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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Hit The Trails

     It’s hard to say what tonight’s predicted snow will do, but in recent days, trail running in the Duluth area has been excellent. The trails are snow-packed and firm. If you wear a pair of cleats or YakTrax over your running shoes, traction is excellent. Without them, you might find some slippery spots.     …
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Grouse On A Stick

Photo courtesy Bill and Paula Johnson/Nashwauk      Bill Johnson of Nashwauk found this ruffed grouse impaled on a sapling while he was walking his dogs on a trail behind the Johnson home. He and his wife, Paula, assume that the grouse ran the stick through its body as it was coming down to roost in…
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In The Grasp Of A Frozen River

When I was covering an ice-climbing story at Gooseberry Falls State Park recently, I came upon the scene above when leaving the river. Three cedars are ankle-deep in overflow ice. I liked the way the sunlight played on the ice. The trees were just above the Lower Falls on the river. As the river began…
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