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Friday: Outdoors

Michigan Iron Industry Museum under DNR co-management

NEGAUNEE — In a move that will provide important funding opportunities for facility improvements and grounds maintenance, the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee has become a sub-unit of Van Riper State Park, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced. The decision to link ...

Outdoors North

I stood on the slightly arched bridge over a shallow section of rapids, leaning on the bridge rail, watching the foam at the top of the water bounce and glide as it was moved downstream by the current. The water tumbling over the rocks here made a loud, but ironically peaceful sound as the ...

MTU police sergeant rescues raptors

By CYNDI PERKINS Special to the Journal HOUGHTON — When she’s not keeping an eagle eye on Husky Nation, Michigan Technological University Public Safety Patrol Sgt. Beth Maatta watches over birds of prey as the only certified raptor rehabilitator in the Upper Peninsula. Young eagles ...

Outdoors North: Wilderness can grab a hold of us

“In the misty moonlight, by the flickering firelight, any place is alright as long as I’m with you,” — Cindy Walker It’s a strange and usually complicated occurrence when someone goes missing, especially when the circumstances cannot be easily explained. In most disappearance ...

Not a ‘pass-through spectator’

MARQUETTE — Pixie foam lichen, blue toadflax, eastern prickly pear cactus — they’ve all been part of Ryne Rutherford’s world lately. And it’s a world most people don’t get to see. Rutherford is ecologist and owner of Biophilia, LLC, and a doctoral student at Michigan Tech. ...

Fisheries manager Whelan earns national honor

LANSING — In his nearly 40 years as a professional fisheries biologist — 35 of those with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources — Gary Whelan has touched and influenced fisheries management in many and long-lasting ways. Because of that body of work, the Association of Fish & ...