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When I retired last December (eight months ago – unbelievable!), I made a list of all the rivers and small lakes in the area I wanted to fish, either for the first time or, finally, again. It was an impressive collection of exciting memories and hopeful anticipation. 

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Many homeowners enjoy feeding birds, but in bear country the practice often comes with unintended consequences, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 

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The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will set approximately 20,300 traps this year looking for gypsy moths. The traps will be set throughout the eastern half of the state as well as spots in south central and southwestern Minnesota, which includes both Isanti and Chisago Counties.

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It has been a great couple of weeks lately fishing for crappies along shallow dock areas. This is the time of the spring when crappies invade the shallows looking for food and also checking out nest sites for the upcoming spawn. Here are some tips to help you take advantage of this amazing s…

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As we’ve headed into the 2018 open water fishing season, many anglers are thinking about new trailers and possibly upgrading their current trailers. I’ve been through the trailer wars over the years and have some thoughts on the process. Here are some insights. 

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On Take a Kid Fishing Weekend from Friday, June 8, to Sunday, June 10, Minnesotans can fish without licenses if they take children 15 or younger fishing, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

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Campers and other visitors planning to have campfires at state parks, state forests and other public lands managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources need to be aware of new firewood rules beginning this year. New rules were needed, because quarantine boundaries instituted for …

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New regulations for catching and keeping northern pike will be the most significant change anglers will see when they open up the 2018 Minnesota Fishing Regulations Booklet being distributed throughout the state.

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If you’re like me, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the logging industry, but really, it is an industry that deserves our attention. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, we have 17.4 million acres of forest land counting state land and private land…

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Seems like winter is not going away any time soon as we continue to suffer through cold temperatures and rounds of snow. This has been the winter from hell, but we need to have a positive outlook as we head into April. Because of the extended winter, anglers will need to make some adjustment…

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Residents of the Cambridge area can attend an open house to give their feedback on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ draft deer plan that sets a new statewide harvest target, increases citizen participation in deer management and outlines ways to keep the whitetail population an…

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today announced plans for the 2018 walleye fishing season on Lake Mille Lacs that seek to maximize fishing opportunities for anglers while protecting the health and sustainability of Mille Lacs’ improving walleye population. 

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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. While this garbage is ugly and unsightly durin…

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Anglers and spearers pursuing northern pike this spring will be dealing with new regulations that will be very challenging, especially for folks who like to spear northern pike in the winter months. 

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Anglers and spearers pursuing northern pike this winter can prepare for new pike regulations that will be in effect for the spring fishing opener on Minnesota’s inland waters.

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With 59 state forests that cover 4.2 million acres, Minnesota state forests are a great place to view fall color, according to the Department of Natural Resources. 

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Granted, we are in the tough part of the mid-summer with water temperatures soaring and fishing somewhat difficult. This is the time of the summer I head into the weeds and pluck my fish from fairly shallow water as most anglers spend way too much time in deeper water trying to coax neutral …

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The Sunrise Prairie Regional Trail is closed to public use until Aug. 30 due to a repaving project including trail base upgrades, new bituminous pavement and a pedestrian crosswalk flasher system at the trail intersections of County Road 17 and County Road 19. 

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You’ll recall from last month’s column that, after opening weekend in May, I’d only made a couple brief fishing trips to the Snake River due to occasional cool weather, frequent high water and a never-ending list of things to do; i.e., screwed-up priorities. So, in case you haven’t yet caugh…

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In my profession as a fishing guide, I get to experience some wonderful outings with many grandfathers, fathers, mothers with grandchildren and children of their own. I have learned over the years this is a profound experience, and the memories that are created are amazing.

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It was a beautiful sunny afternoon when my brother-in-law Tim Gilbert and I decided we should run over to a neat little lake in Central Cass County to see if we could pick up a few largemouth bass. We knew it wasn’t the greatest afternoon for landing big bass with little wind and clear blue …

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Summer is here, and while water enthusiasts and pets enjoy swimming and boating when the weather is calm and sunny, these conditions are also perfect for growing blue-green algae, which can be harmful to both people and animals.

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Last month, I promised that I’d write about my 2017 fishing opener. That is, the weekend that ended a few hours ago! It is Sunday evening, May 14, and what was so highly anticipated and long awaited is now history. Again. Way too soon. Again.

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Catch-and-release only regulations needed to rebuild Mille Lacs Lake’s walleye population will again be in effect when anglers hit the water on Saturday, May 13. The 2017 walleye season on Mille Lacs is scheduled to run through Monday, Sept. 4.  

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It is March 11. As I look outside my window this afternoon, I see the sun shining brightly. The ground is free of snow, and my jon boat leans against the grape arbor, anxious to have my seat firmly seated on its seat.

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“We have been approached by others, but they were not products I like or use,” said Jeff Hayford, owner of United States Cross Country (USXC) snowmobile race team phenom Hayford Racing and Hayford Ford in Isanti and Rapids Ford in Grand Rapids. When referring to sponsors, Jeff recognizes the…

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These trumpeter swans took advantage of the still-open water on Paul’s Lake to freely float around the entire lake. Their freedom is about to be much more limited with colder, ice-making weather moving into the area.

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After eight Chippewa bands expressed strong concerns, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will close the Mille Lacs Lake catch-and-relejxase walleye season on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

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Sunfish are one of the most common fish found in North America and one of the very best for table fare too. These little fish average 7.9 to 11.8 inches in size, and most people prefer to keep those over 9 inches to eat.

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Members of the Isanti Police Department held a bike rodeo for kids of all ages and skill levels last Saturday at the Isanti VFW parking lot. In addition to teaching the kids bike safety, they held a drawing for five free bikes. 

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Rob Bowker of the Isanti County Sheriff's Department demonstrates a proper hand signal to young riders during ATV training last Saturday at the Isanti County Fairgrounds. The training is mandatory for any riders under the age of 16 who ride without an adult present.

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All throughout the year, we have opportunities to develop or maintain traditions. It might be the Thanksgiving Day turkey at Uncle Joe’s, the July 4th celebration in Cambridge, the Halloween karaoke night at the local bar and grill or any number of events. Traditions are fun – they’re someth…

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After a long discussion at the May 3 Isanti City Council meeting, Redbird Baseball and the City of Isanti finally came to an agreement regarding lease terms for Redbird Field (also known as Sportsman Field).