Jake Pfeifer is a sports reporter and outdoors editor for RiverTown Multimedia. Previously, he worked at Detroit Lakes Newspapers.
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Journalism is not a career path that I expected to be on when I graduated high school and ventured out to college. Back then I expected my initial college major of website design to be my future or possibly running my parents' resort and campground in northern Minnesota when they retired. However, the more I tried to make those options into careers, I realized they just weren't for me. I ended up getting a second college degree, this time in international relations, and in the midst of that, got my first "real" job with a newspaper.
Minnesota and Wisconsin are home to the largest population of nesting eagles in the United States outside of Alaska. That is why, if you take a stroll along the Mississippi River near Red Wing, you are bound to see the national bird. "The state of Minnesota alone has about 700 breeding areas," Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Brittany Hauser said. "A lot of those areas are along the Mississippi River valley which serves as a migration corridor for them."
What better way to spend a spring day than a day-long celebration at one of the region's largest literary festivals and book fair. After strong attendee feedback from its inaugural event, the second annual Writers Festival and Book Fair will be back from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount. The event has two primary components: a book fair and a series of workshops.
The daily band lineups have been announced for the fourth annual Northern Invasion, Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13, at Somerset Amphitheater. Northern Invasion 2018 will be bigger and better than ever with over 12 hours of music per day on three stages — headlined by Tool and Avenged Sevenfold — as well as a top tier camping experience. The Northern Invasion Good Eats area includes food offerings from top regional and national restaurants and vendors. The daily band lineup (subject to change) for Northern Invasion is as follows:
Evergreen trees are usually the only thing green in our winter landscape. But when plagued by harsh weather or infestation in winter, the trees can be more brown than green. While this can be an eyesore, it isn't normal and could be a serious problem. But does it mean the tree is dying from the top down? Or is the tree just in need of some TLC? Four reasons why your evergreen is turning brown
The outdoor warming houses and ice skating rinks will be closed Monday, Jan. 22, due to poor ice conditions.
If you are looking for a way to kick off the holidays and get in the spirit, look no further than SimpleGifts. Chilling three-part female harmonies and solos — including the Lutheran favorite "Beautiful Savior," sung in Norwegian. Modern arrangements of traditional — and original — Christmas treasures on Celtic bagpipes, concertina and stringed instruments, including tin whistle, piano, guitar, fiddle, bass and percussion played by some of the most accomplished musicians and singers Minnesota has to offer.
Hastings High School students in Joe Beattie's field biology class spent the morning Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Vermillion River Linear Park putting their lessons into practice. Students had the opportunity to clear out invasive plant species and then repopulate the area with native species. Friends of the Mississippi River managed the day's events with financial support coming from Flint Hills Resources, United Way and 3M Cottage Grove.
An undeserving reputation has surrounded Midwestern bats thanks to their tropical cousins that feed on the blood of livestock and wildlife. Of course, the bats of Minnesota and Wisconsin don't share that trait, but that doesn't mean the average person enjoys their company.
Minnesota's state bird, the common loon, is considered a symbol of wilderness. Its unique call, heard day or night, signals the return of summer to the north woods and one of the region's most iconic birds. More at home in the water than on land, loons swim underwater in search of prey. At 8 to 12 pounds, the loon is larger than a duck but smaller than a goose. The bird can be easily identified with its thick neck, long black bill, red eyes, and spotty black and white summer coat. Its legs are set far back on its body, making walking on land an awkward experience.