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Cottage Grove day care kids to receive congressional award
Nursing institute moving into Cottage Grove's BEC
Apparent wage ‘discrepancies’ discovered in Newport
Cottage Grove police reports for Jan. 29: Domestic, theft, lewd activity
Relay For Life event: Coaches vs. Cancer Jan. 30
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Park Wrestling: Individuals shine amid team struggles
Seahawks "LOB" leads second Lombardi chase
New Life Boys Basketball: Strong second half lifts Eagles past Trinity
East Ridge Boys Basketball: Raptors honor Ellingson, thrash Forest Lake
Gymnastics: East Ridge flexes muscle in win over Woodbury
St. Paul Park celebrates annual sledding day
The healing powers of art: Cancer survivors' work part of Woodwinds sculpture
Two local art events planned in Cottage Grove
Reeling in the 'Minnesota experience' during Cottage Grove's ice fishing outing
Birds of a feather: Carpenter Nature Center volunteers track avian population
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Lori L. Battcher, 53
Brant A. Short, 81
Mark F. Mulvihill, 66
Doris M. Pinault, 85
Jeanette Lampe, 79
Viewpoint: 2015-16 budget planning leads to need for reduction
Viewpoint: McNaughton rules outline insanity defense
Letter to the editor: Respect property when snowmobiling
Letter to the editor: Wake up and face realities in District 833
Letter to the editor: Integrity of school district must be restored
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April 14, 2010
Lawmakers look into outdoors funding
ST. PAUL -- Seventy-three outdoors projects ranging from producing geologic atlases to restoring wetlands to getting urban children outside would get funds under bills Minnesota senators considered Tuesday. The two measures, from citizen-legislator committee recommendations, would...
news / politics / outdoors
April 14, 2010 - 7:55am
April 13, 2010
Give early-season camping a try
SUPERIOR, Wis. -- It was a dark and quiet night. A really quiet night. A little travel trailer and one small tent were the only camping units occupying any of the 62 campsites at Pattison State Park south of Superior on a recent night. The next night was just as lonely. Most people...
April 13, 2010 - 2:01pm
April 12, 2010
Element Preview Rookie anglers feel the pull of steelhead
The Jaap Hole on Duluth's Lester River was encircled by steelheaders Tuesday afternoon. Several seasoned anglers in weathered vests drifted waxworms and yarn-flies in the pool just below a six-foot waterfall. But sprinkled among those old hands were several anglers who didn't resemble...
April 12, 2010 - 8:34am
Steelhead catch-and-release requirement to stand
Fisheries officials with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have decided to continue a catch-and-release-only policy on steelhead in Lake Superior and its tributaries. The decision was announced Wednesday after the agency had weighed comments from anglers and angling groups. Officials...
April 12, 2010 - 8:33am
Turkey hunts always full of surprises
Dave Steinke was still new to turkey hunting when he was sitting at home one night in the dark. He was alone. All the lights were off. He was listening to a turkey-calling tape, trying to perfect his calling technique. "My wife came home about 9:30," said Steinke, who lives in Duluth's...
April 12, 2010 - 8:32am
April 8, 2010
What's the big stink?
You know spring is here as the smell of skunks begins to fill the air. With the smell comes story after story of those who got a little too close to the varmints and how they got rid of the ghastly odor. Tomato juice has been known as the cure-all for years. "I think that's my...
April 8, 2010 - 9:04am
April 2, 2010
Scientists: Nasty pests get boost from climate change
Nasty species like deer ticks and poison ivy may proliferate inside their current range and spread into new areas as carbon dioxide levels increase and climate change continues into the future. That's the finding of a new report released Thursday by the National Wildlife Federation...
April 2, 2010 - 8:23am
March 24, 2010
Sportsmen's Banquet is March 29 at The Point
The Missi-Croix Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will hold its 23rd annual Sportsmen's Banquet Monday, March 29, at The Point, Highways 10 and 61, north of Hastings. There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 7:30 p.m. The evening will feature live and silent auctions,...
March 24, 2010 - 8:42am
Formal 'business proposal' leads to approval of fishing trip request
An engineer friend with two young daughters recently came up with one of the more creative approaches I've ever witnessed for convincing his wife to let him take an ice fishing trip to Devils Lake. He submitted a written request just like he would a business proposal, complete with...
March 24, 2010 - 8:28am
Pilieated woodpecker: Remarkable bird from a remarkable family
Woodpeckers are remarkable birds, and in our area none is more remarkable than the pileated woodpecker. This is the largest, by far, of the...
March 24, 2010 - 8:19am
Good weather causes birds to head north
DULUTH, Minn. -- Birds large and small took advantage of good weather to move north last week. The highlight of the week occurred on Tuesday, when 679 bald eagles were counted by Karl Bardon and friends at the West Skyline Hawk Count. That's a whoppin' big day for eagles at the spring...
March 24, 2010 - 8:17am
March 19, 2010
'Demon in hunting community' sentenced
RED WING, Minn. -- A Cannon Falls, Minn., man accused of poaching a world-class buck was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail and had his hunting privileges suspended for five years. Troy Alan Reinke pleaded guilty to taking and possessing big game out of season, a gross misdemeanor,...
March 19, 2010 - 8:19am
February 17, 2010
Minnesota fights uphill battle
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota is fighting a losing battle against invaders on many fronts. Experts say most of the battles are not winnable. Species invading Minnesota range from zebra mussels to Eurasian watermilfoil. Others, such as Asian carp, those flying fish popular on videos, are...
outdoors / politics
February 17, 2010 - 8:22am
February 8, 2010
Group trying to improve Mississippi River quality
A citizen advisory group and the Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District are trying to educate the public about the Mississippi River, at least the nearby part of it. They held a public open house last week, calling it "Mississippi Makeover," to educate and gather support...
news / outdoors
February 8, 2010 - 8:35am
Fit and flying free: Harley the bald eagle recovered and released
A fully recovered Harley the bald eagle was released Saturday, Jan. 30, as a crowd of 200 to 250 people cheered on a hillside overlooking the St. Croix River near Hastings. "The energy of the crowd, it was so exciting," said Julia Ponder, director of the University of Minnesota Raptor...
February 8, 2010 - 8:25am