Environment

Moon & Sunset

Northern Sky: Lyrid Meteor Shower & Walpurgisnacht

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


A hungry squirrel, captured near Gunflint Lodge

Wildersmith April 13

With April rapidly reaching its half way point, the boundary country weather has leveled off into being more typical.


Jay Cooke State Park in Carlton, MN

Points North: An Elephant for Easter

On an Easter Sunday drive, we saw an elephant. Since this was our first Minnesota elephant sighting, we pulled off the highway to get a better look.


"When fighting a good-sized trout, “easy does it” is usually the best strategy"

Points North: Normal or not, Spring is here

In this most unusual of springs, the change of seasons progressed at such a rapid pace it’s been difficult to keep up. Nearly two feet of snow melted in a matter of days.


There's a lot to see in the April night sky

Northern Sky: Opposition, Venus & The Virgo Cluster

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


"Sol...exploded over the panorama with an eye-catching bronzy autumn-like sunset"

Wildersmith March 30

As the northland wraps up an unusual March, there has been a lot of speculation and excitement about ice-out on upper trail lakes.


"The use of this land for activities ranging from hiking to hunting to logging is taken for granted"

Points North: Will We Pay for Access to Public Land?

The Minnesota Legislature wants to make more money from the state’s School Trust Lands.


Image Carah Thomas / Graphic Lauryl Loberg

LSProject: A Dangerous, Dangerous Business

Joe Duffy has spent the better part of his 70 some years fishing on the Big Lake.


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Meteorologist/climatologist Mark Seeley on weird weather and warming trends

Buck spoke Mar. 23 with Dr. Mark Seeley, professor at the U of MN and regular commentator on MPR, about Minnesota's unusual weather of late, climate change in Minnesota, and what it might mean for us.


"The early advance of May in March has the pussy willow buds just a-purring in the powerful sun..."

Wildersmith March 23

Once more, the Smiths are back in border country. It’s great to be home after a swell 10-day break visiting with grandsons in Iowa.