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 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...

 

Don't feed the bears, please

With bears emerging from hibernation in the coming weeks, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds homeowners to check their property for food sources that could attract bears. "Please... Full story

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    April 8, 2022

Out In It: Spring bass Texas-sized

We slid Cap'n Ron's Skeeter into the warming water of late March. On each side of the landing, the docks towered above us, a harbinger of how dangerously low the water had receded. We slowly worked... Full story

 
 By Alyssa Bloss    Outdoors    April 8, 2022

Buffer zones improve water shorelines and habitat

Do you live or vacation near a lake or stream? Is your shoreline eroding more and more each year? Would you like to beautify your yard with showstopping flower blooms and grasses while protecting... Full story

 

End is nigh for fish shacks

Heavy snowfall across parts of Minnesota prompted many anglers to haul their fish houses off the ice in late February. People who haven’t yet removed their shelters should keep in mind that the removal clock is ticking. The fish house removal... Full story

 

Wildlife sanctuaries join forces

Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center in Sandstone will expand by 562 acres through the donation of Blacklock Nature Sanctuary and the purchase of property adjoining the sanctuary east of Moose... Full story

 
 By Alyssa Bloss    Outdoors    March 4, 2022

Carltom SWCD news: Plant pollinator habitat with SWCD

The Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District has been busy helping community members plant pollinator habitat in their backyards and is eager to do it again this year by offering native plant... Full story

 

Remembering homemade ski jumps in the 'Wild 80'

The recent article by Steve Korby on his memories of sliding and skiing in the woods in Cloquet triggered my own memories from the early 1960s. I grew up on a dairy farm 3 miles northwest of Barnum. Even with few neighbor kids around, I don’t ever... Full story

 

Korby's Connections: Lost in the Ditchbanks

Have you ever been lost? No, really lost. Lost where your heart and pulse start elevating, you’re perspiring, it’s getting dark, personal fear and anxiety are on the rise. You try to be calm.... Full story

 

Beargrease Photos: Go dogs, go!

A quintessential northern Minnesota event took off Sunday when teams of mushers and their sled dogs started on the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon races. The continued relatively warm weather ... Full story

 

Moonlight Magic

Our frigid winter can only be soothed by embracing it. That's what Dan Malkovich of Cloquet was doing last week as he ventured out to Jay Cooke State Park for some night photography of the waning... Full story

 

Lone Wolf

Reader Mike Farmer recently captured this black wolf, a rarity in the wild. While technically simply a "black-colored" gray wolf, it is estimated the percentage of them found in wolf populations is... Full story

 

Sliding adventures of the Scanlon Rottensnots

As I recently watched young, smiling kids riding down the snow-covered hill at Cloquet's Pinehurst Park, I thought back to the great times the "Scanlon Rottensnots" had sliding in "the pines" in the... Full story

 

hello, red

Pine Knot News reader John Dahlman snapped this photo of a female pileated woodpecker at the suet feeder outside their Floodwood home on Dec. 30.... Full story

 

Korby's Connections: 1996 snowmobile adventure got a bit hairy

This saga sounds like the backdrop to a TV reality show: snowmobiles in the wilderness on the Minnesota/Canada isolated border with subzero record-breaking temperatures, whiteout blizzard conditions a...

 

Ready for ice fishing?

Check ice thickness for yourself Weather, currents, snow cover and springs can cause ice conditions to change rapidly and vary widely, even on the same body of water and even in a short period of time. In many parts of Minnesota, it’s easy to see... Full story

 

With ski season, another look at harmful waxes

With measurable snowfall coming to northern Minnesota the past week, cross country skiers are hitting the trails. And it’s a good bet that a majority of those skiers coat the bases of their skis in wax that contains per- and poly-fluoroalkyl...  Website

 

State: Groups need to clean up impaired waters

Minnesota plans to require hundreds of industrial facilities and other sites to test for PFAS, the troublesome human-made substances sometimes known as "forever chemicals." State environmental...  Website

 

Deer lick

Photographer Mike Farmer said this is the second eight-point buck he'd seen in his yard in as many days. "They seem to have a one-track mind this time of year," Farmer said. We think the buck is just...

 

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

 

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