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Friday: Outdoors

Pink owls?

MARQUETTE — It was an enlightening subject, literally. Northern Michigan University biology graduate student Emily Griffith won the Fourth Annual Three Minute Thesis competition on Monday, which was held virtually this year. Her topic was “Sexual Dimorphism of Long-Eared Owl Plumage in ...

Outdoors North: First sign of warmth brings inspiration

“By the way, you look fantastic in your boots of Chinese plastic,” – Chrissie Hynde In the basement of our old house, there were musty boxes and drawers of old doorknobs and keys, hinges and other parts to things my dad had kept. I guess he was expecting to use them one day, but he never ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Conditions in this region of the state have been brutal with temperatures anywhere from -15 to -25 degrees, strong winds, and whiteout conditions. With the extreme weather, fewer anglers have been out. Keweenaw Bay Anglers recently had better success with catching fish ...

Outdoors North: The crossroads and the scarecrow looming up ahead

“Something really special, something you could feel, something you could count on that was real.” — Bob Seger There’s a place I know, a crossroads with a scarecrow. I hear voices there of old things dead and missing or things that never were. On summer afternoons, the rains fall ...

Dan Moilanen in as new conservation district head

LANSING – The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts has hired Dan Moilanen to lead as the organization’s new executive eirector. Lori Phalen, the current executive director, is retiring effective Thursday after 14 years of service in the position. Moilanen sees conservation ...

Masks, social distancing and speed: Snowmobiles enjoy boom

PORTLAND, Maine — The thrill of hurtling along a remote trail, coupled with Americans’ ongoing desire to get outside during the pandemic, is creating the biggest boom in more than two decades for the snowmobiling industry. From Maine to Montana, it’s becoming difficult to find a new ...

Signature skiing

MARQUETTE — Think you know your local ski hills? They might have features you didn’t know about. Otie McKinley, media and communications manager for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, was in the Upper Peninsula this week for Travel Michigan, the tourism arm of the MEDC that ...

Outdoors North

“Take me back down where cool water flows, let me remember the things I love.” — John Fogerty The curious prognostications of a singular Pennsylvania groundhog have intrigued me since those early days of classes in the old grammar school with the bell tower, which has long since ...

Guest column

MARQUETTE — Since 2008, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Natural Resources Commission have been gambling with the Upper Peninsula deer herd, which is a public resource. That year, new deer hunting regulations were adopted by the commission only in the U.P. called Hunter’s ...

Outdoors North

“Bother me tomorrow, today I’ll buy no sorrows.” — John Fogerty Lately, I’ve been thinking about the tremendous contrast that exists between the world I see on the television news — one of turmoil and transgression, disease and death, lies, deceit and cowardice — and the beauty ...

Trail transactions

MARQUETTE — Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Eichinger recently approved two real estate transactions that have secured permanent trail easements, which will help ensure trail connectivity in the western Upper Peninsula. These permanent trail easements, totaling 67 ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Little Bay De Noc: Shifting ice opened up some pressure cracks, and there was a drowning off Kates Bay. The ice is getting better; however, anglers will still need to use extreme caution and stay clear of the pressure cracks. Indian Lake: Was producing perch and walleye. ...

Outdoors North: Winter holds many silent wonders

“I have gone from rags to riches in the sorrow of the night, in the violence of a summer’s dream, in the chill of a wintry light,” - Bob Dylan There is one thing that winter alone can truly claim that sets it widely apart from all the other seasons of the year, and it isn’t snow. I ...

DNR pilot project clears the way for winter fishing access

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has organized a pilot program to keep boating access sites plowed this winter at more than two dozen popular Upper Peninsula ice-fishing locations. Various local partners have volunteered to assist the DNR with the program to help ...

Outdoors North

“On the roof it’s peaceful as can be and there the world below can’t bother me.” — Gerry Goffin/Carol King On a day like tomorrow, the sun is going to shine. I hope I’ll find myself walking or sitting along a rocky ridge, some high place up above, where I can get closer to ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Ice formation has been slow and was still not safe in many areas on the east side. Anglers are venturing out, but extreme caution needs to be used. The panfish action has been slow, but pike anglers were doing well. Indian Lake: Was starting to produce some nice fish. ...

Outdoors North: New year, new discoveries

“It’s often said that life is strange, yeah but compared to what,” - Steve Forbert With the turning of a new year, there’s often a good deal of hope welled up for new and better things to come in the days ahead. It seems like the first stirrings of these forward-looking new year ...

Public invited to comment on Sand Point plans

MUNISING — Sand Point, a prominent coastal feature and beach destination located near the westernmost boundary of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, was modified in the early 1990s with the placement of a large rock rubble-mound revetment measuring approximately 650 linear feet by 32 feet ...

Gone fishin’

Dickinson County: Inland lakes in the area have ice and had some slush after a warm, sunny day. Anglers are targeting pike and panfish. Manistique River: Had a fair number of steelhead. Munuscong Bay: Had ice suitable for walking on near the shoreline, allowing anglers to get out and ...