Restoring Rapids In Place Of Submerged, Failed Dam Will Benefit Sturgeon, Paddlefish And Walleye In Minnesota River

When Xcel Energy removed its Minnesota Falls dam on the Minnesota River in 2013, an underwater surprise was revealed a few miles upstream. Waiting for modern eyes to see was the rock-filled cribbing that was the base of a dam that spanned the river immediately downstream of the present day U.S. Highway 212 bridge in…
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Cold-Water Forage Fish Continues To Decline In Green, Koronis Lakes

SPICER – Tullibee numbers continue to decline in Green and Koronis Lakes. The cold water species is an important forage fish for the walleye that attract anglers to these lakes.   Tullibees, also known as cisco, are considered canaries in the coal mine in terms of what they may be telling us about climate change.…
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Speaking For A Quiet Place

ELY- To speak for a quiet place, Amy and Dave Freeman spent a year in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. They visited over 500 lakes, rivers and streams while traveling by canoe and by dogsled to 100 different campsites. When they were not paddling, portaging or mushing dogs on the trail, they took on…
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Bull Moose Wanders (Safely) Through Chippewa County During Deer Firearm Season

Firearm hunters waiting to spot the big one in parts of western Minnesota may have missed the biggest one of all. A bull moose has been on the loose in portions of Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, and Chippewa counties and possibly neighboring Swift and Pope counties for the last month. And at least as…
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Prairie Woods ELC Protects A Special Place

SPICER – Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center can now boast of having its own island destination. A five-acre site, long-known as Geer Island, was added this fall to the 500 acres comprising this already special destination in Kandiyohi County. The “island” is really a peninsula, but being surrounded almost entirely by water and cattails marsh,…
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