Environment

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (Center for American Progress/Flickr)

Points North: Will Water Management Influence Future Farm Policy?

News reports from the Pheasant Fest show held in Minneapolis during February suggest the best days of pheasant and duck hunting in the upper Midwest are behind us.


"...sunshine glistening off mounds of snow piled here and there in kaleidoscope sparkles..." (realityfanclub/Flickr)

Wildersmith March 1

The upper Trail is “marching” into month three as February bids adieu in lamb-like character.


"Canadians are crossing the border in droves to enjoy outdoor activities..." (Chad Fennell/Flickr)

Points North: Roles Reversed - Canadians Head to Minnesota for Outdoor Fun

Working a booth or exhibit at a sport show is not everyone's cup of tea. Days are long as you talk to folks in an endless parade of passersby, promoting the product or organization you represent.


Pine Marten (travelling.steve/Flickr)

Wildersmith February 22

Thanks go out to Rosey, that news-scoopin’ K-9 from over on Hungry Jack Lake, for covering my absence last week.


Boreal Owl (Eric Ripma/Flickr)

Points North: The Economics of Owl Watching

Below-zero cold feels crisp and comfortable on a windless February night. Overhead, stars sparkle and wink. The surrounding forest is dark and silent.


Nosey Rosey

Nosey Rosey February 15

Nosey Rosey lives with Dave and Nancy Seaton and family at Hungry Jack Outfitters, half-way up the Gunflint Trail.


Shake it off! by Travis Novitsky

Points North: A Population Collapse Measured in Dog Years

In the corner of my garage is a large bin overflowing with antlers. Dig through the bin and you’ll find some deer and even caribou antlers, as well as a moose skull or two.


West End News February 14

West End News February 14

Logging has increased along the Sawbill Trail over the last couple of years.  Almost every month a new logging site or road appears, along with the commuting loggers, heavy equipment and - of cou


Andromeda Galaxy (Luis Argerich/Flickr)

Northern Sky: Mercury & Andromeda in February

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


Trophy Deer (John Athayde/Flickr)

Points North: Should Trophy Hunters Show More Restraint?

Presiding over my office is a set of antlers from a whitetail buck my father killed north of Two Harbors in 1963. Exceptionally wide and symmetrical, the 10-point rack has set a high bar for me.