The Opener And Beyond

     PHOTO BY CLINT AUSTIN / NEWS TRIBUNE   Dave Schaeffer of Tower holds one of the five walleyes he caught Saturday on Lake Vermilion.     The weather was challenging across Northeastern Minnesota on Saturday and Sunday, opening weekend of fishing in Minnesota. Temperatures were in the high 30s to mid-40s, with wind, some rain…
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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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