Timing Is Everything

   This time of year, you have to time your outdoor activities to take advantage of optimum conditions. With the sun higher in the sky and packing more wallop, conditions change rapidly.     I went for a trail run this morning in some maple woods near my home. The trail has been run and hiked…
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Fresh Spring Doughnuts

    They’re already starting to appear — right in your neighborhood and perhaps right in your yard. I call them tree doughnuts. They’re the circles of thawing that appear around the bases of deciduous trees every year about this time.     The dark bark of the trees absorbs the increasing heat of the sun’s rays…
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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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