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Authorities salute a procession for Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officer Eugene Wynn Jr., 43, on Sunday.

Motorcade takes fallen DNR officer’s body home, generates ‘goosebumps’

Conservation officer Eugene Wynn died Friday after being tossed from a boat in Cross Lake.

Green light given to $444,000 restoration of Lake Nokomis’ shoreline

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The weather was just right for a walk and a bit of stick tossing on Lake Nokomis on Tuesday.

Seeding of native plants is likely to begin in summer, end by fall.

Anderson: At 80, Alford is back in the hunt after scary fall

April 20

Dick Alford is a retired high school teacher, administrator and coach who has hunted turkeys just about everywhere in the world they can be hunted, in

Nearly two years after a nasty slip on the ice left him in rehabilitation centers for 77 days, Dick Alford is in search of his 299th wild tom.

Local

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Minnesota conservation officer may not have worn life jacket before fatal fall into lake

DNR officer was investigating object in the lake.

Local

April 20

DNR officer dies after falling from boat into lake near Pine City

The victim and a sheriff’s deputy were conducting a search for a possible body in the water.

West Metro

April 20


Boat traffic was heavy on Lake Minnetonka as daylight faded Friday, May 22, 2015, near Lord Fletcher's in Spring Park, MN.

Ice-out declared on Lake Minnetonka, close to normal date

Unlike 2018’s record late date, this year’s date was about average, officials said.

Outdoors

April 20


The Trophy Woods Ranch near Merrifield, Minn., included 102 deer, some mules, like the one above, and some white-tailed.

Details emerge after feds wipe out infected captive deer herd near Merrifield

For the next five years, state and federal officials will watch to ensure the owner complies with mandates to make the site less contagious.

West Metro

April 19


Goldfish, a carp native to Asia, feed on lake bottoms, stirring up plants and sediment, which can increase algae growth.

Thousands of invasive goldfish pack chain of Chaska lakes

Staffers with the Carver County Water Management Organization spotted the flashy fish this week while doing routine monitoring at Big Woods Lake.

Outdoors

April 19


Rep. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake

Anderson: Some state legislators would again dip into trust fund for outdoors

Public beware: Some again want to dip into lottery-fed environmental fund.

Outdoors

April 19


Smallmouth bass are known to return to preferred spawning spots, a phenomenon called “nest fidelity.”

How Mother Nature replenishes fish in spring is an annual wonder

Billions of fish hatch this time of year — an annual replenishing of Minnesota’s game species.

Outdoors

April 18


The racing fest last ran in 2017.

North Star Grand Prix bike racing still hopes to roll again

Potential remains for once-popular racing festival, but sponsorship remains a hurdle.

Outdoors

April 18


Bob Janssen spotted his needed bird, an avocet, in a flooded field.

An avocet spotting makes birder’s day and list: 225 birds in every Minnesota county

Bob Janssen, a dean among Minnesota birders, headed to Rock County, with an assist from friends.

Outdoors

April 18


The crab apple trees explode in color at Lyndale Park Rose Garden!

Spring, in art and words

An artist and teacher, Nanci Olesen of Minneapolis likes to illustrate and write about her observations outdoors. Here is her take on spring.

Outdoors

April 18


Jay Gustafson

Currents: Jay Gustafson, Paddle for Progress, clean water advocate

What outdoors people are doing, reading, following, and more.

Outdoors

April 18

Walks by moon, walks for birds are part of Minnesota parks lineups

Weekend programs at Minnesota state and regional parks.

Outdoors

April 18


The lake place in northwestern Wisconsin dates back to 1900.

Cabin Country: Wisconsin logging shack morphed into something special

It’s gotten some ‘TLC’ over the years.

Outdoors

April 18

Finding Minnesota hunting mentors is the goal

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers chapter hosts program in Minneapolis.

Local

April 17


Biologists studying the spread of CWD have feared that the disease in captive deer will spread to the wild in places like Crow Wing County.

All deer at Crow Wing County deer farm euthanized in deal to contain CWD

USDA paid owner of deer farm an undisclosed sum.

South Metro

April 16


This silver carp was caught in the St. Croix River, the Minnesota DNR announced Monday.

Latest capture of silver ‘flying’ carp on St. Croix is ‘disappointing’ to DNR

An angler caught invasive fish in same area where one was found in 2017. The large fish compete with native species and are a potential threat to recreational boating.

Outdoors

April 16


Young turkey hunters, including those with mentors, and women could use .410 shotguns in Minnesota for wilde turkey hunting under bills being consider

Youth-friendly .410 shotguns gaining favor for wild turkey hunting

Bills allowing young hunters to use lighter guns to hunt wild turkeys are moving ahead

Outdoors

April 16

Senators eyeing a grant program to support high school fishing

State Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, is backing an initial $200,000 grant program proposed by Sen. Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids.

Outdoors

April 14


A bluebell bloom at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park is a sure sign of spring.

Signs of spring? Of course. Minnesota naturalists, on what they are observing at their wild places.

‘Spring is making its presence felt’: Minnesota park and center naturalists on what they are observing.

Music

April 14


Hollywood can't get enough of the call of the loon

Hollywood can’t get enough of the call of the loon

Almost to distraction, the distinctive wails and tremolos are used again and again in movies and TV shows.

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