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Spring azure butterflies are some of the first butterflies to emerge from their chrysalis in spring

It’s Spring along the North Shore

We are in the full flush of spring. Baby animals, insects on the move, plants blooming -- and the big green-up is upon us.

It's important to protect our lakes, but should we have to sacrifice our right to refuse inspection to do it?

Points North: Should One Invasion Lead to Another?

Years ago, when 20,000 latter day hippies known as the Rainbow Family traveled to the North Shore for their annual Independence Day campout, I was the editor of the Grand Marais newspaper and learned

Warm weather has arrived on the Gunflint!

Wildersmith May 27

April snow and rain showers that the northland experienced a few weeks ago are beginning to bear results. The upper Gunflint is alive and well with blooming of all kinds.

Earthworms can be beneficial in agricultural soils, but they can be destructive in the glaciated portion of our continent

Digging beneath the surface on earthworms

We use them for fishing and we use them for composting, but that doesn’t mean earthworms are all that nice to have around.

The thermo cline an important barrier that regulates how nutrients cycle in the lake

Another look at Lake Superior turnover

A good share of the health of Lake Superior is dependent upon water at 39 degrees.

Prof. Randel Hanson and students are working to win a community orchard for Duluth

UMD renovates old apple orchard in Duluth

Duluth is vying to win a community apple orchard, and they need the public’s help to get it. Randel Hanson is with UMD’s Department of Geographical Sciences.

Agriculture and expanding population along the shore are two of the biggest issues facing Lake Superior's health

Dr. Gerald Niemi on linkage between landscapes and coastal ecosystems

More than 600 freshwater scientists from around the world are in Duluth this week for a conference called “Big lakes, Big world.” It’s the 54th International Conference on Great Lake

The Great Lakes face many problems--including climate change, invasive species, contaminants and more

Duluth conference to look at major issues facing the Great Lakes

More than 600 freshwater scientists from around the world will be in Duluth next week for a conference called “Big lakes, Big world.”

Poplar River

Points North: Not fishing on the opener and other musings

Most Minnesota anglers celebrated the May 14 fishing opener by going after walleyes, but a friend and I headed for alternative waters.

Hooded Merganzer

Wildersmith May 20

Regardless of summer still being a month away according to the calendar, I believe we can declare the season pretty much upon us.