Gaining Daylight

     I stepped out of work the other night and noticed something unusual: There was still light in the sky. I checked my watch. It was 5:02 p.m.      The length of daylight is slowly increasing, and I say bring it on. We’re fully capable of functioning in the dark, but I think something…
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Keeping Warm

     In France, almost everyone wears a scarf when the weather is cool. It makes sense. Keeping your neck insulated is a good way to preserve body heat. You can lose a lot of heat from that area because arteries carrying a lot of blood pass close to the skin.     Scarves are just as…
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The Essence Of The Outdoors

    As outdoors writer for the Duluth News Tribune, part of my job is to recognize the success of people in our region. So, we regularly publish photos of hunters with big bucks and anglers with big fish. Our stories often highlight people who have been successful in the field and on the water.    …
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Needing To Be In The Woods

    I don’t know about you, but if I don’t get out in the woods — really out in the woods — I start to get a little itchy. I don’t mean cross-country skiing on groomed trails, as good as that is. I’ve done plenty of that this winter. I don’t mean snowmobiling down…
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Tough Winter?

    It’s been several years since those of us up north have experienced a "severe winter." We have to look back to 1995-96 and 1996-97, when snowfall totals and below-zero temperatures combined to cause extensive die-offs within the deer population. With easier winters and conservative management, the deer population bounced back quickly. And with…
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