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Along the Portage

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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Turbidity: Floodwood 4th graders, Blair Thompson, Tristan Capitanni, Peyton Lace, and Summer Johnson, testing turbidity (transparency) of the water.

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Floodwood River project testing

FLOODWOOD, Minn. — Floodwood fourth graders are participating in the Rivers2Lake project this year. Rivers2Lake emphasizes learning about the Lake Superior watershed while stressing outdoor education in many ways.

Fourth graders have read outside, written riddles about outdoor objects using adjectives, and participated in testing the quality of the Floodwood River water.

The students are testing for pH(acidity/base) level, dissolved oxygen levels, and the turbidity (transparency) of the water. They are learning what levels are healthy for the organisms around and in the river. ...

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New Plate: The new Minnesota critical habitat license plate design for the wild turkey

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DNR announces new wild turkey critical habitat license plate

Minnesota DNR — Minnesota motorists can support conservation with a new critical habitat plate featuring a wild turkey.

The new plate displays a colorful tom turkey and is the ninth critical habitat plate offered. Other plates display a moose, loon, pheasant, chickadee, showy lady’s slipper, a fishing scene and two with white-tailed deer. There is also a specialty license plate for state parks and trails.

“Wild turkey restoration in Minnesota is one of our great conservation success stories,” said Kim Hennings, wildlife land acquisition coordinator. “The critical habitat plates are a great way for motorists to show their interest and support for Minnesota’s fish and wildlife resources.”

Wild turkeys are native to southeastern ...

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CONTEST WINNER: Tim Mlodozyniec caught and released this 33-inch Northern Pike on Big Sandy Lake and won the “Local Catch” fishing contest.

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Tim Mlodozyniec wins $200 just for fishing

LOCAL CATCH REPORT — The 2016 “Local Catch” fishing contest is officially over for 2016. This year’s winner of $200 was Tim Mlodozniec, who was fishing with his brother-in-law, Mark Smith, on Big Sandy Lake.

Mark and his wife, Gail, have a cabin on Big Sandy Lake and Tim enjoys visiting. “It is close,” said Tim, who is from Duluth, Minn. “It is a beautiful place to go and the fishing is great.”

Tim admits that he used to spend more time fishing at what they called “the Secret Lake” (Aitkin Lake), but more recently, he visits their favorite bay on Big Sandy Lake. “It is protected by the wind, and it just so happens that it was too windy there the day I caught the fish, so we moved over one more bay that we had never fished in before.”

After catching a few “carpenter pencils” (eight-10-inch northerns), the big one hit and Tim landed a 33-incher. “He gave up quite a fight.”

Believe it or not, Tim’s brother-in-law caught his own 33-inch northern pike two days later in the same bay. “At first we thought it was the same one, but when I saw the photo, his is a little skinnier, so mine was better.”

For those interested in knowing where to catch these big northerns, Tim and Mark just ...

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