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Minnesota Outdoors

Dennis Anderson, Tony Kennedy and Bob Timmons stay on top of everything going on outdoors.


Feb. 27 is new tentative date for acquiring BWCA permits

Feb. 27 is new tentative date for acquiring BWCA permits

Forest Service announces news in wake of system rollout crash


Crashed BWCA permit system won't re-open until at least Feb. 19

Crashed BWCA permit system won't re-open until at least Feb. 19

The permit system on the national website recreation.gov quickly crashed after it went live Jan. 30, shutting out an untold number of users and creating questions for those who managed to snag permits.


DNR chief fills most of her leadership team

DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen

Sarah Strommen retains many from previous regime; Fish and Wildlife leader Jim Leach to retire.


Rally to draw attention to safeguarding Minnesota's public lands

Rally to draw attention to safeguarding Minnesota's public lands

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers has organized another event at state Capitol.


Wolf-moose survey brought to halt by shutdown

Wolf-moose survey brought to halt by shutdown

Researchers' Facebook post suggests tracking work is in limbo.


DNR hires new big game supervisor

DNR hires new big game supervisor

Barbara Keller formerly headed up Missouri deer program.


Words that advance nature a day at a time

New book: "A Year with Nature" is quirky, enlightening almanac.


BWCA essay contest returns to get teens into the wild

BWCA essay contest returns to get teens into the wild

Ely outfitter sent in Minnetonka teen and her friends earlier this year.


Dupre to try for another first in Denali National Park

Dupre to try for another first in Denali National Park

Mountain climber wants winter solo summit of Mt. Hunter


Waiting on the great grays at Sax-Zim Bog

Visitors to the bog in the last weeks of December 2017 had numerous sightings.


DNR to intensify fight against CWD in southeastern Minn.

DNR to intensify fight against CWD in southeastern Minn.

More deer testing positive for the disease.


After 20 years, Alice the Great Horned Owl is retiring

After 20 years, Alice the Great Horned Owl is retiring

She has been the International Owl Center's ambassador bird and has appeared on Animal Planet shows.


Gains noted in Mille Lacs walleye population

DNR officials announced a one-walleye limit for the upcoming winter fishing season on Mille Lacs. Agency leaders are encouraged by increased walleye population estimates for the lake.


Marathoners reflect: Feeling the burn and feeling the elation

Catching up with runners profiled in advance of the Twin Cities Marathon.


Relive an epic rock climbing adventure; documentary screens Oct. 8

"The Dawn Wall' chronicles unprecedented free-climb on El Capitan in 2015.


Minnesota deer season opens with a CWD case

Whitetail buck

An archery hunter harvested a 3-year-old buck near Preston that tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The kill happened in the heart of a CWD management zone established in 2016. The outbreak continues.


Upgrades to system that includes BWCA permits launch next week

Upgrades to system that includes BWCA permits launch next week

Online site for reservations at national parks and forests made more secure, efficient.


Superior Hiking Trail puts its focus on Leave No Trace this week

Superior Hiking Trail puts its focus on Leave No Trace this week

Public training sessions set with national "trainers" on the North Shore.


Minnesota pheasant index up 19 percent

Pheasant abundance improved across the entire range for the birds despite heavy rains hurting the population in south-central Minnesota


More love for Cuyuna trails

Outside magazine touts Crosby among its "best towns."