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July 5, 2020
Three ATVs cross a recently completed 300-foot-long boardwalk on the Prospectors ATV Trail System. When completed, the 250-mile network will connect Ely, Babbitt, Embarrass, Soudan and Tower with the North Shore. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)play button
New Prospector ATV spur joins growing northern Minnesota trail network
July 5, 2020 - 11:12am
June 28, 2020
Jeff Jasperson of Duluth releases a nice brook trout on Amity Creek in Duluth. Jasperson, a biologist with the PCA, says he's surprised by how trout are hanging on in the city despite water quality issues. Jeff Jasperson photo. play button
Duluth's urban trout streams hanging on, but need help
June 28, 2020 - 10:06am
June 24, 2020
New lawsuit targets Minnesota's copper-nickel mining rules
June 24, 2020 - 9:16pm
June 22, 2020
A survey conducted for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fond broad support for wolves among the general public in the state, but somewhat lesser support for wolves among deer hunters and northern Minnesota farmers. (Photo courtesy of the International Wolf Center)
Department of Natural Resources survey finds strong support for wolves among Minnesotans
June 22, 2020 - 8:00am
June 17, 2020
Two orphaned bear cubs rescued last week near Plummer, Minn., were taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center in Garrison, Minn., where they reportedly are doing well. (Photo courtesy of Brent Hemly)
Orphaned bear cubs rescued in northern Minnesota reportedly doing well
June 17, 2020 - 8:03pm
A forest tent caterpillar crawls along the edge of a camping chair last weekend in Lake County. Always present in low numbers, forest experts aren't sure why there have been no major outbreaks of the insect since 2002 — an unprecedented period without major forest defoliation. (Katie Rohman / krohman@duluthnews.com )
Whatever happened to forest tent caterpillars?
June 17, 2020 - 1:10pm
June 16, 2020
A snapping turtle moves across a highway near Ely, encouraged a bit by the photographer. Wildlife experts are encouraging Northlanders to help turtles cross the road as they make seasonal migrations this time of year. But be careful with snappers! Forum News Service file photo
It's time to help turtles cross the road
June 16, 2020 - 6:00am
June 2, 2020
A young doe comes in to inspect a hen decoy during the last morning of the Minnesota turkey hunting season on May 31. Getting toms to commit to the decoys like this doe proved more difficult this spring. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)
Morken: Outdoor thoughts on public-comment periods, spring turkeys
June 2, 2020 - 7:00pm
May 26, 2020
Four deer bust off a field on a recent spring morning in Minnesota. The DNR finalized its deer-population goals for local deer permit areas. Seven permit areas in the Central Hills Prairie Block will be managed toward decreasing the deer population slightly (25%) in the coming years. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)
Hunters have their voices heard as DNR’s final deer population goals for local zones are set
May 26, 2020 - 3:15pm
May 25, 2020
Two bull elk stand at attention during winter survey work by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. A total of 44 elk tags will be offered for the 2020 fall hunting season in the state, which has seasons ranging from the end of August to mid-December. (Photo courtesy of the Minnesota DNR)
Elk hunting in Minnesota? With a little luck, it’s an option
May 25, 2020 - 7:00pm
May 20, 2020
Alexandria area conservation officer Mitch Lawler patrols the water during the summer of 2017. Lawler and other conservation officers across Minnesota are enforcing game and fish laws this year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic while license sales for both angling and turkey hunting are up across the state. (Echo Press file photo)
Minnesota conservation officers balance safety, enforcement during pandemic and increase in hunters, anglers
May 20, 2020 - 6:20am
May 19, 2020
Alexandria area conservation officer Mitch Lawler patrols the water during the summer of 2017. Lawler and other conservation officers across Minnesota are enforcing game and fish laws this year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic while license sales for both angling and turkey hunting are up across the state. (Echo Press file photo)
Conservation officers balance safety, enforcement during pandemic
May 19, 2020 - 7:00pm
May 16, 2020
The DNR is offering more opportunities to shoot an antlerless elk this fall in Kittson County of northwest Minnesota. (Photo/ Minnesota DNR)
DNR increases elk tags, offers more season and license options as Kittson Central herd continues to grow
May 16, 2020 - 11:00am
A milestone in the Marsh Lake restoration project occurred in October 2018 with the restoration of the Pomme de Terre River to its natural outlet channel that reached the Minnesota River below Marsh Lake.  The $13 million ecological restoration project is now substantially complete, and project managers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have begun to drawn down the lake to allow aquatic vegetation to reestablish itself in the lake. 
West Central Tribune/Tom Cherveny
A Minnesota lake gets a long awaited kick start
May 16, 2020 - 8:00am
A milestone in the Marsh Lake restoration project occurred in October 2018 with the restoration of the Pomme de Terre River to its natural outlet channel that reached the Minnesota River below Marsh Lake.  The $13 million ecological restoration project is now substantially complete, and project managers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have begun to drawn down the lake to allow aquatic vegetation to reestablish itself in the lake. 
West Central Tribune/Tom Cherveny
Western Minnesota's Marsh Lake gets a long awaited kick start
May 16, 2020 - 8:00am
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