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  • A Trip to the Berry Farm

    Mike Creger|Jul 12, 2024

    The berries provided the red and blue, while clouds were the white on the Fourth of July at the berry fields at Farm LoLa in rural Wrenshall. Farm manager Brett Amundson works the busy stand in the middle of the honeyberry fields. Lucie Amundsen helped a curious young customer. The farm is among many in Carlton County bursting with berries this month, with blueberries next. By the afternoon on July 4, the strawberries had been picked out. Call ahead if you want to go out to area farms, because... Full story

  • Summer Finds in the Wilds

    Jul 12, 2024

    Dan Malkovich spotted a turtle on a trail in late June. "After all the rain ... Little Otter Creek had flooded the Munger Trail near Carlton, and I was walking my bike through ankle deep water when I spotted this painted turtle." Will Stenberg captured a white admiral butterfly on wild parsnip along the Grand Portage trail in Jay Cooke State Park on July 1. He also found lady sippers there on the Fourth of July. Do you have cool photos to share? Send them to news@PineKnotNews... Full story

  • Garden tour set for July 16

    Pine Knot News|Jul 12, 2024

    Join the Carlton County Master Gardeners for its signature event of the summer. This year’s garden tour will showcase five gardens in the Cloquet area. Highlights of the tour will include a small-space garden with a children’s area; a garden where a resident grows garlic and herbs and harvests maple syrup; stops at a beekeeper and a berry farmer; a community garden; and, as always, lots of perennials and garden art. The free, self-guided tour runs 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, rain or shine. Maps will be available after July 9 at the Ext... Full story

  • DNR adds to deer feeding ban list

    Jul 5, 2024

    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has added Aitkin County in a deer feeding and attractant ban to reduce the risk of chronic wasting disease spread, following CWD detection in two additional wild deer near Grand Rapids in fall 2023. Feeding deer and using deer attractants is now banned in 24 Minnesota counties where disease surveillance efforts indicate a greater risk of CWD spread. The feeding and attractant ban is now in effect in Aitkin, Beltrami, Carver, Cass, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston,...

  • Mouthfuls

    Will Stenberg|Jul 5, 2024

    Photographer Will Stenberg captured a bluebird, above, and waxwing doing their thing last week near his home in Twig. The male bluebird was doing some birdhouse cleaning while the waxwing went for a juneberry.... Full story

  • 42 days around the lake ... by kayak

    Jana Peterson|Jun 28, 2024

    It looked like Cale Prosen was going to end his 42-day kayaking trip around Lake Superior paddling in pouring rain through the Duluth Ship Canal. But the rain lifted and, just like that, part of a rainbow appeared on the horizon. "There are some gnarly currents," the 20-year-old told his dad, who was standing above him on the Aerial Lift Bridge, as the waves roiled between the concrete walls of the canal. Cale handled it easily. After all, he'd had six weeks of practicing navigating in his sea... Full story

  • County not immune to spate of flooding

    Mike Creger|Jun 28, 2024

    Unrelenting rainfall this past spring has culminated in historic flooding across the state, especially during the first weekend of official summer last week. Carlton County was not spared, but while water levels were high and rapidly moving water posed a risk, the area was spared any major damage. The St. Louis River in Scanlon crested at just more than 11 feet Monday, and slowly receded as the week went on. Carlton County Emergency Management director Marlyn Halvorson said close monitoring... Full story

  • if the slipper fits ...

    Jun 28, 2024

    Frequent photo contributor Will Stenberg from north of Esko captured the moment a dragonfly landed on a lady slipper while out taking shots north of Deer River June 20. Do you have some cool nature and people photography to share? Send it to us as [email protected].... Full story

  • Photo: Summer Fun at the Beach

    Jana Peterson|Jun 28, 2024

    Sisters Addy, Lily and Nova Haglund of Esko play "sharks" in the water at The Beach at Pinehurst Park in Cloquet Tuesday as nearly 500 people come to cool off with temperatures in the low 80s.... Full story

  • Storm chasing into amazing light

    Amber Nichols|Jun 21, 2024

    Storm chasing is a dangerous and unpredictable hobby, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. For me, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of chasing a storm cell and trying to capture the perfect shot. I had the opportunity to do just that when a severe thunderstorm warning was issued June 12 for our area. I grabbed my camera and headed out into the field, hoping to get a glimpse of a tornado or just amazing cloud formations. As I drove, I watched the storm clouds build in the distance. T... Full story

  • Day Tripping: Hitting the road to Hayward

    Darrell Davey|Jun 21, 2024

    This time of year the Golden Gates of Summer swing wide open in the Davey house. School is out for our girls and me, with one question looming high above all else: Now what? For us, that answer is, and always has been, camping. We kick off our summers with a low-maintenance, activity-filled trip to the Hayward KOA. This isn’t your scout camp of yore. It’s easy. It’s fun. And if you need to check those imaginary boxes of what is and isn’t camping, you can always yell at each other while backing i... Full story

  • Jay Cooke swinging bridge is star of free Parks Day

    Jun 7, 2024

    During Great Outdoors Month, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering special programs and incentives to encourage Minnesotans to get outdoors. The DNR will host a Free Park Day on Saturday, June 8, which allows free entrance to all state parks and recreation areas in Minnesota. The DNR this week announced special programming Saturday and all summer at Jay Cooke State Park as it celebrates the 100th year since the creation of the swinging bridge over the St. Louis River there.... Full story

  • New trail celebrated

    Jun 7, 2024

    The Brule-St. Croix Chapter of the North Country Trail Association celebrated on June 1 the completion of the new State Line Trailhead and new segment southeast of Wrenshall off the Military Road. Speakers, a ribbon cutting, and guided hikes marked the occasion. U.S. Senator Tina Smith was there to help cut the ribbon, along with Carlton County land commissioner Mark Westphal, former land commissioner Greg Bernu, Superior Hiking Trail Association executive director Lisa Luokkala, and leaders... Full story

  • Anglers raise big money for causes

    Pine Knot News|Jun 7, 2024

    The Minnesota Fishing Challenge is one of the largest fundraisers supporting the work of Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge, helping people break free from the chains of addiction and restoring broken families. Top fundraisers Stu Nelson and Rich Brummer of Cloquet are passionate about restoring the lives of people who feel enslaved by drugs and alcohol, and brought in $102,000. In all, 14 of the teams raised at least $10,000. Anglers set another annual record by raising more than $611,000. The cu... Full story

  • Deer study planned

    Jun 7, 2024

    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is beginning a new three-year research project in northeastern Minnesota to gather additional data on deer populations. The DNR will place cameras on public and private lands to gather additional deer density data in deer permit areas in portions of Cass, Beltrami, Itasca, Hubbard and St. Louis counties. Traditional deer population modeling relies heavily on hunter harvest data. This project will provide additional data to increase confidence in making harvest decisions in the study area. The data... Full story

  • Mark National Trails Day at new trail

    May 31, 2024

    Celebrate the new State Line Trailhead grand opening event Saturday at 6 County Road 4 in Wrenshall. Light refreshments will be available at 9 a.m. and the program and ribbon cutting begins at 10 a.m. Hikes ranging from one to three miles in length will depart from the trailhead following the presentation. Those interested in the three-mile hike are asked to park at the Wild Valley Trailhead on Bandle Road in Wrenshall. Shuttles will be provided to the State Line Trailhead. The North Country National Scenic Trail stretches 4,800 miles across...

  • It's a pollinator party and plant sale combined

    Jenny Sherren|May 31, 2024

    Carlton SWCD hosts one of the largest native plant sales in the region, and this year is no exception, with over 300 orders already. We are so proud of all the people actively creating important native habitats. This year we are keeping the pollinator momentum going by combining the fifth annual native plant and seed pickup day with a new Pollinator Powerhouse event in June. It will be the grand finale of national pollinator month and will run in conjunction with our plant pickup from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 28 at the Carlton County...

  • Photo: MUCH TO MY SURPRISE ...

    May 31, 2024

    Photographer Kalin Kauppila shared this adorable owlet photo earlier this month. His family has a pair of Barred Owls that nest on their land in the Blackhoof area, using a nest box his father built over the past couple years. "This is the first time I was able to get a good shot of an owlet emerging from the box (new lens last year)," Kauppila wrote. "As I was leaving, the mom came back into the area and was giving some warning calls to me and/or the baby. To my surprise a second baby popped... Full story

  • Birding bonanza is a delight

    John Hatcher|May 24, 2024

    For birding enthusiasts, it's hard to beat May in northern Minnesota. There was a day last week that we'll remember for a long time. Often, we plan an extended trip to go explore and look for birds in May, but we're just too busy this year. So, instead, we stayed close to home. And it was amazing. We decided to see what would happen if we looked for different species of birds all within a 15-mile radius of the farm here near Barnum. We awoke at dawn to a slight drizzle, but put on our rain gear... Full story

  • Aurora awe

    May 17, 2024

    Aside from being a great show, the Northern Lights that lit up the world last weekend showed just how a simple change in geography can bring a totally different look to the aurora borealis. There were many of us out there, and we present an example here of just how varied the light was in different corners of just Carlton County. Late last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Center issued its first G4 level geomagnetic storm watch since 2005. Word spread... Full story

  • The opener

    May 10, 2024

    The Minnesota fishing openeris Saturday and local Department of Natural Resources Fisheries staff have provided some advice on having a fun and successful opening day of fishing. The web The DNR has a fishing page to help answer angler questions. The page links to LakeFinder, which provides maps, special regulation information for individual lakes, other detailed information on lakes throughout the state, and the StreamFinder tool that provides a description, species list, regulations and access information for trout streams throughout... Full story

  • Trout return to endangered county creeks

    May 10, 2024

    The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is reporting that trout are once again finding a home in two small coldwater streams in Carlton County after water quality conservation work in the Nemadji River watershed. Watershed studies completed by the MPCA during the past two decades have shown that Skunk and Elim creeks, which begin in the west in Blackhoof Township, were degraded by excess sediment, the result of historical logging and other human activities that altered stormwater runoff and...

  • PHOTO: Beauty sprung

    May 3, 2024

    Frequent photo contributor Will Stenberg, whose work is also part of the current Knot Gallery showing at the Pine Knot office, captured emerging crocus blooms in his yard north of Esko late last month.... Full story

  • PHOTO: splish-splash

    Will Stenberg|Apr 5, 2024

    Our regular bird photo contributor Will Stenberg caught this wee robin getting itself together after dipping into the bird bath in his yard north of Esko.... Full story

  • PHOTO: Splashy mergansers

    Mar 29, 2024

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