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Minnesota DNR appoints Albrecht as new Northwest Regional Director
There’s a new sheriff’s dog in town: K9 unit brings in Mac, a 1-year-old Belgian Malinois
HOUSING: State level processing continues for Westwood Acres residents
DNA results point to owner of severed fingers found in East Grand Forks
Crime report for Aug. 24
PREP SOCCER: Newcomers already fitting in well for Bemidji boys
TENNIS: BHS girls win two of three in home-opening quad meet
PREP SOCCER: Bemidji girls look to defense as season begins
No more ties: WCHA overhauls overtime structure
VOLLEYBALL: Lumberjacks get ready for new season
Albert Franklin "Dix" Coffin
Joan Iris Pope
Sharon Lynn Gangeness
Tracy Keith Gross
MASTER GARDENERS: Slipping is not just for winter
VIVIAN DELGADO COLUMN: The infinite nature of truth and reconciliation
John Eggers: Delight in the dog days of August
Patt Rall: Music is in the air in and around Bemidji
John Eggers: Helping Others Go For The Gold
The JOE-DOWN Reviews ‘Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2’
Inspired and inspiring: Big Daddy Weave takes the stage tonight at Sanford Center
Art briefs: Sunday Aug. 21
Off The Record Blog: An Idiot’s Guide To Summerslam
Patt Rall: Pine Tones, Caige Jambor to perform in concerts today
DNR discovers two more cases of invasive species in Beltrami County
DNR survey finds Minnesota wolf population stable
Blane Klemek: Shrikes are some of the more fascinating birds out there
PAUL NELSON COLUMN: Slower fall cooldown better for fishing
Kayakers set to finish circumnavigation of Lake Superior
Lorraine Peck birthday
Edwina Batchelder birthday
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Reporters struggle to deal with Trump
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Survey is next step for Bemidji YMCA project
Faith Hensrud: Moving forward at BSU and NTC with a focus on student success
Pioneer Editorial: Clean, drain and dispose
PIONEER EDITORIAL: Creating smiles and memories
August 21, 2016
Blane Klemek: Shrikes are some of the more fascinating birds out there
I once watched a curious looking bird hovering above a clump of dead grass alongside a woodland. Gray in plumage, and about the size of a robin, the bird surprised me when it abruptly plummeted to the ground and disappeared into the tall vegetation. I stood still a few moments wondering...
August 21, 2016 - 12:25am
August 14, 2016
Blane Klemek: Wolves have natural role in healthy ecosystem
I once followed a set of wolf tracks on a sandbar along the Goodnews River in southwestern Alaska’s Togiak National Wildlife Refuge. I wondered if the lone wolf had been hunting or if it was a lone male searching for a territory, a mate, or was simply trying to avoid detection by...
August 14, 2016 - 12:58am
August 7, 2016
Blane Klemek: Thoughts on orioles and hummingbirds
Every year, come mid-May — if not a little sooner — expect your resident hummingbirds and orioles to come a ‘knocking for a handout. Always the males making their return trips to the Northland first and ahead of the lagging females, they’ll usually do a decent job of letting...
August 7, 2016 - 12:51am
July 31, 2016
Blane Klemek: Tales and adventures of a biologist
Ask any wildlife biologist, forester, fisheries biologist, field ecologist and others why they chose the career they did, you will likely get responses as varied as each of their own individual backgrounds, personalities and hometowns. Yet, I would bet that most natural resource...
July 31, 2016 - 12:55am
July 24, 2016
Blane Klemek: Nests are nearly as fascinating as the birds themselves
Neither the ability to fly (because some birds cannot fly at all) nor their ability to lay eggs (because many other creatures lay eggs, such as insects, reptiles, amphibians, and even some mammals) sets birds apart from other creatures. Rather, that distinction belongs to a very unique...
July 24, 2016 - 12:02am
July 17, 2016
Blane Klemek: Observing bird songs of the seasons
Several nights I sat on my deck watching a dazzling display of fireflies, a.k.a., “lightening bugs.” Most shone lights of green, some were reddish but all were glowing and blinking everywhere in the darkness. And just a few weeks ago, the pond next to the house was alive with...
July 17, 2016 - 12:16am
July 3, 2016
Blane Klemek: Encounters with chimney swifts
Among the most aerial of birds, whenever I have gazed skyward to watch chimney swifts I’ve never once thought the acrobatic bird looked like flying cigars as so often are they’re described as resembling. If the chimney swift must be compared to anything, I suggest they be likened...
July 3, 2016 - 12:50am
June 26, 2016
Blane Klemek: Two low profile birds: The sora rail and Virginia rail
As long as I shall live, I will forever be thankful for the three glorious summers I spent conducting wildlife research throughout the prairie potholes of Stutsman and Wells counties in east central North Dakota. I surveyed nearly countless numbers of birds, and stood witness to...
June 26, 2016 - 12:47am
June 19, 2016
Blane Klemek: Beware of salmonella poisoning in wild birds
While not very common this spring, I’ve received a few emails and telephone calls from folks finding dead wild birds near their backyard birdfeeders. As is usually the case, including from yours truly, articles are routinely printed in newspapers and magazines throughout the Midwest...
June 19, 2016 - 12:07am
May 29, 2016
Blane Klemek: The wonderful world of wetlands
Nearly every wood duck nesting box that I've installed around my property at Assawa Lake is occupied by wood duck and hooded merganser hens this spring. I've been enjoying watching and listening to common snipe winnowing throughout the early mornings and late evenings, as well as...
May 29, 2016 - 12:19am
May 22, 2016
Blane Klemek: Thoughts on the yellow-headed blackbird and yellow-bellied sapsucker
Clearwater County’s Upper Rice Lake, the source of the Wild Rice River, is one of Minnesota’s most important shallow lakes. And at 1,860 acres in size, the lake is certainly one of the largest as well. The basin is replete with wild rice and wild birds. Managed for wild rice...
May 22, 2016 - 12:44am
May 15, 2016
Blane Klemek: The fascinating brains of birds
Some people might mistake a bird’s lack of facial expressiveness as perhaps demonstrative of a lesser intelligence. After all, a bird cannot smile, laugh or scowl; and thus, the theory might go, must therefore be emotionless and possibly unintelligent. Nothing further could be...
May 15, 2016 - 12:16am
May 1, 2016
Blane Klemek: Wild turkeys exist nearly everywhere in Minnesota
It's turkey time in Minnesota, where thousands of hunters began "flocking" to the woods once again, beginning on April 13, to participate in...
May 1, 2016 - 12:00am
April 25, 2016
Minnesota birding festival set for May near Detroit Lakes
As spring finally begins to settle into the Detroit Lakes area, birders from all over the U.S. and Canada are making final preparations to converge...
April 25, 2016 - 4:45pm
April 24, 2016
Blane Klemek: The great blue heron is the largest heron in North America
The great blue heron is an attractive bird to observe. Though somewhat gangly and oversized in physical stature, the bird is graceful in flight,...
April 24, 2016 - 12:26am