Whether it’s the same critter that spent a few days across the road from Don and Leann Wikert’s place near Thorhult, Minn., last fall is difficult to say for sure, but a pronghorn antelope is still turning heads in northwest Minnesota.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Chris Johnson had his hands full. Sitting alone in his fishing shelter Tuesday afternoon on Lake Superior, his fishing rod was bent in a serious arc. His rod tip was pointed straight at the bottom of Lake Superior 100 feet below.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Snow and ice cover Lake Superior.
It’s a bitter February day on the big expanse of frozen water, and the wind is cold and the air has a bite to it.
Two figures trudge across the lake, bundled up and supplies in hand. Upon first glance, one might think these two men are heading out for an ice fishing trip. And they will be chipping away at the ice, but for a very different reason.
According to state regulations, fish houses on lakes in the southern two-thirds of the state, basically on an east-west line from Moorhead to Duluth, have to be removed by 11:59 p.m. Monday, while the northern part of the state has until 11:59 p.m. March 17.
DULUTH — A potential ice fishing world-record lake trout caught by a northern Minnesota man earlier this month has been confiscated from a Duluth taxidermist by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
GRASSY BUTTE, N.D. — North Dakota’s bighorn sheep herd grew by 24 animals this month, with the relocation of two young rams and 22 ewes from the site of a coal mine near Jasper National Park in western Alberta.
In a long winter, you can get a little stale skiing or snowmobiling the same trails all the time. Maybe it’s time to break out. Head up the North Shore, or to Ely, Voyageurs National Park or the Gunflint Trail. Try some new tracks. Shake off the same old paths and see some new country.
Snowy owls from the tundra have poured into Minnesota and Wisconsin this winter. But birders say unethical behavior by photographers could be harming the owls, and wildlife officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources agree.
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