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Cycling in Minn. creates thousands of jobs, cuts health-care spending, state finds

A bike commuter rolls down John Ireland boulevard with a downtown St. Paul sunrise as the backdrop on a snowy morning.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation's first economic impact analysis of the state's cycling industry also found that 13.6 percent of Twin Cities residents commute by bike, at least once in a while.

Anderson: Steger, 72, embarks on latest solo canoe/sled adventure

Will Steger, who will leave in coming weeks to canoe the boundary waters, east to west, as they break up with ice, visited North Star canoes in Princeton to check out his modified canoe.

Thirty-one years have passed since Will Steger led the world's first unsupported trek to the North Pole by dogsled. Up next he's headed from Ely to Burchell Lake, Ontario.


Retired coordinator of governor's opener gets to fish, not work, in 2017

Carol Altepeter coordinated the Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener the past 21 years. During many of those, she never wet a line.


Hubbard County keeping out aquatic invaders — so far

The northern Minnesota county has, so far, escaped infestation by major aquatic invasive species (AIS), including zebra mussels, milfoil and starry stonewort.


Work on old Ramsey Co. sewer offers rare glimpse of underground rivers

New video of a century-old storm sewer system spotlights need for water quality.


Pro wrestlers' colorful stories didn't stop at boundaries of the ring

The famous Gagnes of Minnesota and their contemporaries made some memories in the outdoors, too, when it was time to get away.


North Star Grand Prix bicycle race moves to St. Paul's Grand Avenue

The North Star Grand Prix had been held in the Lowertown area.


Cabin Country: Working to become 'the guy with the cabin'

It took some sweat equity – and a lot of driving – to realize a dream in northern St. Louis County.


Pro angler Feider hasn't let up since his victory at Mille Lacs

Bass pro Seth Feider won big last fall, and he has worked to stay elite.


Do This Now at some Minnesota wildlife areas: take birding treks, make maple syrup

Weekend lineup has birding trek on Brown's Creek state trail in Stillwater area.


Killdeer's arrival was unexpectedly early this year

The birds' migration is a harbinger of spring.


Outdoors-themed camps get the kids away from video world

For one, hunting-oriented element has proven popular format with youth.


Restricted Mille Lacs walleye season to shut down entirely July 7-27

Restrictions needed to protect dwindling fish numbers, DNR says.


Northwest Sportshow's tradition of entrepreneurship carries on

The annual gathering for hunting, fishing and camping enthusiasts has been a familiar launchpad for innovative gear for 85 years.


Two new CWD cases found as DNR ends deer culling in Fillmore County

Including all test results dating to November, the DNR confirmed CWD in 10 deer clustered between Preston and Lanesboro.


Congress backs bill to lift Obama limits on Alaska hunting

Congress has approved a bill that would allow aerial hunting of grizzly bears and killing of bears and wolves near dens on federal lands in Alaska.


Going to the nth degree: Inside Minnesota's Christmas Bird Count

Volunteer birders are the backbone of the annual survey — the Christmas Bird Count — providing mountains of data.


Among the questions in large Minnesota trapping case: Why?

Rodrick Kottom and Douglas Marana both refused to be interviewed by DNR investigators in alleged trapping cases, leaving questions about "why?" unanswered.


Anderson: Luring more female anglers

For 40 years, Women Anglers of Minnesota has been offering fishing wisdom for women.