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Visits To The Apostle Islands’ Ice Caves May Cost You

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.

10/15/2014

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Minnesota Man Rescued After Fall In Wyoming

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.

08/09/2014

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St. Paul Man Among Missing Climbers Presumed Dead

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.

06/02/2014

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Keeping Tabs On Bald Eagles By Looking At The Little Ones

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.

05/20/2014

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Apostle Islands Ice Caves To Close This Weekend

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.

03/12/2014

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Minn. National Parks Drew 600K Visitors In 2012

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.

03/04/2014

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Nearly 78K Have Visited Apostle Islands Ice Caves

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.

03/02/2014

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Bald Eagles Make Strong Comeback Along Mississippi

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.

05/27/2013

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Report: Mississippi River In Better Shape But Faces New Threats

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.

09/27/2012

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New Initiative Aims To Clean Up Streams In Minn.

A new farmer-to-farmer cooperative effort is aiming to clean up and protect streams in Minnesota.

08/07/2012

This is one of the 1200 memorials which dot the Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This battle memorial is along Cemetery Ridge, the site of Pickett's Charge, an infantry assault ordered by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee against Maj. Gen. George G. Meade's Union positions on Cemetery Ridge on July 3, 1863, the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. (Photo by Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images)

Ex-Parks Chief, Smithsonian Head, St. Paul Native Kennedy Dies

Former National Park Service director Roger Kennedy, who staunchly defended his agency from budget cuts, has died at age 85. He had melanoma.

09/30/2011

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Search For 2 In WY Hits Home For 2 Minn. Families

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.

04/21/2011

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