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UPDATED: Hunter's death near Little Falls being investigated as homicide
BSU unveils $1 million student media center (photo gallery)
Shopping spree!: Local emergency officials help children buy Christmas presents
History Mystery returns to the Beltrami County History Center
Crime report for Dec. 6
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Dibble learning to compete for Beavers
BSU to host softball camp
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Jacks ‘flip’ the script, beat Hibbing
AUTO RACING: Awards handed out at speedway banquet
Coleman highlights BSU track and field’s 2016-17 opener
Monica Louise Johnston
Bruce Robert Smith
Ray O. Carpenter
Bruce Robert Smith
JOHN EGGERS COLUMN: Deal with clutter: We owe it to our brain
KELLY BREVIG COLUMN: An 'ordinary' spark of hope
Column: Standing Rock opposed pipeline as early as 2014, new tape reveals
LIBRARY CORNER: December is time for festive events at the library
JOHN EGGERS COLUMN: What's in a politician's fanny pack?
Chorale to bring 'Peace' to Bemidji
Art classes scheduled
PATT RALL COLUMN: Singing and dancing toward Christmas
A few new twists: Madrigal Dinners to satirize politics
Neil Diamond celebrating 50 years with tour; concert planned in St. Paul
BLANE KLEMEK COLUMN: Trees, plainly put, are amazing life forms
Northwest Minnesota deer kill up from last year
Christmas bird count at Rydell refuge
PAUL NELSON COLUMN: Be patient, the frozen lakes will come
DNR seeks input on Thief Lake
Share your Milestones in the Pioneer
Johnson anniversary celebration
MILESTONES: Gullickson-Boerboom engagement
MILESTONES: Dunbar birthday
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Let’s restore integrity to election process
PIONEER VIEWPOINTS: Perseverance pays off
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A first-hand look at protest injuries
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Dakota Access Pipeline should be rerouted
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Helping to protect K9 police dogs
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 10, 2016
BLANE KLEMEK: The skinny on striped and spotted skunks
Few animals — perhaps none — are regarded by people with more malice than skunks. The common human reaction to the mere mention of this modest mammal is nothing less than a universally held contempt of the creature. Which is interesting, since the skunk seeks no one, stalks no...
July 10, 2016 - 12:43am
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
June 12, 2016
BLANE KLEMEK OUTDOORS: Always enjoy the company of chipmunks
When I was a young boy on the farm I often acquired and kept wild animals as pets. I had three raccoons, a gray squirrel, a skink, frogs, salamanders, snakes, turtles, pheasants, a mallard, and even a few northern pike, sunfish and bullheads that I tried to keep alive in the livestock...
June 12, 2016 - 6:33am
June 6, 2016
BLANE KLEMEK COLUMN: Bears and backyard birdfeeder break-ins
Every year around this time, American black bears find themselves in “sticky” situations. Perhaps it’s a raid on an apiarist’s bee yard, or an untimely head-dive into a campground garbage can or dumpster, or, more commonly, backyard birdfeeder break-ins. Whatever the case...
June 6, 2016 - 10:14am
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 8, 2016
BLANE KLEMEK COLUMN: Porcupines: The quiet little fellows of the forest
Several autumns ago while hunting ruffed grouse on a warm and sunny afternoon, I noticed a dark blob in the canopy of a small birch tree. At first I thought it was a gray squirrel nest, but something wasn’t quite right about it so I approached it for a closer look. I soon discovered...
May 8, 2016 - 12:14pm
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