Brad Dokken / Forum News Service
WELLS COUNTY, N.D.
GRAND FORKS — Off-highway vehicle enthusiasts in northwest Minnesota are celebrating expanded riding opportunities with the launch of a two-year pilot project that opens the Moose River Dike Road in Beltrami Island State Forest to OHV access from mid-July to mid-September. The Moose River Dike Road provides a connection for continuous access from the Fourtown, Minn., area on the south end of the forest to communities such as Roosevelt and Williams, Minn., on the north.
Trailers, I’ve concluded, are a pain. Yes, they’re handy and essential pieces of equipment, but trailers also are disasters on wheels just waiting to happen. And often at the very worst times in the very worst places. From bent axles to smoking wheel bearings, I’ve had a few trailer mishaps over the years but nothing to rival the latest brush with disaster. This time, the trailer wasn’t mine. This time, I was more of a spectator than a participant.
GRAND FORKS — They’re flying off the bridge and into the water one by one, more than 80 miniature canoes headed down the Red River, launched with great enthusiasm from the Lincoln Park walking bridge by the seventh-graders who decorated them at Schroeder Middle School in Grand Forks. Where the cedar canoes end up, no one knows.
There is light at the end of the tunnel — at last — and it’s time to start thinking about getting outside for some springtime fun. Options are numerous; maybe it’s as simple as a hike in the park. Or something more adventurous, such as a trip to a popular — and often crowded — border river in pursuit of walleyes or sturgeon.
A majority of archery deer hunters in North Dakota say they’d still prefer to hunt with a gun if they could draw a tag, and women make up 19 percent of the state’s gun hunters. Those are two of the key findings from a North Dakota study into hunter satisfaction and motivation published in mid-December in the wildlife journal Human-Wildlife Interactions.
LAKE OF THE WOODS, Minn. -- I fished in a wheeled ice fishing house for the first time last winter, but I’d never stayed in one until last Sunday night on Lake of the Woods. The mercury dipped into the -25 F range, but fortunately, the furnace and the generator cooperated, and the house was warm and comfortable.
GRAND FORKS — As a fourth-generation resident of Waskish, Minn., on Upper Red Lake, Jonny Petrowske has history on his side when it comes to looking at changes in the weather patterns that affect his livelihood. A jack of all trades, Petrowske, 43, traps minnows, works as a fishing and bear hunting guide, and rents fish houses in the winter. Petrowske says dealing with extreme weather patterns has become the new normal. Some years, it’s late springs and early freeze-ups; other years, it’s just the opposite.