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Fish tales: This week's stories from Minnesota waters

J.D. Landstrom.

Three stories of anglers and their recent catches

Just in time for big boating weekend, 'no-wake' restriction announced for St. Croix River

Boaters on the St. Croix near Hudson, Wis., last summer.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office said the river's anticipated cresting above 683 feet by Wednesday.

The tragedy of Everest's normal: 10 dead this climbing season, so far

Almost every year, the reports filter down from the highest mountain in the world, and talk among the climbing teams at Everest Base Camp turns to the latest person to die.

Scientists planting 400 acres of Minnesota pines to survive climate change

Scientists are identifying planting spots that will be strongholds against climate change.

Minnesota fishing report

Chisago City area: Anglers are reeling in walleyes on most area lakes but Green and South Center appear to the best using a jig and…

Gear alert: Bait tips for the bass opener

Bass season opens Saturday, and crankbaits, spinner baits and jig-and-worm combos will be joined by wacky rigs as favorites

Gulf Coast anglers plan protest against fishing limits

Recreational anglers along the Gulf Coast are planning a floating protest against strict federal limits on red snapper fishing that they say are hurting businesses throughout the region.

State's newest state park a work in progress, but drawing crowds

Crowds already are flocking to the fishing pier and its surrounding day-use area at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park. A few boat-in campsites have opened and crews are working toward a late-summer opening of the park's first campground.

Eagan teacher collapses, dies during rugged North Shore race

Eagan teacher Jon Mathson, 41, collapsed during the Superior Trail Race on the North Shore.

St. Paul-to-Canada route added to U.S. biking network

An existing set of roadways and bike paths between St. Paul and Grand Portage State Park has been designated U.S. Bike Route 41.

Anderson: Political assault on state's natural resources demands a united response

A rethinking of conservation and especially conservation politics is necessary if Minnesota 20 years and more from now is going to retain a semblance of the pristine lakes, rivers, woods and prairies that historically have made it a great place to live.

National Park Service kayak rental expanding to St. Paul and beyond

Paddle Share program eases access to the river.

DNR looks to reduce buck-only counties again this fall

The state Department of Natural Resources wants to again reduce the number of counties where hunters can shoot only bucks this fall in a sign Wisconsin's herd continues to grow.

Chronic wasting disease confirmed in 4 deer at Meeker County farm

Site in Meeker County is under long quarantine and will be disinfected.

North Shore fixtures are beloved, but here are some alternatives

You've tried several of these places, for hiking or sight-seeing or otherwise. We have some alternatives to try.

Former Minnesota Olympian Carrie Tollefson has your running tips

A popular fixture of Minnesota running has encouragement, from what to buy to how to prioritize running in your life.

From the Rum to the Root: Five trips represent Minnesota's best stream paddling

Power in the Paddle series, Part 3: Author has five trips, whether you like to fish or camp. Regardless, it's hard to pick a favorite river.

Anderson: A stop for bait in Cook, Minn., yields much more

Cook, Minn., proprietor is a man of stories, interests.

Brush pile benefits the wildlife in the neighborhood

Afield column: Variety of wildlife find shelter within the stack on the author's many acres.