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Extra Boating Caution Encouraged as Water Temperatures Drop

We are coming off a very mild November, but air and water temperatures are dropping.  With that in mind, the Minnesota DNR wants to remind people on canoes, kayaks and fishing boats to to extra precautions.

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31 Years Of Christmas Trees And Memories At The Chub Lake Tree Farm

This was one of my favorite blogs to write all year because I got the honor of visiting with Jim and Bev Whorton, owners of the Chub Lake Tree Farm in Carlton.  The business is dear to me because it holds precious memories of when my mother and I would go there to get our Christmas trees.  This is their 31st year in business and are once again involved with Trees for Troops.

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American Birkebeiner Trail Named Best Cross-Country Ski Destination in the United States

A popular Northland destination received a national honor as the American Birkebeiner Trail was named the number one cross-country ski destination in the nation as voted by USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest.

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A Plea For Pet Owners To Clean Up After Their Dogs On The Lakewalk [VIDEO]

Please excuse my rant, but we are very lucky in the Northland to have several dog parks, nature trails and the Lakewalk to exercise our pets.  It amazes me that so many pet owners either don't take pride in our scenic beauty or care about keeping it nice for others.  This past weekend I found this, which is impressive for the dog's aim, but not impressive that it was left there by the owner for me to clean up.

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Despite Snowfall, Minnesota Snowmobile Trails Don’t Officially Open Until December 1

With the recent snowfall, snowmobile enthusiasts are itching to get out there and ride.  The Minnesota DNR reminds riders, however, that trails are not yet ready for riding and  don't officially open until December 1.

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In 14 Days We Went From Hunting in 70 Degrees to Hunting In 2 Feet of Snow

The 2016 MN firearm deer season opener was on November 5th.  It was 70 degrees that afternoon in Northern Minnesota.  I wore an orange ball cap and a t-shirt with an orange vest. 

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Marlin Model 336 Jamming? Here’s Probably Why [VIDEO]

The Marlin model 336 rifle is a very popular gun used for big game hunting for years.  It's a fantastic rifle, and I love mine.  But recently I've had a problem where after I load ammo and work the action, it gets stuck.  The only way to fix it is to disassemble the gun and put it back together.  How does it happen?  This video explains it.

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When Closing Up Cabins For Winter Make Sure to Check For Invasive Species

If you're a lake property owner, the Minnesota Department Of Natural Resources wants  to remind you to to carefully check boats and trailers, docks and lifts, and all other water-related equipment for invasive species when closing cabins for winter.

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Minnesota Hunters Register 68,958 Deer During First Weekend of Season

The first firearm weekend is in the books, and the Minnesota DNR is reporting that Minnesota firearms hunters registered 68,958 deer during the first two days of firearms deer season. 

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Minnesota Lt. Governor Tina Smith Announces Another ‘Free Park Friday’

The holiday season will be here before we know it and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to make sure that outdoor activity is a part of your Thanksgiving weekend plans with another 'Free Park Friday'.

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Voyageurs National Park Highlighted In A Filmmakers Stunning Video

Voyageurs National Park is a treasure that we have in the State of MN just a short drive north of here.  If you've never been there, it's definitely worth a visit.  Filmmakers from Georgia recently made a video highlighting the breathtaking beauty. 

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Thoughts From A 70 Degree Minnesota Deer Opener

This last weekend was the warmest weather I've ever experienced on a Minnesota Firearm Deer Opener.  It was 70 degrees in my deer stand near Cook, MN.  I experienced some random unexpected things I thought I'd share with you.

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