Sam Cook

Sam Cook

Columnist

Sam Cook is a freelance writer and retired outdoors reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. 

SUPERIOR, Wis.--Wisconsin's 2018 inland fishing season opens Saturday, May 5, following a cold and snowy April. Many lakes in northern Wisconsin remain ice-covered.
I visited my friend Jeff Rennicke's writing studio in Bayfield years ago. It was a simple room, bare of most distractions, but on the wall above his computer was a piece of paper with four words on it."Tell me a story."It was there as a reminder ...
ON WISCONSIN'S BRULE RIVER - Bruce Koepke slipped his hand under the young brown trout and quickly removed his pink yarn fly from its lip. It was nearly midday on Saturday, March 31, opening day of the early trout season on Wisconsin's Brule Rive...
DULUTH - St. Louis River muskie anglers learned something fascinating this past week about the fish they chase all summer: Not all of them stay in the river.Of 60 muskies that have been fitted with hydro-acoustic "tags" by researchers, nearly 40 ...
On the way to work last week, two days after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., I listened to a newscast in which a sobbing father lamented the loss of his 14-year-old daughter.It was deeply emotional and heart-rending. It brought the horror ...
CHERRY, Minn. - Ten-year-old Joey Smith, a fifth-grader at Cherry School, clutched the northern pike in two gloved hands. The wide-eyed fish, still wiggling, glistened in the sunshine and zero-degree air.Joey had just emerged from a heated fishin...
DULUTH, Minn.-Beth Holst had hunted on the ground for the first two days of last fall's Minnesota firearms deer season, but she hadn't seen a deer. She decided she'd hunt from an elevated stand on the third day. On that November morning, the temp...
DULUTH, Minn. - Kandi Geary was just getting ready to leave Kohl's department store in Duluth. A woman and her young daughter were just entering the store.Duluth's Geary, 60, described what happened next."I was at the bench inside the store," Gea...
A 12-mile segment of the Norpine Trail System on the North Shore will be open to fat-bikers as well as cross-country skiers this winter. The designated ski trail, groomed for both classic and skate skiing, will be open to fat bikes on a trial bas...
The snowies have come again.Snowy owls, denizens of the high Arctic with more than 4-foot wingspans, are showing up in large numbers across Minnesota and other Great Lakes states this winter. Many also have been seen along the New England coast.S...