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Popular Lund boats made in New York Mills factory will be common on Minnesota lakes on fishing opener Saturday, May 14.
If not for the efforts of The Nature Conservancy and the Minnesota Prairie Chicken Society, there might not be prairie chickens left in the state. Their numbers dwindled to a concerning level by the mid-1980s, their habitat ruined by the plow. They are now confined to remnant and restored grasslands in a few counties. One of those is Clay County, close enough to Fargo-Moorhead that before the sun rises over the prairie the lights of the metro glow brightly in the west.
Game and Fish Department and more than a dozen partners spearhead program to preserve, re-establish vital native prairie
City, business leaders oppose changes to main street through lakes country town while state says it's a safety issue

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Reading about the expansion of outdoors opportunities is one of the most enjoyable aspects of paging through Mitzel's book, "40 Years of Dakota Country Magazine." Published in 2019, the book is a trip down memory lane not only for the magazine, but for tracing the explosive growth of world-class hunting and fishing in North Dakota.
Controversial intersections are proposed as part of a $15 million road construction project MNDOT has scheduled for 2024 that will include resurfacing of highways 59 and 108 in Pelican Rapids.
Proposal by rural state representative shows depths to which once-serious Republican Party has dived.
Ill-advised Wisconsin 'hunt' turned into a slaughter, wiping out 20% of state's gray wolf population in three days
Fortunately for Minnesota Republicans, they possess a deep bench of wackiness. Meet Dr. Scott Jensen, for example, who will run for Minnesota governor in 2022.
For better or worse, trial of officer accused of killing George Floyd will put Minnesota in international spotlight. Let's hope it's for the better.

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Research shows that in some lakes the invasive species appeared to have a serious negative effect on walleyes because of increased water clarity. In other lakes, zebra mussels seem to have had little or no effect on walleye populations and size structure.
Poll shows 2 of 3 Minnesota registered voters favor raising taxes on wealthy and profitable corporations
For the first time in a COVID-dominated year that seemed to last three, it feels like normal is within sight

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