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DULUTH — Stone Boulanger of Stone River Wildlife Control says it was the largest nuisance bear he's ever trapped for a homeowner. He trapped the bear last Monday evening, Oct. 9, at a residence in the Duluth Heights neighborhood, he said, where it had been causing repeated damage to the home. The bear weighed 605 pounds field-dressed. That's a whopping big black bear. "I've never seen anything bigger than this," said Boulanger, whose business is based in Carlton. "A big bear is 300. This is just phenomenal."
ISABELLA, Minn.—Justin Bailey of Keewatin was hunting ruffed grouse near Isabella on Tuesday morning when a wolf chased his hunting dog out of the woods. "He was coming at me 100 miles per hour, and right behind him was a wolf, biting at his heels," said Bailey, 33. "They probably passed 5 or 6 feet from us." Bailey was standing at the edge of the road with his son, Andrew Bailey, 3, and his nephew, Brock Bjelland, 5, of Marble, whom he had brought along for the day of hunting.
The closest I ever got to Vietnam was a make-believe village in a grove of trees outside Fort Sill, Okla. It was 1970, and I was a jeep driver for a captain during my training as an artilleryman. Many nights, I'd drive him to "Vietnam Village," a supposed representation of an Army command post in the jungle of Vietnam. It was mostly darkened pathways among the thickets, lit only by red safety lights.
BAYFIELD, Wis. — After a slow start to the lake trout season in Wisconsin waters of Lake Superior, especially in the Apostle Islands area, fishing success exploded in July. As a result, a harvest threshold was reached by the end of July, and lake trout fishing will close in the WI-2 zone at the end of today, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials announced this past week. Fishing will be permitted in WI-2 through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. That zone stretches from Bark Point to the Michigan border and includes the Apostle Islands.
DULUTH, Minn.—Ryan Kesselhon couldn't figure out what was happening to his 11-year-old daughter, Maren. One minute, Maren had been peacefully dangling from her family's paddleboard in Island Lake on Wednesday afternoon. The next second she was screaming wildly. "I couldn't figure out what she was screaming about," Ryan Kesselhon said. "Then she lifted her foot out of the water, and I could see it was filleted open in many places." Closer examination revealed she had been cut in 25 places, mostly on her upper ankle and on top of her foot, Kesselhon said.
SAXON, Wis. — Greg Massoglia's gaze swept across Lake Superior on this June morning, and he liked what he saw. Not another boat in sight. "One thing about this new regulation," Massoglia said. "It gave me a private fishing area. Everyone goes to Michigan." Massoglia and his son, Tate, 20, of Saxon, Wis., were headed out of Saxon Harbor near the Wisconsin-Michigan border to see if they could catch a few coho salmon in Wisconsin waters. For the Massoglia family, Lake Superior trolling is mostly about catching fish for dinner, and cohos are hard to beat for table fare.
SAXON, Wis. — For those who knew Saxon Harbor the way it once was, it's still difficult to see the harbor now. "It was almost like a death in the family. I didn't even want to come down here," said Greg Massoglia, an avid Lake Superior angler from the nearby town of Saxon.
DULUTH, Minn. — Jeremy Kershaw had his heart checked out to make sure he was fit enough for the grueling mountain bike race he plans to ride this month. Kershaw, 46, is one of seven Duluth-area bikers who plan to tackle the 2,745-mile Tour Divide race from Banff, Alberta, to the Mexican border in New Mexico. The race begins on Friday, June 9. "My heart's OK," Kershaw said. "The brain tests are still pending."
BARNES, Wis. — All Austin Winfield and Nick Lehman really wanted to do was get out of their turkey hunting blind and get warm. On this late April morning near Barnes, Wis., they had been sitting for five hours, huddled over a propane heater. A heavy dusting of snow covered the ground. The temperature was 25 degrees. "We were sitting there shaking, holding our hands over the heater," said Winfield, 34, of Lake Nebagamon, Wis. "I have some less politically correct ways to describe how cold I was," said Lehman, also from Lake Nebagamon.
WISCONSIN'S BRULE RIVER — Brock Haugrud of Lake Nebagamon was beside himself with joy. He was standing knee-deep in the Brule River on Saturday morning, cradling a crimson and silver 26-inch steelhead. Haugrud, 23, had just caught the fish on a fluff of pink yarn. "This is a 'holy smokes' fish!" he exclaimed mostly to himself.