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Sheriff-elect names chief deputy: 'We complement each other'
Police Blotter - Nov. 17, 2018
Nisswa gains viewers' choice for Minnesota's best small town
Crash on Highway 6 injures both drivers
Rear-end Baxter crash injures driver and 12-year-old passenger
Area Girls Hockey: Abear nets game-winner in Lightning victory
Girls Basketball: Lane signs to play for Fighting Hawks.
Junior Hockey: Wisconsin sweeps North Stars
Volleyball: PR-B's Wynn all-state. Tigers earn academic honors
Russell Jon "Jack" Anderson
John L. Holder
Card games: Nov. 5-9, 2018
Essentia Health offers way to quit smoking for better health
Chef's Hat: Don't forget about those tried-and-true recipes
Faith: Keep God in your life
Senior Menus: Nov. 12-16, 2018
Wealth Column: Why new tax laws could change your 2018 tax filing
Letter to the editor: Thanks, Pequot Lakes, for your votes
As I See It: The fallacy of 'choice'
The Last Windrow: 'The Second Week of Deer Hunting'
Letter to the editor: This is a new dawn
letters to the editor
Births: Nov. 17, 2018
Births: Oct. 28, 2018
Lakewood Health System, Staples, births
June 29, 2018
Commentary: Front-row seats for the cycle of life
ONTARIO'S QUETICO PROVINCIAL PARK — Evening comes slipping over the land. On our island camp here in this million-acre canoe-country wilderness,...
June 29, 2018 - 10:56am
June 15, 2018
Becoming dog -- a work in progress
The yellow dog and I were off on a two-hour jaunt in the woods the other day. She would lark ahead, following the trail and her nose. At intervals,...
June 15, 2018 - 7:30am
June 1, 2018
Commentary: Packing up, and pondering what might lie ahead
DULUTH — I spend isolated moments of each day now anticipating an upcoming adventure. Six of us — trail-tested friends — will...
June 1, 2018 - 6:03am
May 11, 2018
Sam Cook column: No rest for life in canoe country
ELY — The two painted turtles were sunning atop a bald rock that had been jutting out of Little Gabbro Lake for about 10,000 years. Except...
May 11, 2018 - 6:00am
April 26, 2018
The trout don't know how lucky they are
Well, we're not headed up to the canoe country to go lake trout fishing this spring. Or so it appears. The ice has us. Four of us make the trip...
April 26, 2018 - 5:11pm
April 22, 2018
Sam Cook: Heading down a new trail with plenty of old friends
I visited my friend Jeff Rennicke's writing studio in Bayfield years ago. It was a simple room, bare of most distractions, but on the wall above...
April 22, 2018 - 6:00am
Sam Cook paddles into retirement: After 38 years as the Duluth News Tribune’s outdoors writer, Cook hangs up his notebook
DULUTH — After 38 years as the Duluth News Tribune's outdoors writer, Sam Cook is retiring Friday, April 27, to pursue, well, pretty much...
April 22, 2018 - 5:55am
April 13, 2018
On a shelf, long forgotten, a lifetime's worth of goals
The manila file folder was stuck in alongside some of my old trip journals on a bookshelf. "What's this?" I thought. I pulled it out and opened it up the other day. Inside were, among other things, a couple of sheets of notebook paper with my handwriting on them. "Exercise No. 9,"...
April 13, 2018 - 6:00am
April 6, 2018
Stopping in the woods on a crunchy morning
The previous day's moderate thaw is history. I stride along a refrozen trail at dawn. My ice cleats, stretched over a pair of running shoes,...
April 6, 2018 - 6:32am
March 25, 2018
Last rites for loyal Lake Superior 'loopers
DULUTH — So. It's over. The popular Kamloops rainbow trout stocking program on Minnesota's North Shore has been discontinued, Minnesota...
March 25, 2018 - 6:15am
March 23, 2018
Rare lynx sighting highlights a day on the ice
SAGANAGA LAKE, GUNFLINT TRAIL — We must have noticed the animal at about the same time. Two of us were riding two-up on a snowmobile, heading back to our cabin last weekend after a day of lake trout fishing. The late-afternoon sun was bathing a bay on the U.S. side of Saganaga...
March 23, 2018 - 6:37am
February 25, 2018
Unexpected Olympic moments up a frozen river
DULUTH—I put my snowshoes on quickly and dropped into the river valley. Down here, the wind couldn't find me. Snow swirled into the river...
February 25, 2018 - 6:08am
February 22, 2018
We must admit it: This is who we are
On the way to work last week, two days after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., I listened to a newscast in which a sobbing father lamented...
February 22, 2018 - 7:59pm
February 11, 2018
Changing landscapes: When a hunting or fishing territory slips away
An angler I know was talking about a lake where he used to fish. Crappies, as I recall. Somewhere near Bemidji. "But then the college kids found...
February 11, 2018 - 7:40am
December 24, 2017
Meditation on ice: Waiting for crappies to bite
The morning's first grudging light had just begun to slip over the land as our train of anglers ventured forth. Four of us, well-Thinsulated...
December 24, 2017 - 7:38am