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 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


Warm-up adds to delightful day of tournament fishing

Not everyone was catching fish during Saturday's Kingdom Builders Ministries Fishing Derby, but with blue skies, sunshine and temperatures above 20 degrees at last, who cared? Not Cloquet's Steve Haml... Full story


Fishing contest Saturday at Chub

Kingdom Builders Ministries will hold its fifth annual ice fishing derby 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 on Chub Lake. Tickets will be sold on the ice, at $25 for adults, $10 for kids age12 and under. There will be $3,000 worth in prizes; from...


Snow pants

Oh no, did someone get stuck upside down in a snowbank or is that a pair of frozen pants in the yard? At least one Cloquet home had fun with the recent cold snap, freezing a pair of jeans — and... Full story


Birdwatching: Great grays seeking Great Grays

With indoor venues closed for several months, my outdoor companion, Keith, and I have ramped up our birdwatching adventures. We have noticed an increase in birders as others flock to the northeast... Full story


On The Mark: It's best to just embrace deep winter head on

We're in a deep freeze. It's beautiful: a bit windy, but gloriously sunny with ample snow. Yet not snowbound. This stretch is a skier, skater and morning walker's heaven. Walking this Tuesday morning...


Deer comments wanted by DNR

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is again establishing deer population goals in several deer permit areas north and west of Cloquet and Duluth (181, 199, 132, 178, and farther north). Beginning next week it will welcome public input on... Full story


Get on the beaten snowshoe path

Minnesotans know of many ways to enjoy the snow. They eat it, throw it, build with it, slide on it and jump into it. A favorite way that my outdoor companion Keith and I enjoy the frozen precipitation... Full story


'Uncommon' moose roams area

It appears there's a male moose loose in the city of Cloquet, or rather the woods surrounding it. Earlier this month, a handful of residents spotted the large antlered animal not far from Armory Road... Full story


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