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PHOTO: Man vs Nature

Photographer Will Stenberg was out at Jay Cooke State park last week and noticed what has become the way of our current winter. At Mont du Lac Resort there was a definite demarcation between the... Full story

 

PHOTO: No shovel needed

A week ago, the Pine Knot used a photo to highlight the earliest teardown of the Pinehurst Park ice rink on Feb. 13. Later the same week, we found a group of youngsters playing basketball in the park... Full story

 

SWCD update: Class helps grow gardens

Would you like to beautify your yard with showstopping flower blooms and grasses while protecting our lakes and streams, and attracting songbirds, hummingbirds and beneficial pollinators like bees... Full story

 

Photo package: Splashy guests

Photographer Will Stenberg was visited by Bohemian waxwings at his home in rural Saginaw this week. "They spent time bathing as well as eating flowering crabapples," he said. The Bohemian waxwing is... Full story

 

Try these tips for shed hunting for antlers

While deer hunting in Minnesota has come to a close, searching for dropped antlers, called shed hunting, can be an extremely fun way to keep yourself outdoors. White-tailed deer begin to shed their antlers in winter, typically January through... Full story

 

Ice is nice, but can it last?

Under the watchful eye of Scanlon employees Dave Line and Matt Baquette, Barnum's Pete Began gets warmed up during his first skate of the year Monday afternoon. Began, who once lived in Cloquet, made... Full story

 

County trails get 'huge win' for public access

The Carlton County land department took to social media last week to celebrate expansion of its trail network and partnerships with local “hook and bullet” clubs that proved invaluable to making... Full story

 

Those seeking weather normalcy will have to wait

It was a December like no other in Carlton County, not even the strange one in 1877-78 that augured a remarkable winter into the spring. In short, history was made as the region and the state had its... Full story

 

Hunters rally against wolves in Carlton

Roughly 300 hunters sat rapt Wednesday at Four Seasons Sports Complex in Carlton to hear a new grassroots group's plan to pressure the state to act against federal protection of the gray wolf. The gro...

 

Photo: A show of lights

December was ushered in by the northern lights, pictured north of Cloquet on Keith Miernicki's Christmas tree farm at about 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Photographer Dan Malkovich said the half-moon had... Full story

 

Deer hunt is definitely hit and miss

Wolves and winters. Those are the theories being tossed around related to a Minnesota firearms deer season that data show, and most hunters say, lacked the robust deer populations of yesteryear. "I've... Full story

 

Emerald ash borer threatens northern Minnesota

With close to a billion ash trees in the state, the non-native emerald ash borer (EAB) insect threatens trees across Minnesota, but especially the northern part of the state. A wood borer that feeds in the phloem and disrupts the movement of... Full story

 

These birds are here to stay

Will Stenberg captured a chickadee, above, and red-breasted nuthatch this month in Blackhoof Township. They are two species that stick through Minnesota winters. They can provide some entertainment... Full story

 

Francy That: 'Worthless' land provides wide range of benefits

When I was young, we called them swamps, those low areas on the farms where grass for pasture or hay crops failed to grow. They were often wet and farmers said the soil was “sour” and the land...

 
 By MN DNR    Outdoors    November 10, 2023

Conservation officers busy with deer opener

Conservation officers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources were busy with the firearms deer opener last weekend. Cloquet’s Tony Elwell reported that “most hunters struggled to see much for deer movement over the weekend.... Full story

 

Staying safe on cold water is everyone's responsibility

Some people in Minnesota have put away their boats for the year, but plenty of others will squeeze out every bit they can of the open-water season, whether they’re chasing game, targeting fish or paddling lakes and rivers. To anyone on or around...

 

Here's a deer hunting primer

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a host of tips for those heading out into the wilds this weekend for the deer hunting opener. Here’s a sample of things to think about this season. Register your deer Hunters are required to... Full story

 

Photo: Snipe hunting

Nature photographer Will Stenberg captured this Wilson's snipe with his camera lens on the shore of Hay Lake in the Chub Lake area Wednesday afternoon. Send your favorite nature photos to...

 

Photo: Grouse about

Will Stenberg captured this grouse with his camera on Boy Scout Road near the Whiteface River in the Sax-Zim Bog last week. According to the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog group, grouse are best seen at dawn...

 

Photo: Reflective light

Mary Lukkarila caught some stunning and fading fall light on the north bank of the St. Louis River last Sunday from under the Minnesota Highway 33 bridge in Cloquet.... Full story

 

PHOTO: Whoa ... on the water

Dan Malkovich captured a stunning sunrise on Lake Superior Tuesday morning. There have been quite a few in the past few weeks on the lake with interesting cloud formations. Malkovich said Tuesday...

 

DNR offers tips on safe hunting

As archery deer hunters enjoy the current hunting season and 400,000 hunters prepare for firearms deer hunting seasons, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters to plan ahead for a safe and enjoyable hunt. The Minnesota DNR’s... Full story

 

An ode to fall (with photos)

A poem by Patrick Stevens... Full story

 

SWCD update: Learn how to battle invasive buckthorn

It’s the season of stunning reds, yellows, oranges, crisp autumn mornings with brilliant blue skies. It’s also the time of year many of us northern folks look forward to tromping around in the woods and wetlands with our hunting dogs chasing our...

 

Turkey, pheasant artists get a stamp

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has chosen winners for the Minnesota turkey and pheasant stamp contests. Shakopee artist Mark Thone won the Minnesota pheasant stamp contest with an acrylic painting of a pheasant. The winner was... Full story

 

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