On Tuesday, Mar. 4 and on Tuesday, Mar. 11, the East Metro Water Resource Education Program is teaming up with the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District and the Washington Conservation District to host two free Raingarden workshops for area residents.
Enjoy the Minnesota snow this winter while walking on it and not just shoveling it! Snowshoe through the 250 acres of the Oakdale Nature Preserve, 4444 Hadley Ave. N., where you can watch for animal tracks, deer, fox, and birds, or stop to make a snowshoe angel. Rentals are now available on weekends: Saturdays from 12 to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.
Now that winter has unofficially arrived along with lots of fresh snow, the Department of Natural Resources encourages people to dust off their cross-country skis and purchase the Great Minnesota Ski Pass. The ski pass is a ticket to more than 2,000 miles of grant-in-aid and state-designated cross-country ski trails. Many of these trails are in state parks and state forests.
Stress, strains, accidents and other dangerous conditions often accompany a snowstorm. Although thousands of drivers are digging their cars out from this winter’s snow, a sore back, fender-benders and serious injuries do not have to be the inevitable result. Experts advise some common sense tips.
If you can’t stay at home during winter storms, at least try to not venture out until the snow plows have opened streets and roads. And be sure to allow extra time to get to your destination. For those who live in areas where winter driving can become hazardous, here are some tips to help you stay safe.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is warning parents to keep an eye on their children when they near a pond or other body of water where only a thin coating of ice may have formed.
Last winter season, six people died after falling through the ice.
Did you know that the quality of water in your community can impact your property value? It’s true. Studies have indicated a direct correlation between quality of water and property values. After all, would you rather live in a neighborhood with clean, clear waters or one that has ponds full of blue-green algae?
Now, I’d like to think that everyone cares about the quality of our ponds, lakes and wetlands just because it’s the right thing to do. But I am a realist, and I know that this isn’t the case. But perhaps knowing that good water quality has an impact on one’s pocketbook – through increased property values – might spring some people into action!
Writer Mary Lee Hagert’s son Kevin stands atop a craggy butte in majestic Theodore Roosevelt National Park. (photos by Mary Lee Hagert/Review)
The national park’s scenic loop is a photographer’s delight, with breathtaking landscapes around nearly every bend. The Little Missouri River began carving out the park’s distinctive badlands about 600,000 years ago.
I’ve just returned from the Wild West, and I’m not referring to the re-enactment of 1890s gunslingers shooting up Main Street in Deadwood, S.D.
No, I mean the new Wild West, the one that’s cropped up more than a century after the days when drifters got into quick-draw duels on the Dakota Territory’s High Plains.
A vacation in the Dakotas wasn’t on my family’s radar a month ago. But after discovering all the campsites were reserved at our top choice -- Rocky Mountain National Park -- we weren’t sure where to go.
Minnesotans have a great love for the outdoors. In the summer, anyone can drive around the neighborhood and see kids playing outside and families enjoying the beautiful weather. Walk past one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes and you’ll see boats and jet skis cruising the lake and people of all ages grilling, relaxing and enjoying the beach. The warm summer months allow us to forget about the cold winter that is right around the corner.
Minnesota is home to 76 state parks and recreational areas. They range from the northern tip in Minnesota (Garden Island State Park) to the Iowa border (Lake Louise State Park) from Wisconsin to the Dakotas, and everywhere in between. They feature camping, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding and any number of other activities. They offer something for everybody.
However, it isn’t necessary to travel far to find access to beautiful parks and outdoor recreation. We have a number of options right in our own backyard. Here is a list of parks in our area:
It‘s summertime, which means the days are longer and people are enjoying more time outdoors. But, along with risks to your skin, UV rays can be dangerous for your eyes. Studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and growths on the eye, including cancer.
UV radiation, whether from natural sunlight or indoor artificial rays, can damage the eye‘s surface tissues as well as the cornea and lens. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the dangers UV light can pose to their vision, and this can lead to potentially blinding eye diseases.