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 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    July 10, 2020 

Out In It: 'Just looking' morphs into unexpected camper buy

The entire Baker crew was in Duluth the other day, and, on a whim, we decided to check out some campers. We pulled into Bullyan RV and proceeded to drive through the line of small travel trailers...

 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    July 3, 2020

Out in it: Thanks prop, it was a nice run

A quick yank on the cotter pin, a spin of the wrench and she was loose. Ten years my Honda prop has been with me every second I've been on the water. Unceremoniously, I relinquished her to the... Full story


New maps detail state forest features

Eight new state forest maps from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources feature recreation highlights to help Minnesotans find their perfect adventure. The maps in print and mobile formats, are available for Bear Island, Big Fork, Burntside, G... Full story


Splish Splash

Pine Knot News subscriber and avid wildlife photographer Mike Farmer shared this photo series of a yellow warbler enjoying a splash in their new water feature. According to, studies... Full story


Fire danger high this holiday weekend in northeastern Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources cautions residents and visitors in northeastern Minnesota to be aware of elevated fire conditions this hot and dry holiday weekend. Recent heavy rains in... Full story

 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    June 19, 2020

Out in it: Tech dominates fishing plans

Recently I got a text soliciting some advice about fishing a lake a couple of hours north of Cloquet. Within seconds I responded with a detailed map indicating the wind would blow at 20-plus mph... Full story


Cloquet pair is tops in fundraising again

Once again, Cloquet residents Stu Nelson and Rich Brummer were the top fundraisers for the Minnesota Fishing Challenge, with proceeds supporting MN Adult & Teen Challenge drug and alcohol...

 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    June 12, 2020

Out in it: Trolling in Brookston

If you read my column regularly you're already aware I'm up for new adventures. This week I jumped at the chance to fish a new stretch of the St. Louis River with Cloquet's Chad Vermeersh. We hooked u...


Most state camping areas will be open by Monday

Minnesota DNR The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources began reopening campgrounds this month at state parks, state forests and recreation areas in a phased approach this month. Camping is... Full story

 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    June 5, 2020

Out In It: An old boat brings new memories, welcome distraction

My two oldest, Hannah and Joseph, were just kids when they saved up their pennies to buy their first boat. They split the cost of a 1984 Alumacraft with an old 50-horsepower Merc hanging off the back.... Full story


Annual take a kid fishing weekend is now

During Take a Kid Fishing Weekend Friday, June 5, to Sunday, June 7, Minnesota residents can fish without licenses if they take children 15 or younger along fishing, too. "Taking your kids fishing is... Full story

 By Ann Markusen    Outdoors    May 29, 2020

On The Mark: Birders delight in nearby refuge

May is a spectacular month for birding in our part of Minnesota. Not just in numbers, but variety, artistry and antics. In April, the early birds touch down for a visit on their way north: snow... Full story

 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    May 29, 2020

Out in it: A shallow mind helps right now

If you are reading this, you should probably stop. Hook up your boat and read this later. The fish are biting. The light switch has been turned on this week. Many different species have moved shallow...

 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    May 22, 2020

Out in It: Red-eye trip to Red Lake pays off

Bouncing along the backroads of Mahtowa, I leaned hard into the glow of my headlights, seeing the fine line between dirt and marsh. My eyes strained and blurred searching for my turn. Cottontail...


Watchful eyes

A Canada goose cuddles with a gosling in this photo taken by Pine Knot News subscriber Mike Farmer, also an avid wildlife photographer. Farmer found the pair at the Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge...

 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    May 15, 2020

Out in it: Nice opener haul despite short outing

Avoiding the expected crowds, I slid the big blue Lund into the water a little past 4 a.m. on opener morning. By the light of the full moon, David, Joseph and I made our way slowly upstream from Boy... Full story

 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    May 8, 2020

Out in it: For openers, fish where the fish are

This week I've been able to get out and chase some pre-spawn crappies, brook trout, and sample the annual sucker run. Most of my focus is on the impending Minnesota walleye opener Saturday. The march... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Outdoors    May 8, 2020

Rodd's Ramblings: Trip to shack is a treat

Pandemic or not, there are still some things we can do. Last week I was able to enjoy a short trip to the deer shack, somewhere near Cromwell. It brought a welcome respite from being boxed in and... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Outdoors    April 24, 2020

Korby's Connections: Adventure flying makes for exciting second career

Let's face it, this pandemic is changing us. If not seriously ill, people have time to stop, think, and actually ask themselves: "What should I do next?" The following story has nothing to do with...

 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    April 17, 2020

Outdoors: Finally landing that dinosaur

The wind gathered momentum and funneled directly down the narrow stretch of the river channel, unleashing its strength against the far bank before dissipating around the bend. Current and wind and...


Riding the waves in a different way

Local kayakers are taking advantage of the fast, high waters of the St. Louis River during spring runoff too. Esko High School students Karsten Fetters and Baylor Litsey put their kayaks in just past...

 By Kerry Rodd    Outdoors    April 10, 2020

Escapist exercise

Sports as we usually know them may be on the back burner, but people all over the country are rediscovering ways to stay fit. Chief among those is walking. One look around neighborhoods in the area...


Great outdoors remains open

Minnesota’s state parks and trails remain open to the public, but the Department of Natural Resources is making changes to adapt to the challenges of the public health emergency. Getting outdoors is one of the activities being encouraged as social...


Minnesota state parks, forests remain open

DNR COVID-19 response: What you need to know In accordance with guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health, we have adjusted our services, events and operations to protect Minnesotans and... Full story


Outdoor Expo in Moose Lake on for Saturday

The sixth annual Outdoor Expo, a free community event celebrating everything outdoors, will take place this weekend. Doors open at 3 p.m. at the Moose Lake Covenant Church, 700 Fifth Street, Moose... Full story


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