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Frost-free Friday means farmers markets are open

[caption id="attachment_4907" align="alignnone" width="600"] Frost-free Friday means that the gardening season is about to go full swing, and so are area farmers' markets[/caption] It’s true, the day that marks the traditional end of frosts here at the Whitefish Chain is almost here. Get ready for blooming flowers, sprouting vegetables and happy tomato plants, because summer…
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Bike trails abound!

[caption id="attachment_4823" align="alignnone" width="600"] Lake Country Crafts and Cones in Crosslake is a great biking destination for a cool treat.[/caption] Many visitors and even residents near the Whitefish Chain don’t realize that nearly every main road around the chain has eight foot shoulders- perfect for biking, walking or jogging. While most shoulders are only six…
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Outlook is great for walleye opener on the Whitefish Chain

[caption id="attachment_4801" align="alignnone" width="600"] John Blong, of Brainerd Guide Service, is pictured last year with his catch from the Whitefish Chain. Photo courtesy of John Blong, brainerdguide.com[/caption] A true Whitefish Chain holiday approaches: Fishing Opener. On May 14 the walleye season opens, and the outlook for fishing is good. Marc Bacigalupi is the area supervisor…
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Explore local craft beer in the Lakes Area

The craft beer craze has not missed the Whitefish Chain area of Minnesota. Delicious beers are  brewed locally with great atmosphere at four area breweries. Roundhouse Brewing: The newest brewery to join the area’s craft beer family is Roundhouse Brewing, which is combining the history of the area with great beer. Roundhouse, which opened April…
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Bird migration is in full swing on the Whitefish Chain

[caption id="attachment_4755" align="alignnone" width="600"] Loons have returned to their summer homes on the Whitefish Chain[/caption] Minnesota’s favorite birds have returned to their favorite state, with more on the way. Loons, great blue herons, hawks and raptors have all made their returns, while hummingbirds, orioles and other colorful songbirds are currently on their flights north. “Birds are…
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Signs of spring on the Whitefish Chain

Looking for signs of spring? Look for trillium, a delicate white flower with three petals, surrounded by three leaves. It’s a spring ephemeral, meaning it’s one of the very first flowers to appear in the springtime. One of the best places to find it on the Whitefish Chain is on Big Island, just between Upper…
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Crosslake Chautauqua: Experts share their knowledge with the public

Every summer for the past 10 years, the Crosslake Community Center has hosted the Chautauqua program, a once-monthly series of classes on varying topics. Every Chautauqua is different, open to the public, and free. Topics over the years have varied greatly. One class brought in Marla Spivak, one of the nation’s leading authorities on bees.…
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See the fish at the DNR spring fish trap

Every spring, the DNR sets up a fish trap on the northwest side of the Whitefish Chain so they can collect the eggs and sperm of spawning walleye. But the event isn’t just good for the DNR or the anglers who will benefit from stocked lakes- it’s also great opportunity for members of the public…
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Perfect Picnics

[caption id="attachment_4607" align="alignnone" width="600"] Pequot Lakes has a brand new playground with nearby picnic shelter at the Trailside Park[/caption]   Greening grass and sunshine- the perfect ingredients for a picnic. The Whitefish Chain area happily supplies both, as well as beautiful views, fresh breezes and singing songbirds. There are several great places to have a…
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Ice-out approaches

  [caption id="attachment_4521" align="alignnone" width="600"] A recent foggy morning near the Crosslake dam shows a mixture of ice and open water. Though the water never freezes close to the dam, it has begun to open up a bit with warm weather. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] The ice is just starting to pull away from the…
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