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I'm standing next to a replica of a massive Alberta non-typical whitetail deer, and people are coming by to visit. They have come to opening night of the annual Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel & RV Show at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. They are there to touch boats, flex fishing rods, pet Labrador retrievers and quiz resort owners. They have come for bright lights and shiny ATVs and mini-donuts and to forget about slipping on the ice for a couple of hours. And, when they find me, we talk.
FRENCH RIVER, Minn. — Against the pink wash of the pre-dawn sky, an angler stood motionless near the mouth of the French River on Monday. Wearing waders, he was ankle deep in Lake Superior. He held a long fishing rod in one hand. The Lake Superior surf, pushed by modest southwest winds, rolled breakers ashore catching the angler at mid-calf. They did not budge him. His eyes were fixed on his bobber riding far out in the waves.
DULUTH — Bill Lounsberry of Duluth was just settling in for an afternoon of crappie fishing on Fish Lake north of Duluth on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 8. Lounsberry, a retired letter carrier, was aware that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing to raise fishing and hunting license fees. "I'm OK with that," Lounsberry said with a smile. "I'm retired. This is pretty cheap entertainment."
DULUTH — The second annual Ice & Mixed Fest, a celebration of Duluth's winter climbing scene, begins Friday, Feb. 10, and goes through Feb. 12 at Quarry Park in West Duluth and at other locations. "Ice and Mixed" refers to ice climbing and mixed ice and rock climbing. The event, sponsored by the Duluth Climbers Coalition, will showcase recent improvements at Quarry Park, which officially became a city park in May. The 30-acre park — also known as Casket Quarry — is accessed via a trail from the top of 59th Avenue West.
It wasn't long into our little push up a frozen North Shore stream that one of my snowshoes broke through to open water. Hmmm. Dark, wet, but not deep. You'd be surprised how quickly you can extract a snowshoe-clad foot from a piece of moving water. The motivation factor is high.
ASHLAND, Wis. — Clearly, the man can cover ground. Ashland's Shane Peltonen hiked and ran 4,700 miles across eight northern states last summer, most of it on the North Country National Scenic Trail. Peltonen, 43, a former professional bicycle racer, hiked from Killington, Vt., to Lake Sakakawea State Park in North Dakota from April 10 to Oct. 30 — about 200 days.
DULUTH—Andrew Chadwick didn't know at the time he would one day be a fishing guide on the Kenai River in Alaska. But, two years out of the University of Minnesota Duluth, he knew one thing. He had to get up there. "It was something I'd always wanted to do," said Chadwick, 28. "I had a friend who was a disabled vet. We just decided to wing it. We loaded up my Jeep and started driving."
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — A statewide fisheries advisory group again has brought up the idea of reducing Minnesota's statewide walleye limit from six fish to four, said Chris Kavanaugh, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources regional fisheries supervisor at Grand Rapids.
GRAND MARAIS, Minn. --Minnesota climber and adventurer Lonnie Dupre narrowly escaped disaster during his attempt this past week to solo-climb Alaska's Mount Hunter. Dupre, 55, of Grand Marais broke through a crevasse on his retreat from the 14,573-foot mountain and hung by a single ice axe for several minutes with his feet dangling beneath him, he said. "That scared the s--- out of me," said Dupre, who in 2015 became the first solo climber to summit Alaska's 20,310-foot Denali in January. "Getting back down to my tent, I was pretty shaken up."
TALKEETNA, Alaska — Another year, another mountain. Grand Marais, Minn., adventurer Lonnie Dupre was holed up at the Talkeetna Roadhouse in Talkeetna, Alaska, on Tuesday making final preparations for yet another mountain ascent. Recently back from a climb in the Himalayas, Dupre, 55, hopes in coming days to become the first person to make a solo winter ascent of Alaska's Mount Hunter, at 14,573 feet. A team of climbers reached the peak in the winter of 1980.