Category Archives: Outdoor Activities



Minnesota Starwatch: September 2017

September opens with Venus hosting winter constellations in the eastern predawn sky. West of the planet, the bright star Procyon, in Canis Minor, the little dog, rises at almost the same time as Venus. About 40 minutes later, Sirius, the brightest of stars, rises even farther west in Canis Major, Continue Reading...



Nordic Roots: A Journey to the Ancestral Homeland

My grandfather’s childhood home in Hakallestranda, Norway. | KATHY MCCLURE

My grandfather, Hans Kragseth, arrived in Two Harbors from Hakallestranda, Norway, in 1910. There to greet him were two of his seven siblings Continue Reading...



Minnesota Starwatch: August 2017

In August, Jupiter heads into the sunset. Every evening it sinks lower, along with its longtime companion Spica, the brightest star in Virgo. Saturn comes out in the south, between the Teapot of Sagittarius to the east and Scorpius to the west.

Also during Continue Reading...



Minnesota Starwatch: July 2017

Venus reigns over the morning sky this month. The queen of planets rises two and a half hours ahead of the sun on July 1, with its lead growing to three hours by the 31st.

In the second week of July, go out before the sky starts to lighten and watch the V-shaped face of Taurus, Continue Reading...