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Can fly fishing for brook trout in cold, clear Northeastern Minnesota streams save the world from hatred and prejudice? Not likely. But maybe it can save a soul. That's what Geoff Vukelich said it did for him, over the last decade, as he learned to be an accomplished fly fisherman and a better person while casting on remote stretches of Northland rivers.
Ever wonder how the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sets deer hunting regulations like doe permits? Want to know how you can provide input on deer management in your local area? Now's your chance to get answers. Minnesota DNR wildlife managers across the state are hosting open house meetings for the public to ask their deer questions and learn more about deer management and local deer populations and goals. The meetings are set for this week and next across the state, including the following in the Northland:
March may have come in like an angry, cold, snowy lion but at mid-month there are already signs that spring has sprung in the Northland. The intense part of the winter of 2018-2019 appears to be fading, with meteorological spring already here, calendar spring coming next week and warmer than normal temperatures as far as the National Weather Service forecast goes out. Recent days may have brought flooding and blizzards to some areas, but much of the Northland simply saw rain, melting snow and the first above normal temperatures in a long time.
Despite all the subzero temperatures the Polar Vortex threw at it, Lake Superior never quite froze over entirely this winter and already appears to be losing some ice cover. Satellite photos from the most recent clear day — Tuesday — show vast areas of what appears to be open water just off Minnesota and Ontario's North Shore and many other areas of the lake. And some areas that have ice cover appear to show fissures and cracks as the lake ice diminishes due to warm temperatures, rain and windy conditions.
The Wisconsin scientist who first discovered mini tsunamis on the Great Lakes now says those "meteotsunamis" are a major cause of rip currents — the underwater backwash of waves known to pull swimmers away from shore. Chin Wu, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, headed a team that studied what caused the July 4, 2003 events that spurred seven drownings on Lake Michigan.
The U.S Interior Department on Thursday said it will publish its plan to remove federal protections for wolves in the Federal Register on Friday, giving the public until mid-May to comment on the proposal. The plan, first promised last June and announced again last week, would have the most impact on Minnesota, Wisconsin and Mcichgian where established populations of wolves currently exist but where a court order has retained Endangered Species Act Protections for them.
ON FISH LAKE — It's been one tough winter for folks who like to ice fish on northern MInnesota lakes. It's not that the fishing hasn't been good at times. It's that, for much of the winter, access to and egress from the lakes has been a nightmare. Slush and snow drifts have been overwhelming. And now anglers face a Monday deadline to remove so-called permanent fishing shelters on lakes north of U.S. Highway 2 or face steep fines from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed one of the most important conservation bills in a decade into law, permanently reauthorizing the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund that pays for parks, wildlife and recreation projects in all 50 states. The 662-page bill — called the Natural Resources Management Act and named after former Michigan Rep. John D. Dingell — very quietly, but with highly unusual bipartisan support, passed the Senate 92-8 and the House 363-62 in February.
Lonnie Dupre of Grand Marais and his climbing partner Pascale Marceau of Canada reported Monday that they have successfully reached the top of Mt. Wood in Canada's Yukon Territory. The team is the first ever to reach the summit in winter and Marceau is the first woman to ever make an ascent of the subarctic peak that tops out at 15,192 feet. "The beauty of such firsts lies in their unknowns. There is no standard route. There are no prescribed landing zones and the condition of the glaciers is always changing," Marceau said.
As promised earlier this year the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has set a season for anglers to keep some walleyes on Mille Lacs Lake for the first time since 2015. Anglers will be able to keep one walleye between 21 and 23 inches long from the fishing opener on May 11 through May 31. After that walleye fishing on the big central Minnesota lake will revert back to catch-and-release only, which it has been all open water seasons since 2016.