National Park Service
After nearly 100 years, the National Park Service holds some of the country’s most beautiful and historic places, though it also suffers from an $11 billion backlog of unfunded maintenance and a visitor base that’s aging and mostly white.
According to the National Park Service, about 12,000 people visited the caves on Lake Superior near the Apostle Islands this weekend. The ice caves drew more than 138,000 tourists last year, when the deep freeze made the caves accessible to pedestrians for the first time in nearly five years.
The ice caves in northwestern Wisconsin are proving very popular again this year. According to the National Park Service, the caves on Lake Superior near the Apostle Islands opened Saturday and attracted more than 7,000 people.
Visitors to the Apostle Islands ice caves will have to pay a $5 fee this winter. The National Park Service will charge the fee for visitors ages 16 and older, assuming the caves form again this winter.
The ice caves in Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands were a huge tourist hit last winter. They were so popular that the National Park Service is talking about charging a fee. About 138,000 people visited the amazing scene last winter.
Rangers rescued a 60-year-old Minnesota man who apparently had fallen while attempting to summit a 13,770-foot peak in Grand Teton National Park in northwest Wyoming. The National Park Service says Steve Markusen, of Minneapolis, was rescued Friday morning.
A Twin Cities family is coming to terms with the fact that their missing son is likely dead after going on a mountain climbing trip last week. Mark Mahaney, 26, of St. Paul, Minn. was one of six climbers who went missing last Wednesday on Mount Rainier in Washington. The National Park Service said they were all likely killed in a 3,300 foot fall near their last known location.
A study is underway in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin to monitor the health of bald eagles. On Tuesday, WCCO’s cameras got to tag along as a crew brought a single eagle chick down from its nest.
Access to the popular ice caves at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore will be closed by Sunday night due to safety concerns, according to National Park Superintendent Bob Krumenaker. The caves, which just saw one of its longest and most popular seasons in recent memory, will close due to rapidly-changing ice conditions that pose a growing safety concern.
A new National Park Service report says Minnesota’s national parklands drew over 600,000 visitors who spent over $34 million and supported over 500 jobs in the state in 2012.
The ice caves near the Apostle Islands in northern Wisconsin are still proving to be very popular. According to the National Park Service, nearly 78,000 people visited the caves along Lake Superior from Jan. 15 through the end of February.
One of our national symbols is making a comeback along the Mississippi River. For years, the bald eagle had been nearing extinction due to pesticides. But things have changed for the better. Paul Labovitz with the National Park Service says the experience of seeing a bald eagle is one filled with awe.
The stretch of the Mississippi River that flows through the Twin Cities area is in better shape than it was 40 years ago, but a new report warns of some emerging threats.
A new farmer-to-farmer cooperative effort is aiming to clean up and protect streams in Minnesota.
Former National Park Service director Roger Kennedy, who staunchly defended his agency from budget cuts, has died at age 85. He had melanoma.
When Jon Francis disappeared while hiking in the Idaho mountains five years ago, Dan and Sue Seftick lent support to the Minnesota man’s family while it grappled with the uncertainty and despair.