outdoors

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White House begins process to ban new mining near BWCAW

The stated goal is to protect the "unique natural wonder" of the BWCAW.

Minnesota DNR via the Science Museum of Minnesota

Invasive algae called 'rock-snot' discovered in several NE Minnesota streams

Scientists are investigating the impact the algae may have on the waterways.

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'Unexpected joys': Why you should replace lawn with MN native plants

Even converting a small portion can have practical and emotional benefits.

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Lawn to MN native prairie, part 1: Site prep and defining your space

What to get done before you even think about picking plants.

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From lawn to MN native prairie, part 3: Picking your plants

Plant suggestions and general tips from two experts in the field.

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CWD-positive farm in WI had shipped deer to 2 MN farms, DNR says

The Minnesota DNR's commissioner called the discovery "deeply concerning."

Brecken Kobylecky photo

Teenager sets MN catch-and-release record for northern pike

The 15-year-old called it "an experience of a lifetime."

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Kayaking family of 4 rescued after becoming stuck in downed tree

They're "lucky to be alive," a DNR conservation officer said.

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Greenwood Fire: Officials get firsthand look at damage to human structures

It was safe enough for emergency personnel to assess the McDougal Lake area this week.

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Wildfire forces closure of Superior National Forest lands

The Forest Service is closing all forest lands on the upper portion on Gunflint Trail due to "fires in the vicinity and limited availability of firefighting resources."

MNICS - John Ek Fire - Aug 20

BWCAW closure extended into September amid wildfire danger

Existing fires grew and more fires have popped up.

Greenwood Fire, wildfire

Northern MN wildfire grows to more than 1,000 acres in less than a day

The fire has spread quickly, and is expected to keep moving.

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Low water levels: Is it already time to take the boat off the water?

The DNR is urging Minnesotans to consider it in some situations.

Flickr - toxic algae bloom - MPCA Photos

Climate change is warming lakes, leading to more toxic algae blooms

The MPCA says blue-green algae blooms are occurring all across the state.

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Bear sightings prompt food storage mandate up north

Visitors to the forest and BWCAW will be required to 'properly' store their food.

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No campfires allowed in BWCAW or Superior National Forest

The campfire ban applies to all campsites in the forest, including those in the BWCAW.

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Twin Cities Escapes: Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield

A "small park with a big feel," right in the middle of the city.

Flickr - Blue Jay healthy feeder - USFWS Midwest Region

As mystery illness spreads, should Minnesotans take down bird feeders?

The unexplained ailment has resulted in bird die-offs in the eastern U.S.

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Watch: 6 adorable wolf pups playing in northern MN

Researchers say the pups "appear to be doing well."

Flickr - camping tent William O'Brien State Park - Tony Webster

After a year indoors, people are flocking to MN state parks and campgrounds

Campsite occupancy rates and annual state park permit sales are up.

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MN photographer's wintry great gray owl video earns praise from Audubon Society

The clip received an honorable mention in the 2021 Audubon Photography Awards.