Outdoors

St. Paul's 'Urban Flower Field' Set to Grow Plentiful Gardens of Flowers

urban flower field - st paul

For decades the Pedro luggage business sat on the corners of Jackson and 10th Street downtown Saint Paul. However, the building which was erected in the 1960s was torn down in 2008. The land was donated by the Pedro family to Saint Paul with plans to build a park. Now sits an art-park-project for all those who pass by to enjoy. From the Pedro Luggage Building to Pedro Park, it is currently, but temporarily home to an art installation project named Urban Flower Field. It is managed by Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, and Public Art Saint Paul. The Urban Flower Field will include 96 plots of flowers in 8...

Conservative Deer Hunting Season for 2014

DNR Deer Hunting Zone Map 2014

A harsh winter and an abundance of hunter concerns have led Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to reduce the number of deer that will be taken this year. In some areas (like the one I hunt in) the option to buy a second tag (or bonus permit) is no longer on the table; other zones have changed from "hunter choice" (one deer of either gender) to "lottery" (random selection of doe tags for those who apply between...

'Invasive Carp' Invading at Last

Bighead Carp - Elizabeth Sellers

The high waters of Minnesota's lakes and rivers have done more than closed parks, beaches and walking paths this year; the burgeoning Mississippi may have created the perfect conditions for enticing the infamously named "Invasive Carp" to visit our beloved state. Commercial fishermen contracted by the Department of Natural Resources caught a gravid (carrying eggs) female from each of the two threatening species (bighead and silver) in Cottage Grove this past Thursday. Invasive Carp had been thought to be contained further downstream; the two females signify...

Lakefront Music Fest Brings Suburbs to Main Stage

Lakefront music fest What started as a local suburban event has turned into one of the largest outdoor music festivals in the Twin Cities. The Lakefront Music Fest is two full nights of music: one night devoted to country, the other to classic rock. It takes place this weekend, on Friday the 18th and Saturday the 19th. Last year, when Bret Michaels and Montgomery Gentry took the stage, more than 20,000 people were in attendance. ...

Minnesota Zoo Breaks Ground On Nature-based Playground

Minnesota Zoo Nature-based playground

If there's one thing we love in Minnesota, it's the great outdoors. With more about 75 state parks, we have lots of ways to get out and explore. Now the Minnesota Zoo is creating another opportunity to experience the great outdoors, specifically for kids. The zoo and its supporters broke ground last Tuesday on a new nature-based outdoors playground.  The 30,000 square feet play area is a part of the zoo's Crossroads Park...

Saturday Will See an Appearance of "Supermoon"

Supermoon It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Supermoon. This Saturday, the full moon will look larger than life. While we may like to think this supermoon is caused by some romantic lassoing it down for his girl like George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life, that is not the case. The real reason is the moon's elliptical orbit. On Saturday, the moon will not only be full but on the part of its orbit closest to us on Earth. In addition to appearing bigger, the moon will shine brighter too.

Minnesota Power Pays for State Park Improvements

Minnesota Power Island Lake Reservoir

After Minnesota Power committed storm water violations, it has been given a punishment that fits well with the violation. In 2012, the company hired a contractor to do excavation in Duluth's Island Lake Reservoir area. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency reports the company did not have proper licensing for the excavation. The company failed to take proper precautions to prevent sediment from getting into the reservoir. The company later took corrective actions. Now, instead of the normal penalty, Minnesota Power will make at least $53,000...

Flooding Forces Closures in Parts of Voyageurs National Park

Boundary Waters Sunset - A Strakey

Few parts of Minnesota have escaped the heavy rainfall of the past few months; while this is good news for water levels on Lake Superior, other areas haven't been so lucky (many walking paths in Minneapolis, for example, are still puddled over). The extreme northern reaches of our state, along the border with Canada, have seen some of the most significant rises in water level this spring; summer expeditions to the boundary waters will be having set backs. ...

Como Park Hosts Groovin' in the Gardens Series

Groovin in the Garden Como Park Zoo and Conservatory's free concert series Groovin' in the Gardens started this week. The event is a series of concerts that take place every Thursday at 6 pm from June 18 until August 6. The weekly concerts are held on the Visitor Center lawn at Como and feature local Twin Cities bands. The series is kids-friendly, with plenty of activities accompanying the concert. These include a climbing wall, bouncy house and lawn games. Food, ice cream, beer and wine will also be available. The series kicked off on Thursday with rock and blues performers Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders. The full summer line-up is: 6/25- Jack Brass Band...

View from Big Birch Lake: A Pastoral

birch lake

I am a self-confessed and unapologetic spouter of Minnesota pride. Whether scanning a state-themed “Top Ten” clickbait countdown making the social media rounds, for a mention of anything Minnesota, or catching up with college friends who were born and raised in other Midwestern states, I cannot help but confidently crow about the virtues and possibilities of my home state.

But this pride is born of gratitude and admiration for a certain environment; I acknowledge my demographic privilege, but nevertheless find myself...