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Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune outdoors editor, checks in on eve of fishing opener

DNT outdoors editor Sam Cook joined us from the road, on his way to the Governor's Fishing Opener on Lake Vermilion. He and Buck chatted about the opener and Sam shared some great stories from seasons past. You can find Sam's outdoors reporting here.


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Longtime competitor Jan Horak shares Birkie stories...race is weekend of Feb. 20

Jan Horak of Tofte, who with his wife Kathy owns and runs Cobblestone Cabins, is a veteran cross-country skier about to ski his 36th Birkebeiner this year. He stopped by Studio A Feb. 13 to share delightfully random stories about the race and the characters he's met there. You can learn more about the race here.


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Explorer Lonnie Dupre on his successful summit of Denali in January

Lonnie Dupre summitted Denali a few weeks ago after three previous attempts, becoming the first person to ever accomplish this solo in January. He stopped in to Studio A Jan. 30  for a long chat with Buck about what it was like and how he feels about finally making it. You can learn more about Lonnie and his projects here


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Matthew Brown reaches 50,000 lifetime sailing miles on Caribbean adventure

WTIP Program Director Matthew Brown had a goal of sailing 50,000 miles by the time he was 50. He just completed the last 3,000 miles, on a sailing adventure from the north coast of Africa to Antigua, sailing with an organization called the Jubilee Sailing Trust. Their mission is to enable people of all physical abilities to sail. Dick caught up with Matthew Jan. 9 to learn all about it.


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Roadhouse host Buck Benson returns from biking the Andes Trail from the equator to the tip of South America

Roadhouse producer Ann Possis put host Buck Benson in the guest seat Jan. 2 for a conversation about his recent bicycle adventure through South America--a 6,875-mile journey that took 4 1/2 months. Hear what it was like,  his biggest challenges and joys, and what he learned and took away from the experience. You can read his great blog here.


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Duluth's Sam Cook on the year in the outdoors

Longtime Duluth News Tribune editor/writer Sam Cook joined Buck last week to talk about everything from wolves and moose to local adventurers and the changing ways we engage with the outdoors. It's a great wrap-up of 2014 and look to the year ahead.


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Roadhouse host & avid athlete Buck Benson sets off on South American bicycle adventure

Roadhouse producer Ann Possis turned the tables on Buck to learn about his upcoming adventure biking  from the equator to the tip of South America. The trip will take 4 1/2 months and require biking 6,875 miles. You can follow Buck through his blog, and we'll also provide regular updates on The Roadhouse. 


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Grand Marais native Phil Bowen named Coach of the Year in 2014 Ultiworld College Awards

Carleton College Ultimate coach Phil Bowen was recently named Coach of the Year by Ultiworld, the news site dedicated to ultimate (a team sport played with a flying disc). Dick spoke with Phil June 6 to learn about the season and how he and his team dealt with the tragedy of losing three team members in a car accident. You can read more about ultimate here.


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It's down to Duluth vs. Provo, Utah, in Outside Magazine's Best Towns contest

Duluth has beat out 62 other towns and is up against just Provo, Utah, in the Outside Magazine Best Towns Tournament. Outside Associate Editor Jonah Ogles chatted with Buck June 6 about the contest and about what makes a town a great place to live and play. You can vote for Duluth here.


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A chat with fishing guide Kelly Shepard on the eve of fishing opener

It's pretty cold and icy for fishing opener this year...local fishing guide Kelly Shepard joined Buck May 9 to talk about ice-out conditions, fishing prospects, and looking ahead to summer. You can learn more about Kelly's guide service here.