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  • Washburn police warn of possible distemper cases in area

    Washburn, WI (NNCNOW.com) - Due to sightings of sick raccoons and fox in the City of Washburn, a wildlife biologist has requested testing for a confirmed diagnosis of distemper.

  • Nature Matters: Mast means food for wildlife

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- The word "mast" doesn't only deal with the part of a ship that holds up a sail. It also means the food provided by plants for wild animals. This spring, conservationists in the Upper Midwest are urging people to plant native grasses, grains, nuts, berries and fruits to provide "mast" for critters of all stripes. Dave Anderson tells us how we can help in this week's Nature Matters.

  • Mild winter should mean many springtime fawns

    Cloquet, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- This winter's lack of snow is terrible for wild–land fire danger on one hand, but on the other, it's wonderful for the Northland's hard hit deer herd. Mid–May is when most deer fawns are born.

  • USCG AUX seminar promotes Vessel Safety Checks

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- The ice is going and the boating season is coming. Staying safe on the water has been the job of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary since 1939. 2015 will be no different and the Auxiliary began this year's safety drive Thursday night. Dave Anderson tells us about free boat safety checks that help make the safety difference on the water.

  • Orchard volunteers needed for "Edible Duluth"

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Trees planted in 2012, throughout Duluth parks, in an effort to promote public spaces for fruit production, are in need of care.

  • Beaver trappers want season extension to minimize flood damaged roads

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Minnesota's 2015 beaver trapping season is slated to end April 30th. The Minnesota Forest Zone Trappers Association is asking the legislature to extend the season to May 15th as in some previous years. The rationale is that trapping extra beavers could save highway department budgets thousands of dollars by reducing the number of beaver damaged roadways. Non-trappers says there are alternatives. Dave Anderson looks at both sides in this week's Nature Matters story.

  • Coveted title for Grand Marais brings together community in the process

    Grand Marais, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- The "Coolest Small Town in America" is banking on its national recognition for a banner tourism season this summer. But the push for the coveted title did more than just put Grand Marais on the national playing field.

  • Abandoned rock quarry could turn into rock climbing space

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- City officials are looking to transform a large abandoned rock quarry in the city's west end into a large scale rock climbing area.

  • Governor Dayton pushes for stronger poaching penalties

    St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - After many cases of high-profile illegal poaching in Minnesota, Governor Dayton wishes to make penalties for anyone breaking hunting and fishing laws harsher.

  • Elk arrive in Wisconsin for reintroduction program

    Black River Falls, WI (NNCNOW.com) - Elk from Kentucky have reached their new home near Black River Falls in the first year of elk reintroduction efforts.