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Anderson: Pheasant season begins at governor's invitation, Marshall's hospitality

DNR conservation officer Lt. Gary Nordseth checks Gov. Mark Dayton’s license before he went afield Saturday, first day of the 2017 ringneck season.

Marshall was chosen to host 153 hunters from near and far who, accompanied by Gov. Mark Dayton and some 50 guides, on Saturday morning scattered into the hinterlands.

Cyclists, drivers, pedestrians: How well do you know Minn. bike laws?

Whether you walk, drive or ride, there's value in taking our quiz about the at-times tangled Minnesota statutes that govern biking.

Dogs test positive for drugs in Iditarod race for 1st time

For the first time in the history of the world's most famous sled dog race, several of the high-performance animals have tested positive for a prohibited drug. But race officials have refused to name the musher involved.

Minnesota game bird hunters finding little to shoot

Game wardens across the state's pheasant range reported strong participation in many areas, but sparse results.

Construction done for Detroit River school ship dock, pier

Construction has been completed for a school ship dock and fishing pier at the gateway to the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.

Minnesota to collar more than 100 deer to fine-tune fight against CWD

The CWD research project by the Department of Natural Resources is being launched with $350,000 in emergency funding to help stop the largest-ever CWD outbreak in Minnesota's wild deer population.

Review: 'American Wolf' explores clash over the gray wolf

"American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West" (Crown), by Nate BlakesleeAs the reigning queen of Yellowstone National Park, O-Six roamed…

Mining the magic: Cuyuna Range reinvented by influx of silent sports

Thousands of tourists come for award-winning bike trails, trout-stocked lakes, deep waters for scuba diving and quiet bays for paddleboarders and kayakers.

Oh, deer: Masked woodland thieves in Duluth are caught on camera

The Duluth Police Department posted photographs to the department's Facebook page last week, along with a call for help in identifying the suspects.

Great Minnesota hikes to take in fall to the fullest

If you are strategic about it, you can see fall in a whole new way. Here are more than 10 great hikes across Minnesota.

Anderson: In southwest Minnesota, community leaders know pheasants mean opportunity

Witness the efforts by nine southwest Minnesota counties to enhance the bottom lines of area businesses by marketing the region as the state's go-to place to hunt.

Itasca hike, Wild River State Park running races, geocaches basics this weekend

It's a busy autumn weekend at state and regional parks in Minnesota.

Family cabin has a lot of touches of old drugstore in Little Falls

They put in a fireplace with marble from the old drugstore soda fountain; mirrors on the wall were from the booths.

Indian summer days help keep onset of winter at bay

The origin of Indian summer is as hazy as the brief "season" to which it refers.

Autumn doubly delivers for Minnesota outdoors photographer

Afield with Bill Marchel: Colors and wildlife combine to reward the patient photographer.

Minnesota sees tiny gain in wetlands acreage, but quality is concerning

Many of the newer wetlands are manmade, and, unsurprisingly, nature usually makes them better than humans.

Two Minnesota hockey players take day trip ... and catch a massive fish

Roseau native Dustin Byfuglien of former Blaine star Matt Hendricks had the day off after the Winnipeg Jets played in Edmonton. Here's what happened.

Deer stand thieves caught on camera in Duluth

The thieves, wearing bandannas, were photographed stealing from deer stands in the city's public woods.

DNR wildlife researcher Davros working to help upland birds thrive

Nicole Davros, a DNR wildlife researcher, is looking for ways to increase pheasant populations. "I know our numbers look down," Davros said. "But I'm optimistic for the next five years."