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.
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.
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.
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.
CARLTON — Candace Whelan stands outside her Carlton home every morning to see big green hosta plants, smell the aroma of purple violets and pink peonies, and pluck fresh peppers sprouting from her garden. One could say she is living every gardener’s dream, and to top it all off, she has a koi pond.
DULUTH -- Minnesota’s bear season is just a week away, and hunters will see another conservative framework. State wildlife officials have been trying for the past few years to increase the state’s bear population.
WARROAD, Minn. — Lake of the Woods stretched out like a giant mirror as Scott Telle steered his 27-foot Sportcraft out the mouth of the Warroad River for a day of fishing with his dad, Dale; son, Isaac; and family friend Warren Strandell of East Grand Forks.
Barely a ripple tickled the surface.
ASHLAND, Wis. — Roger Lapenter covered a lot of territory before he wound up on Chequamegon Bay running a bait shop he never intended to buy.
He was a ski instructor at Aspen Mountain in Colorado, guiding fly fishers on mountain streams in summers. He fly-fished for bonefish in the Bahamas and tarpon in Florida. He guided anglers in Mexico. He spent a month fishing the Amazon River. He fly-fished England, Greece, Chile, Costa Rica and Honduras.
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