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Conventional wisdom has it that half a million anglers, give or take a few thousand, will take to their favorite lake or stream Saturday, May 11, for the 2019 Minnesota Fishing Opener. Ethan Rogers won’t be one of them. Manager of Northwoods Bait and Tackle in Bemidji, Rogers says the bait shop will be open continuously from 6 a.m. Friday until 10 p.m. Saturday. Call it the fishing equivalent of a marathon. “I’m hoping for Monday,” Rogers said of his prospects for getting into a boat.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. -- The two-year budget Gov. Tim Walz has proposed for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources would maintain and enhance many of the services people have come to expect from the agency, but the quality of those services will suffer if the governor’s budget priorities aren’t met. That was the message from DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen this week in Thief River Falls during an interview about the governor’s budget proposal. “The budget is not just a numbers game or process; it really is about the outcomes that budget pays for,” Strommen said.
There is light at the end of the tunnel — at last — and it’s time to start thinking about getting outside for some springtime fun. Options are numerous; maybe it’s as simple as a hike in the park. Or something more adventurous, such as a trip to a popular — and often crowded — border river in pursuit of walleyes or sturgeon.
GRAND FORKS -- Brad Olson of Grand Forks went to Ryan Pond on Saturday, Feb, 23, in hopes of getting some underwater footage of rainbow trout smacking the soft plastic fishing baits he markets as a partner in Northern Lights Plastics. What he saw when he lowered the lens on his underwater camera was yet another unfortunate reminder of just how severe this winter has been. The bottom of the pond was covered with dead bluegills, which most likely had succumbed to winterkill.
GRAND FORKS -- Deer and other wildlife continue to weather the winter of 2018-19 fairly well in North Dakota and Minnesota, but that could change if cold and snowy conditions persist through March and into April, wildlife managers say. “It’s a traditional Minnesota winter -- the problem is we’ve gotten used to the other ones,” said John Williams, northwest region wildlife manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Bemidji.
GRAND FORKS — As a fourth-generation resident of Waskish, Minn., on Upper Red Lake, Jonny Petrowske has history on his side when it comes to looking at changes in the weather patterns that affect his livelihood. A jack of all trades, Petrowske, 43, traps minnows, works as a fishing and bear hunting guide, and rents fish houses in the winter. Petrowske says dealing with extreme weather patterns has become the new normal. Some years, it’s late springs and early freeze-ups; other years, it’s just the opposite.
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