Points North

Shawn Perich

Shawn Perich

Shawn Perich writes a weekly column on conservation and the outdoors for Minnesota Outdoor News. He owns Northern Wilds Media, Inc., a publishing company located in Grand Marais and is the author of eight books. He lives in Hovland with his partner Vikki and two dogs. His commentary, Points North, airs on WTIP every Friday morning between 7-8 and Saturdays on North Shore Weekend between 7-10 a.m. You can also subscribe on our Points North podcast.


What's On:
MN DNR volunteers conducting a survey of dwarf trout lilies

Points North: Somewhere, We’ve Lost It

A recent interview with DNR commissioner Tom Landwehr in Minnesota Outdoor News ended on a less than inspiring note.


Points North: Winter Media Safari Finds Outdoor Adventurers

Over the winter I explored the outdoors in media. In this era when many say America's love for the outdoors is fading, I wanted to find out what, if anything, was new and exciting.

Canada Lynx

Points North: We Don’t Need No Science—Legislators Prove Global Warming A Farce

The Canada lynx may be Minnesota's most reclusive resident, but we know much more about this boreal forest wild cat than we did 10 years ago.

Logging Skidder

Points North: Understanding School Trust Lands

Among the land conservation issues likely to be addressed by the Legislature during this session will be state trust lands and the revenue they produce for schools.

Spring Renewal

Points North: Soon Enough, Winter Will Be A Memory

Spring is in the air and my angler friends are stirring.

Winter Reading

Points North: Some Gleanings From Winter Reading

Recently, en route on the Information Highway to other things, I stumbled upon a 2009 New York Times story about urban dwellers who are turning to hunting as way to acquire healthy, inexpensive meat.

Tom Melius (FWS Midwest Regional Director) discusses waterfowl status with MN DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr

Points North: Can Landwehr Move the DNR Forward?

The recent announcement of DNR commissioner Tom Landwehr's leadership team left me wondering just one thing. Does Landwehr appoint the state poet laureate?

Minnesota Forest

Points North: Let’s Keep Lawmakers Out of the Real Estate Business

Last fall, we looked at a 20-acre parcel the state was selling near Grand Marais, one of several on the North Shore included in a statewide land auction last October.

Deer in Winter

Points North: Can We Change And Reduce Deer Disease Risks?

Last weekend Vikki announced she was giving up on feeding the birds for the winter, because she was overwhelmed by whitetails.