be held next Friday through Sunday at Quarry Park in West Duluth and at other locations. "Ice and Mixed" refers to ice climbing and mixed ice and rock climbing. The event, sponsored by the Duluth Climbers Coalition, will showcase recent improvements at Quarry Park, which officially became a city park in May. The 30-acre park — also known as Casket Quarry — is accessed via a trail from the top of 59th Avenue West.
Gayle Coyer remembers the first time she heard about the idea of extending the Superior Hiking Trail through Duluth. "I thought it was the stupidest thing," said Coyer, executive director of the Superior Hiking Trail Association. "How can you build a trail like the Superior Hiking Trail through a city?" Fortunately, Coyer remained open-minded about the idea. The trail, already completed along the North Shore, was built through Duluth early in Coyer's 16-year stint as executive director and has become very popular.
It wasn't long into our little push up a frozen North Shore stream that one of my snowshoes broke through to open water. Hmmm. Dark, wet, but not deep. You'd be surprised how quickly you can extract a snowshoe-clad foot from a piece of moving water. The motivation factor is high.
We move along the trail in our usual file. The young yellow pup is up ahead, well in sight. I shuffle along ground she has already covered. The old yellow dog, I know, is behind me somewhere. This is how we usually roll now, the three of us. The pup has to be up front, where the world is fresh and new, where every dead branch must be chomped upon. She has no need to carry these sticks, as some dogs do. She apparently just wants to enjoy the satisfying way they crump and crumble in her young jaws.
Despite riding several miles on a bicycle tire she didn't realize was flat, Duluth's Leah Gruhn peeled seven hours off her previous best finish in the Arrowhead 135 ultramarathon. Gruhn was the fifth woman to finish the challenging race from International Falls to Tower in a year that saw men's and women's records fall and many personal bests recorded. "Conditions were so fast," said Gruhn, 37, who completed her fifth Arrowhead 135. She finished in 38th place overall early Tuesday morning.
A special chronic wasting disease 16-day deer hunt in southeastern Minnesota concluded Jan. 15 with one additional case of the disease found among hundreds of deer tested, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials reported. Now, landowner shooting permits take effect in an attempt to further lower the deer population in the area and stop the disease from spreading. The number of CWD-positive wild deer in southeastern Minnesota now stands at six, and results are still pending on more than 100 samples.
Already, it had been a good night for Morgan Gallus and her companions who were sturgeon fishing on the Rainy River near Baudette, Minn. They had caught a 50-inch and a 51-inch sturgeon and two smaller ones. Gallus, of Delano, Minn., was out with Duluth native Grant Sorensen, now of Minneapolis, and two other friends. They were taping their sturgeon-fishing adventure for an upcoming episode of Sorensen's "Superior Angling" show on WDIO-TV Channel 10 in Duluth. They already had plenty of content from the evening.