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A number of adventurers have paddled around Lake Superior. But a Twin Cities man recently paddled across the lake. Mike Stout of Prior Lake, Minn., made the trip in two legs. He paddled from the Pigeon River near Grand Portage to Isle Royale, camped a night there, then paddled on across to the Keweenaw Peninsula near Houghton, Mich. Stout, 56, paddled alone with no boat accompanying him. He made the 70-mile trip in a total of 27.5 hours despite fighting strong currents on the second leg, he said. He took several smartphone photos to document his trip.
Fisheries officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are seeking comments on a draft management plan for Lake Vermilion. The new six-year plan (2017-22) retains the walleye regulation implemented in May 2017 and is more specific than the previous plan about management goals for species including walleye, muskellunge, northern pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass and panfish. The plan was developed in partnership with the Lake Vermilion Fisheries Input Group comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders.
Sept. 1 — Minnesota bear hunting opener. Sept. 1-7 — Wisconsin early teal season. Sept. 1-15 — Wisconsin early goose season. Sept. 2 — Minnesota early Canada goose hunting season. Sept. 6 — Wisconsin bear season opens in some zones, consult regulations. Sept. 7 — Minnesota antlerless deer lottery deadline. Sept. 9 — Minnesota youth waterfowl day (tentative).
Here's a list of summer fishing contests in the area. If you'd like your contest listed, email information to email@example.com . • Summer Slam Walleye Tournament, Aug. 12, Island Lake. Twin Ports Walleye Association, twinportswalleye.com. Species: Walleye. • Great Lakes Fly Shop Paddle the Pads Bass Fly Fishing Tournament, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 26, St. Louis River, Chambers Grove. Open to fly fishing anglers. Non-motorized boats only. Cost: $20, proceeds donated to the Minnesota Land Trust. Camping accommodations at Fond Du Lac Campground. Go to mnland.org to register.
On Wednesday morning, Mike Buchanan and his daughter, Katelynn, 15, found themselves in a situation they'd never experienced before. The pair from Indiana were bobbing in kayaks along Lake Superior's North Shore, gazing nearly straight up a 130-foot cliff at Split Rock Lighthouse.
Mike Buchanan had spent 22 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, including a stint at the Coast Guard's Duluth station in the 1990s. But he was about to experience Lake Superior in a new way — from a kayak. Buchanan, of North Vernon, Ind., and his 15-year-old daughter, Katelynn, had signed up for a kayak tour with Day Tripper of Duluth, an adventure tour company. On Wednesday, guide and co-owner Jake Boyce of Duluth was readying the Buchanans' kayaks on the pebble beach in a quiet bay at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.
It was a warm July evening, and the Duluth-Superior harbor was a happening place. Pleasure boats buzzed about. Cars hummed across the Aerial Lift Bridge. Anglers returned to port from an afternoon on Lake Superior.
On a warm July evening, a solitary runner heads toward the pine plantation in the heart of Duluth's Hartley Park. Elsewhere a family watches its dog splash in the shallows of Hartley Pond. Later, as dusk settles over the park in Duluth's Woodland neighborhood, a woman and her dog walk along a piece of single-track trail. But late last July, any of those evening jaunts would have all but impossible. The powerful July 21, 2016, windstorm that swept through Duluth ravaged the 660-acre park, toppling tall pines and mature aspens, leaving a tangled mess that choked trails.
Ryan Kesselhon couldn't figure out what was happening to his 11-year-old daughter, Maren. One minute, Maren had been peacefully dangling from her family's paddleboard in Island Lake on Wednesday afternoon. The next second she was screaming wildly. "I couldn't figure out what she was screaming about," Ryan Kesselhon said. "Then she lifted her foot out of the water, and I could see it was filleted open in many places." Closer examination revealed she had been cut in 25 places, mostly on her upper ankle and on top of her foot, Kesselhon said.
Minnesota grouse hunters received great news this past week — ruffed grouse drumming counts were up 57 percent statewide compared to last year. Drumming counts this spring are on par with those of recent peaks in the bird's 10-year population cycle, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wildlife officials said. Results of the survey were announced Monday. "It's really stunning," said Ted Dick, DNR upland game bird coordinator. Midwestern ruffed grouse populations tend to follow a roughly 10-year cycle, often peaking in years ending in 9, 0 or 1.