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Along the Portage is the Voyageur's outdoor news section. Here readers find year-round coverage of local hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation. Regular features include the DNR Question of the Week, and Mike Rahn's "Inside the Outdoors" column. Captivating wildlife photos by local photographers are a special addition to Along the Portage.

 

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Controlled Burn

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Controlled Burn

Time to stop pruning oaks

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Controlled Burn

Recent Headlines

Time to stop pruning oaks

No outdoors this week

2016 Mille Lacs regulations designed to keep walleye fishing open

Crappies on Camp

White-nose syndrome, a disease that can kill bats, confirmed in Minnesota

Fun on the ice

Ice fishing shelter removal dates

Controlled BURN

McGREGOR, Minn.—Members of the McGregor Fire Department participated in a
controlled burn training exercise on Sunday evening. Fire Chief James Carr explained that weather permitting, they burn around the city of McGregor for protection reasons. “One cigarette and a south wind and the pallet factory logs would be in jeopardy,” said James. “We couldn’t get here fast enough to protect them.”

The burn around the city has been a tradition for more than 40 years.

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Oak Wilt: Signs of Oak wilt. Oak wilt starts in the tree’s outer crown and moves inward causing trees to loose their leaves quickly.

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Time to stop pruning oaks

Minnesota DNR, Minn. — The safe period to prune oak trees is over, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. With recent warm temperatures, oaks are now at high risk of becoming infected with oak wilt.

“Beetles that carry the oak wilt fungus are attracted to sap on fresh cuts on oaks,” said Brian Schwingle, DNR forest health specialist. “Therefore, oaks should not be pruned when these beetles are active, which is right now.”

Current oak wilt risk level can be found on the DNR oak wilt Web page.

Oak wilt symptoms start in the tree’s outer crown and move inward. Trees in the red oak group (northern red and pin oaks; black oaks) can die within weeks of becoming infected, while white oaks can take years. Bur oaks take from a year to several years to die from oak wilt.

According to Schwingle, oak wilt spreads from infected trees to healthy trees in two ways: by disease-carrying-beetles attracted to fresh wounds or cuts and through the fungus ....

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