Scott Thorpe used to be a successful architect. He was well compensated for his endeavors, but he didn’t like the work.
“It’s so stressful and competitive,” he says. “Everyone is so critical of your work that you never feel good about yourself.”
Thorpe eventually came to a career crossroads.
In the past 15 years, significant changes have occurred in the so-called industrial forests of northern Minnesota. During the 20th century, forest products companies acquired hundreds of thousands acres in the state to ensure a supply of fiber for their operations. In the 21st
The float did a lazy loop in the back current, carrying a spawn sack through a deep, slow-moving pocket on a North Shore trout stream, just the place to find a cold-funked steelhead when the water temperature is a degree above freezing. Suddenly, the bobber went down. I set the hook and felt nothing;
Mille Lacs, the most famous of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes, was once known as the world’s greatest walleye factory. The shallow, windswept basin was perfect walleye habitat. There was no need to stock Mille Lacs. For centuries, Mille brimmed with a natural abundance of walleyes.
That was then.
The sounds of birds signal the coming of spring in the North. One morning in March you hear crows cawing when you step outside. Or maybe you hear a male robin cheerfully announcing his return to the still snowy landscape. Then juncos, last seen in late autumn, show up at the feeder.
But the sound that
It takes neighbors to make a neighborhood. Years ago, we rented a duplex unit in a Twin Cities suburb. It was on a quiet street with lots of young families. All the kids played outside. And they were good kids.
Change happened quickly. When we came home after a weekend away, a neighbor told us there