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Awesome Eagle Video

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 11:10am

I’ve never seen anything like this video our guest Brent Sticha posted on our Facebook Page. I had no clue eagles were capable of such a feat.

Eagle vs. Trout from Brent Sticha on Vimeo.

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Pine Martin Visitor at Voyageur

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 2:49pm

Cassidy and Matt had a visitor at Voyageur yesterday!

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Shipping Season on Superior Ends

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 9:54am

Lake Superior is an amazing body of water that has so many different personalities. It can be calm and tranquil or choppy and angry. This time of the year when the lakes begin to turn solid the shipping season closes. Sometimes in Grand Marais we get the opportunity to see the ships close by and when we’re lucky David Johnson captures the beauty of the lakes and the ships that travel it.

Here’s the ship spotter website and an article about the close of the shipping season.

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More Opportunities for Winter Fun

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 6:20am

If you’re in the Twin Cities area on January 21st then be sure to check out their Winter Trails Day extravaganza at Fort Snelling.

 

For an intro to winter fun, visit Fort Snelling State Park on Winter Trails Day

For an introduction to winter fun, stop by the annual Winter Trails Day extravaganza at Fort Snelling State Park on Saturday, Jan. 21, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

As in past years, people can try a variety of winter activities, including ice fishing, ice harvesting, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, quinzee (snow shelter) building and more.

New attractions this year include fat tire biking, food trucks, outdoor ping pong and even a snowball fight.

“Our goal is to show people just how much fun winter can be,” said Kelli Bruns, park manager at Fort Snelling State Park. “We’ll have equipment you can use for free, friendly staff on hand to answer questions and a bonfire where you can warm up with hot cocoa.”

Winter Trails Day is made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Mississippi Park Connection, the National Park Service, retail co-op REI, the U.S. Forest Service and Wilderness Inquiry.

Save time, get vehicle permit in advance
All Winter Trails Day activities are free, but a vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota state parks and recreation areas ($5 for a one-day permit or $25 for a year-round permit). Although permits are available at the park, people attending Winter Trails Day can avoid waiting in line by getting their permit in advance. Visit www.mndnr.gov/reservations, log in (or create an account), click on “entry permit,” select a duration of “one-day” ($5) or “year-round” ($25), and continue as directed. Purchasers will receive an email with a permit that can be printed and displayed in vehicles during visits.

For more information, call the park at 612-725-2724 or visit the Fort Snelling State Park webpage at www.mndnr.gov/fortsnelling.

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Very Cold on the Gunflint Trail

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 6:34am

By the time Cassidy and Matt took this photo yesterday morning it had warmed up about 7 degrees. The low on the Gunflint Trail was -37 degrees, not the coldest place in the state but close!

According to this article,

Winds were generally light across the Northland on Friday morning, but they were enough to send wind chills into the 30s, 40s and 50s below zero. A weather station near Birchdale in Koochiching County recorded a wind chill of 55 below, with 53 below at International Falls, 43 below at the Grand Marais airport and 38 below at the Duluth airport.

Chilly!

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Bobcats & Lynx by David Johnson

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 6:02am

I don’t know how many hours he gets to spend in the woods to see all of the wildlife he does but it sure must be awe inspiring.

Little one with lunch

Lynx

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Free Ice Fishing during Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 3:20pm

Here’s a great opportunity to get a line wet this weekend!

Minnesotans age 16 or older fish free with kids Jan. 14-16

Just about anywhere in Minnesota, chances are there are fishing opportunities nearby, and it’s a good time to fish during Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend, Saturday, Jan. 14, through Monday, Jan. 16.

During this weekend, Minnesotans age 16 or older can fish or dark-house spear without purchasing an angling or spearing license if they take a child younger than 16 fishing or spearing.

“Ice fishing is a do-able way to try fishing, even for those who have never fished before,” said Jeff Ledermann, angler recruitment and retention supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Young people who take up fishing tend to be introduced to the pastime by someone else and then get support along the way. This weekend makes beginning that process a bit easier.”

Before heading out, anglers should check ice conditions locally. Visit www.mndnr.gov/minnaqua/icefishing/index.html for ice thickness guidelines and more information about taking kids fishing.

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For the Birds

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 9:54pm

This man is such an amazing photographer! Thank you David for always taking wonderful photos.Pine Grosbeak

Bohemian Waxwings

 

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Snowfall, Shovel, Repeat

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 9:42pm

It’s almost like the Groundhog’s Day movie around here. We wake up to snowflakes falling from the sky, we shovel the snow and then the next day we do it again. It’s more snow than I’ve seen in a long time and it’s early in the season. It makes me wonder where we are going to put the rest of the snow that falls this winter?

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Looking Good Mr. Moose

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 5:30pm

Thanks for sharing your awesome photos David Johnson!

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Fishing on the Ice

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 6:14pm

Matt and Cassidy went out ice fishing the other day. I haven’t heard if they caught anything yet, but at least their fishing shelter looks like a fishing shelter.

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There’s An App for That

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 9:16pm

Ever see a bird and wonder what kind it is only to not remember specific details when you grab your book to look it up? That’s happened to me many times before. Now there’s an app to prevent that from ever happening again. If you can snap a picture of the bird then the Merlin Bird ID developed by the Cornell Lab of Orinthology can probably identify it.

Jessie Barry is the Merlin project leaded at the Cornell Lab. Barry said in a statement:

When you open the Merlin Bird Photo ID app, you’re asked if you want to take a picture with your smartphone or pull in an image from your digital camera.You zoom in on the bird, confirm the date and location, and Merlin will show you the top choices for a match from among the 650 North American species it knows.

If you can’t snap a photo but you can answer a few basic questions about the bird you saw then the Bird app can probably still help you.  It will give you a list of birds to choose from based upon where you are, the season it is and what birds would typically be present.  No more guessing about what bird is singing in the trees!

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Mail Run Fun

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 10:27pm

The Gunflint Mail Run begins tomorrow morning at Trail Center at 8am. Find out where to watch them run. Here’s wishing everyone a safe and memorable event.

 

Photo from the Mail Run website.

 

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Ice Fishing in the BWCA

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 8:42pm

If the temperature was a bit warmer there might be more people out and about in the Boundary Waters ice fishing. There is good ice on most of the lakes in the BWCA including Saganaga. I didn’t venture out onto Sag but cabin owners were up on the Canadian side of Sag this past weekend and made the first tracks through the Sag corridor. Once they make a good trail and people travel over it, it will freeze over, get hard and prevent slush from developing. Normally the cabin owners will mark it with pine boughs so people know where to ride.

There are plenty of lakes to choose from if someone wants to venture into the sub-zero temperatures and wet a line. Me? I’ll wait til it warms up just a little bit.

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Arctic Blast? You Betcha

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 9:34pm

Just as the forecasters predicted an arctic blast of freezing cold air arrived and settled in. The temperature on the Gunflint Trail didn’t get above zero degrees all day long and the wind chill factor was -20 to -30 degrees below zero. It was a stark contrast from yesterday’s temperature in the 20’s.

When there’s a new coating of snow on the ground noise seems to be absorbed. It’s eerily quiet and if soft was a sound that’s how I would describe it.  When it’s below zero degrees everything sounds crisp and staccato like. Boots crunch on the frozen ground and a crust like layer protects the softer snow below.

The forecast calls for the arctic like weather to continue at least until Sunday. Until then our high temperatures aren’t expected to get above -5 degrees and our low temperatures are predicted to be in the negative teens. It will be nice when the temperature gets into the double digits above zero again, until then, we’ll be keeping the fireplace stoked with wood.

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