Sound Of The Season

I took a walk down by the Duluth/Superior harbor at mid-afternoon today. I’d been staring at a computer screen too long, and I needed a break. The sun was high. A few ribs of thin clouds floated out over Lake Superior. When I got near the water, I could hear the unmistakable honking of Canada geese.…
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Cool On The Brule

Looks like it’s going to be a cool steelhead opener on Wisconsin’s Brule River on Saturday. Steelhead fishing opens from U.S. Highway 2 to Lake Superior — or at least wherever anglers can find open water in that part of the river. Overnight lows Friday night are forecast to be about 14. That will mean…
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A Mallard Pair

Photo courtesy Carole Lent/Duluth Not many ducks have returned from the South yet. These mallards, photographed by Duluth’s Carole Lent from the Minnesota Slip Bridge near Canal Park, are probably among the 50 or so mallards that have remained in the Duluth area all winter. Wildlife photographer Michael Furtman has seen them for much of…
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Persistent ‘rat

     Among this past week’s reports from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers was an item filed by Scott Staples, one of the Cloquet-area officers. It seems a muskrat kept trying to get into a convenience store at Moose Lake, Staples said in the report.      "Apparently the young rodent was hanging out in…
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The Smell Of Spring

     Maybe you caught it, too. I picked it up Monday morning, wallking to the Post Office downtown. The unmistakable whiff of spring. Snow was falling lightly. The temperature was in the upper 20s. And for just a second, those elements combined to smell like a spring rain. I tried to pick up the scent…
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