What a Dead Wolf Looks Like

Nov 05

What a Dead Wolf Looks Like

I am updating my Oct. 15 post here to ask Where the Hell Are All the Dead Wolves? There have been dead deer photos all over, as usual, showing the prowess of hunters who managed to bring down a whitetail with a Winchester. But, weirdly, I have not been able to find ANY photos of any of the 55 wolves the state says were killed by hunters over the weekend in the...

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Newspapers Without a Compass

Oct 31

Newspapers Without a Compass

Few people take newspaper endorsements seriously anymore. It is obvious that editorial stamps of approval have virtually no impact on the outcomes of elections and that they are often nothing more than thinly disguised attempts to rationalize the choices that a newspaper believes will serve its economic interests best, prettied up with a bunch of cynical blather...

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Life on the Edge: Spring?! in Minnesota

Apr 04

Life on the Edge: Spring?! in Minnesota

Spring and Minnesota are contradictions in terms. This photo was taken March 25 in Duluth, where an old herring boat called the Nels J stands in Canal Park, on the shore of Lake Superior. The lake side of the boat, after a gale that whipped up huge waves and then blew a field of pack ice into the shore, is covered with ice, about six inches thick. But the side of the...

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Wolf Dines at the Drive Thru: North Shore Tales

Mar 25

Wolf Dines at the Drive Thru: North Shore Tales

We were driving down Hwy. 61 from Grand Marais for a day of skiing at Lutsen on Thursday when we noticed a Minnesota State Trooper parked off the side of the road, taking pictures of something in the woods. As we passed the scene, I got a glimpse of something big and bushy and gray. We turned around at the next driveway and went back. Trooper Leah Carpenter had drawn...

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