THIEF RIVER FALLS -- Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty shot a small buck during the second Minnesota Governor's Deer Opener in 2004, but since then, the Republican governor's hunting success has been more elusive than a Democrat who likes his conservative spending policies. That almost changed Saturday morning.
One of the most anticipated dates on the outdoors calendar rolls around this weekend with the opening of deer season. It won't be long now. Minnesota hunters pull the trigger on another season Saturday morning. The opening of deer season is an event steeped in tradition. In northwestern Minnesota, the spotlight Saturday will be on Thief River Falls, which is host site for this year's seventh annual Minnesota Governor's Deer Opener. Gov.
WARROAD, Minn. -- It's a gray Monday morning, and there's enough wind to put a chop on Lake of the Woods, which stretches toward the horizon in an imposing shade of steely-blue. The chatter on the marine band radio hints the fishing might be better than the catching so far this chilly morning, but that won't be the case everywhere. Not in this boat, at least. Tom Heinrich is out here again, just as he's been every day for the past two weeks. Ditto for Nate Hodgins and Seth Herbst. Windy days, calm days, in-between days, they've been on the water.