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Slow start to duck hunt

Conservation officer Tony Elwell of Cloquet reported that heavy fog and no wind made for a slow opening day of the waterfowl opener last weekend, according to a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources news release. “Overnight northwest winds... Full story


Don't miss the fall colors

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is updating its fall color finder every Thursday with the latest estimates for peak fall colors across the state. Last week’s map put most of Carlton County at 10-25 percent of color. People can sign... Full story


Soccer Gods are watching

The girls soccer game in Esko kicked off under an impressive cloud bank Tuesday, as cooler weather rolled in following one of the warmer days this week.... Full story


Get help blasting buckthorn, other invasive plants

Buckthorn, knotweed (a.k.a. bamboo), or wild parsnip got you down? The Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District is here to help. The recently formed Carlton County Cooperative Weed Management... Full story


Once-ignored knowledge now shaping science

If you come into contact with people working in and around natural resources in Minnesota you may hear the term TEK. It's a popular buzzword, which, confusingly, has little to do with technology....  Website


Spooky flower

Pine Knot editor Jana Peterson spied these pinkish-white Indian Pipe flowers along a trail at the Cloquet Forestry Center last week. Also sometimes called a "ghost flower" or "corpse flower," the...


Forestry Center open house

“Expert” Riley Olesiak explains a Cloquet Forestry Center event punch card to Luke O’Neill. The cards were utilized to teach visitors some of the educational tools at the research and...


'Unfavorable' conditions mean no wild-ricing

The harvest of wild rice on Fond du Lac Reservation lakes will be prohibited this year. The Band made the announcement last week. “Growing conditions were highly unfavorable this year and the decision was made to rest the on-reservation wild rice...


County Extension offers free class on winterizing garden, landscape

Carlton County Extension will offer a free class on winterizing your garden and landscape with several presenters 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 at Esko Town Hall on 25 E. Harney Road. Extension educator Mercedes Moffett will give tips on...


Deer hunters can purchase licenses now

Deer hunting licenses went on sale earlier this month and the 2022 Minnesota hunting regulations are now available at Print copies of the regulations figure to be available wherever licenses are sold. Deer populations are faring...


Korby's Connections: A fishing tale from far away

While visiting Finland to see my spouse's cousin, Outi, and her husband, Timo Paukkio, we traveled to the Paukkio summer cottage/cabin in southwestern Finland. The Paukkios hand-built the five... Full story


Campers create pollinator plot

The Cloquet library hosted a Pollinator Garden Camp last week for children. It was led by Alyssa Bloss from the Carlton Soil & Water Conservation District. Cloquet city crews helped with...

 By Taylor Warnes    Outdoors    July 8, 2022

Taking Classes Outdoors

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College will soon have an outdoor classroom on campus by this fall. The new space will be known as the Megwayaak ("in the woods") classroom and will be located...


Photos: Beating the heat at the beach

Nayari Guthrie, 2, jumps into her mother’s arms in the shallowest waters of The Beach at Pinehurst Monday, the hottest day of the year so far in the Northland. Nayari’s mom, Najae Swanigan of... Full story


Korby's Connections: When the walleye came back

From writing golf stories for the fabulous award-winning Pine Knot newspaper and with my 50-plus years as a member of Cloquet Country Club, most readers likely associate me as a golf advocate and not an angler. It’s hard, but I try to do both. And... Full story


Carlton man named ATV Safety Instructor of the Year

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources named Eric Senarighi, a Carlton resident and president of the Carlton County Riders ATV Club, the 2021 ATV Safety Instructor of the Year. Senarighi is a... Full story


Weekly weeders

Good conversation and beautifying the perennial flower garden at a trailhead in Carlton go hand in hand. A small group of women gets together weekly to enjoy one another’s company and improve the... Full story


The Beach at Pinehurst is open

The Beach at Pinehurst Park is ready for business, albeit only when the weather cooperates. Which means the swimming pond didn’t open as planned on Monday, June 13. That’s life in the Northland,... Full story


Take a Kid Fishing Weekend is this Friday through Sunday

During Take a Kid Fishing Weekend Friday, June 10 to Sunday, June 12, Minnesota residents can fish without licenses if they take children 15 or younger along. Youth 15 and younger do not require... Full story

 By Tom Urbanski    Outdoors    May 27, 2022

The Log Jam rolls into town

Mountain bikers took to the trails at Cloquet's Pine Valley last Saturday for a full day of riding in a new race event called the Log Jam. For some race participants, a full day was defined as 12... Full story

 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    May 13, 2022

Plan for opener success this year

A couple of weeks ago I predicted the 2022 fishing opener could be fantastic. As the big day approaches and the weather forecast solidifies, I’m sticking to my guns. I believe the May 14th... Full story


Swan Victory Song

Trumpeter swans celebrate earlier this spring after successfully chasing another pair of swans from their territory at Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge near McGregor.... Full story

 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    April 22, 2022

Out In It: April snow brings May optimism

The last couple of days of April I’m scheduled to be chasing cohos and browns on Chequamegon Bay out of Washburn, Wisconsin. If you have spent any time outside the last couple of weeks, you will...


The river rages

Pine Knot photo contributor Dan Malkovich got up and close to a turbulent St. Louis River in Jay Cooke State Park on Monday. He’s a regular visitor and said the big melt, along with stormy, wet... Full story


Pesky Deer

This overreaching deer was recently found in Frankie and Norma De Dominces' yard in Cloquet. "We live on the outskirts of the city and frequently see many deer," Norma said. "This deer was raiding...


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