Lorie Skarpness

staff reporter

Lorie Skarpness is responsible for the Saturday Life page, including the "Northwoods Cooks" recipe column. She especially enjoys writing for the "Northland Outdoors" section and writing in-depth feature stories.
She also covers Nevis School Board and Akeley city council meetings.

Lorie earned her degree in writing from Concordia College, Moorhead. She has worked as a newspaper reporter for 16 years. Her stories have also published in several magazines, including "Lake Country Journal", "Good Old Days" and "Northwoods Woman."

Lorie also has a degree in child development and family studies from North Dakota State University. She has served as a child care center director and Head Start teacher in that field and written research articles for professional journals.

Many events for family fun are planned for the 73rd annual Paul Bunyan Days on June 24-26.
Here are a few tasty walleye recipes to sample.
The fawn, nicknamed Smokey, is recovering at Northwoods Wildlife Rescue.
Whether opening your cabin yourself or hiring professionals, planning ahead is the key to helping the process go smoothly.
Mike Swan is an elder in the village of Pine Point on the White Earth Reservation, 20 miles from Park Rapids. He grew up in the village, attending the old school. He said there weren’t many opportunities for drama at that time.
After two years of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, a Minnesota emergency room physician talks about the toll on hospital staff and patients.
Gilligan, the juvenile loon who was stranded on a lake in the Crow Wing Lake chain near Nevis in early December when much of the lake iced over, was seen flying away from Dec. 19 by two people who were ice fishing in the area where Gilligan had been sighted.
Gilligan was last seen Dec. 18. On Dec. 19, Debbie Center went to the lake to check on him, but saw nothing but ice from her viewing spot 1,700 feet away.
Loon lovers hope for a happy ending as the young loon struggles to elude eagles and find enough room to take off.
Elk roaming free in northwestern Minnesota today are the result of a program at Itasca State Park to reintroduce the species to the state.