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If you’ve been to any garden center or home improvement stores lately, you’ve probably seen large displays of garden seeds. And what a feast for the eyes! From Zinnias to Kale to Wildflowers, the pictures on the seed packet are so enticing and its tempting to want it all. Well, this is where…

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 Twenty-three percent of collared moose that died in Northeastern Minnesota over the past 15 years were infected with Parelaphostrongylus tenuis, a brain worm parasite transmitted by white-tailed deer that is one of the biggest threats to adult moose mortality in Minnesota. 

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I have several friends and relatives that live in the Vancouver, BC, Canada area who I regularly correspond with using Facebook and Emails. I’ve visited the area several times and am always amazed at the abundance of beautiful gardens and the wonderful plants that grow in that area that we c…

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First Day Hikes will take place at four Minnesota state parks on Saturday, Jan. 1, as part of a nationwide effort to connect people with the outdoors. Individuals, families and groups in all 50 states will have an opportunity to enjoy guided hikes that vary in distance and difficulty. The ev…

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While recent snow in parts of Minnesota has many snowmobile enthusiasts excited to take their first ride of the season, most of the state’s trails are not yet groomed and ready to ride, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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In winter, property owners sometimes begin to notice broken branches or branches missing on tree and shrubs. This damage often is a result of deer browsing and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has tips to prevent it.

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Anglers in some parts of Minnesota have been venturing onto the ice for several weeks, while water remains open in other parts of the state. So far in December, weather in the state—which has included rain, snow and fluctuating temperatures—has affected ice-making and impacted ice that’s alr…

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We have an intern pastor at our church who grew up in the Lindstrom area and has been an Army chaplain for 30 some years. A few of our members had breakfast with him, and we were talking about how things have changed since his boyhood years in Lindstrom. All who met were older than him, and …

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An angler caught a muskellunge weighing 55 pounds, 14 ounces, from Mille Lacs Lake that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has certified as a weight-based state record. The previous record was a 54-pound muskie caught from Lake Winnibigoshish in 1957. Although news of the fish has…

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The past two years have been a very unique experience for all of us, especially in terms of communication and social interaction.  Every attempt at any size of social gathering requires forethought on what’s safe and what isn’t. It seems caution has become a factor in everyone’s daily life. …

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With a deadly open-water season nearly in the rearview mirror, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone that lakes and ponds throughout the state have started to freeze – and that where ice hasn’t formed, the water is dangerously cold. It’s up to all people to choose to…

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages local and tribal governments to apply for grants to help manage and reduce the impacts of emerald ash borer on their community forests. The DNR will be accepting grant applications from Monday, Nov. 29 through Monday, Jan. 24, 2022.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is looking for input on how Minnesotans currently access the electronic license system, and what they want in the future as systems are modernized.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites Minnesotans interested in serving on the department’s Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee to apply by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15.

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For many years my main interest has been the Heritage Raspberry which is an everbearing variety. I prune them about 3 inches from the ground because I only want a fall crop. In the years when there is a mid-September killing frost, my yield takes a real hit, but this year when the killing fr…

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New money is available to Minnesota livestock producers to help prevent wolf attacks. A total of $60,000 will be awarded by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture through the Wolf-Livestock Conflict Prevention Grants. Applications are due Jan. 24, 2022.

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Minnesota has enjoyed two firearms deer seasons and nearly three years without a hunting-related firearms death — that’s the longest stretch since the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has been tracking these tragedies. And when the firearms deer season opens Saturday, Nov. 6, every …

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Nearly half a million firearms deer hunters are preparing for the firearms deer season that opens Saturday, Nov. 6, and offers opportunity to spend time outdoors with friends and family, find adventure outdoors and put venison in the freezer.

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Minnesota’s waterways were unusually deadly this year, with 17 people losing their lives in boating-related drownings and crashes—the highest number since 2005. And with weeks of open water left this year, there’s a chance that total could climb higher.

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Mary Beth Breckenridge, a nationally published home and garden writer, wrote an article in the Akron Beacon Journal about the good and “not so good” characteristics of earthworms. Her article was later published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press in 2017. This article on Earthworms blames them fo…

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When Japanese Beetles started appearing in Minnesota in 1968, I felt lucky and relieved that we hadn’t seen any at all this far north.  And it went that way for several years - until it didn’t. And, I thought we might just escape the surge when they were first noticed in large numbers in the…

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages to the public to weigh in on proposed special fishing regulations that would allow anglers to keep fewer sunfish from 50 lakes. The proposed regulations are part of the ongoing Quality Sunfish Initiative.

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Property owners—both on lakeshore and those further inland—can reduce algae blooms on local lakes with native plants and wise lawn management. 

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A few decades ago when I first started vegetable gardening at my home in Chisago County, I’d see some of my tomato plants cut right off at the soil level leaving the entire top totally cut off from the base of the plant and the roots.  I had no idea what was going on. After a couple of years…

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Before installing or investing in a new dock or dock platform, lakeshore owners should check to ensure it will meet state requirements. Lake service provider businesses should also review the regulations, to ensure the equipment they sell or install is in compliance.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers who might want to keep northern pike when the season opens on May 15 to familiarize themselves with the regulations and be prepared to measure the fish.

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After having to cancel their entire season in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic, the East Central Minnesota chapter of “Let’s go Fishing” has announced their return for the 2021 season.

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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…