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HIBBING — On a recent visit to Lower Dean Lake, Ann Geisen, wildlife lake specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, looked out at what she called a gorgeous stand of wild rice.

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Grand Rapids finally got some very competitive racing in after having two weeks off due to the Fourth of July and a rain out.

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Known as the oldest triathlon in the state of Minnesota, the 35th annual Timberman Triathlon will be conducted Saturday, July 13.

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VIRGINIA — Hoyt Lakes native Wendy (Hovland) Cregg, and Grandma’s Marathon founder Scott Keenan, will be holding the finish line tape at the 43rd annual 26.2 mile-race Saturday in Duluth.

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HIBBING — There will be a Torch Run, for the benefit of the Special Olympics, in Hibbing on Tuesday, June 18, starting at 11 a.m.

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HIBBING — The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), which is sponsored by local area law enforcement agencies and a fire department, will be conducted for the second year in a row to benefit Special Olympics Minnesota athletes.

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HIBBING — Hunters and their dogs will get a chance to test their skills at a hunt test put on by one of the newest hunting retriever clubs in this part of the U.S.

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TOWER — Terry Moe of New Brighton, Minn., was continuing a tradition Saturday that has been going on for more than 50 years.

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VIRGINIA — It might not feel like winter is over in Northern Minnesota, but Saturday’s walleye fishing opener marks the season finale nonetheless.

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MOUNTAIN IRON — The Minnesota Iron Range Retriever Club will host a spring informal retriever field trials Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, at its Ben Niemi Field Trial Grounds.

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HIBBING ­— Applications for bear hunting licenses are being accepted now through Friday, May 3, wherever Minnesota hunting and fishing licenses are sold, online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense, and by telephone at 888-665-4236.

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AURORA — The installation of the new, high-speed chair lift “Sarajevo Express” at Giants Ridge made things easier for those on the slopes, but it also proved to be inspiration for a new event coming to the resort this weekend.

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VIRGINIA — Have you been waiting for winter’s grip to ease up before planning your spring and summer projects?

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VIRGINIA — Way back when TNN was a cable channel on the dial there used to be a boatload of outdoors shows available to those of us that like to hit the lakes and woods.

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TOWER – While the overall state-wide deer harvest for the first weekend of the 2018 firearms season was down 14.6 percent from 2017 numbers, in the Tower wildlife area, the overall harvest was basically unchanged (down 0.8 percent).

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HIBBING — Minnesota’s firearms deer season begins a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Nov. 3, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources expects half a million hunters to participate.

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HIBBING — The Hibbing Rifle and Pistol Club will host their annual hunter sight-in for the public starting Thursday, Oct. 25, and it will continue through Friday, Nov. 2.

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TOWER — A public hearing will be conducted on Oct. 16, at the Tower Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Headquarters at 650 Highway 169, Tower, from 6-8 p.m.

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HIBBING — It was an ordinary Friday, July 13, for John Kaanta at the track in Fergus Falls, or so he thought.

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HIBBING — Firearms and muzzleloader hunters who want to harvest antlerless deer in a deer permit area designated as lottery this hunting season are reminded they must purchase their license by Thursday, Sept. 6.

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With the bear hunting season set to begin Sept. 1, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asks that hunters avoid shooting research bears marked with distinctively large, colorful ear tags and have radio-collars.

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HIBBING — A total of 57 youngsters attended the annual Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) Youth Day Saturday at the Mid-Range Marksmanship Center located west of Hibbing.

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EVELETH — Now in it’s 14th year, the Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour changes up it’s tour route every year. With the Highway 53 bridge being under construction the past few years, the tour has been bouncing around the construction zone for the better interest of the riders.

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BIWABIK — Giants Ridge has long been synonymous with some of the best skiing in the state of Minnesota. With the winter season all but figured out, the Ridge wants to expand into more summer recreation, namely, mountain biking.

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LAKE VERMILION — Anglers can play a role in a proposed fishing regulation change for northern pike on Lake Vermilion that would simplify northern pike regulations by bringing them in line with the new statewide zone regulation starting in May 2019.

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HIBBING — The Hibbing/Chisholm Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association will be hosting is annuan Youth Day on Saturday, Aug. 4.

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HIBBING — Hibbing Raceway was in action on a rare Friday night due to the annual Jubilee which included a city-wide fireworks show viewable from the grandstands. With near perfect conditions for the festivities, a good crowd was on hand to enjoy both. With Pure Stocks off for the evening, th…

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COHASSET — Registration continues for the 34th annual Timberman Triathlon to be held on Saturday, July 14, at Sugar Lake Lodge in Cohasset.

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HIBBING — The Central Mesabi Medical Foundation (CMMF) will hold its 25th annual Golf Classic on Monday, July 9, at the Mesaba Country Club in Hibbing.

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VIRGINIA — I stopped by the Department of Motor Vehicles this week to pick up some new stickers for my boat and of course they don’t match the color (see my previous column on snowmobile sticker).

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HIBBING — There will be an informational meeting for any children ages 10 to 16 interested in joining the Junior League at the Hibbing Municipal Golf Course.

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COHASSET — Registration continues for the 34th annual Timberman Triathlon to be held on Saturday, July 14, at Sugar Lake Lodge in Cohasset.

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HIBBING — The Mesaba Country Club in Hibbing is offering junior golf instruction for any kids ages 12 and under.

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