BELTRAMI ISLAND STATE FOREST, Minn. — March was showing its lion-like side on this blustery Monday morning, and conditions for snowmobiling in open country were downright nasty. Deep in the forest, though, where tall pines laden with snow offer protection from the worst of the wind even on blustery days, conditions for snowmobiling were downright pleasant. It was time to embrace winter. Or, more accurately, make the best of a winter that’s beginning to drag on a bit for many people.
WARROAD, Minn. — Students in teacher Lance Sage’s social studies class at Warroad High School are getting an opportunity during this year’s winter trimester to learn about potential outdoors careers. The new elective, called Outdoor Careers Education, is shedding light on the fact that outdoor jobs come in many forms, said Sage, a Lake of the Woods fishing guide during the summer months whose family owns Sage’s Angle West Resort on the Northwest Angle. The class began in early December and wraps up March 4.
They call themselves the Sailorettes, and this group of Grand Forks-area women is proving that ice fishing isn’t just a “guy thing.” If the photos are any indication, these women know how to have a good time on the ice during annual winter trips to Lake of the Woods, and they catch plenty of fish in the process. The ice fishing trips have become a winter highlight, said Stacey Flesche, Grand Forks, a founding member of the Sailorettes. This year’s trip was the fifth annual.
NORTHWEST ANGLE, Minn. -- The much-ballyhooed petition to make Minnesota’s Northwest Angle part of Canada flopped, garnering only 5,544 of the required 100,000 signatures within 30 days to bring the measure up for White House review. The petition made news in late December and early January, when word of the plan surfaced in the media. The Northwest Angle, of course, is that little piece of Minnesota that juts into Canada and is surrounded by Canada on three sides -- Manitoba to the west and Ontario to the north and east.
As an avid outdoorsman with more than 17 years in the hunting and fishing retail industry, Brad Olson knows a thing or two about having fun and selling fun to others. So, when Olson, who worked at Cabela’s in East Grand Forks from November 2000 until February 2018, had an opportunity to help a fishing buddy launch a small company making soft plastic tails for fishing, he didn’t hesitate to venture into new waters.
KITTSON COUNTY, Minn. -- It’s a brutally cold January day, but signs of life continue to stir at Wilebski’s Evergreen Acres. Redpolls, chickadees, juncos and even a hairy woodpecker flit around a bird feeder outside the dining room window. Tracks in the snow betray the presence of deer nearby, and large dents in the snow along a trail indicate elk have bedded down sometime in the not-too-distant past.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. -- A mule deer that wandered into northwest Minnesota north of Thief River Falls was put down last week after displaying strange behavior and posing a safety risk to motorists along U.S. Highway 59. Mule deer aren’t common in northwest Minnesota or northeast North Dakota, but the animals do occasionally stray into the region.
Lucas Bye of Grand Forks caught two fish at once Nov. 5 when he landed this 17-inch walleye and 36-inch northern pike on Stump Lake. Bye said he was jigging...