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BRAINERD, Minn.—For many in the Northland there is no better way to enjoy the beauty of winter than spending the day behind a team of working sled dogs. In this week's "Northland Outdoors TV" episode, come along as we embrace the old ways and trek into Minnesota's backcountry in search of trout and a much deeper appreciation of winter's majesty. See it all in this weekend's episode of "Northland Outdoors TV."
Minnesotans have flocked to casting ballots before Election Day, leaving all previous records in the dust. Hubbard County is no exception as early voting boosts numbers. Nearly 416,000 voters have already had absentee or mail-ballots accepted, according to numbers released Thursday, Nov. 3, by the secretary of state. That means about 13 percent of the Minnesotans who are registered to vote have already filled out their ballots.
Minnesota officials rejected environmentalists' requests to delay study of a proposed northern Minnesota oil pipeline Friday, Oct. 28, but a lengthy environmental review must be completed before approval is given to build it. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MNPUC) voted 5-0 to deny motions by environmental groups. The environmental study will take months. The Line 3 pipeline would replace a nearly 60-year-old one. The new one would run either in the same area of the existing pipeline or along other utility corridors.
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BRAINERD, Minn.—In this week's "Northland Outdoors TV" episode, travel with our crew as they head to the prairies and farmlands of North and South Dakota, home to an annual springtime northern migration of tens of thousands of snow geese headed to their Canadian tundra nesting grounds. Come with us to see the positive role Midwest hunters are playing in managing those damaging excessive geese populations.
Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 2.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.11/gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.21/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
For the first time in more than half a century, Forum Communications Co. declines to endorse the Republican candidate for president of the United States. It does not follow, however, that the endorsement goes to the Democratic candidate. This year, we suggest none of the above is the best choice.
MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — Negotiations between protesters and law enforcement broke down Wednesday, Oct. 26, with protesters holding their ground at a frontline camp to block the Dakota Access Pipeline. Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney was among a contingent of law enforcement who met with camp representatives Wednesday on Highway 1806 on the other side of a roadblock established by protesters. Laney told the protesters officers don’t want a confrontation, but they have to enforce the rule of law.
Authorities in Clearwater County discovered the remains of a female in a wooded area northeast of Alida, Minnesota. The remains were found shortly after 10 a.m. Friday as authorities were searching for a missing Elbow Lake woman. The remains are believed to be that of Hayle Lynn Soyring, 28, of Waubun, Minnesota. Soyring was reported missing on Wednesday after family could not locate her. She was last seen on Sunday in Mahnomen.
BRAINERD, Minn.—Wild rice is as synonymous with Minnesota cuisine as lakes are to the state's reputation. Wild rice has been used as a food source for centuries, and it's grown in more than half of Minnesota's counties. Clearly, it's a big deal. In this week's Northland Outdoors TV episode, we visit a central Minnesota family which has made a living on harvesting wild rice for four generations. The crew also travels to Wisconsin for a very special pheasant hunt. See it all in this weekend's episode of "Northland Outdoors TV."