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Lorie Skarpness

Loon lovers hope for a happy ending as the young loon struggles to elude eagles and find enough room to take off.
Elk roaming free in northwestern Minnesota today are the result of a program at Itasca State Park to reintroduce the species to the state.
Equine therapy offers many physical and mental health benefits.
Extreme drought in the north woods is making it hard for bears to find food sources needed to prepare for hibernation.
Genealogy work is the number one hobby in this country. An unusual project has made locating ancestral graves easier, including those at cemeteries in Hubbard County and in adjoining states.
Fishing opener for walleye and northern pike kicks off at midnight Saturday, and according to license sales, it appears anglers are once again coming out in large numbers.
While many people spent the cold weekend snug in their homes, Hal and Ronda Sanders of Bemidji were making their most of their time at Itasca State Park by getting out on the trails.
Whether heading to a community of ice houses or fishing solo, ice fishing is a way to get out and enjoy winter.
Terese Bervig and Ace are ready to bring comfort and joy after completing their training.
“Customers who come in bring a certain level of excitement with them when they come in the door after a hunt,” Ted Pilgrim said. “I hear some absolutely phenomenal stories.”