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October 12, 2017
Hastings High School students Julia Human (left), Caitlyn Wagner (standing) and Megan Beck grabbed a shovel and planted native plant species such as Gray's sedge. Jake Pfeifer / RiverTown Multimedia
Students clear out invasives; replace with native plants
October 12, 2017 - 10:13am
September 29, 2017
A reach of recently restored Trimbelle River on the Mike and Suzanne Holst property taken June 21 this year after seeding and mulching the construction area.  Spring Creek tributary is flowing into the Trimbelle from the right. This area is about a mile south of Highway 10 on County Road O and is open to public fishing and river watching.  Dan Wilcox / Contributor
Wildside column: Flowing rivers inspire thoughts of connections
September 29, 2017 - 4:00pm
September 16, 2017
More than 60 volunteers planted 350 trees Aug. 22 at Belwin Conservancy’s Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields. The trees were purchased using a grant from the Super Bowl LII Urban Forestry Program. Attendees and volunteers included representatives from the NFL, Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, Minnesota Vikings, local mayors, Saint Croix Valley Athletic Association, and St. Croix Soccer Club athletes and their families. Photo courtesy of Belwin Conservancy
Volunteers plant 350 trees at Belwin's athletic fields
September 16, 2017 - 8:00pm
September 6, 2017
Paige Dougherty of Hermantown suffered bites on her foot Sunday afternoon when a muskie bit her ​as she was dangling her legs off her family's dock at Island Lake north of Duluth. She and others saw the muskie during and after it bit her. Her injuries did not require medical attention. Photo courtesy Kirk and Wendy Haldorson
'It lurched out of the water': Second bite attack of summer reported at MN lake
September 6, 2017 - 8:21am
August 25, 2017
A map of Cedar Hill and Minneiska Campgrounds at Whitewater State Park. Map via Minnesota DNR.
Minn. DNR to open two new campgrounds at state parks
August 25, 2017 - 9:16am
August 11, 2017
Minnesota's sewage systems are aging, with state officials saying many need major upgrades in coming years. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency photo.
Water quality remains a Minnesota problem. State launches effort to make improvements.
August 11, 2017 - 11:35am
August 6, 2017
The common loon makes its summer home in the lakes of Minnesota and Wisconsin. These loons were found on Loon Lake in northern Wisconsin. Photos by Kip Earney
A symbol of wilderness
August 6, 2017 - 8:00am
August 3, 2017
Cottage Grove resident Blake Bednar (right) and Jakob Hals show off giant catfish caught while filming videos for Northwoods Angling. Photo courtesy Northwoods Angling
In search of big fish: Cottage Grove man travels country with Northwoods Angling
August 3, 2017 - 10:38am
July 6, 2017
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton fishes Big Sandy Lake north of McGregor, MN Saturday morning. With temperatures in the 30's, the governor was able to catch a walleye, crappie and two perch. The 69th Annual Minnesota Governor's Fishing opener was based at Big Sandy Lake Resort and Lodge. Steve Kohls / Forum News Service
No room for Gov. Dayton at the inn, but plenty of room for fish
July 6, 2017 - 7:25pm
May 23, 2017
A worn yearly Minnesota state park pass clings to a windshield Monday, May 22, 2017 in Minneapolis. Robb Jeffries / Forum News Service
Outdoor fee hikes approved by Minn. lawmakers
May 23, 2017 - 8:56am
May 4, 2017
David Freeman of Woodbury takes a selfie of the garbage he collected at a St. Paul park for his Facebook page, David Freeman Garbage Clean-Up. Youssef Rddad / RiverTown Multimedia
Litter-free since 2015: Woodbury man is on a mission to keep parks clean
May 4, 2017 - 9:26am
March 30, 2017
The Minnesota Senate Finance Committee meets Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Senate and House budget committees are wrapping up work on a two-year state budget. Maureen McMullen / Forum News Service
Republicans want to delay, change vegetative buffers around Minnesota waters; Dayton says no way
March 30, 2017 - 10:23am
March 19, 2017
Dan Wilfond, right, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fisheries specialist at French River, prepares to measure a northern pike while doing a fisheries survey on Grand Lake north of Duluth in 2015. At left is Peter Nasby, a DNR fisheries intern. Forum News Servce file photo
Outdoor groups urge Minn. lawmakers to approve fee increases
March 19, 2017 - 12:00pm
March 13, 2017
Outdoor photographer John White spotted this bald eagle at the Big Stone refuge on March 8. John White / submitted photo
Early season signs are everywhere
March 13, 2017 - 3:00pm
March 12, 2017
Rich Staffon
A helping hand for ducks
March 12, 2017 - 12:00pm