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Ontario's Wabakimi park delivers wild, remote alternative to BWCA and Quetico

Sunset in Ontario’s Wabakimi Provincial Park, a remote wilderness twice the size of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Twice the size of the BWCA and with all the wild beauty, Ontario's Wabakimi Park is even more remote and, in some ways, challenging.

Minneapolis cyclist had audacious dream to ride to New York City — in 1896

Shown on Cedar Avenue, Francis P. Murphy, center, prepared to ride his Barnes White Flyer in 1896 to New York City.

Primitive roads didn't make it easier for the liquor store owner on an unlikely trip.


Dubious fishing records mark Minnesota's history

Many Minnesota marks are tainted, suspicious or have been discredited.


Feuding lakes in Otter Tail County won't be mingled, judge rules

Decades-long feud between the residents near Hoffman Lake and West McDonald Lake is settled — for now


Big catch: Fisherman finds camera, returns it to owner

A man who was fishing in the Tennessee River reeled in a waterlogged camera and then used social media to track down its owner in Florida.


North Shore environmental education center touts expansion

Part of expansion at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center includes residence for graduate students.


The cabin life meant getting used to travel by train, by rowboat

Back in the day, by rowboat was one way to get back and forth to the cabin near Grand Rapids.


Consider the vast world of birds

Nature Notes: Their number is upward of 200 billion. Their high metabolism makes them a good litmus test when it comes to air and water quality.


Activities on the water dominate upcoming parks weekend schedule

Kayaking opportunities and more are part of the weekend's events at state and regional parks in Minnesota.


Horses evoke great pleasure even if the riding is, well, not so great

Event might be a practice, but all riders want to win.


Why do some birds spend so much time standing on one leg?

Afield with Bill Marchel: Observation leads to an education of sorts about birds and their behavior.


Minnesota's two-story lakes can bring different fishing experiences to one spot

Two-story lakes have warm and cold layers that can support multiple species.


Department of Natural Resources cuts Wisconsin fair presence

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will no longer have a large presence at the state fair, where it has previously promoted hunting, fishing and other recreational pursuits.


Anderson: Record northern pike catch still a fish story for the ages

It's worthwhile to review records already on the books — including Minnesota's most famous, or perhaps infamous.


Trophy tales: Stories of fish catches around Minnesota lakes

Three memorable catches - with photos - from recent fishing outings.


Minnesota fishing report

A look at where the fish are biting around the state.


Gear alert: Fish walleye with jigs to ensure safe release

Mille Lacs anglers are catching a lot of walleyes this summer, all of which must be returned to the water.


Police: Man drowns rescuing 3 children from Arkansas River

Police say a 19-year-old man drowned while trying to save three children from the Arkansas River.


Trail clearing on North Shore another example that public are future to public lands

A spring work weekend on the Superior Hiking Trail reinforces a wider story: Some of Minnesota's favorite footpaths are nothing without the sweat and commitment of volunteers.