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Draft recommendations aim to improve trail sustainability and to enhance user experiences. Proposed changes include adding 14.3 miles of off-highway motorcycle, .9 miles of all-terrain vehicle/off-highway motorcycle and 4.3 miles of horse trail as well as undesignating 5.1 miles of unsustainable trail. Photo Illustration.
Outdoor Notes for Feb. 17
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February 15, 2019
Scott Erlandson drives a snow groomer with his friend Matt Holsapple on Thursday, Feb.15, over high mounds of snow at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds. An abundance of snow was unloaded and piled along an elevated track in front of the grandstand for the ISOC MN Regional Snocross at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds Feb. 16-17. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch Video  
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Sky high grooming for Snocross races
February 15, 2019 - 5:00am
February 14, 2019
A sturgeon estimated to weigh 120 pounds was caught in the St. Croix River recently by 
Darren Troseth of Jordan, Minn. It is believed to be the biggest record fish ever caught in Minnesota.
WATCH: Minnesota angler pulls 120-pound sturgeon through ice
February 14, 2019 - 10:50am
February 12, 2019
Snowboarder Peyton Cook soars above a jump Monday, Feb. 11, at Mount Ski Gull near Nisswa. With abundant snowfalls, this winter is providing snow sports enthusiasts with plenty of options to get out and embrace winter. The lakes region may receive another 2-4 inches of fresh snow through Tuesday. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Snowboarders delight in more fresh powder
February 12, 2019 - 9:00am
Members of the 10,000 Lakes Youth Snowmobile Club take part in a group ride on Saturday, Jan. 12.
Danecdotes: Youth snowmobile club takes off at PLHS
February 12, 2019 - 4:00am
February 6, 2019
Wildlife managers count the days when snow depth equals or exceeds 15 inches, and the number of days when the temperature drops below zero. The two numbers—days with 15 or more inches or snow, and days below zero—are added together. If the total does not exceed 100, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources considers it a mild winter. View the current WSI on the MN DNR website -
Inside the Outdoors: WSI is a game of inches and days
February 6, 2019 - 6:00am
February 3, 2019
Suet will attract a variety of birds, like this male pileated woodpecker. A wire basket prevents mammals from stealing the suet.
Feeding Winter Birds
February 3, 2019 - 7:00am
2019 Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
What's Up Outdoors: All smiles for the Ice Fishing Extravaganza
February 3, 2019 - 5:00am
January 27, 2019
John Beargrease marathon racer Jennifer Freking waves to the crowd shortly after leaving the starting chute Sunday. Freking was the first racer on the trail. Steve Kuchera / Forum News Service
Teams hit the trail for 35th Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon
January 27, 2019 - 7:16pm
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Inside the Outdoors: Minnesota elk plan deserves thought and care
January 27, 2019 - 8:00am
January 26, 2019
A bull elk stands in the snow along one of the trails at Wilebski's Evergreen Acres in Kittson County in this undated photo taken by Larry Wilebski. Elk are just one of the many wildlife species inhabiting the northwest Minnesota property, Wilebski says. (Photo courtesy of Larry Wilebski/ Evergreen Acres)
Wilebski’s Evergreen Acres in Minn. a haven for wildlife and nature enthusiasts
January 26, 2019 - 6:01pm
File photo from 2018 Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice-fishing Extravaganza on Gull Lake. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
What's Up Outdoors: Braving the cold is true Minnesota
January 26, 2019 - 7:00am
January 25, 2019
Sunlight filters through pine needles on a cold winter day in Brainerd. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Sunlit needles
January 25, 2019 - 1:00pm
January 24, 2019
Doug Franke, area wildlife manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Thief River Falls, photographed this mule deer buck Jan. 14, north of Thief River Falls. The buck, which appeared physically healthy, was shot by DNR conservation officer Tony Elwell on Jan. 17 after acting disoriented and posing a threat to motorists. Results from lymph node and brain tests are pending. Photo courtesy of Doug Franke, Minnesota DNR
DNR shoots wayward mule deer acting strangely near Thief River Falls
January 24, 2019 - 4:38pm
January 23, 2019
Sawtooth ice drips with cold water Tuesday, Jan. 22, on Little Buffalo Creek in Brainerd. After two mild days with temperatures in the upper teens, frigid air is expected Thursday and Friday. Thursday's daytime high may reach 6 below. The overnight temperature may fall to 26 below, with wind chill values of 25 to 35 below zero. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Winter's icy grip
January 23, 2019 - 3:00am