Hard Work Proves Its Worth When Wilderness Trekking

“Do they get violent in the water?’’ my 12-year-old paddler in the bow asked in response to my whispered instructions from the stern to keep paddling. The consternation in his voice was obvious. We had just spotted the mud-colored antlers and head of a bull moose in the river channel, his body entirely submerged. But…
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Let’s Go Fishing Continues To Transform Lives With Time On The Water

SPICER – There’s a magic that happens on the water. It’s what keeps Jim Gauss going as the director for the Willmar chapter of Let’s Go Fishing. All of the work involved with hosting thousands of people on the water, coordinating volunteers, and raising funds is rewarded by what he refers to as “pleasant transformations’’…
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From The Front Lines Of The Ham Lake Fire: “Gunflint Burning: Fire In The Boundary Waters”

 A forest fire ignited by embers blown from a campfire raged over 75,000 acres, destroyed 144 buildings, and cost $11 million to extinguish over the course of two weeks. The drama of the May 2007 Ham Lake fire was nothing less than that of life and death. Bob Monehan, 76, sprayed water and manned his…
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As More Discover What Willmar Chain Of Lakes Offer, Momentum Grows To Address Water Quality Issues

WILLMAR – No doubt, the Governor’s Fishing Opener meant the end of one of the region’s best-kept secrets. Some of the anglers here for the Governor’s Fishing Opener were sure to discover that once lowly Willmar Lake offers up some of the area’s best opportunities to land lunker walleyes, along with slab crappies and plump…
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Waterway Jay Launches Second Season On North Fork Of Crow River; To Paddle All Of State’s Water Trails

  Jay Gustafson is back on the water, ready to take on the second half of his project, Paddle for Progress. Last year, Gustafson quit his job and began a two-year effort to paddle all of the state’s water trails, a total of 4,500 miles. This season he has 18 of the 34 trails remaining…
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