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January 14, 2018
Brad Dokken, outdoors columnist
Brad Dokken: The outdoors from A to Z, the sequel
January 14, 2018 - 6:34am
January 9, 2018
An artist's rendering of the St. Paul ice palace.  Submitted drawing
Work begins on St. Paul ice palace
January 9, 2018 - 8:35pm
January 3, 2018
Detroit Lakes Ice Harvest Committee member Scott Walz takes an auger to drill a hole through the ice on Little Detroit Lake, testing its depth in anticipation of next week's ice harvest. Submitted photo
Conditions look good for Detroit Lakes' first ice harvest in nearly 50 years
January 3, 2018 - 3:19pm
December 24, 2017
Kepler-90 is a 14th magnitude star in Draco near the border with Cygnus, a.k.a. the Northern Cross. Courtesy photo / Stellarium
Artificial intelligence helps nail 8-planet solar system like our own
December 24, 2017 - 11:53am
December 16, 2017
The dam that held back water on Mound Creek inside Blue Mounds State Park was heavily damaged by flood waters in 2014. The structure will now be removed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, with a trail crossing constructed in its place. (File photo)
Blue Mounds State Park to get rural water connection; Mound Creek to be reconfigured
December 16, 2017 - 7:08am
December 13, 2017
Second-year student Cameron Fleischer combs through a stack of Gullion notecards, entering their data into a specialized MySQL database created to record and archive this information. Gabriel Lagarde / Forum News Service
Reclaiming the future for ruffed grouse
December 13, 2017 - 7:04am
December 10, 2017
This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image reveals the Cosmic Snake, a distant galaxy peppered with clumpy regions of intense star formation that appear warped by the effect of gravitational lensing. This giant arc-like galaxy is actually behind the huge galaxy cluster MACSJ1206.2-0847, but thanks to the cluster’s gravity, we can see it from Earth.
Behold the cosmic snake
December 10, 2017 - 8:47am
December 3, 2017
The human nose is practically useless for astronomy. Photo illustration by Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com
AstroBob: What does a comet smell like?
December 3, 2017 - 8:49am
December 2, 2017
All Season's Garden Center's Scott Kiel checks out a Fraser fir in the Christmas tree section of the local nursery. Kiel says that the Fraser firs are the most popular of the Christmas trees that they sell. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service
Thin tidings: Christmas tree supply tightening as demand increases
December 2, 2017 - 8:16am
December 1, 2017
A snowy owl is seen after being rescued from inside a cooling system at Alakef Coffee Roasters in Duluth on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Ezra Bennett)play button
Watch: Snowy owl rescued from Minnesota coffee roaster equipment
December 1, 2017 - 8:23am
November 26, 2017
This artist’s impression shows the temperate planet Ross 128 b, with its red dwarf parent star in the background. The new world is now the second-closest temperate planet to be detected after Proxima b. It is also the closest planet to be discovered orbiting an inactive red dwarf star, which may increase the likelihood that this planet could potentially sustain life. Contributed photo
Newfound planet only 11 light-years away could support life
November 26, 2017 - 8:45am
November 6, 2017
A pileated woodpecker rests on a snap in Lakewood Township, Minn. Pileated woodpeckers are considered more abundant in the state now than they were in the early 1900s, and the big bird seems to be doing well across the region. Observers for the bird atlas survey reported 2,393 pileated Woodpecker records. Nests were confirmed in 118 different locations across 37 counties. Bob King / Forum News Service
Minnesota gets first new bird atlas in 81 years
November 6, 2017 - 6:22pm
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