John Enger Feature Archive

Karen Noyce tranquilized, studied and fitted 800 bears with radio collars over 33 years. She retired on Tuesday from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. (12/02/2014)
Aiming to halt a slide in enrollment, Northwest Technical College announced a plan that will focus on trades, life experience and flexibility. NTC also will change its name. (12/01/2014)
Hundreds of massive steel pipes parked in a field near Itasca State Park have become a conversation topic in northwest Minnesota. What are they doing there? (11/28/2014)
A lawsuit against the Minnesota DNR alleges that it has mismanaged Mille Lacs Lake and failed to consider a constitutional amendment that aims to preserve fishing heritage. (11/20/2014)
The DNR curbed the hunt to help rebuild the state's herds. It worked as planned. Deer kills were down dramatically this firearms season. (11/18/2014)
The rule changes come following record walleye harvests the past winter and summer from the northwest Minnesota lake, state officials say. (11/17/2014)
The last time skiers braved the slopes at Lutsen Mountains in mid-November was 1998. (11/13/2014)
Deer processing is a pretty reliable seasonal side hustle in northern Minnesota, where a guy in his garage will cut up a deer for $50 to $80. (11/13/2014)
Children whose mothers use drugs or alcohol during pregnancy can develop cognitive and health problems. It's a chronic danger in Beltrami County and the three nearby Indian reservations. (11/12/2014)
The firearms deer hunt starts Saturday. But tighter kill regulations this season mean lots of hunters may bag nothing more than a walk in the woods. (11/07/2014)
A tree cut Wednesday from the Chippewa National Forest will soon adorn the U.S. Capitol's west lawn. (10/29/2014)
The local utility flushed the system with chlorine following a damaging September storm but residents historically have been skeptical about the benefits of adding chemicals to their water. (10/28/2014)
After last year's long cold winter spiked propane costs and left firewood piles burned to nothing, rural Minnesotans are stocking up on anything to keep their homes warm. (10/22/2014)
With beef prices rising, many consumers find elk meat a better option. Demand for elk marrow from antlers is also on the rise. (10/14/2014)
The snowmobile and ATV maker has struggled for months to hire for its Roseau plant. That's led to construction — and some unusual living arrangements. (10/12/2014)