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Young Minnesota hunters can apply now through Aug. 17 to take part in 17 different early deer seasons set for several state parks and other refuges October and November. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said 15 of the early seasons are for kids ages 12-15 hunting with firearms while two area archery hunts for youth ages 12-17. All of the hunts require an adult mentor to be with the youth. The mentor is not allowed to take a deer.
The Heck series of gravel road bicycle races continues next weekend with the 225-mile Heck Epic: a two-day endurance race taking cyclists up the North Shore from Two Harbors to Grand Marais and back on some of the most scenic — and less traveled — gravel roads of Cook and Lake counties. The Epic is the second of three Heck series races this summer. The Le Grand du Nord race was in May and the third race — the 10th annual Heck of the North — is coming in September.
Nearly nine in 10 region residents support paying to protect and restore the Great Lakes, according to results of a poll released Tuesday by the International Joint Commission. The poll found that 88 percent of the 4,250 people who responded believe protecting the Great Lakes is highly important and that they are willing to pay more to ensure the lakes' restoration.
After a disappointing fall season for many in 2017, Minnesota grouse hunters got more bad news last week when the Department of Natural Resources reported this spring's grouse drumming counts down 29 percent from last year.
ON BIG LAKE – minutes into this particular fishing excursion, Bret Baker started the verbal barbs with a backhanded comment about his son Joseph's first largemouth bass of the day.
Recent heavy rains in and around the Twin Ports raised river levels and sent thousands of tons of silt into Lake Superior, muddying the waters for anglers and raising concerns from other lake lovers. Some of the silt is from the South Shore clay banks of the big lake, but most comes from erosion from Lake Superior's tributaries, including the St. Louis River. The worst offender by far is the Nemadji River, which starts in Pine County and runs through Carlton County before crossing into Wisconsin and entering Lake Superior at the Superior harbor entry.
The level of Lake Superior rose more slowly in June than usual, going up by 2.4 inches in a month it averages a 3.2-inch increase, according to the International Lake Superior Board of Control. The big lake now sits four inches above average for July 1 but six inches below the July 1 level of 2017. That six-inch drop should help reduce, but not eliminate, shoreline erosion and flooding issues, especially during storm events. The lake rises between April and August and generally declines from September through March.
ON LAC LA CROIX — For Jim Glowacki of Britt, this was his second trip to the big border lake here in two years, after last year's trek when he bumped his outboard on an infamous rock in the Loon River.
You knew it had to come sooner or later: Drone technology has infiltrated fishing.
The first of what could be several severe thunderstorms in the coming days was moving from Itasca into St. Louis County just before noon today as temperatures reached nearly 90 degrees. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for an area just south of Hibbing. The storms could affect the Iron Range and Duluth this afternoon. That first round of thunderstorms is a precursor to even more violent weather expected early Thursday morning, the National Weather Service in Duluth reports, especially between 4 a.m.-10 a.m. Friday.