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Reminder about deer feeding and attractant bans

The DNR is reminding Minnesotans that deer feeding and attractant bans are in place across the state to prevent concentrations of wild deer in areas with a higher risk for disease, including all of Carlton County. These bans are precautionary steps...


Lunar landscape

Jay Cooke State Park is Dan Malkovich's favorite spot for outdoor landscape photography. "We are lucky to live near such a beautiful location," he said. On Jan. 5, the moon was 99-percent full,... Full story


Caution urged on busy snowmobile trails, lakes

A winter season with plenty of snow has made for excellent snowmobiling conditions throughout the state, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources made efforts last week to remind eager riders to make safety a priority. The increase in...


A gross of grosbeaks in the bog

Photographer Will Stenberg was looking for boreal chickadees last Friday, Jan. 13, when he went into the Sax-Zim Bog north of Meadowlands. Instead, he was greeted by a relatively rare riot of evening...


PHOTOS: A mantle of white across the county

A bit of a January thaw that included rain earlier this week helped take the snow burden off area trees. The sloppy storm of late last year and subsequent snow squalls kept their mark on the Carlton... Full story


DNR updates wolf plan

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has finalized an updated wolf management plan that incorporates the diverse views of Minnesotans and will guide the state’s approach to wolf conservation for the next 10 years. “We’re proud we broug...


Moose get help for habitat

A new federal grant award will fund collaborative planning by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to further large-scale moose habitat restoration in northeast Minnesota. The award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, through... Full story


'Clear, quality ice' on lakes

Quality ice was being observed throughout most lakes around Cloquet, said the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in its weekly conservation officer’s report. Conservation officer Tony Elwell reported “clear, quality ice was observed on... Full story


Ski jumping clinic coming

The Cloquet Nordic Ski Club will conduct a ski-jumping clinic and competition Dec. 29-30 at Pine Valley recreation area. The clinic will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 29 across two sessions. Coaching will be available on the 10-, 20- and... Full story


Jay Cooke superintendent plaque needs a due fix

We were doing a little research on historical markers in Carlton County, and plan to offer some background on them, when we came upon a mystery in our beloved Jay Cooke State Park. Near the picnic are... Full story


Rodd's ramblings: Outdoors gets local boost on YouTube

For many families across the state, deer hunting is a tradition that goes back generations. Whether it is the same stretch of land they hunt each year, a shack that has been around for decades, or... Full story


Talk with kids about ice safety

A pre-Thanksgiving cold snap means some lakes and ponds across Minnesota are beginning to freeze. However, the ice isn’t yet safe to walk on and the water underneath is dangerously cold. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminded... Full story


Jay Cooke site of special hunt

Jay Cooke State Park is among a select group of Northland state parks that will have limited public access during special hunts. The Jay Cooke hunt is Dec. 3-7, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said in a news release this week.... Full story


DNR: Deer count looks promising

More than 400,000 deer hunters are preparing for the firearms deer season opening Saturday, Nov. 5. The season offers opportunities to spend time outdoors with friends and family, find adventure, and put venison in the freezer. The Minnesota... Full story


PHOTO STORY: Fall Finery

It has been a spectacular autumn in northern Minnesota, filled with bright yellows, oranges and reds, often made even more spectacular by neighboring evergreen trees. Whether it is 70 degrees and... Full story


St. Louis County bans new deer, elk farms

The St. Louis County board voted to prohibit new cervid farms in the county in an effort to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease, effective immediately. The unanimous vote updated the county’s zoning ordinance to allow existing cervid...


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. The Oct. 6 map put most of Carlton... Full story


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...


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