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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.
KNIFE RIVER, Minn. — When tourists flock to Minnesota's North Shore each summer and fall, they want to hike, throw rocks in Lake Superior and take in the fall colors. And eat fresh herring. "It's one of the best eating fish there is," said commercial fisherman Mark Torgersen of Knife River. North Shore restaurants cater to that demand, offering fresh herring specials as often as Minnesota commercial herring fishermen can supply them, which is almost daily through the summer and into the fall.
MADISON, Minn. — We stepped out of the old red farmhouse on the prairie into 8 inches of powder snow. This was good. Maybe the pheasants would hold in the deep powder. Three of us, 30-year friends, had come west to live at this Lac qui Parle County farm for a few days in December. We had made trips earlier this fall, and we found some birds. But not all of the corn had been harvested during those hunts, and the birds still had sanctuaries that were impractical or off-limits to hunt.
NORTH OF GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — For Tom Chapin, this late November day was the one he anticipates more than any other among his outdoor pursuits. More than the fishing opener. More than any hunting season opener. It was the day that Chapin, of Grand Rapids, got to check pine marten and fisher traps with his trapping partner Dan Hertle. "I kind of wait for this day every year," Chapin said. "After we go through a lot of effort, Dan and I, setting the traps, checking the traps three days later is really exciting. You never know what you're going to find."
NORTH OF GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — It must have been midday, but we couldn't verify that by the sky. It was gray as a junco's back over the little lake where Tom Chapin of Grand Rapids and I were paddling. A few confetti-size snowflakes dropped to the water, dimpling the surface like raindrops.
Late in the day of the Supermoon, Nov. 14, David Christoffersen took a walk across an eastern Montana grassland with his rifle. He had been watching a nice whitetail buck for several years and wanted to see if it was still around.
DULUTH — With this crazy warm weather lately, Santa isn't sure his reindeer will be up to the task. So, he has his faithful Labradeer retrievers on standby in case he needs their help to deliver the goods. And, once again, retailers from across the Northland have put together plenty of ideas for outdoor giving by the Santas in your family. Grab and go
IRON RIVER, Wis. — Sherrie Carlson first saw the buck in 2013. Not on the hoof. Only in a trail-camera image. "He was a 10-pointer then, the same as he is now, just a little smaller," said Carlson, 51, of Iron River. In Wisconsin's bow season, Carlson and her husband, Todd Carlson, always hunt together, side by side in a ground blind. "He'll sit with me until I get my deer," Sherrie said. "Then I sit with him."