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Downy woodpeckers range across North America, except for deserts and tundra.
To get an event in the Outdoors Calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 1148 or by email at bdokken@gfherald.com. Deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesdays.
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Most of the state's 23,000 miles of trail are maintained by local club members.
Closer to home, I’ve never encountered anything that rivals a mountain lion, but there definitely have been a few encounters that stand out.

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This happened because York the cat and I spent time this week studying redpolls.
Itasca State Park’s “Twinkle Light Trail” is located in the Bear Paw Campground and offers visitors a view of twinkling lights to match the starry night sky.
Redpoll numbers have been building at our place. This week, they’ve reached 60, I’m sure, and perhaps as many as 100.
Minneopa, Mille Lacs Kathio, Whitewater and William O’Brien state parks also will offer First Day Hikes on New Year's Day.
The eagle’s nomination as this week's bird of the week relies on a second chance encounter – of three eagles this time – two adults and a juvenile bird.
Now in its second season, the path was officially measured at 5.2 miles recently -- doubling in size from last year -- and Jared Olafson, one of its founders, said the town is eager for a fun winter on the ice again.

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Goshawks are birds of the northern forests that appear in the northern states fairly frequently.
To get an event in the Outdoors calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 1148 or by email at bdokken@gfherald.com. Deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesdays.
Carvers from Park Rapids, Detroit Lakes, New York Mills and Wadena, among others, gathered to sell their handiwork at a Saturday, Dec. 4 show hosted by the Park Rapids Chapter of Minnesota Darkhouse & Angling Association.

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