Points North

Shawn Perich

Shawn Perich

Shawn Perich writes a weekly column on conservation and the outdoors for Minnesota Outdoor News. He owns Northern Wilds Media, Inc., a publishing company located in Grand Marais and is the author of eight books. He lives in Hovland with his partner Vikki and two dogs. His commentary, Points North, airs on WTIP every Friday morning between 7-8 and Saturdays on North Shore Weekend between 7-10 a.m. You can also subscribe on our Points North podcast.


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A View of the Lake

Points North: On Superior, A Lake Trout Makes The Day

Rich Patterson believed Lake Superior was devoid of fish. After all, he’d spent two days fruitlessly casting into the lake near is campsite at the mouth of the Cross River in Schroeder.

Thousands of people venture into grizzly country daily and the vast majority are unarmed

Points North: Aware of Bears, But Not Afraid

Sometimes you ask a question and get an unexpected answer. Looking for information about trout fishing in the Canadian Rockies, I emailed a friend of a friend who lives in Alberta.

Deer tick

Points North: Tiny ticks can mean big trouble

One day last April, Craig Engwall noticed what looked like a dark freckle beneath his wrist watch.

Fly Fishing at Sunset

Points North: After 25 Years, Angling Nomad Still Passionate About Fly Fishing

If you’ve spent time fly-fishing on the trout lakes of the Gunflint Trail, maybe you’ve met Reuben Swenson.

Ojibwe Birch Bark Canoe

Points North: Talon and the Bark Canoe

Talon Stammen of Grand Forks, North Dakota was in Grand Marais recently to take a birch bark canoe-building class at the North House Folk School.  For anyone unfamiliar with the school,

Salt Lake City and the Watsatch range

Points North: In Utah, Finding Wilderness on the Edge of Town

Utah's Watsatch Range is known as a skiing mecca, where a winter's accumulation of snow may measure 500 inches or more.

Photo by Rick Payette on Flickr

Points North: Are Lawmakers Lost in the Woods?

On June 30, hours before the state government shut down, three Minnesota loggers went before a judge in International Falls to sue the state for breach of contract regarding existing timber sales.

Photo by Jerry Lewis on Flickr

Points North: The Time Is Right for North Shore Brookies

Sometimes, you just know the time is right. Last week, cold, wet weather gave way to a couple of days of sunshine and North Shore streams were running fresh and full.

Photo by Department of Sustainability and Enviorment

Points North: Loss of Our American Soul - Development in the Wilderness

The past decade has brought sweeping changes to the high plains—the Big Empty sweeping westward from the Dakotas to the Rocky Mountains.