A few hours after Isaac Kruse, a state Department of Natural Resources conservation warden, started his work day Jan. 19, he found himself side by side with four St. Croix County responders who together saved the life of a man who was on the job like any normal day.

The thermometer on my car read -18 degrees Fahrenheit as I turned off the highway onto a snow covered road northwest of Duluth. A leaden sky didn’t offer any additional warmth. My parents and I were warm, though, wrapped up like onions in our many winter layers with the car heater blasting. We were looking forward to a full day of birding in Sax-Zim Bog. This 300-square mile mix of aspen uplands, rivers, lakes, meadows, dead-ending back roads and farms has become famous for its ability to attract and support many species of birds who usually remain farther north.

RICE LAKE — Four months after Annie Weiss passed near Rice Lake early into her 1,200-mile journey on Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail, the ultra trail runner returned last month to share the story of her record-breaking endeavor.

At the end of their 80 miles, or in some cases 160 miles, walkers and bikers were reaching the end — mostly with smiles — Sunday on the Wild Rivers Trail.

MADISON — West Nile virus was detected in three of 16 ruffed grouse that were found sick or dead and submitted by the public to the state Department of Natural Resource for testing from October through December 2018.

SPOONER — Mother Nature is a lady of many moods and continuously changing seasons. Sometimes she can be angry, harsh as a biting winter wind roaring across a northern clearing. She can be as fierce as a gray November lake, her waters boiling and screaming, with snow blowing sideways.

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. — Considering how often a just-peeking sunrise is captured in Bryan Hansel’s photographs, usually over Lake Superior, you’d just assume he was a morning person.

SPRING GREEN — Most ice anglers do not give much thought to scouting winter fishing holes, but Buddy Hynek of the Richland County community of Lone Rock planned ahead when he relocated from La Crosse to southwest Wisconsin.

I’ve hunted pheasant in both North and South Dakota, from New Town to the north to Mitchell to the south and from the Black Hills to the west to the Red River Valley in the east. And I’ve hunted in the warm early season and in the last bitterly cold winter week.

At 11 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 21 — a day of prayer — Jeff Henry’s day was taken prey.

MADISON — As deer hunting seasons begin with archery and crossbow this weekend, and state Department of Natural Resources staff remind hunters to have the deer they kill tested for chronic wasting disease.