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Lorie Skarpness

staff reporter

Lorie Skarpness is responsible for the Saturday Life page, including the "Northwoods Cooks" recipe column. She especially enjoys writing for the "Northland Outdoors" section and writing in-depth feature stories.
She also covers Nevis School Board and Akeley city council meetings.

Lorie earned her degree in writing from Concordia College, Moorhead. She has worked as a newspaper reporter for 16 years. Her stories have also published in several magazines, including "Lake Country Journal", "Good Old Days" and "Northwoods Woman."

Lorie also has a degree in child development and family studies from North Dakota State University. She has served as a child care center director and Head Start teacher in that field and written research articles for professional journals.

Here are a few tasty walleye recipes to sample.
Whether opening your cabin yourself or hiring professionals, planning ahead is the key to helping the process go smoothly.
Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club will be hosting Duluth author Ryan Rodgers on Saturday, April 2 to talk about his book, "Winter's Children," and the history of Nordic skiing.
After two years of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, a Minnesota emergency room physician talks about the toll on hospital staff and patients.
Loon lovers hope for a happy ending as the young loon struggles to elude eagles and find enough room to take off.
Elk roaming free in northwestern Minnesota today are the result of a program at Itasca State Park to reintroduce the species to the state.
Equine therapy offers many physical and mental health benefits.
Extreme drought in the north woods is making it hard for bears to find food sources needed to prepare for hibernation.
Fishing opener for walleye and northern pike kicks off at midnight Saturday, and according to license sales, it appears anglers are once again coming out in large numbers.
While many people spent the cold weekend snug in their homes, Hal and Ronda Sanders of Bemidji were making their most of their time at Itasca State Park by getting out on the trails.