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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...

 
 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...

 
 By Anne Dugan    Outdoors    April 23, 2021

Wrenshall News: Not all worms are the same

Last week the Wrenshall kindergarten class did some great worm rescuing after so many got displaced by the rainy weather. The students read books about the life cycle of a worm, learned the names of... Full story

 
 By Ruth Reeves    Outdoors    April 9, 2021

Nature's Path: Spring camping is theater in the round

While waiting for the warmth and blooming of summer to arrive, a great way to fill the in-between season is spring camping. There may be mud and cool temps to deal with, but there are lots of perks....

 

Groups team up to save river bank

A hidden gem in Carlton County is getting some attention thanks to two vital grants. The Little Net River is a scenic trout stream near Holyoke. Starting in the Nemadji State Forest, the river flows north toward Lake Superior. The river cuts through... Full story

 

Master Gardener: Urge to get garden going strengthens

This past week, while browsing my wife’s hometown newspaper, The Northern Star in Clinton, Minnesota, I came across a column by Lois Torgerson. In it she had this paragraph, which was just too good not to share. “A fellow was asked how his... Full story

 

State set to douse Esko area

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture and partner organizations are planning to tackle gypsy moth infestations this spring at 13 sites across the eastern part of the state, including a large area... Full story

 

Spring Thaw

The St. Louis River opens in Jay Cooke State Park as warm temperatures visit the Northland in this photo taken late in the day Friday, March 5 by local photographer and retired doctor Dana Malkovich....

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    March 5, 2021

Out In It: Winter fish fry stirs up warm memories

I twisted and pulled at the icy bags scattered along the bottom of our basement chest freezer in mid-February. The Minnesota winter had proven mild until that week. Bone-chilling winds pummeling the... Full story

 

Raven attraction creates a bone yard

Editor's note: A couple weeks ago, Pine Knot News columnist Annie Dugan received a text from Wrenshall resident Dale Wolf about a flock of ravens in his backyard. He provided her with his growing...

 

Ice fish house deadline looms

The deadline to remove fish houses from northern Minnesota lakes is March 15. The removal deadline in the southern two-thirds of the state was March 1. Anyone caught leaving litter — including any part of a fish house — on a lake may be cited... Full story

 

Area forest input wanted by DNR

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host a virtual public input meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. on March 11 about potential trail modifications within the Fond du Lac State Forest in Carlton County. Fond du Lac State Forest recreational... Full story

 

ATV use ended on groomed trails

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has suspended winter ATV use on 99 miles of groomed, shared-use trails in the Nemadji and St. Croix state forests, including the Matthew Lourey State Trail due to warming temperatures. The Gandy Dancer... Full story

 

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