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VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK -- When they aren’t identifying record large trees in the forest, Thomas Gable and Austin Homkes’ day job is wolf research, trying to untangle the complex, mostly unknown relationship between wolves and beaver in Voyageurs National Park. They live-trap wolves and place GPS collars on them in the early spring and then follow the packs around from April to October, checking out exactly what wolves eat.
DULUTH — Looking for a new ice auger — electric, gas, propane or battery — but still have some questions? The sixth annual Arrowhead Ice Fishing and Winter Show should have the answers. The show runs Friday, Dec. 7, through Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center with more than 150 exhibitors, panel discussions, special guests, prizes and more.
DULUTH — When Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins visited Duluth earlier this month she may have inspired a future generation of Nordic ski Olympic hopefuls, but she definitely inspired people to dig-deep for the sport’s future in the city. The Diggins event at the Grand Avenue Chalet at Spirit Mountain raised $150,000 in a single day toward the new Grand Avenue Nordic Ski Center.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill that would remove gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act list and open them to state hunting and trapping seasons. In the latest act of the ongoing wolf saga, the lame-duck House voted 196 to 180, along heavily partisan lines, to approve H.R. 6784 that would take wolves off the endangered list nationwide and block courts from considering violations of federal law for wolves under the Endangered Species Act.
DULUTH — So this was considered a slow day last week at Hawk Ridge, one of the premier fall bird migration watching and counting spots in the nation: 4,000 warblers, 1,800 blue jays and nine peregrine falcons flew over with a smattering of a dozen other species.
DULUTH, Minn. — Another 618 waterways in Minnesota — both lakes and segments of streams — are being added to the state list of officially impaired waters for specific problems, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said Wednesday, Oct. 12. The PCA updates the list every two years and reports to the federal government on progress being made cleaning up the state's waterways — things like mercury contamination, excess phosphorus and nitrogen; fish habitat; and sedimentation.
DULUTH, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings will play the Cleveland Browns in London on Oct. 29 and bar owners in rural St. Louis County say they want in on the action. Vikings game days are traditionally big days for watering holes across the county, but the game at Twickenham Stadium will start at 2:30 p.m. London time — 8:30 a.m. Minnesota time.
DULUTH, Minn. — A previously little-known infectious disease has emerged as a major killer of frogs in Minnesota and nine other states, according to a study by the U.S. Geological Survey recently published the journal Nature. Scientists studied 247 frog die-offs in 43 states from 1999 through 2015 and found that severe Perkinsea infections, or SPI, caused 21 major mortality events in 10 states total.
DULUTH, Minn. — The Minnesota State Patrol on Wednesday, Sept. 13, reported the results of a recent two-week crackdown on drunken and other unsafe driving that included an Ely woman so drunk when she was arrested that officers had to wait until the next morning to book her into jail. The woman in Ely recorded a 0.24 percent blood-alcohol concentration, three times the legal limit; the patrol reported she said she was driving at the time because her boyfriend was too drunk to drive.
ELY, Minn. — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was on the edge of the some of the state's most pristine waters on Tuesday, Sept. 12, for one of 10 Water Quality Town Hall meetings held across the state in recent weeks. Across much of Minnesota, the discussion has been about lakes and rivers impaired by excess phosphorus and nitrogen, too much road salt, invasive species, declining water tables due to overuse and the need for buffer strips to keep farm runoff out of rivers.