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  • By Scott Rall, outdoors columnist
    March 15, 2022
    When out on my wildlife rides, I routinely stop at bridges to check water clarity and to see if northern pike can be seen getting ready to spawn. Pike are about the first fish in our area to spawn and will often stage in the shallows under the ice when there is open water near shore. This happens even when the lake is still ice-covered. This time of year, most of the water I see is usually pretty…
  • August 23, 2016
    Standing beside Lake Itasca, where the Mississippi River begins its 2,350-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico, Gov. Mark Dayton kicked off a “Year of Water Action” in Minnesota. He urged businesses, the agricultural industry, outdoor enthusiasts, communities and families to take action to conserve and improve water quality. Throughout the next 12 months, Dayton and his administration will visit…
  • February 15, 2016
    While Gov. Mark Dayton will no longer press landowners to maintain a vegetative strip between farm fields and private roadside ditches, we think it’s a great idea to implement the practice anyway. Buffers of grasses, trees or shrubs stop harmful nutrients from washing off farm fields, entering waterways that empty into road ditches. Vegetative buffer strips soak up excessive phosphorus, nitrogen…
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