Stars and stripes and walleyes

Stars and stripes and walleyes

Fishing guides of Lake Vermilion take 46 veterans fishing to thank them for their service TOWER, Minn. — Jim Charles of Tower served with the Navy in the Atlantic during World War II, patrolling for enemy submarines.

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-- Bob and Brett Lessard’s outpost camp is on Otukamamoan (Trout) Lake, a 25-minute floatplane ride north of Fort Frances, Ontario.

50 years ago, a Scout learned to love the wild

50 years ago, a Scout learned to love the wild

ELY, Minn. — A convergence of Boy Scouts buzzed around the landing at Prairie Portage east of Ely, where Sucker Lake pours its clear waters into Basswood Lake at the Canadian border. A July afternoon, 2014.

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The Ol’ Trapper’s getaway

The Ol’ Trapper’s getaway

Longtime fishing guide and retired Minnesota state Sen. Bob Lessard and his son serve up good times at fly-in fishing camp in northwestern Ontario TROUT LAKE NORTH OF FORT FRANCES, Ontario — We’d caught our fill of walleyes atop a seldom-fished reef and put back a couple of blackish-gold beauties flirting with 24 inches when Brett Lessard decided a change of scenery — and a change of species — was in order.

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A half-century of wilderness: 1964 federal law set stage for the second “W” in BWCAW

A half-century of wilderness: 1964 federal law set stage for the second “W” in BWCAW

DULUTH -- The wheels were set in motion in 1902, when federal officials set aside a half-million acres in northeastern Minnesota, keeping it wild instead of offering it to homesteaders. But it wasn’t until Sept. 3, 1964, that the U.S. government decided to add an official land management designation of wilderness for Minnesota’s famed Boundary Waters.

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ELY, Minn. — A convergence of Boy Scouts buzzed around the landing at Prairie Portage east of Ely, where Sucker Lake pours its clear waters into Basswood Lake at the Canadian border. A July afternoon, 2014. The Scouts were up from South Florida for a week or more in 1.2 million acres of Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park. Typical teenage boys, they taunted and jived each other as they waited for other members of their group to arrive.

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Stars and stripes and walleyes: Fishing guides of Lake Vermilion take 46 veterans fishing to thank them for their service

Stars and stripes and walleyes: Fishing guides of Lake Vermilion take 46 veterans fishing to thank them for their service

TOWER, Minn. — Jim Charles of Tower served with the Navy in the Atlantic during World War II, patrolling for enemy submarines. Bob Skare, who lives on Lake Vermilion, worked in counterintelligence for the Army as the Korean War wound down.

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The Ol’ Trapper’s getaway: Longtime fishing guide and retired Minnesota state Sen. Bob Lessard and his son serve up good times at fly-in fishing camp in northwestern Ontario

The Ol’ Trapper’s getaway: Longtime fishing guide and retired Minnesota state Sen. Bob Lessard and his son serve up good times at fly-in fishing camp in northwestern Ontario

TROUT LAKE NORTH OF FORT FRANCES, Ontario — We’d caught our fill of walleyes atop a seldom-fished reef and put back a couple of blackish-gold beauties flirting with 24 inches when Brett Lessard decided a change of scenery — and a change of species — was in order.

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Leier: Early goose harvest at 48,000 birds

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The first official hunting season of 2014 has been open since Aug. 9 when the fall crow season began

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