Outdoors

Free Admission to State Parks for 'National Get Outdoors Day'

Minnesota State Parks - Free Admission Just in time for Father's Day weekend, the DNR is opening up Minnesota State Parks for free admission this Saturday to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day. All of the 75 state parks will be a part of the free admission day. The day will also feature free vehicle permits, which typically costs $5 a day. Most of the parks will be holding special events to further celebrate this day. Free activities include geocaching, archery, hiking, fairs and fishing. Fishing in...

Find Your Perfect State Park

Minnesota State Park Minnesota has more than 60 state parks within its borders, meaning there are a lot of 'fish in the sea.' So how do you find the one that's right for you? The Minnesota DNR has created a new online tool called ParkFinder to help you find your perfect match. It helps you narrow down the list of possibilities based on several criteria: nature programs, camping, lodging, trails, recreation facilities, available rentals and access to additional features. And the good news is, there's no long term commitment. If you change your...

Ramsey County Offers Organic Waste Drop-Off Sites

Real_Compost Residents of Ramsey County now have the option of taking "going green" one step further by recycling their organic waste into compost for plants. The program is accepting food waste, non-recyclable paper and compostable plastics with no charge to residents. The waste can be dropped off at one of six Ramsey County yard waste sites, including ones in St. Paul, Arden Hills, Moundsview and White Bear. All organic waste from the sites will then be taken to an organics composting site where it will be turned into soil amendments. The program...

Duluth Better Than Minneapolis?

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Minneapolitans are not used to being surpassed in many categories that start with the word "best," but our defeat is easier when the victor is just as Minnesotan as we are. Outside Magazine (or voters on its website rather) determined Tuesday night that Duluth, not Minneapolis, is the best place to live in the Midwest. Who would have thunk it? Without trying to sound bitter and sore about this definitive defeat, I'll mention that not a single soul among my friend group didn't move...

Minneapolis and Duluth Battle for Best Town in Midwest

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Minneapolis and Duluth are fighting for the title of Best Town in the Midwest, part of Outside Magazine’s contest for America’s Best Place to Live. Duluth is currently in the lead, beating out Minneapolis by more than 4,000 votes. The winner is chosen by voting done on Outside Magazine’s website. The contest is a bracket-style competition that includes the Midwest, West, East and South. The preliminary...

Black Bear Wanders into Southern Suburb

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A wandering black bear decided to spend its Memorial Day weekend vacationing in the streets of the southern suburb Savage, disrupting holiday campers, slowing traffic and scaring elementary school children. The bear was most recently spotted on Thursday afternoon near a Kwik Trip on Highway 42 and Vernon Avenue, about a mile away from Harriet Bishop Elementary School. The students were led inside and parents were asked to pick up children who regularly bike or walk home. The bear has been seen multiple times in Savage...

Five Animals Invading the Twin Cities

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Animal talk has been replacing temperature talk in recent weeks. With spring well underway some creatures are on the hunt for food after the tough winter; others are simply migrating through. Even bald eagles have experienced their fair share of drama this season (in one case ...

What's in a Name? 'Invasive' Carp Explained

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Columbus Day hasn't been the only thing due for a Minnesotanly-correct makeover this past week. This time it's happening in the capitol building. On Monday John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) netted approval from the state Senate on a measure to change the name of 'Asian Carp' to 'Invasive Carp.' Hoffman explained the ambiguity of the name back in March:
Caucasians brought them to America...  Should we call them `Caucasian carp?' They have names....

Cottage Grove Needs Online Votes to Win Funds For a Dream Bike Park

Cottage_Grove_Bike_Park Bell Bicycle Helmets has decided to put forward $33,000 to construct a bike park in the Central Region of the US. But the thing is, there are four proposed 'dream trails' they could construct, but only one winner -- one of the finalists is Cottage Grove! So who will decide which one gets built? You will, with your online votes. Logging on to http://www.bellhelmets.com/bellbuilt/ will bring you to a polling place -- voting literally takes less than a minute. When I voted earlier today, Cottage Grove was winning by a small margin. Cast your vote to...

Trout Fishing Opener Swims With Success

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Though the trout fishing season in southeast Minnesota opened with periods of hail, heavy rain and fierce winds, throughout the day many fishermen were seen leaving creeks and rivers with smiles on their faces. Included in the mix was this fisherman, who left the opener Saturday, April 12th with four trout, a mix of rainbows and browns. The daily trout limit in Minnesota is five. All told, my friend from Rochester and I caught eight fish during the opening day of trout fishing for a majority of southeast Minnesota's popular trout fishing streams and rivers. The skies were threatening and dark to open the day, and when...