Outdoors

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10 beautiful Minnesota cities to visit for outdoor adventures

These places are perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway.

Blanketflower - Gaillardia aristata - skm

From lawn to MN native prairie, part 2: Sun, shade and soil

There are a couple of important yard attributes you'll want to measure beforehand.

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Highly contagious rabbit disease detected for first time in MN

Two indoor rabbits "died suddenly and inexplicably" from the disease earlier this month.

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Face mask rules revealed for Twin Cities Marathon weekend

Masks will be required in some outdoor areas, but not while running.

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6 Wisconsin tribes sue to end upcoming wolf hunt

They cite treaty rights and a "disastrous February hunt."

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Lutsen Mountains' plan to expand into Superior National Forest open for comment

The ski area is seeking a special use permit to nearly double the ski area using Forest Service land.

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Ban on campfires lifted at most Superior National Forest campgrounds

The Forest Service has loosened fire restrictions amid the change in seasons.

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Water levels on MN lakes could present challenges for waterfowl hunters

Boat launches are harder to access for larger boats, and low water levels mean obstructions are closer to the surface.

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There's a bison on the loose in northwestern Minnesota

People are asked not to approach or interact with the animal.

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Small group has been illegally camping in MN forest for 'months'

Dispersed camping isn't allowed in Minnesota for more than 14 days in the summer.

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Here's what the drought means for fall colors in Minnesota this year

Maybe plan your leaf-peeping trips earlier than normal this year.

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Six months on, devoted family not giving up search to find missing Rowdi

Rowdi went missing on the North Shore in February, but Cory Carlson has hope Rowdi is still alive.

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7 counties added to Minnesota DNR's campfire burning ban

This comes amid the ongoing drought that's impacting the entire state.

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Minnesota campground named among the Top 10 in the US

The spot on the North Shore came in at No. 5.

st. cloud bat tunnel

St. Cloud gets needed funding to restore once-popular bat cave

The funding will also help prevent against erosion in the future.

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Democrats call for Board of Animal Health president to resign over CWD

DFLers say he failed to act, and has failed deer hunters in Minnesota.

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Black bear rescued from storm sewer in Oak Park Heights

Police were originally called to the scene because someone thought a large dog was trapped in the sewer.

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2 Minneapolis beaches temporarily closed due to high E. coli levels

The park board will sample the water at the beaches again on Wednesday.

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Swimmer's itch reported at Ramsey County lake

People should towel off after going in the lake to avoid getting the rash.

rochester pool

Rochester pools closed due to fights, disregard for pool rules

Other swimming areas in Minnesota are struggling to hire lifeguards.