EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. -- Hitting the bulls-eye is always a good thing when shooting archery, but it wasn't the main focus for the eager fourth- and fifth-graders lined up to hone their skills on a recent cold Sunday afternoon in a gym at East Grand Forks Sacred Heart School. This session was more about form and safety -- to start with, at least -- and the three boys and two girls hung on every word from instructor Wayne Pietruszewski. The bulls-eyes would come later. "Who remembers the right way to shoot a bow?" Pietruszewski quizzed the students, who responded with the archery equivalent of lip-synching, drawing back pieces of string with one arm while keeping the other arm straight to mimic the act of shooting a bow. Proper form, Pietruszewski explained, will result in straighter-flying arrows. "That's going to come with practice," he said. "The more we shoot, the better we'll get."RELATED CONTENT
ST. MICHAEL, Minn. – Donald Soderlund heard about Pelican Lake in the early '60s from his Twin Cities barber, who spoke of waterfowl hunts on a vast lake that produced an array of species — widgeon, redheads, canvasbacks, scaup and other diving ducks among them. "When he told me what they shot here on Pelican Lake and how big the lake was, that's how it started," said Soderlund, 70, a retired picture framer and wildlife artist who has hunted on Pelican Lake since 1962. During peak migration, Soderlund would see 5,000 or 6,000 birds on the 3,800-acre lake Wright County, west of Minneapolis. They'd spend a week or more resting in beds of sago pondweed, feeding on invertebrates and tubers.RELATED CONTENT
MITCHELL, S.D. -- A major national ice fishing tournament organization has selected Lake Mitchell as a site for a qualifying event.RELATED CONTENT
Research adds heat to trees growing in Cloquet, Ely test plots. CLOQUET, Minn. -- Minnesota’s northern forests will look much different in coming decades as a warming climate encourages tree species like oaks and maples and pushes others, including spruce and fir, out of the region.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans lost their ability to protect livestock and pets when a federal court ordered wolves to return to the endangered species list, a Minnesota House committee heard Tuesday.
On Wednesday morning last week, Jim Brandenburg awoke a bit earlier than usual with the intent of securing a copy of the survivors’ edition of Charlie Hebdo -- the French satirical publication that was targeted by an act of terrorism in which 12 people died. A Luverne, Minn., native and former Forum Communications Company photographer, Brandenburg went on to work for National Geographic and is renowned for his wildlife images.RELATED CONTENT
ELY, Minn. — Kelly Murphy’s muffled voice came from inside his fishing shelter not far from the Canadian border on Knife Lake.RELATED CONTENT
BAUDETTE, Minn. -- Daylight was still just a promise on the icy horizon, but the Lake of the Woods equivalent of morning rush hour already was in full swing as Mark Ward steered his Suburban onto the big lake.RELATED CONTENT
CARLTON, Minn. -- Jay Cooke State Park near Duluth plans to pull out all the stops for its 100-year anniversary.RELATED CONTENT
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Walleye regulations will become more restrictive on Upper Red Lake starting Jan. 23 because of a record December walleye harvest, according to a release from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.