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September 19, 2017
Frogs in Minnesota, across U.S. dying from disease
September 19, 2017 - 7:59pm
September 17, 2017
t11.9.08 Sam Cook -- cookDUFF1116c1 -- On Sunday night of the opening weekend of Minnesota's firearms deer season, the Dufner family gathered in a wall tent west of Togo. Tending the grill were (from left) Jim Dufner of Zimmerman, Minn.; Brian Dufner of Hopkins, Minn.; and Mark Dufner of Grand Rapids. This was the last year in the tent for their parents and uncles' generation, including Duffy Dufner of Grand Rapids, Dennis Dufner of St. Joseph, Minn., and Charlie Dufner of Hendersonville, N.C.
Working toward a better deer herd
September 17, 2017 - 3:38pm
September 12, 2017
Another Hero Dog, Maverick, helps with grocery shopping.  Hero Dogs
Hero Dogs program enlists pups to help those who served
September 12, 2017 - 12:52pm
September 10, 2017
Lawrence Taylor of Austin, Texas, took this black bear in the Floodwood areas on opening day of Minnesota's bear season, Sept. 1. He is a friend of Rob Parrott of Saginaw and has hunted with Parrott for the past 14 years. Rob Parrott photo
DNR: Minnesota bear harvest down a bit, and that's good
September 10, 2017 - 6:30am
August 27, 2017
A contented black bear grazes on grass near Cloquet, Minn., in this trail-camera photo by Sean Hall of Cloquet. Hunters will be looking for big bears like this one when the 2017 seasons open Sept. 1 in Minnesota and on Sept. 6 in Wisconsin. Sean Hall photo
Bear hunters looking for another good season this fall
August 27, 2017 - 6:00am
August 20, 2017
Spencer Wesche (left) waits to record data as MacKenzie Mullin measures the diameter of a white cedar on the Fond du Lac Reservation on Aug. 15, 2017. The two are involved in a study to determine what food is available for elk if the species is reintroduced into Carlton and southern St. Louis counties. Steve Kuchera / Forum News Service
Researchers finding ample elk habitat in areas near Duluth
August 20, 2017 - 6:00am
August 18, 2017
A clouded leopard at the Nashville Zoo, where the public will watch the animals for reactions to the eclipse. Veterinarian Woc Colburn thinks some animals such as lemurs, clouded leopards and kangaroos may begin to exhibit nighttime habits when totality hits, whether that's waking up, going to sleep or lining up for a feeding. MUST CREDIT: Courtesy of Nashville Zoo.
During the solar eclipse, animals will be confused
August 18, 2017 - 1:52pm
August 16, 2017
Hot Shot Kid, ridden by Alex Canchari, runs for first in the $50,000 Victor S. Myers Stakes on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. The race was for 3-year old Minnesota-bred colts and geldings.  (Aaron Lavinsky/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)
Horse breeding in Minnesota is a high-risk, high-reward business
August 16, 2017 - 3:30pm
August 9, 2017
According to a recent study, U.S. cats' and dogs' consumption of meat and other animal products is a big climate cost. (Kevin Tanaka/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
Scientists tally the environmental impact of feeding meat to our cats and dogs. It's huge
August 9, 2017 - 11:30am
Morgan Paulson stands by her dairy cattle Tuesday at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds in Willmar. Paulson has several entries in the County Fair.

Clay Conover / Tribune
Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds alive with activity as entries arrive ahead of today's public opening
August 9, 2017 - 6:13am
August 7, 2017
Clay Conover / Tribune

This barn at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds in Willmar will be full of animals this week during the County Fair. Exhibits begin showing up Tuesday, and the annual event opens to the public Wednesday.
Preparations underway for Kandiyohi County Fair; gates open Wednesday
August 7, 2017 - 5:51am
August 4, 2017
t06.28.05  Justin Hayworth    mugCOOK  Mug shot of Sam Cook, outdoor reporter.
Pup tent: On the trail with the yellow dog
August 4, 2017 - 9:02am
August 3, 2017
Granite Park Chalet in Glacier National Park, as seen in the 1980s. Photo by Bert Gildart.
The true story of 2 fatal grizzly bear attacks that changed our relationship with wildlife
August 3, 2017 - 11:03am
A Golden-winged Warbler sits on a small perch in the early morning sun for a dramatic portrait.
U.S. bird report shows progress
August 3, 2017 - 8:24am
August 1, 2017
Appeals court backs wolves' endangered status, but it may be short-lived
August 1, 2017 - 6:10pm