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Field notes: Deer season looks fairly normal

Nearly half a million firearms deer hunters are preparing for the firearms deer season, which opens Nov. 6. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wildlife managers report favorable weather so far this year, and good opportunities to harvest d... Full story


Reader contributions: fall color

Reader Dana Malkovich has sent us another gorgeous fall color shot from Jay Cooke State Park. He took it on Tuesday, which held some significance for him aside from the harvest moon. "Today is the... Full story


Take part in the color season

It's fall, and the Pine Knot is continuing the tradition of asking readers to send in their best fall color photos. It is expected to be a short season this year, with abnormally dry conditions. But... Full story


St. Louis County targets deer farms

Dan Gunderson MPR News The St. Louis County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday passed a resolution calling for a moratorium on cervid farms. Those are farms that raise primarily deer and elk in captivity. There are 257 cervid farms in Minnesota and... Full story


It's the highpoints he's after

Over the last year and a half, 2021 Cloquet grad Josh Sanders has discovered a new and unique hobby. With time on his hands due to distance learning during the pandemic, the athletic Sanders began... Full story


Be bear aware, for their safety and yours

A doorbell video shows a mama bear walking up the front sidewalk, searching for something, probably food, then walking away. That she didn't find anything is good, said wildlife biologist Cheron... Full story


Wildflower Wow

Wildflowers were on grand display last week at the home of Sandy and Betsy Dugan south of Wrenshall. The Dugan place has the barn that has been the center of the Free Range Film Festival for nearly...


Skunk on the run

Skunks have been on the move recently - as evidenced by a rise in those killed by vehicles on area roads - likely due to typical food shortages brought on by the dry summer and the fact that young... Full story


Increased human-bear interactions prompt order

Visitors to the Superior National Forest, including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Area, will need to store food properly to help protect wild bears and humans. This food storage order is t...

 By DNR news    Outdoors    August 6, 2021

Lack of rain creating challenges at boat launches

The abnormally dry- to drought conditions occurring across Minnesota are creating challenging conditions for people trying to get their boats into or out of the water at public boat launches, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural...

 By Ruth Reeves    Outdoors    August 6, 2021

Nature's Path: Plan to stay safe in and around water

Soapbox please. I am about to preach my annual sermon on water safety. Thousands of times, I have gushed with pride while spouting off about the abundance of water recreation that our great state...


Photo: that elusive orchid

Photographer Mark Cline found these lady slippers recently a couple of miles west of Minnesota Highway on the Superior Hiking Trail in Jay Cooke State Park. “I think that location is pretty well... Full story


Fond du Lac Band hopes to start elk herd here

Elk could soon be roaming Carlton County again, as a result of a longtime effort by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Last week, the Band submitted a proposal to the Minnesota...

 By Ruth Reeves    Outdoors    July 9, 2021

A paddling perspective: enjoy nature quietly

I surely love a fun ride in a fast motorboat, but people-powered paddling is my favorite way to explore from the water. Some of my fondest memories on the water are from a canoe or kayak point of...


Cloquet Community Garden plots available now

The Cloquet Community Garden has plots available for Summer 2021! Plots are $20 each and scholarships are available if needed. Call 218-879-8404 or email [email protected] for more information. The garden is located at Zion Lutheran... Full story


11,600 trees find homes in county

And just like that, 11,600 tree seedlings were scattered across Carlton County. The giant tree giveaway late last week was organized to honor the Pine Knot's status as the most outstanding weekly... Full story

 By Tom Urbanski    Outdoors    May 21, 2021

Single Track Action

There's a new club in town that's rolling right along. "We're a local mountain bike club and our goal is advocacy for singletrack and multi-use trails in Cloquet and the surrounding area," said... Full story

 By Ruth Reeves    Outdoors    May 14, 2021

Nature's Path: Those otherworldly bogs

I haven't been to the far corners of the earth, but I have visited exotic landscapes right here in the northeast corner of Minnesota. Peat bogs abound in our region and they provide an unusual and... Full story


Fishing opener is Saturday

Fishing opener is this Saturday, May 15. That means the start of fishing for walleye, bass, northern pike and trout in lakes, plus the kickoff of the summer tourism season. As you prepare to hit the water for Saturday’s fishing opener, it’s... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    Outdoors    May 7, 2021

Take Mom fishing this weekend

Take a Mom Fishing Weekend — when Minnesota-resident moms can fish without purchasing a license — is this weekend, May 8-9. Most years, under Minnesota law, the fishing opener and Take a Mom Fishing Weekend fall on the same weekend, but not this... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    Outdoors    May 7, 2021

Carlton County added to burning restrictions list

The risk of wildfire has moved into the northern part of the state, so the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently added Carlton, Cook and Lake counties to the burn restriction list effective immediately. The state will not issue burning p... Full story


April brought respite from dry spell

The National Weather Service ingests data everyday from 900 automated stations in the United States. Since we are such a large nation, that's just not enough info for weather forecasting and climate...


Snowy Bonnet

Saturday morning, daffodils awoke with a snowy bonnet as spring suffered a setback. Photographer and retired doctor Dana Malkovich is hopeful, though. “As with many setbacks, we square our... Full story


Online gypsy moth informational meetings set for May 5

Gypsy moths are ranked among America’s most destructive tree pests. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is hosting two virtual meetings on May 5 to share information with residents about... Full story


On the mark: Pollinators need gardens too

Growing up in an inner-ring Minneapolis suburb, we didn't think much of bees. We saw few, perhaps because my dad, along with other neighbors, zapped the dandelions every spring with an awful-smelling...


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