Loons Assembling

    I received a report from a man who lives on Pike Bay of Lake Vermilion on Tuesday.     "I wish you could see what I’m seeing," he said. "There are 58 loons in one group on Pike Bay."     The bay represented the only significant piece of open water on the lake, the caller said,…
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Fox Trots Free, Finally

     SUBMITTED PHOTO BY BILLY ANDERSON  Four fox kits — of five total — go for a romp through Billy Anderson’s property at the edge of Cloquet.    SUBMITTED PHOTO BY BILLY ANDERSON A fox kit trapped in the split trunk of a tree.  CASE OF THE MISSING FOX KIT  Billy Anderson of Cloquet…
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Duck On A Small Pond

    You’ve got to love this.      One of my co-workers, Mary Beamish, came to work on this rainy Friday reporting that she had seen a drake mallard swimming in a pothole on 53rd Avenue East between Tioga and Colorado streets. Finally. For so long, Duluth’s potholes have gotten a bum rap. Our citizens harangue…
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Steelhead Run Update

    Minnesota’s North Shore steelhead fishing has been hampered by high water and cold rivers, but some fish are moving up streams. Department of Natural Resources officials count steelhead (Lake Superior migratory rainbow trout) and Kamloops rainbow trout at traps on the Knife and French rivers. Here are totals through Wednesday (April 23):      Knife River…
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Rain

    After nearly a week of snowmelt runoff, a good, honest rain moved through Monday night. I had made a small fire from brush I picked up in the yard, and I was watching it burn, enjoying the aroma of woodsmoke, when I saw the dark blue of the front in the west.     I…
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