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After three open water seasons of catch-and-release-only fishing, anglers on Lake Mille Lacs will be able to keep some walleyes during this coming summer's fishing season, although it's not clear yet just how many. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that the lake's walleye population is bouncing back after being protected in recent years.
GRAND PORTAGE — On a day when most schools closed and public health officials warned Minnesotans not to venture outside, eight hardy souls lead teams of sled dogs across the forests of Cook County, braving subzero temperatures and a 40 below windchill. Blake Freking was the fastest among them. Freking, of Finland, won in the final 36-mile leg despite leaving the Mineral Center checkpoint more than 90 minutes behind Ryan Redington of Skagway, Alaska who appeared to have the race won.
The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has filed an appeal with the Minnesota Court of Appeals challenging the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's permit issued for continued operations of U.S. Steel's Minntac taconite tailings basin in Mountain Iron.
A 73-foot-tall jack pine tree, on the shores of Namakan Lake's Moose Bay in Voyageurs National Park, has been officially declared the largest jack pine in the U.S. and was recently added to American Forests' Champion Trees national register. The tree measures almost 7 feet around and was discovered by a team of researchers studying wolves in the park that borders Ontario. Researcher Austin Homkes first saw the massive tree, and then showed it to his colleague Thomas Gable.
The call came over their patrol truck radio just before 4 p.m. There was a deer in a house. In a basement, to be exact, and the owners were panicking over what to do. “We sort of laughed at first. Then we started getting other officers coming on the radio offering advice, while laughing of course, telling us to make sure to get video,’’ said Minnesota Conservation Officer Kipp Duncan.
Bret Baker of Cloquet is a fishing fanatic whose unspoken creed is "any time, any lake, any river, anywhere.'' He's passed that zeal on to his kids, too. Baker, who teaches ninth-grade world history and other classes at Cloquet High School, said he's on the water "at least'' four or five days each week "as soon as summer school is over." Joseph, 15, is close behind.
Meadow Kouffeld of Grand Rapids and Tara Hokuf of Bemidji are among the 22 semi-finalists, with four finalists moving on to a hunting "competition" in Texas later this year to pick the single winner. Other women in the competition from from Iceland, Slovakia, Sweden and several western states including Colorado, Arizona and Texas.
The proposed changes could make it easier for some Iron Range mining operations to meet their water pollution discharge regulations, but it will depend on the chemical nature of the lake or river that they release pollution into. "For some facilities that discharge sulfate, it could be that they don't have to make any changes in their discharge" because the waters they discharge into are not as sensitive to creating sulfides, said Shannon Lotthammer, who directs the environmental analysis and outcomes division at the PCA. Facilities upstream of more sensitive wild-rice waters with high sulfides may be required to reduce their sulfate discharge, Lotthammer said. <
Every spring as the snow melts, every summer after heavy rains, the Nemadji River spews red clay and other muck into Lake Superior. In fact, it's the worst offender among all streams in the region. The plume of muck into Lake Superior was so bad after the June 2012 flood, it could be clearly seen in photos taken from space.
Orange Asian lady beetles, the little buggers who have replaced ladybugs across much of the landscape, are making their annual trek from the outdoors to indoors, and the infestation seems worse than ever to many Northlanders. "We've had them before, but never this bad. It's been pretty nasty," said Dan Woodhull of South Range, who had hundreds of the beetles in his house in recent days. Reports of beetle outbreaks are coming in from across the region.