Environment

The Gunflint Trail finally saw some snow this week... (Photo by Mr.OutdoorGuy/Flickr)

Wildersmith November 30

Finally, the great northern express pulled through our Gunflint station, better late than never!


Deer (MN Photos/Flickr)

Points North: Emptiness Where the Hunting Ought to Be

"Did you ever wonder if you're the only hunter who doesn't have trail cameras set up everywhere?" my friend asked me as we got ready for hunting one morning.


Peg Morris (Ed Landin)

West End News November 29

I recently received word about the death of Peg Morris.  Peg and her partner, Ed Landin, were Cook County residents for many years.


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Not your ordinary bike trip...this one's to the South Pole

Ann Possis visited Nov. 23 with polar adventurer, educator, guide, and former Cook County resident Eric Larsen about his upcoming adventure, Cycle South. Eric, the first person to reach both the North and South Poles and Mt. Everest in a single year, will start in mid-December to pedal from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole on a fat tire bike. You can follow his adventures here. Outside Magazine has a great article about it, too.


Snow & Needles (Eli Sagor/Flickr)

Wildersmith: November 23

Back in the woods once more, after another whirlwind trip to Iowa to care for some family illness matters. It’s great to be home to the sereneness of border country.
 


Arctic Bay, Nunavut (Photo by Baine/Flickr)

Points North: Kantner makes life in the Arctic come alive

In recent weeks I’ve played email and telephone tag with Seth Kantner of Kotzebue, Alaska, attempting to set up an interview.


Jupiter (LeydenBlue/Flickr)

Northern Sky: Jupiter dominates in late November

Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota, where she authors the Minnesota Starwatch column.


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Points North: Young hunter overcomes adrenaline to shoot his first “real deer”

Life is filled with firsts and, last weekend, 15-year-old Joe Hamsmith of Duluth passed a hunting milestone.


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J. Drake Hamilton of Fresh Energy & polar explorer Lonnie Dupre discuss climate change

Buck was joined Nov. 9 by J. Drake Hamilton, science policy director at Fresh Energy, and Lonnie Dupre, polar explorer. They discussed how climate change might be influencing severe weather events like Hurricane Sandy, changes that have been noted in sea levels and other indicators around the world and in the Arctic, and what can be done to address climate change.


Deer (Kent Landerholm/Flickr)

Points North: Deer haul becomes a drag after dark

On the evening before deer season, a spike buck was grazing in my backyard.