Tom Robertson Feature Archive

Some traditional Ojibwe Indians in Minnesota are unhappy with proposals to create a wolf hunting season this fall. But others have a very different perspective. We meet two northern Minnesota trappers who are looking forward to the challenge of pursuing wolves. (03/22/2012)
Wildlife officials at Voyageurs National Park have captured and collared six moose to study the impact of climate change on the animals. (03/21/2012)
Cathy Wurzer talks with MPR reporter Tom Robertson about the latest news out of northern Minnesota. (03/21/2012)
Some Ojibwe Indians in Minnesota are worried about the fate of the state's wolf population, which is now being considered healthy enough for hunting and trapping. (03/13/2012)
The Bemidji Brewing Company plans to have its first public batch of brew on tap in a few local pubs by early summer. Kickstarter allowed the group to move forward at the nano-brewery level and created a buzz around the fledgling business. (03/05/2012)
A few years ago, Jason LaValley had no clue how to start or operate a business. Now he's running a multi-million dollar company that has 16 full and part time employees and is poised for growth. (02/29/2012)
On Wednesday, we check in with one of our reporters based outside the Twin Cities. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Tom Robertson who's in Bemidji and covers northern Minnesota. He's been following the recent controversy surrounding the use of so-called "body-gripping" traps by trappers. (02/08/2012)
At least six dogs have been killed over the past year by body-gripping traps designed to kill raccoons, beavers, bobcats and other species. (02/08/2012)
Officials with the Minnesota Trappers Association say they oppose new regulations that would restrict the use of body-gripping traps. (02/07/2012)
Minnesota is getting attention from Republican presidential hopefuls just before the state party caucuses on Tuesday. (02/06/2012)
A program shows promise at luring unemployed adults on the Red Lake Indian Reservation back in the classroom. (02/01/2012)
There may be good news on the jobs front in Bemidji. Skybridge Marketing Group, a Minnesota-based firm, has tentative plans to expand its business in the city, adding up to 200 new jobs. (01/27/2012)
The planned closing of a Pamida store in Bemidji next month raises questions about what will happen to Native American remains on the property. (01/26/2012)
People traveling on U.S. Highway 2 between Cass Lake and Grand Rapids may notice some unusual construction activity this week. (01/18/2012)
Each January, snowmobiles are typically everywhere in much of the state. But this year is different. The machines that are a big part of winter tourism in Minnesota have been mostly idle. (01/10/2012)