Ready To Roll

    A young angler with a nice smallmouth bass from Basswood Lake near Ely last summer.      It’s the eve of Minnesota’s 2008 fishing opener, and I’m eager to head north. I’ll be fishing on Lake Vermilion with guides Dave Schaeffer and Denny Van de Linde. Lake Vermilion might still have ice on it. Schaeffer…
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Ice And Fishing

    OK. Here’s the latest on ice-out across the Northland, as of a few phone calls made in the past hour. This is a big deal, of course, with Minnesota’s fishing opener coming Saturday.      Lake Winnibigoshish — Ice went out Wednesday.      Rainy Lake — Still mostly ice-covered, according to Voyageurs National Park naturalist Mike Williams. For…
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Bloodroot And More

Photo by Andrew Krueger / Duluth News Tribune A bloodroot plant blooms in the Rice Lake Township yard of Andrew Krueger on May 4. SPRING WILDFLOWERS COMING ON      One of my colleagues here at the newspaper, Andrew Krueger, shared the photo above of a bloodroot blooming over the weekend. Bloodroot are among the first of the…
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Look, No Ice

Tim Wagner (left) of Hi-Banks Resort and Duane Brown of Duane’s Outboard Repair Services guide a pontoon boat onto a trailer at Fish Lake Monday morning. THE ICE IS OUT      The ice went out on Fish and Island lakes north of Duluth on Saturday. Anglers and resort owners have been concerned whether the ice…
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Tischer Creek, In A Hurry

Lots of water flows down a set of falls on Tischer Creek in Duluth on Sunday afternoon.      Rivers in northern Minnesota are full of water with recent rains. Walking along Tischer Creek Sunday afternoon was a real treat. The creek was humming with runoff, cascading down the steep drops in the rocky canyon.     …
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