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Mike McFeely is a columnist for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He began working for The Forum in the 1980s while he was a student studying journalism at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He's been with The Forum full time since 1990, minus a six-year hiatus when he hosted a local radio talk-show.

You can reach Mike via email at mmcfeely@forumcomm.com.

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Popular Lund boats made in New York Mills factory will be common on Minnesota lakes on fishing opener Saturday, May 14.
If not for the efforts of The Nature Conservancy and the Minnesota Prairie Chicken Society, there might not be prairie chickens left in the state. Their numbers dwindled to a concerning level by the mid-1980s, their habitat ruined by the plow. They are now confined to remnant and restored grasslands in a few counties. One of those is Clay County, close enough to Fargo-Moorhead that before the sun rises over the prairie the lights of the metro glow brightly in the west.
Game and Fish Department and more than a dozen partners spearhead program to preserve, re-establish vital native prairie
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John Donaldson, who pitched for several years for the local team in Bertha, Minnesota, and is documented to have played in at least 130 towns across Minnesota, is on the Early Baseball Era Committee ballot for induction into the Hall of Fame. The results of the Early Baseball Era Committee vote will be announced live on MLB Network’s "MLB Tonight" at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.
Lawndale Creek restoration project helps clean water in Buffalo River while providing trout habitat in unlikely place
A trio of the mammals showed up in a city stormwater retention pond, offering another opportunity for residents to see urban wildlife.
Reading about the expansion of outdoors opportunities is one of the most enjoyable aspects of paging through Mitzel's book, "40 Years of Dakota Country Magazine." Published in 2019, the book is a trip down memory lane not only for the magazine, but for tracing the explosive growth of world-class hunting and fishing in North Dakota.
Former Minneapolis cop became first white police officer in state history to be convicted of killing a Black person. A Black life mattered, if you will.
But surely there must be fires and riots in downtown Minneapolis, because Facebook and conservative media say so.
This is the beautiful thing about living in these United States of America. If you tire of living in one state, for any reason, you can move to any other state. Darnedest thing.