Skiing For Life

    I watched the Minnesota state high school cross-country skiing championships on Feb. 15 at Giants Ridge near Biwabik. It was brisk, to say the least. The day’s high temperature may have hit 2 degrees above zero. The skiers had to ski a 5-kilometer freestyle (skate) race in the morning and a 5-kilometer classic…
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Flccking To Toivola-Meadowlands

About 150 birders flocked to the Toivola-Meadowlands area for the first-ever Sax-Zim Bog Winter Birding Festival Friday through Sunday (Feb. 15-17). Birding festivals are getting more and more popular, but most of them are held in spring, summer and fall. Duluth birder Sparky Stensaas thinks this may be the only mid-winter birding festival in in…
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I’ll Believe It When I See It

      Twice today I was stopped by people who wanted to know what I thought about the snow forecast for tonight into tomorrow. What do I think about it? I want it.    Two to four inches? Sure. Three to six? Fine. Four to seven? Sign me up.       But I’ll admit, I feel like…
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Reports From The Front

     A couple of interesting things emerged from this week’s reports from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers on Monday. At least a couple of officers reported hearing of timber wolves that seemed too bold about approaching domestic dogs. If you live in the woods, it might be a good idea to keep…
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Deer Migration

     Marilyn Persch called the News Tribune to report a deer migration of sorts that she and her husband witnessed on Saturday morning, Feb. 9. The Persches lived on Spirit Cove, on the St. Louis River. Saturday, they saw a "herd of about 40 deer" move from the mainland out toward one of the…
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