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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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Lac qui Parle State Park

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Save the BEES Mason Bee (Osmia species)

State record fish program to include catch-and-release records

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Time to stop pruning oaks

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Minnesota state parks campsites still available for Memorial Day weekend

MINNESTOA DNR — Several Minnesota state parks and recreation areas—mostly in the northwestern region of the state—still have campsites available for Memorial Day weekend. Parks that had at least a dozen campsites still available for the entire three-day weekend (as of May 16) include: Hayes Lake State Park in Roseau, which has a boardwalk through a bog and offers a variety of water recreation, including fishing, swimming and canoeing. Kilen Woods State Park in Lakefield, where visitors can hike along the tranquil Des Moines River and find views of the river valley from Dinosaur Ridge Overlook. Lac qui Parle State Park in Watson, where visitors can fish for catfish and walleye and explore the “lake that speaks” in a canoe or kayak. Lake Bronson State Park, north of Thief River Falls, with the world’s largest jack pine, an observation tower and a swimming beach. Red River State Recreation Area in East Grand ....

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Mason Bees: Mason bees live in holes in trees that have been made by woodpeckers/insects, one mason bee per hole. They also can live in hollow stems of old elderberry, brambles, etc.

Recent Headlines

State record fish program to include catch-and-release records

No new outdoors

No new outdoors

Controlled Burn

Time to stop pruning oaks

No outdoors this week

2016 Mille Lacs regulations designed to keep walleye fishing open

Save the BEES Mason Bee (Osmia species)

Let us learn about Mason bees and what to plant in your garden to encourage these native pollinators!

Mason bees are native bees. They derive their name from using mud in their nests, like brick masons. They live in holes in trees that have been made by woodpeckers/insects, one mason bee per hole. They also can live in hollow stems of old elderberry, brambles, etc. They like living in colonies, but alone in their own hole. That is like we do living in a condo, or in the suburbs.

The females collect pollen to pack into their mud-lined hole. They pack in a ball of pollen with each egg. Once the hole is filled with pollen and eggs, she closes the hole with mud. She then goes on to another hole. After six weeks or so the adult mason bee dies. They prefer clay mud.

By summer the larva has consumed all the pollen and makes a cocoon and enters pupal stage. The adult emerges in winter and hibernates inside its insulated cocoon.

Native mason bees are active very ....

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Controlled Burn

Recent Headlines

No new outdoors

No new outdoors

Controlled Burn

Time to stop pruning oaks

No outdoors this week

2016 Mille Lacs regulations designed to keep walleye fishing open

Crappies on Camp

State record fish program to include catch-and-release records

MINNESOTA DNR — Minnesota’s state record fish program will now include catch-and-release length records for lake sturgeon, flathead catfish and muskellunge.

“State records for sturgeon, flathead catfish or muskies can now be set without harvesting the fish,” said Mike Kurre, mentoring program coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “However, the traditional catch-and-keep records for all species will remain an option.”

The traditional records are based on certified weight. The new catch-and-release length records for muskellunge, lake sturgeon or flathead catfish require anglers to measure and take a photograph of the fish before releasing it.

Several factors led to the adoption of catch-and-release records. Primarily, the popularity ....

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