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Northwoods Almanac
John Randolph, Hazelhurst, has been watching red-headed woodpeckers at his suet.John Randolph photograph

John Randolph, Hazelhurst, has been watching red-headed woodpeckers at his suet.

John Randolph photograph

Summer’s end is at hand, and as always for those of us who live in the North Country, we question its departure when it seems like it just got here. The first hard frost could occur at any time, and the wealth of flowers that we are blessed with now will hit that precipice, some collapsing as their cells freeze. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Northwoods Almanac

On June 24, Edith Barakat was in her house on Blue Lake when she noticed a large shadow cast on her wall. She walked over to her window to see what could be the source, and standing on her deck railing looking in her window was a turkey. When she told us this story, Mary’s response was, “So, you had a ‘peeping tom’?” (Subscriber access)


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Heat exhaustion: Be prepared
Oneida County Health Department wants to remind people that ...
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Northwoods Almanac

It seems like summer just got here, but on July 20, Callie and I were hiking on Powell Marsh when we were surprised to see and hear three greater yellowlegs, a shorebird that nests in central Canada and southern Alaska. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Outdoors Briefs
Outdoor news, info and events.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Northwoods Almanac

In mid-July, many people wonder why the woods become so quiet. It’s relatively simple – male birds sing loudest and longest during their initial breeding and territory establishment, and then to maintain their pair bonding and their territories. But once nesting has been successfully completed, most birds will only occasionally sing, if at all, and the woods become oddly silent. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Fish are biting in the Northwoods

Things are looking good for area and visiting anglers. The fish, for the most part, have been cooperative.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Blue-green algae blooms appearing in southern lakes

Those heading out to lakes are advised to be on the lookout for blue-green algae blooms beginning to form on lakes and ponds across the state. Reports show blooms are forming on southern lakes and will gradually appear northward as the summer months continue.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Northwoods Almanac

On June 13, Jim Swartout sent me this email: “I encountered an interesting sight yesterday at our property in Minocqua – a doe with a nose full of porcupine quills. She seemed unfazed as she grazed in our meadow. I wonder how long the quills will last, and if there is any way she can get rid of these herself?” Subscriber access


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Outdoor Briefs
Outdoors news, info and events
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Trail reports
Trail conditions.
Monday, April 1, 2013

Outdoor Briefs
Outdoor news, info and events
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Outdoor Briefs
Outdoor news, info and upcoming events.
Friday, March 22, 2013

Outdoor briefs
Outdoor news and information.
Friday, March 15, 2013

Outdoor report
Outdoor news and information.
Friday, March 1, 2013

Outdoor report
Outdoor news and events.
Friday, February 22, 2013

Fishing report: Cold builds ice

The Department of Natural Resources weekly Outdoor Report indicates that ice conditions have improved on many lakes in the wake of colder weather, but noted variable weather conditions made for erratic fishing.


Friday, January 25, 2013

Winter backyard birding
The black-capped chickadee.The black-capped chickadee.

Many different species of birds winter in Wisconsin, making backyard bird watching a favorite pastime of many. Armed with camera and/or binoculars, the backyard enthusiast can spend enjoyable hours observing and learning. The bird watcher can even benefit the birds themselves, as long as the feed is high quality and delivered regularily and with due care.


Friday, January 25, 2013

Fishing report

Ice conditions continue to be an issue. The Department of Natural Resources weekly Outdoor Report cautions people about thin ice and potentially dangerous conditions on lakes throughout the state, saying there have been a number of reports of vehicles and anglers going through the ice.


Friday, January 18, 2013

Fishing report: Stay vigilant

As lake ice slowly thickens, more fishing shacks are showing up on area lakes. So are more vehicles – something that probably isn’t advisable in most cases.



Friday, January 11, 2013


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