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Speaker demands health insurance action or will ask Dayton to resign
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Minnesota roundup: Family of 4 found safe, but parents arrested; Biden to make campaign stop in northern Minnesota
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MN state parks to be free on day after Thanksgiving
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Football: Wolfpack rolls at North in regular season finale
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Crowd gathers to support Oktoberfest for Friends in Need Food Shelf
Bailey Nurseries chairman wins conservation award
Banking on Oktoberfest: Oct. 16 fundraiser in Cottage Grove helps Friends in Need Food Shelf's bottom line
Films in Five Festival gets "bigger and better"
Fans flock to Films in Five Festival in Cottage Grove
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Real Estate Showcase
April 12, 2010
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...
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...
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
January 11, 2010
Viewpoint: Raingardens spread like wildflowers
Between 1965 and 2004, the Washington Conservation District (WCD) installed 197 water quality improvement projects, or roughly five per year....
January 11, 2010 - 8:03am
December 30, 2009
Out-of-state ATV owners must pay to use trails
All-terrain-vehicle riders from other states must buy passes to use Minnesota's 2,000 miles of trails. The new law begins on Friday for out-of-state ATV users as a way to help fund trail maintenance. An annual pass costs $21 and may be bought via telephone, on line or where hunting...
December 30, 2009 - 4:07pm
December 23, 2009
DNR trailing cougar across 3 counties; tips offered to avoid confrontation
EAU CLAIRE - Biologists with the state Department of Natural Resources have tracked what could be the same cougar through parts of St. Croix,...
December 23, 2009 - 7:59am
November 16, 2009
Cannon Falls man charged with 13 counts for alleged poaching
ST. PAUL -- Troy Reinke may have killed a record-setting buck last month in southeastern Minnesota. Goodhue County prosecutors on Thursday offered...
November 16, 2009 - 8:24am