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June 17, 2019
Presenter John Wefald -- a former Minnesota commissioner of agriculture, university president and current loon advocate -- speaks Tuesday, June 11, to an assembled audience at Heartwood Assisted Living Community, Crosby. Wefald says Minnesota's population of loons is in an unsustainable, vulnerable state. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatchplay button
National Loon Center progress comes amid dire warnings. Advocate decries vulnerability of state bird
June 17, 2019 - 2:00pm
June 13, 2019
Crow Wing SWCD to host 7th annual photo contest
June 13, 2019 - 6:30am
May 28, 2019
Black bear swimming across the Mississippi River near Rice Lake in Brainerd. Screen grab from a video shot by Tami Teague of button
Black bear swimming in the Mississippi
May 28, 2019 - 1:00pm
April 24, 2019
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Fox litters on average range up to six kits. This litter started as button
You can look, but don't touch young wildlife of spring
April 24, 2019 - 12:00pm
April 20, 2019
A photo posted to Facebook April 2 by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resoruces shows debris left on Gull Lake. Facebook / DNR
Authorities, volunteers and resort work to clear debris off Gull Lake
April 20, 2019 - 5:00am
April 16, 2019
Mary Schneider (left) and Bunny Tabott with her dog Dixie watch North American river otters Ted and Dave swim Monday, April 15, in the new Pine Grove Zoo exhibit in Little Falls. The new aquarium, which opened Monday for the season, features an acrylic tank and tunnel where the otters can be viewed safely.  Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch  Video  play button
New river otter exhibit opens at Pine Grove Zoo: Ted, Dave and Dewie settle into Little Falls aquarium
April 16, 2019 - 9:00am
April 2, 2019
Participants collect buckets of sap under the watchful eye of tour guide Billy Olmstead (right) Saturday, March 30, during the Maple Syrup Farm Tour hosted by the Northland Arboretum at the farm of Harry and Judy Worm in Brainerd. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery and Videoplay button
On tap: Syrup season is starting
April 2, 2019 - 9:00am
March 22, 2019
County Soil and Water Conservation District recaps year with report
March 22, 2019 - 9:30am
February 12, 2019
The level of Lake Superior is excepted to remain above normal through most of 2019, but probably won't hit any record levels, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hydrologists say.  Forum News Service file photo
Lake Superior dropped in January but remains above normal levels
February 12, 2019 - 9:37am
January 29, 2019
A shot of the brambling at the Shroyer family home earlier this week. (Photo courtesy of Wayne Perala)
Rare bird repeatedly spotted near Richwood, Minn.
January 29, 2019 - 6:47pm
January 19, 2019
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Pre-order trees, plants, seeds
January 19, 2019 - 8:00am
January 12, 2019
SWCD hosts luncheon to tout landowner successes
January 12, 2019 - 7:00am
January 7, 2019
Karen Theis shines an ultraviolet light on a Yooperlite, Saturday, Jan. 5, at the third annual Sample's Agate Gem and Mineral Shop's Agate Show at the Northland Arboretum. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch - Videoplay button
Yooperlites a hit at area agate and mineral show
January 7, 2019 - 2:00pm
January 6, 2019
A chickadee lands on a branch before heading to the feeder Thursday, Jan. 3, at the Northland Arboretum. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
A charming chickadee
January 6, 2019 - 9:00am
January 5, 2019
John Bonde is the first-place winner in the sixth annual Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District photo contest for his picture of a lowbush blueberry. Submitted photo
SWCD photo contest winners listed
January 5, 2019 - 4:00am