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Lorie Skarpness

staff reporter

Lorie Skarpness is responsible for the Saturday Life page, including the "Northwoods Cooks" recipe column. She especially enjoys writing for the "Northland Outdoors" section and writing in-depth feature stories.
She also covers Nevis School Board and Akeley city council meetings.

Lorie earned her degree in writing from Concordia College, Moorhead. She has worked as a newspaper reporter for 16 years. Her stories have also published in several magazines, including "Lake Country Journal", "Good Old Days" and "Northwoods Woman."

Lorie also has a degree in child development and family studies from North Dakota State University. She has served as a child care center director and Head Start teacher in that field and written research articles for professional journals.

Although special precautions need to be taken to protect skin from the more intense rays this time of year, sun protection is important all year.
Black bears live in the forests throughout the Itasca State Park area and normally avoid people. But when humans leave out food sources with enticing odors, such as bird feeders, unsecured garbage cans or remnants of campfire cooking and picnics, bears will come.
Whether opening your cabin yourself or hiring professionals, planning ahead is the key to helping the process go smoothly.
After two years of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, a Minnesota emergency room physician talks about the toll on hospital staff and patients.
Gilligan, the juvenile loon who was stranded on a lake in the Crow Wing Lake chain near Nevis in early December when much of the lake iced over, was seen flying away from Dec. 19 by two people who were ice fishing in the area where Gilligan had been sighted.
Loon lovers hope for a happy ending as the young loon struggles to elude eagles and find enough room to take off.
Elk roaming free in northwestern Minnesota today are the result of a program at Itasca State Park to reintroduce the species to the state.
Equine therapy offers many physical and mental health benefits.
Extreme drought in the north woods is making it hard for bears to find food sources needed to prepare for hibernation.
Genealogy work is the number one hobby in this country. An unusual project has made locating ancestral graves easier, including those at cemeteries in Hubbard County and in adjoining states.