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Starry Skies North sees increased interest in night sky watching with aurora outbreaks.
The timing of the ban is especially unfortunate because waterfowl seasons in some Canadian provinces opened Sept. 1, and many American hunters had scheduled trips to Canada to hunt ducks, geese and sandhill cranes – migratory birds with no regard for borders.
Previous policy limited only birds from avian influenza hotspots.
It's true that the land- and water-stewardship record of Gov. Tim Walz's predecessor, Gov. Mark Dayton, has been a tough act to follow. But even by the low conservation bar set by some previous Minnesota governors — see Ventura, Jesse — Walz has been a letdown.
DNR and county employees spend their days at Minnesota public water accesses checking for weeds and invasive species and educating boaters.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the last North American duck breeding population survey report was released in 2019.

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Dredge Michael B. and its crew with the J.F. Brennan Company are working night and day to remove sediment from Lake Redwood and restore a popular recreation destination for Redwood Falls, Minnesota.
One year after the Lake County wildfire, the scorched Superior National Forest, cabin owners and McDougal Lake Campground all show resilience.
Black bears live in the forests throughout the Itasca State Park area and normally avoid people. But when humans leave out food sources with enticing odors, such as bird feeders, unsecured garbage cans or remnants of campfire cooking and picnics, bears will come.

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