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Crescent Moon & Venus (Jan Kalab/Flickr)

Northern Sky: September Brings A Striking Morning Sky

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


North Dakota (Matthew Bietz/Flickr)

Points North: North Dakota may be the next Paradise Lost

About a decade ago, North Dakota hunters, upset with increasing numbers of out-of-state duck hunters, urged the state legislature to pass new restrictions on nonresidents.


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New collaboration between Google & U of MN lets you visit Antarctica without leaving home

Brad Herried, cartographer & web developer at the U of MN Polar Geospatial Center, chatted with Buck Sept. 7 about the new joint project with Google that allows people to see special places in the Antarctic and Arctic without ever leaving home. The pic at left shows Brad capturing Google Street View imagery at the South Pole November 2011. Click here to go to the Street View page where this shot was taken.


A snapping turtle catching some rays on Saganaga Lake (Blue~Canoe/Flickr)

Wildersmith September 7

‘Tis the season for kick-offs: another school year, football, etc. For yours truly, it’s a kick-off time too.


Log Truck loading birch sawlogs (Eli Sagor/Flickr)

Points North: Mills Close, But Trees Keep Growing

This summer, Minnesota lost the Verso paper mill in Sartell and the Georgia-Pacific hardboard plant in Duluth. Both appear to be permanent losses.


"With the cool, wisps of wood smoke will soon be wafting through the woods foretelling of the magical fall changes in store..."

Wildersmith August 31

The Gunflint bids farewell to month eight under a full gaze from that “old man in the moon.” The past chapter of 2012 has quickly trudged off into the history book, beginning in a full lun


Walleye (Megan Hines/Flickr)

Points North: Bad luck doesn't deter budding angler

Some say fishing is just luck. My friend Kate Watson would agree, pointing out that all of hers is bad. Twice this summer the Grand Marais woman has gone fishing with yours truly.


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DNR wildlife veterinarian Erika Butler on possible new health threat to moose

Erika Butler, wildlife veterinarian with the MN DNR, talked with Buck Aug. 24 about a health threat to moose: eastern equine encephalitis virus, which is carried by mosquitoes. She explained what it is  and how the DNR is working to learn more about this possible factor in moose mortality.  


If you look along the Milky Way, you should see three bright stars: the summer triangle (Top to Bottom: Deneb, Vega & Altair)

Northern Sky: Gaining Constellations, Losing a Few Old Friends

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


"...The foliage of aspen and birch are beginning to favor aurous tones over their virescent tints of the past few months.."

Wildersmith August 24

Ambiance of adventure in this north woods territory is ever present, but is never more cherished than as we pass from season to season.