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Great outdoors remains open

Minnesota’s state parks and trails remain open to the public, but the Department of Natural Resources is making changes to adapt to the challenges of the public health emergency. Getting outdoors is one of the activities being encouraged as social...

 

Minnesota state parks, forests remain open

DNR COVID-19 response: What you need to know In accordance with guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health, we have adjusted our services, events and operations to protect Minnesotans and... Full story

 

Outdoor Expo in Moose Lake on for Saturday

The sixth annual Outdoor Expo, a free community event celebrating everything outdoors, will take place this weekend. Doors open at 3 p.m. at the Moose Lake Covenant Church, 700 Fifth Street, Moose... Full story

 

Snow Scouts: Troops take on rigors of winter outdoor skills event

Doing the work of sled dogs didn't seem to bother the members of Cloquet Scout Troop 171, or the other 20 or so teams of scouts at the Cloquet Forestry Center Saturday. They joyfully jogged around on... Full story

 

Pine Knot outdoors: With winter waning, finding solace in the spear shack

The bitter northeast wind relentlessly reshaped the landscape, shifting and sculpting dunes of snow across the expanse of the lake. I pulled hard against the heavy door separating me and my warmth...

 

Korby's Connections: Pollinator seminar had a buzz

Married for 38 years, it was a bit of a surprise when my spouse told me that I should go and learn more about the birds and the bees - bees in particular. So, I attended the Northeast Minnesota Bee...

 

Deer feeding ban includes Carlton

To help prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is adjusting bans on the feeding of deer in certain parts of the state. Early this week, Carlton County was added to the DNR’s list of counties...

 

As ice shacks go, so should litter

Cigarette butts. Propane canisters. Cans, bags and bottles – some full of human waste. Blocking materials. Fish carcasses. Those are some of the items that make up the long list of litter...

 

Winter is looking up

A look up at the Cloquet Forestry Center last weekend offers quite the pastiche with the pine trees there. This weekend will be a perfect time to get outdoors with a winter thaw expected as...

 

Out in It: Castle Siege

I shouldered my way through the early morning crowd at Hi-Banks Resort on Fish Lake. A patron glanced my way, unimpressed, through a forest of celery sticks jutting from his Bloody Mary breakfast. I...

 

Pine Knot Outdoors: Let's hope Band will give young hunters a permit break

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has decided to charge an annual fee to access thousands of acres of reservation land for non-band members. It’s $25 a month or an annual fee of $100....

 

What does the fox know?

Intrepid wildlife photographer Mike Farmer shared this photo of a fox peeking over a snowbank. While many other animals hunker down in cold weather, foxes keep moving day and night, looking for food...

 

Pine Knot Outdoors: For any endeavor, never stop learning

When most kids my age were playing Nintendo or watching “The Goonies” on VHS, I was nose-deep in a Stephen King novel. My mom developed my love of reading, even if “Misery” or “Pet...

 

Outdoors: He bombed the pond and then ditched the skis

Based on what I’ve been able to read in other newspapers, I’m not your typical outdoors columnist. For one, if I were listing jobs I currently occupy, writing for the Pine Knot News would be third or fourth down the list. Also, when I get time... Full story

 

School archery money available

Schools and nonprofit organizations interested in introducing students to archery can apply for a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources program that pays for some of the cost of archery equipment. Through the program, teachers can also receive...

 

Ice houses require a license

Minnesota fishing regulations recognize two types of shelters: portable and nonportable. A portable shelter is one that collapses, folds or is disassembled for transportation. Portable shelters need only licenses and identification when left...

 

Grants help kids learn from outdoors

Public entities and nonprofit organizations have until 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, to apply for funding from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in the second phase of the No Child Left Inside grant program, which supports getting more...

 

Pine Knot Outdoors: Mirage

When I slow down, staring out the window late at night, it eats at me. It pulls at me. It bothers me, but I try to ignore it. Thirty years I’ve hunted whitetails. Not this year. It began in...

 

Wetlands are hidden gems in our landscapes

Swamp. It's a word that can conjure negative thoughts and feelings. A place filled with dirty, dank, dark water. An area that is almost impassible and can literally suck your shoes right off. That... Full story

 

Pine Knot Outdoors: A clearcut rendezvous gone by the wayside

A couple of nagging health issues have kept me out of the whitetail woods and off the newly formed ice. I have to rely on the stories of others or think back to hunts of the past to keep me sane, know...

 

DNR briefing

News from the Minnesota Department of Natural Recources Jay Cooke getting in winter shape with deep snow Staff at Jay Cooke State Park east of Carlton have been busy after the recent snowfalls. They’ve been able to open up the office, River Inn,...

 

WHO cooks for you?

Pine Knot News friend Mike Farmer shared his photo of a barred owl in rural St. Louis County. Farmer said the owls sound like they’re saying “Who cooks for you?” Personally, he said, he thinks... Full story

 

Korby's Connections: A big buck tale from another era

Well, deer rifle season has come to a close in Minnesota. For some hunters, it is the conclusion of their most cherished time of the year. Each November, these sharpshooters reminisce about numerous...

 

Photos from readers: Storm leaves behind beauty and fun

Readers sent in photos from the storm and its aftermath, but we ran out of room in the paper. So we are sharing them with you here.... Full story

 

Rodd's Ramblings: Deer hunt is about more than venison

Another Minnesota firearms deer season has come and gone, and while some hunters enjoyed a bountiful harvest, others, like me, left 2019 in the rearview without adding any venison to their freezers....

 

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