Sam Cook

Sam Cook

Columnist

Sam Cook is a freelance writer for the News Tribune. Reach him at cooksam48@gmail.com or find his Facebook page at facebook.com/sam.cook.5249.

Here's how it begins: I leave home with a notebook in my pocket and camera gear in my backpack. I drive for two or three hours and hop in a boat or climb into a deer stand. Or I strap on skis or snowshoes. Or I hop in a bush plane bound for the w...
Well, we're not headed up to the canoe country to go lake trout fishing this spring. Or so it appears.The ice has us.Four of us make the trip each spring, close on the heels of ice-out, when the fish are hungry. We paddle across the border, into ...
FRENCH RIVER, Minn. - The St. Louis River has a healthy population of adult lake sturgeon, but those fish are not producing the numbers of young fish that biologists had hoped to see. Few adult females are returning to spawn, and biologists have ...
I visited my friend Jeff Rennicke's writing studio in Bayfield years ago. It was a simple room, bare of most distractions, but on the wall above his computer was a piece of paper with four words on it."Tell me a story."It was there as a reminder ...
DULUTH-Here they came, down the snow-packed trail toward us on Wednesday night in Duluth. Two of them. Young boys, it appeared from a distance.Each wearing a pair of chest waders. Each carrying a fly rod.Nothing could have looked more out of context.
Last fall, a Bemidji-area deer hunter's video was widely circulated on Facebook among Minnesota hunters. In the video, it appeared that about a dozen gray wolves emerged from the right side of the screen, one or two at a time, and made their way ...
DULUTH - Duluth's Gary Siverson is a bit worried. He loves his steelhead fishing, and in a typical year he would be on the rivers by now. But North Shore streams, including the popular Knife River, remain sealed beneath the ice with little prospe...
The manila file folder was stuck in alongside some of my old trip journals on a bookshelf."What's this?" I thought.I pulled it out and opened it up the other day. Inside were, among other things, a couple of sheets of notebook paper with my handw...
DULUTH -- Well, this is getting a little old, isn't it?This November in April, I mean.A buddy called the other day."It was four below in International Falls this morning!" he complained.Yeah. I was out shoveling a fresh skiff of snow the same mor...
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. - Jon Libbey has always hunted grouse and ducks and deer. But last year the Grand Rapids resident he added another hunting season - in the spring.He'd been seeing wild turkeys not far from Grand Rapids on his game cameras for ...