Outdoors

Deep in the woods

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 12th, 2017

Frost smoke rolled off the water and gathered in the middle of the lake, obscuring anything and everything beyond the battered dock.

Somewhere in the mist, Canada geese called. The sunrise sparkled through the trees and a night light over a cabin window flicked off as the morning arrived.

This is Lake Metigoshe, a wooded paradise and well-kept secret of North Dakota and its Turtle Mountains.

Jagged shorelines circle the lake’s mirror surface. Lakeside retreats ranging from old family…

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​Petrified Forest Loop

by Race Heitkamp | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 15th, 2017

It was my last night in Medora and I was busy researching the Petrified Forest Loop I planned to hike in the morning. Earlier that day, Dakota Cyclery had dropped off myself and another rider, Paul, on the Maah Daah Hey trail.

We rode rode over twenty miles through the rough terrain of the North Dakota's badlands and opted to take the long way home, by crossing the Little Missouri river at Sully Creek State Park, which landed my 650lb Cannondale Habit above my head instead of between my…

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​Almanzo 100 Wilderfest Bike Race: still a rookie

by Race Heitkamp | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 31st, 2017

If you've ever heard of gravel bike racing or "gravel grinding" you've probably heard of the Almanzo. It's a one hundred mile bike race that takes place on the Southern Minnesota border right outside the small town of Spring Valley.

There's no fee to ride or rider cap. Riders register by simply sending in a postcard with their name and email address: a relatively unique experience in today's pay-to-play race scene. With events like the Fargo Marathon setting you back a cool…

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​The Bad Lands

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 2nd, 2016

By Jim Fuglie

jimfuglie920@gmail.com

I’ve been a little cranky lately. Goofy elections, pipelines and oil refineries where they shouldn’t be, and oil and salt water spilling all over the place will do that.

When that happens, I try to go to the Bad Lands and refresh my soul. When I can’t go there, I read about them, and I write about them. I’ve been stuck at home lately doing fall chores, but I’ve been reading some of my favorite passages about our Bad Lands, and I think I’ll…

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​4,600 miles long and four feet wide

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 7th, 2016

By Ben Haugmo

benhaugmo@yahoo.com

Winding through 4,600 miles of forest and field, alongside river and railway, and over hilltops as well as fences is the North Country National Scenic Trail. Next week, the National Country Trail Association will be celebrating their annual meeting, a chance for volunteers and enthusiasts to come together in shared appreciation of this country-spanning marvel.

North Country Trail veterans and newcomers alike will experience hikes which include river trails…

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​History, beauty in North Dakota’s NPS sites

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 18th, 2016

North Dakota may lie off the beaten track for National Park Service sites, but beauty and history can still be found at the five sites within the state.

The National Park Services turns 100 on Thursday, Aug. 25, celebrating a century of preservation of history, nature and unique areas within the U.S. North Dakota’s NPS sites are not as big of draws such as the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone National Park, but the New York Times did select Theodore Roosevelt National Park as No. 5 on its…

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​Beavers: Positively Important

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 20th, 2016

by Nina E. Berg

A handful of Fargo residents have voiced concerns about our Red River beavers and their activity, but what some may view as destruction is actually very beneficial environmentally. Beavers are considered a keystone species, meaning that they are essential for a healthy and balanced ecosystem.

While most Fargo residents seem to enjoy the productive little critters, others are labeling them as "destructive" and "pests". Attaching a negative stigma to such an important animal…

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​The Conscientious Fisherman

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 26th, 2014

Cover by Raul Gomez

Interested in catching fish this summer? Staying out of trouble with the DNR? Preventing the spread of zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil? Catching and releasing a monster fish? Catching and keeping a monster fish? Helping a caught fish survive? Securing the future wealth of lakes country? Earning the respect of veteran fisherman? Learning about fishing ethics?

Hundreds of thousands of people fish in Minnesota and North Dakota every year, so we want to make it as easy as possible…

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​Mayville garden festival features art and activities for the whole family

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 6th, 2013

By Lauren Beek

The Rainbow Garden and Sculpture Walk is a beautiful little spot in the North Dakota countryside and is a clear indicator of the strong community that built it.

As soon as you enter the place, a sign proclaims, “The garden is supported and maintained by the people of Mayville-Portland and their friends.” The gardens (seven to be exact) are all cared for and run by volunteers.

Sandy Braaten, president of the Rainbow Garden board, is grateful for all the help.

“In a…

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