Hmong Times Sports and Outdoors
The Hmong Times Sports and Outdoors section shares information about the great outdoors in Minnesota and delivers coverage of your favorite sports team. Staying involved and active in the outdoors and sharing the excitement of our local teams helps maintain a sense of well being and community.
Winter Animal Survival: How Do They Do It?
A second program at Fort Snelling State Park in February helped answer a question I’ve had for a long time. How do animals in the wild survive extremely cold winter months?
Adventures at Fort Snelling State Park – A Guided Winter Stroll
In the world of animals, a skinny short branch sticking out of the snow with stripped bark is the equivalent of a dating app. The adult male buck that stripped the bark left behind his scent for any interested doe.
Adventures At Afton State Park First Time Out: Forging A New Path On Snowshoes
The Afton State Park naturalist said to strap the snowshoes a certain way and walk a certain way and avoid the ski paths and know that if you fall, no big deal, and remember that snow can crust and be sharp so be careful.
Teaching, Serving, Protecting – Naturalist Jobs With State Parks Require Variety Of Skills
Not long ago and while off the clock, Mike Dunker took a hike. While outside, he was recognized by a park visitor who remembered him from a naturalist program he led.
Give The Gift Of Minnesota’s Outdoors
Need a gift idea for an outdoors enthusiast? It’s tough to wrap a waterfall or a scenic overlook, so how about a Minnesota state parks annual permit or gift card?
Reasons For Visiting What Already Belongs To You: A Minnesota State Park Or Trail
No matter what the season or where you live, everyone in Minnesota deserves their own state park.
Deer Opener Information Available
Minnesota’s firearms deer season begins half an hour before sunrise on Saturday, November 5, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources expects nearly half a million hunters to participate.
Wilderness Inquiry And Partner Organizations To Host Thrive Outside Day At Boom Island Park, Saturday, October 8
Minnesotans are invited to connect with nature and participate in hands-on outdoor activities including canoeing, birding, fishing, hiking, biking, fire-building, and more.
Leaving Things A Little Bit Better
Dave Terry’s life has come full circle, and from all appearances, he couldn’t be happier with returning to where he started from.
Bison At Minnesota State Park Produce Record Number Of Calves
For reasons that are not entirely clear, a record number of bison calves have been born at Minneopa State Park, located near Mankato, Minnesota.
Society Renames Gypsy Moth To Spongy Moth
Last summer, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) with a recommendation from its Better Common Names Committee dropped using the common name “gypsy moth” for the invasive insect accidentally introduced to the Boston area in 1869 by a French researcher.
One of Nature’s Harbingers of Spring: State Park Wildflowers
During her career as a naturalist for Minnesota Parks and Trails, Megan Johnsen eagerly observed the many wildflower species that bloomed in the parks where she worked.
Conserving Parkland Forests In A Changing Climate
State parklands, trails, waysides and recreation areas cover some 234,500 acres in Minnesota and include a wide variety of diverse types of habitats and resources from prairies to wetlands, to forests.
Buckthorn Be Gone – Invasive Species A Four-Season Challenge To State Parks And Trails Staff
Last fall at Afton State Park near Hastings, 60 fenced-in goats ate about three acres of buckthorn leaves and bark per week, which ultimately stresses and kills the buckthorn. It took four weeks to clear the area.
Introducing Afton State Park Staff: Linda Radimecky
When you visit a state park or trail, you may encounter an employee wearing a light-colored uniform. What does that uniform signify? Afton State Park assistant supervisor Linda Radimecky says that to some park visitors, the uniform signifies law enforcement.
State Park Supervisor Roseann Schauer Says Serving The Public Is Her Priority
One afternoon a few years back, Roseann Schauer looked out a window. She lived in the park residence at Father Hennepin State Park, and in the yard were a 10-point white albino buck, an albino doe, and an albino white fawn.
DNR Parks And Trails Profile: Don DelGreco, Maplewood State Park Supervisor
Located in the Central-West area of Minnesota, Maplewood State Park receives thousands of visitors each fall, all drawn to the park’s brilliant foliage. That beauty extends year-round, with the park’s eight lakes, a scenic drive, and many multi-use trails. At the helm of this state treasure is Don Del Greco, park supervisor. Here’s his story.
Winter Animal Survival
How do animals survive Minnesota winters? Two Department of Natural Resource Parks and Trails naturalists, Kao Thao, (Fort Snelling State Park), and Jenni Webster, (Interstate State Park), weighed in on techniques that animals take to survive severe weather.
Controlling State Park Deer Populations Through Special Hunts
Tavis Westbrook is a Parks and Trails program coordinator in natural resource management at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He answered questions recently about the special hunts held at state parks and recreation areas.
Dam Lowered At Lake Ogechie. The Rebirth Of An Ancient Gift From The Creator
For centuries, Lake Ogechie on the Mille Lacs Reservation in central Minnesota produced thousands of pounds of wild rice each season. Old photos show as many as 100 two-person canoes on the lake’s shallow water during the harvest.
Hunters Can Begin Planning With The 2021 Deer Hunting Season Details
With the release of the online version of the 2021 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations handbook, hunters can read up on what’s new to prepare for this year’s deer hunting season.
Try Bird Feeding: A Fun Family Activity That Will Make You Feel Better
Percy, my black cat, perches on a chair at the kitchen table, staring rapturously out the window. When I first set up the birdfeeders in my backyard, it was as though I’d added a premium TV channel just for cats.
Explore The Outdoors This Winter Hunting Minnesota Small Game
Hunting pheasants, ruffed grouse, squirrels or rabbits offers opportunities to enjoy the Minnesota outdoors as temperatures fall and snow blankets the landscape.
A Dual Role
State parks as playgrounds and important research laboratories.
DNR Continues Chronic Wasting Disease Response With Two Special Hunts
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has scheduled two special hunts in parts of southeastern Minnesota in December and January aimed at limiting the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer.
Minnesota Bison Conservation Herd Helps Preserve Natural Legacy
As the sun rises on a crisp October morning, Blue Mounds State Park comes to life with a buzz of activity. More than two dozen workers and volunteers gather under a bright blue sky for a special mission focused on America’s largest and most iconic animal.
Deer Opener Information Available
Minnesota’s firearms deer season begins half an hour before sunrise on Saturday, November 7, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources expects nearly half a million hunters to participate.
It’s Time For Fall
Minnesota’s seasons can change quickly. It often seems that just when you get settled into a summer routine, summer ends. That was doubly true this year.
DNR: Deer Hunters Should Plan Ahead And Check Latest Rules
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is encouraging anyone planning to hunt deer in the state this fall to plan ahead and check for updated rules regarding chronic wasting disease before heading out into the woods and fields.
Don’t Miss The Show On These Minnesota State Forest Fall Color Drives
Minnesota’s state forests offer scenic drives and 4.2 million acres showcasing one of the biggest nature shows each year – the fall color display.
Trumpeting Success, Swans Make Comeback
Weighing 25 to 30 pounds, with a wingspan up to eight feet long, trumpeter swans are Minnesota’s largest native birds — big, fluffy and white, a picture of majesty and grace.
Two Hmong Officers Included In 13 Officers That Joined The State Conservation Officer Ranks
Thirteen people, including two new Hmong officers, have graduated from the 20th Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Academy, having trained since early May in all aspects of their new careers as conservation officers.
Discovering History And Hidden Gems At Crow Wing State Park
Homeschooling is the norm at this unusual point in state education history. Kitchen tables double as school desks, and parents step up as instructors.
The Impact Of Climate Change On Minnesota State Parks
Climate changes that include “mega” rainfall – plus warmer temperatures – influence the 250,000 acres of land in Minnesota state parks.
Why The Turtle Crosses The Road
Want to help preserve one of the coolest parts of Minnesota’s natural history, something that pre-dates dinosaurs but still can be found all across the state?
Bringing Them Back – State DNR Conservation And Protection Measures Strive To Increase Bird Population
Birds aren’t doing too well in North America. A 2019 study from the publication “Science” shows a decline in the bird population of three billion since 1970, “with steep declines in every habitat.”
How Wildlife Handles Winter
To many Minnesotans at this time of year, Winter can start to feel a little like a long road trip to Spring – are we there yet? As mammals, we humans seem to keep having to fight off the urge to slumber the winter away, to hibernate like a bat in a cave until April.
No Admittance Fee To State Parks On February 15 – Free Park Four-Pack
Pack everyone up and head for the nearest state park where the entry fee on February 15, 2020 is waved. That’s right, you’ll be admitted without paying the $7 entry fee.
Winter Camping – Fun Without The Mosquitoes
Wayne Boerner has a little secret he’d like to share with anyone who enjoys camping but likes to get away from all the other people that one sometimes finds at popular campgrounds. Try it in winter.
DNR Issues Ice Warning For Aerated Lakes
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has issued its annual ice safety warning for lakes with winter aeration systems.