Environment

"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.


Checking out coho salmon (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service -Pacific Region/Flickr)

Points North: Invasive Ironies

The introduction of Pacific salmon to the Great Lakes in the 1960s is perhaps the best example of a government invasive species program that worked.


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LSProject: Creative Expression

Lake Superior: Fresh. Beautiful. Inspiring. The world’s largest and cleanest freshwater lake has been described in many ways.


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Kayaking from Northwest Angle to Key West...4,000 miles of lakes, rivers and ocean

Daniel Alvarez chatted with Bob Aug. 17 by phone from his kayak on the Big Lake near Two Harbors. Daniel is paddling from Northwest Angle to Key West, via the St. Louis and Mississippi rivers. You can follow his adventure here.


Sunset over Gunflint Lake (bdearth/Flickr)

Wildersmith August 17

The third weekend of August recorded seven days of tranquil weather passing through the upper Trail.


It's harvest time on the North Shore (janet.powell/Flickr)

Points North: Backyard Vacations and Fat Farm Subsidies

Every August I have a powerful urge to head West and get lost somewhere with mountains and trout streams.