Outdoors

A hunting dog named Hattie practices retrieval.

Meet Hattie. She’s a hunting dog getting a little retrieval practice at Big Marine Lake.

While we are all happy winter is over and the flowers are coming out, have you considered how your trees and shrubs have fared? We get to hide from winter in our homes, but our landscape is not so lucky.

During this month of love, it’s important to know when to call it quits. Sometimes it’s clear when to “break up” with a tree; other times, it’s harder to tell. But when a tree falls ill, it goes from asset to liability.

Dale Jackson describes his experience, as do many volunteers: “It’s just as beneficial to me as to the people I am helping.” But then he adds a comment unique to his line of service: “It’s also great for the horse!” Jackson both lends and leads a horse for River Valley Riders (RVR), a 501(c)3 non

It’s a sad fact: Women’s participation in outdoor activities drops significantly throughout their middle years.

For local running enthusiasts, there are few races they look forward to more than the annual Lift Bridge Road Race, held this year July 23.

In November 1934, the first Lumberjack Days was held in Stillwater to honor and feature the talents of lumberjack Harold Fisher, the city’s primary skillsman, just at the end of the logging boom.

Before the days of European settlement, millions of bison thrived in the expansive grasslands of North America, roaming freely from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains.

No one looks forward to the spring bicycling season more than those of us who really know winter. Whether you’re a road racer, a mountain biker or a parent with bike trailers and co-pilots in tow, the St. Croix Valley has so many excellent options, it might just make your wheels spin.

As spring returns to the valley, so do the many bird species that migrated south for the winter. For the third year, the St. Croix Flyway Bird Migration Celebration welcomes them home with a multi-day festival that brings together art, education and family-friendly fun.

The Midwest might be considered flyover country by some, but for migratory birds like the osprey and spotted sandpiper that winter in Costa Rica, the Midwest is a flyway to their summer home in the St. Croix Valley. The St.

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