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 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    July 19, 2019 

PINE KNOT OUTDOORS: Change it up and find some fish

The freshly fried walleyes had barely hit the cake pan when they were scooped up by the masses gathered around our picnic table. A Baker fish fry was in full swing. In all, 25 friends and family...

 

DNR report

Scott Staples (Carlton) worked boating and off-highway vehicle activity this past holiday week. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, no license in possession, insufficient life jackets, operating dirt bikes on the road,...

 

Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Cloquet Forestry Area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around July 30 and continue through approximately September 10 on parcels located in the...

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    July 12, 2019

Pine Knot Outdoors: Waxworm trip leads to a tall tale

The week started with a real emergency around the Baker household. Phoenix, our resident gecko, was out of food. Normally, we would run to Duluth and pick him up some crickets or tasty mealworms. It...

 
 By Mike Creger    Outdoors    July 12, 2019

Talking turkey vultures

I have always had an eye on the old sheds sitting in the meadow at North Cloquet Road and Midway Road. They are so photogenic in different lights each day. So, with the camera in the car and tooling...

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    July 5, 2019

Pine Knot Outdoors: Food, fun, action lure kids to the water

Our anchor tethered us to the rocks below. The current ripped underneath our bow and poured out the backside of the Lund. I threaded half a crawler onto my orange jig and plopped it over the transom....

 

DNR report

This week’s report from the region’s Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers. Scott Staples (Carlton) assisted with an aquatic invasive species check station in the Duluth area where several violations were encountered. A...

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    June 28, 2019

Pine Knot Outdoors: As seasons turn, so does the bite

I half-walked, half-skipped to my truck. I had just polished off my second week of teaching summer school. Much like the fish I’ve been chasing, I’m transitioning to my summer pattern. In the...

 

Be friendly to helpful pollinators

Pollinators are key to Minnesota's environmental health. Without them, we wouldn't have some of our favorite foods. They are vital to a healthy environment. They're also beautiful and fascinating to...

 

DNR report

Scott Staples (Carlton) attended annual K-9 certification trials in Lino Lakes where K-9 Schody got certified for another year of patrol work. Complaints of nuisance beavers and bears were handled. People are reminded to remove food sources...

 

Fawn over these baby deer, but don't touch

Carlton photographer Alan Johnson found twin fawns born on his property in the Thomson area. Johnson said he saw the mother and one fawn earlier in the day, and tried to give them plenty of space....

 

Make way for the turtles

Turtles are crossing roads to nest this time of year, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding motorists to watch for them and, whenever possible, allow them to cross the road...

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    June 21, 2019

Outdoors: It's a road trip success story

Jamie and Hannah are long gone. Barcelona or maybe Madrid by now? David has been shipped off to Gunflint for some one-on-one time with Gramma and Grampa. It is mid-morning and the Baker crew still at...

 
 By Chris Gass    Outdoors    June 21, 2019

Green guy: Trees, in the end, are a real bargain

We’ve all heard the adage “Money doesn’t grow on trees” at some point, especially as children. Granted, we can point out that fruit, timber and other such goods are indeed abundant in our econ...

 

Scores of bike riders take to signature trail

A light mist began to fall at 11 a.m., just as riders began to roll their bicycles onto the Munger Trail from the Northern Pacific Junction shelter in Carlton. The occasion was the Carlton County Comm... Full story

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    June 14, 2019

The dump run

The summer after my sophomore year of high school I packed up and headed north. I would spend my summer break along the south shore of Gunflint lake as a “dock boy” for the Kerfoot family at... Full story

 

Cloquet duo raises big bucks for MN Adult & Teen Challenge

When you combine fishing, faith, and a passion to free those trapped in addictions, amazing things can happen. Leading up to this year’s Minnesota Fishing Challenge, anglers raised more than... Full story

 
 By Glen Sorenson    Outdoors    June 7, 2019

Every rock tells a story

Have you ever picked up a really interesting rock and wondered what it was and how it was made? Well, I have, and still do. Each rock tells a story about its creation: when it was made, how it was mad...

 
 By Dave Anderson    Outdoors    June 7, 2019

A normal weather pattern may be setting in for June

May's weather was full of cold mayhem around here this year. The snowstorm that brought close to a foot of snow to some towns on May 19th was the latest measurable snow in recorded history at least...

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    June 7, 2019

Here's how to get into the weeds and on to fish

Bass, pike, muskies, walleyes, crappies, bluegills, and perch all spend a good portion of the early summer period buried in the weeds. Arguably, more game fish congregate in emerging weed beds than...

 
 By Chris Gass    Outdoors    June 7, 2019

Trees have benefits beyond the aesthetic

If you're like me, late spring and early summer is a favorite time of the year. It's a treat to get outdoors, and I'm of the opinion that you don't need to travel beyond city limits for the...

 

Carving out a farm niche in the county

John Fisher-Merritt knew his purpose, and did not hesitate before answering. He had created a demand for, and built a community around quality, sustainably grown food. Then came the questions: Why wou...

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    May 31, 2019

Finding success while fishing in the dark

The sun had just dipped below the horizon when my rod doubled over. For the last half hour before sunset, we had battled several northern pike, but instinctively I knew this was our first walleye....

 

Wrenshall farm hosts state leader on agriculture

Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen visited the Food Farm just south of Wrenshall on May 24. Petersen spoke to a gathering of about 30 people, drawing attention to Food Farm’s participation in the MDA’s Minnesota Grown...

 
 By Chris Gass    Outdoors    May 24, 2019

Controlling runoff at home can be easy

Last week, I was able to attend a two-day workshop on stormwater practices geared towards teaching the best ways to inspect and maintain green stormwater infrastructure. No doubt, the workshop is...

 

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