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ON WISCONSIN'S BRULE RIVER — It was almost as if the ancient white pines knew. As sure as their spent needles were piling up beneath outreached boughs, anglers would be coming. It was a glorious September morning, finally almost crisp after several days of rain and thick air. Yes, the river was running a little high from that spate of precipitation. And, yeah, it might be carrying a little more color than a trout or salmon angler really would have liked.
DULUTH, Minn. — Crossbow use by deer hunters continues to grow in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, outdoor retailers say. Both states have relaxed regulations on crossbow use in recent years. The devices, which shoot arrows — called bolts — accurately at high speeds, appeal especially to hunters who have difficulty drawing back compound bows. With a crossbow, the hunter cocks the weapon, and it holds the arrow in place until the hunter pulls a trigger to release it.
ON WISCONSIN'S BRULE RIVER — We gathered on the banks of this hallowed river the other night to say a kind of goodbye to some friends. A dozen or so of us showed up, from around the corner and around the world, from 5 to 60-something in terms of time on the planet.
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.
DULUTH, Minn. — Parker Bambenek's 27-foot Tiara angled across Superior Bay just before 6 a.m. on a recent June morning. His was one of six fishing boats headed for the Duluth ship canal to catch the 6 a.m. lift of Duluth's iconic Aerial Lift Bridge. "Morning rush hour," deadpanned Bambenek, who operates Superior Pursuits charter fishing service.