Wilderness Inquiry trip leader Ryan Stumbo paddles in the BWCA with Andrew, one of the participants on a journey that was exclusively for people who a

Anderson: BWCA is unforgettable, even when the only sound is silence

Near the Gunflint Trail, none of the five paddlers heard a loon's lonesome tremolo or the slap of a beaver's tail against the lake. But each returned home eager for another trip.

How the little, polluted Crow River clouds the Mississippi

July 23
Researcher Carrie Jennings paddled by farm tile drains emptying into the South Fork Crow River, a major source of Mississippi River pollution. 
The Crow is the first major agricultural river emptying into the mighty waterway, and it doubles the Mississippi's nutrient pollution, state officials say, adding phosphorous, nitrogen and sediment.

Return of women's Tour de France ripples in Minnesota

July 22
The women’s Tour de France is back after 33 years, and a Minnesota-based team is competing. It’s a pinnacle moment for director Charles Aaron of C
Team director Charles Aaron has his Minnesota-based squad in the field, realizing his longtime dream.
Outdoors
July 21
Trophy Tales: See the photos and send us your best catches

Trophy Tales: See the photos and send us your best catches

A weekly look at anglers and their memorable catches, and a place for you to send your big fish that didn't get away.
Outdoors
July 21
Donn Weber with a bull red drum caught off the coast of Texas.

Anderson: Retired Minnesota prison guard angling for 50 states of fishing

For 24 years Donn Weber was a corrections officer at Minnesota's only maximum-security prison, where lifers and troublemakers from other confinements do their time. Now he's a fisherman, and happier for it.
July 21
Canada geese fly in formation for aerodynamic benefits. [Photo by Jim Williams]

Canada geese are up now testing their new flight feathers

They've been flightless while they shed their old wing feathers for new ones.
July 21
Monster northern pike aren't available in every Minnesota lake. But you can still find them. Upper Red Lake, Winnibigoshish, Cass and Lake of the Wood

Northern are biting in Grand Rapids area lakes

Minnesota Fishing Report: St. Croix River has been giving up walleye, sheepshead and smallies.
Nation
July 19

DNR: No release date for new wolf management plan

Wisconsin wildlife officials say they don't know when they'll release their new wolf management plan after initially saying the document would come out this spring.
Local
July 17
The dam at Little Rock Creek, pictured in August 2021, will be removed.

Minnesota DNR to remove dam on troubled trout stream

The state will remove its gates to correct an error of the past and, perhaps, inch toward a resolution to a decade-old fight pitting the water needs of agricultural irrigation against fishing and aquatic life.
Outdoors
July 15
Bob Timmons, Tim Torgerson and Dan Winga cycle along 183rd Avenue in Fillmore Township Wednesday, June 29, 2022 in Southeast Minn. ] Aaron Lavinsky �

3 days, 200 miles: Bikepacking the backroads of Minnesota's extraordinary Driftless Area

Bikepackers in parts of the Driftless Area met unmatched beauty and rugged challenges.
Outdoors
July 15
Black Eyed Susan flowers  bloom in Crow Hassan Regional Park, which is home to a remarkably diverse and thriving prairie that's been built and managed

Get to a prairie — a biological wonder place

Alas, it's long been a diminished habitat, but thankfully restoration work abounds.
Outdoors
July 14
Tyler Winter, an environmental scientist and champion of Minnesota’s native rough fish, with a bigmouth buffalo he caught this week in the Twin Citi

Fresh look at rough fish and their protection builds steam

The DNR dodged a legislative push to intensify efforts to protect native rough fish, but the movement to protect them lives on.
Outdoors
July 14
Brian Linder, left, and Nathan Thompson fish for the club team at Minnesota State Mankato. Their recent dramatic win in Michigan qualified them for th

Anderson: Best underdog story in Minnesota sports? Two dudes from Mankato

Fishing for Minnesota State Mankato, two young anglers beat the nation's best to qualify for a national tournament.
July 14
From Kabetogama to Mississippi River, the fishing is solid

From Kabetogama to Mississippi River, the fishing is solid

Bemidji, Alexandria and Duluth areas all have positive reports this week.
Local
July 9
Lia, a gray wolf in the exhibit pack at the Minnesota Zoo, wanders her snow-filled enclosure in Apple Valley.

As species hangs in balance, what Minnesota's wolves can teach America

Minnesota has about as many wolves as the rest of the Lower 48 states combined, and is the only state outside Alaska to never exterminate them. The mysterious predators and the people who live alongside them hold the secrets to coexisting and show just how much more there is to learn.
Outdoors
July 9
Terry Arnesen towed his 26-foot boat last week from the Twin Cities to Seattle, where he launched it and headed north to Alaska to fish.

Anderson: Minnesotans have fishing rods, will travel far — and farther

Adventure fishing takes hold as state anglers venture worldwide.
Local
July 9
Lia and her brother Hooper, gray wolves in the exhibit pack at the Minnesota Zoo, peered out from a rocky perch in their enclosure.

State of Wolves: Learn more

Read up on wolves, follow them on social media or see some in person at places around Minnesota.
Local
July 9
Rieka, an 8-month-old gray wolf bounded towards Axel, a 6-year-old arctic wolf, as they played in their snow-filled enclosure at the International Wol

5 key takeaways about wolves in Minnesota

Minnesota's wolves have played a big role in research and the species' recovery.
Outdoors
July 8
Cutting involves a dance of sorts between rider and horse.

Anderson: Best Independence Day? On a horse competing in the middle of nowhere

Everyone loves a parade, but for my money, the best way to celebrate July 4th and the days approximate to it is horseback. That's what our outdoors columnist did.
Outdoors
July 7
Lightning produced in storm clouds.

In the natural world, lightning has value, too

Nitrogen in the air is broken down by lightning and acts as a fertilizing agent.
Outdoors
July 7
Scott Rall, chairman of the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener committee in Nobles County, watched for birds during the 2014 pheasant opener.

Governor's Pheasant Opener set for tradition-rich Worthington

Field notes: The city in southwest Minnesota, along with Nobles County, last hosted the weekend event in 2014. Opening weekend is Oct. 14-15.
Outdoors
July 7
The latest fishing reports from around Minnesota are positive across species.

Minnesota anglers are active and the fish are, too

Overall, the report is solid from Stillwater to Baudette
Nation
July 7

Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. June 30, 2022.