For Joe Laurin on Lake of the Woods, exploring beats fishing any day. While his wife, Anita, is catching walleyes, he’s dreaming about the next waypoint for his app — a digital guide to more than 130 special places steeped in history, mystery, ecology and more. This year on July 4th, the Polaris Industries powertrain engineer unveiled an iPhone app that he’s been researching on his own for years. He’s traveled thousands of miles on the border lake in search of abandoned gold mines, old prisoner of war camps, hidden waterfalls, beaches, rope swings, pictographs, rock carvings, hiking trails and pathways to adjacent lakes. The searchable app briefly describes each site, provides a photo and pinpoints it with GPS coordinates. “It’s a labor of love,’’ said Laurin, a Chicago native who has lived in Roseau since 1990. “Best lake in the world … with all kinds of crazy history.’’ Laurin’s app, recently expanded for … [Read more...] about App shrinks big Lake of the Woods down to size
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Well Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ‘Forest bathing,’ or immersing yourself in nature, is being embraced by doctors and others as a way to combat stress and improve health. ByAmitha Kalaichandran, M.D. July 12, 2018 On a damp Saturday morning last August, I joined 10 others in the woods outside Ottawa, Canada, as part of a “forest bathing” session offered by a local wilderness resort. First we sat in a circle on the leafy ground, each sharing a moment in nature from our childhood that filled us with joy. Next our guide, Kiki, a newly trained forest therapist who insisted we call her by her first name, led us on a mindful — and very slow — walk through the forest. “What do you hear, smell, see?” Kiki asked, encouraging us to use all five senses to become deeply “immersed” in the experience. An … [Read more...] about Take a Walk in the Woods. Doctor’s Orders.
Lake of the Woods resort owner Mike Kinsella remembers what it was like 15 years ago when early spring walleye fishing on Four Mile Bay and the Rainy River was a largely unexplored delight, primarily enjoyed by locals. “If you were going to close your resort up here, that would be the time to do it,’’ he said. But just as throngs of ice anglers in the past decade have descended on the south shore of Lake of the Woods, so too have fishing boats multiplied on Rainy River’s open water in what has become a smashing prelude to the state’s traditional walleye opener. In both cases, the crush of people has invited new controls. And depending on one’s viewpoint, the harvest restrictions proposed last week by Minnesota go too far in putting fish off limits or provide a sensible hedge against over-exploitation. “Something needs to get done here,’’ said Phil Talmage, Lake of the Woods area fisheries supervisor for the Minnesota Department of … [Read more...] about DNR pondering unpopular step of lowering winter bag limits on Lake of the Woods
Reduced walleye and sauger bag limits are under serious consideration for the Minnesota waters of Lake of the Woods, according to a newly proposed fisheries management plan for one of the state’s top fishing destinations. Under one potential change, spring walleye and sauger harvest would be eliminated on the Rainy River and Four Mile Bay. In another shift, the winter season possession limit of eight walleyes or saugers would be dropped to six fish — with no more than four being walleye. Phil Talmage, Lake of the Woods area fisheries supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), said a 14-member citizens’ group involved in shaping the proposed five-year management plan indicated support for consideration of the changes. The next step for the DNR would be to actually propose the reductions. “Walleye and sauger populations are doing well,’’ Talmage said. “This would be to help ensure the long-term sustainability of the … [Read more...] about Reduced walleye, sauger bag limits in the offing for Lake of the Woods
Construction has begun in Baudette on a $6 million hockey arena for youth and hockey programs. The Lake of the Woods International Arena will help the city of 1,200 residents bolster growth and create new opportunities for potential employees, visitors and families. “Every small town needs growth and the new arena will help our progress moving forward,” said Mike Schulz, member of the Lake of the Woods International Arena Board, a 501c3 organization that will own and manage the facility. “Having a year-round venue and state-of-the-art facility with great amenities will bring many new exciting opportunities, including tournaments, to the area.” The Bemidji office of Kraus-Anderson (KA) is construction manager for the 40,221-square-foot facility that will seat approximately 650 for hockey. The arena will be home to area youth and high school hockey programs and other community activities. Designed by Bemidji-based MJ … [Read more...] about Kraus-Anderson to build Lake of the Woods International Arena in Baudette