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Brainerd Day Trip: Safari North Wildlife Park

[caption id="attachment_5870" align="aligncenter" width="456"] Camels and camel rides are just one of many things to see and do at Safari North. Photo courtesy of Safari North.[/caption] Want to take a walk on the wild side? Safari North Wildlife Park lets you do just that as you observe and encounter a wide variety of animals at…
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New outdoor destination: Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens

[caption id="attachment_5853" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Among the features of the Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens is this crawl-through caterpillar, created by local artist Josh Porter. Photo courtesy of the Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens Facebook page.[/caption] In honor of a late community member who gave her all in her volunteerism, a beautiful flower garden for the community is…
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Tips and Info for the Perfect Fishing Opener- Whether You Fish or Not!

[caption id="attachment_5840" align="aligncenter" width="520"] Smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye, sauger, northern pike and lake trout seasons open Saturday, May 13 on the Whitefish Chain. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] You waited for the ice to go out and for spring to come, and now Fishing Opener is nearly here! May 13 marks the day that the walleye,…
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Ideal Green Market Cooperative helps put local food on your table

[caption id="attachment_5798" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A recent selection of organic and/or local produce at the Ideal Green Market Cooperative. Photo courtesy of the co-op's Facebook page[/caption] Did you know that the Whitefish Area has its very own co-op? And that it's stocked with delicious local, healthy, organic foods? Ideal Green Market Cooperative opened in 2015 and…
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Mushrooming for Morels

[caption id="attachment_5682" align="aligncenter" width="338"] A morel mushroom pops up on a Minnesota lake shore. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] While the woods of the Whitefish Area have much to offer in the way of wild foods, spring mushrooming is a favorite among foragers. The most well-known and sought-after of these mushrooms? The elusive morel. The morel has…
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Everything you need to know about the Rollie Johnson Islands

[caption id="attachment_5570" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The northeast side of Big Island, one of the Rollie Johnson Islands, has a nice sandy beach for boats to land. Hiking trails allow visitors to explore the island. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] Out on the chain, between Upper and Lower Whitefish lakes, are three islands that make up the Rollie…
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Brainerd Day Trip: Laser Tag and The Great Escape

[caption id="attachment_5576" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Laser tag in Baxter[/caption] If you're looking for a day of fun for the whole family, nearby Brainerd has a couple attractions that are perfect for a day trip. The Great Lakes Escape recently opened as the area's first escape room challenge. A group of up to eight people (family or…
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Aquatic Management Areas provide wildlife habitat on the Chain

[caption id="attachment_5554" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This map, from the DNR's Recreation Compass, shows Aquatic Management Areas (AMAs) on the Whitefish Chain.[/caption] In addition to the lovely resorts and private homes on the Whitefish Chain, there are several areas of shoreline that are public and managed by the DNR for natural preservation. These areas, called Aquatic Management…
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A Piece of Whitefish History: The American Indian Battle on Cross Lake

[caption id="attachment_5528" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This map shows where the 1800 Cross Lake Indian battle took place. Marker A shows where the Sioux likely approached from across the bay. Markers B and C are the site of Chief Hole In The Day's village and two possible positions of the North West Co. fur trade post, respectively.…
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Walleye Dinner Winners

[caption id="attachment_5535" align="aligncenter" width="450"] A walleye sandwich at Bite's in Pine River. Photo courtesy of the Bite's Facebook page[/caption] It's legendary in Minnesota and especially on the Whitefish Chain- walleye dinners! But every once in a while you'll find that on your visit to the chain, you can't fish walleye because the season has ended.…
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