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Interested in reducing your home’s energy bill? Spring is a wonderful time to look around your yard and start thinking about ways to use “solar friendly” shade trees to help cool your home in the summer and still invite the sun inside during the winter months. There are several factors to co…

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Fishing seasons open for walleye, bass, trout in lakes, and northern pike on Saturday, May 15, with this year’s date taking the prize for the latest possible opener under Minnesota statute.

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Many lakes and rivers throughout Minnesota are now ice-free, and those where ice remains likely will be open in the near future. People are understandably eager to hit the water, but it remains dangerously cold. That means it’s vital for people to exercise extreme caution whenever they’re on…

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Several years ago I planted some replacement apple trees and failed to put tree guards on the them. We had enough snow to cover the bottom part of the trees. Come spring and when the snow melted, I discovered that all the new trees had been girdled. And though they formed buds, they all died…

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Although federal Endangered Species Act protections for wolves ended on Jan. 4, Minnesota laws have and will continue to protect wolves and ensure the responsible stewardship of this important wildlife species.

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How many boaters and anglers are actually using our local lakes? The DNR Hinckley Area Fisheries Office set out to find out the answer to that question this past summer, in order to make plans for the future. 

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is updating its camping and lodging reservation policies to improve access, fairness and equity for visitors and to reduce the frequency of no-shows at state parks and recreation areas. The new policies will take effect on Dec. 1.

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Take a quick moment to think about the last competitive game you played, the last outdoor activity in which you engaged, or the last time you did either with a youngster. Got it? Keep it in mind.

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It is time to bring your houseplants that spent the summer outside back inside. If you do not get your plants in before it frosts you can cover them with old sheets or blankets. Make sure your plants are well watered before covering them. This will increase the humidity around the plants kee…

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Minnesota’s seasons can change quickly. It often seems that just when you get settled into a summer routine, summer ends. That was doubly true this year.

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I’ve been gardening now for 45 years. I’m not counting the years I spent growing up on the farm. I was more of a hired hand then. I’m talking about my gardens, the ones I’ve planted on my property each year since the summer of 1975. I’ve learned a lot over the years and each year I learn mor…

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The St. Croix River landscape consists of a collection of pristine ecosystems, ranging from rolling barrens to lush wetland forests. While the St. Croix is a Wild and Scenic River and has some federal protection, it only applies to a small corridor adjacent to the Riverway. 

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Fishing opener is a Minnesota rite of springtime, and this Saturday’s kickoff of fishing for walleye, bass, trout in lakes, and northern pike will have anglers on the water to wet a line, reconnect with nature and benefit from time spent outdoors.

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As we head into the month of March, open water fishing has just started. No more ice fishing, dragging portable shacks around and drilling holes ! Here are some options for Spring anglers wanting to get out well before the Minnesota inland opener.

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Each summer the world’s largest tackle show called ICAST is held to promote new products that will be available in stores the following year. The 2019 ICAST show was held in Orlando, Florida last July. This is a tackle show that is for manufacturers, buyers and media from around the world. T…

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The Rum River and its tributaries are the latest focus of an expanding effort to protect clean water and wildlife habitat by targeting environmentally sensitive tracts within the Mississippi River headwaters region - a source of Twin Cities and St. Cloud drinking water, and a critical migrat…

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I know it is only early March and almost impossible to predict what kind of winter this is going to be long-term, but from my vantage point living in the woods, I can see that the snow is deep and the weather has been cold. Those are two factors that can really affect the health of our deer herd. 

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There are never a lack of issues facing the Minnesota Legislature regarding the outdoors, and this year should prove to be another interesting one with many topics up for discussion. Just because there is legislation proposed doesn’t mean that it will pass, but here are some areas that may o…

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In professional sports, there really is no “off-season.” When one sport reaches the end of its annual run, others are still in progress or waiting to take center stage. For team owners, all the time is busy time, and there is rarely a moment for fans to sit back and ponder just how much the …

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Man, fishing has been tough lately. My deep-water patterns of early winter have basically dried up, and as we head into mid -winter, things have definitely changed. Gone are the deep-water fish that have been feeding on insects and larvae coming from the deep water basins. 

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Okay, I know this sounds crazy to all you anglers who love fishing on the ice or sitting in your ice-fishing hut, but there is another group of anglers in Minnesota who prefer fly fishing through the winter months. These anglers find open creeks and fish the entire winter for trout. 

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Well, the year 2020 is already three weeks old, and by now you are likely plunging full bore into those New Years’ resolutions. Perhaps some of your new behaviors have already become habits! Then again, maybe not. According to Strava, a social network for athletes, January 10 is the date whe…

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Ice fishing on local lakes is one of Minnesota’s favorite winter pastimes. It can be a beautiful scene out on a frozen, snowy lake. It can also be a dirty mess. It’s not difficult to find piles of garbage left next to an abandoned fishing hole.  

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There have many articles recently about the effects of our changing climate on animal and bird species in Minnesota. 

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Snow and ice are part of Minnesota winters; lakes are part of Minnesota summers. It’s becoming increasingly clear that these Minnesota staples are intricately linked – the future of one is dependent upon the way we deal with the other.  

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As we progress into the mid part of winter, the snow that has plagued the Midwest has now made ice fishing a huge challenge. The trick is getting to where you want to go and getting there safely.

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Can too much snow really be a bad thing for those who embrace all the wonderful opportunities there are for Minnesotans to do during the winter months? Absolutely yes!

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Conservation officers from the Department of Natural Resources are reminding all snowmobile riders to make safety their priority as the number of fatal crashes around the state has trended upward the past few years.

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So far the ice season of 2019-2020 is starting out with some very serious slush problems statewide.

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Shortly after Thanksgiving, there was a brief period of time during one brief morning that the sun briefly shone. If you slept in or simply didn’t look out the window during that brilliant span, you missed it. In short, it was lovely!

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Insects and diseases can hitchhike on trees and holiday greenery brought into Minnesota from other states. Now, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is asking residents to properly dispose of greenery and trees after the holiday season.

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The temperatures are finally dropping, signaling the beginning of the ice fishing season. Safety is the biggest concern on early ice, so I have a list of items that are needed especially for this early winter with the “iffy” ice.

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The Wild River Audubon chapter will conduct its 44th annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Saturday, Dec. 14. These bird watchers will try to accurately count as many birds as possible in Chisago County. 

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Winter is the most difficult season of the year for native wildlife.  For those animals that don’t hibernate or migrate during winter, finding food is the most important winter activity. The lush green vegetation is buried, leaving little forage available. There are certain trees and shrubs …

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For Mitch Albers, a bowhunter who lives in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities, bow hunting is a whole lot more than harvesting a deer. 

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Unseasonably cold weather means ice making has begun on many lakes across the state, but Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers advise people to stay off of the still-forming ice. 

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Gary Roach is one of Minnesota’s most acclaimed fishermen. He is a member of the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame and the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and is known nationally as “Mr. Walleye.” Gary was also one of the early members of the world-famous Nisswa Guides League, an organization …

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As I look out on the many trees and shrubs in my landscape, I can’t help but take notice of how many of them continue to retain their foliage. Even a couple of my maple trees still have green leaves, but also yellow ones, that are holding fast to the branches.   Literally all of my hydrangea…

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Winter anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will enjoy a walleye harvest this winter for the fourth season in a row, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Similar to last season, anglers will be allowed to keep walleye on Mille Lacs starting Sunday, Dec. 1, with a limit of one wa…

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Minnesota’s firearms deer season begins half an hour before sunrise on Saturday, Nov. 9, and the Department of Natural Resources expects nearly half a million hunters to participate. 

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After that long, long winter of 2018-19, it took forever for my perennial garden plants to break their dormancy, and now it seems like the season was way too short as my plants are fading back and yellow foliage is the predominant color in my gardens. Yes, like so many other gardeners, I do …

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WASCoB is an acronym that stands for Water and Sediment Control Basin. You might have seen one and not even known what it was.  

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Minnesota deer hunters must bring their harvested deer to sampling stations to be tested for chronic wasting disease in the central surveillance area, north-central and southeast management zones, and the southeast control zone on opening weekend of firearms deer season Saturday, Nov. 9, and…

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed multiple young of the year zebra mussels in Spectacle Lake in Isanti County, between the cities of Princeton and Cambridge. This is the first confirmation of zebra mussels in an Isanti County lake.

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Firearms deer season is right around the corner, but for many, the season began months ago. Does the deer season really end? Yes, if you’re talking harvest of a deer, but preparation for the deer season is a year-round activity which involves winter scouting for well-traveled trails, after-s…

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On July 17 of 2017 zebra mussels were confirmed in Comfort Lake, Minnesota. A vigilant resident discovered what she thought was a zebra mussel on July 12 attached to a piece of submerged wood.  The same resident found a second mussel on July 15 at another location on Comfort Lake. The Minnes…

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Walking in the beautiful Snake River in pursuit of fighting, thrashing fish is one of my favorite activities. Last year though, due to unsafe high water, I made just one such venture. As with most outdoor activities, fishing requires patience, and I had used up most of mine.

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As we head into midsummer, there are lots of clues that gamefish can give you if you know what you are looking for. Walleyes especially have a multitude of food sources during the summer months and monitoring your livewell will tell you what they have been feeding on and will clue you in on …