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DNR stocks sturgeon in river

For the first time since 2000, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is stocking lake sturgeon in the St. Louis River. DNR fisheries stocked 375 fingerlings into the river Sept. 12 at Chambers Grove Park in Fond du Lac. Lake sturgeon are a... Full story


Free state park days

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is waiving vehicle permit fees at all 75 state parks and recreation areas on Nov. 24. With the support of the state legislature, the DNR offers Free Park Days to encourage Minnesotans to get outdoors and...


It's been quite the blueberry season

A cathedral of pines serves as entry to a path that winds over and through 32 acres of undulating land off Prevost Road, just north of Cloquet. A short walk is enough to slough off any travails of... Full story


It's berry pickin' time

It's strawberry picking time at Spectrum Farms (pictured) and Farm LoLa, which also has lots of honeyberries for the picking. Siberian honeyberries have the same faded blue color as blueberries but... Full story


Some close insect inspection

Will Stenberg continues to dazzle with his outdoors photographs, this time with a focus on insects. In June, he found monarch eggs on leaves in his own yard. "They are very tiny," he said. In July,... Full story

 By Brady Slater    Outdoors    June 23, 2023

In the woods, a quiet oasis

Visitors have said words can't really describe what it's like to camp at Allure of the Woods Rustic Retreat in Carlton, but they use the guestbook to try their best: "A cozy, peaceful getaway." "We... Full story


Two Cloquet men are top fishing fundraisers ... again!

The Fleet Farm Minnesota Fishing Challenge took place on Gull Lake on June 3, with many fish brought to the scales and many anglers raising funds to give hope to those trapped in addiction, through... Full story


PHOTO: Dinner is served

Mark Cline stopped by an osprey nest in Carlton just in time to witness a food delivery. He said the little ones aren't big enough to be seen over the edge of the nest yet. The nest is in the middle...

 By Mike Creger    Outdoors    May 19, 2023

Photo story: Gone Fishing

They were going to be out at Chub Lake south of Carlton Saturday no matter the weather. That's where the LeDoux family of Proctor starts the new fishing season each year, Aaron said as he sat in his... Full story

 By Dan Reed    Outdoors    May 12, 2023

Like state, county moves to curb deer disease

Upon the recommendation of the Carlton County Planning Commission, the Carlton County Board of Commissioners approved zoning changes to the county zoning ordinance Tuesday for cervid farms, kennels and cemeteries. Existing cervid farms (raising...


Fish diversity and habitat

All fish have value whether or not anglers typically pursue them. Native fish species benefit their ecosystems and the DNR is bringing more attention toward, and focus on, responsibly managing native fish species. Although not every kind of fish... Full story


Cold open; While it isn't exactly springlike out there, suddenly the fishing opener is upon us

Saturday marks another step in our slow-crawl spring this year: It's the fishing opener. While most lakes in the Carlton County area are open, don't expect them to be up north, especially in deep...


Stay dry and safe

Lake ice is gone – or on its way out – across much of the state, so the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds anyone around lakes, rivers and ponds that cold water is dangerous and unexpected falls can quickly turn tragic. About 30... Full story


Meet our Spring Fever issue

It’s over. The Pine Knot News has officially declared that winter is over. It’s time to move on. Should we be wrong, we will not print a correction. We’ll take our chances in court with Old Man... Full story

 By Mike Creger    Outdoors    May 5, 2023

Native plantings take over area yards

If you'd like to join a movement, helping the region become a pollinator-friendly one would be a good choice. That's because right here in Carlton County, you can find some of the best resources in... Full story


Warm weather brings plenty of outdoor opportunities

Whether you're looking for a way to while away an afternoon or plan an entire week's worth of activities - staycation style - there's plenty to do in Carlton County. Spring and summer are the perfect... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    Outdoors    May 5, 2023

Things are growing at The Green House

Tired of waiting for summer blooms? Step into The Green House in Carlton, and prepare for a visual feast that starts with the 5,000 hanging plants and spreads out in waist-high rows in nearly every... Full story


Bird watching: For the birds, just look up

For those who have been admiring Will Stenberg’s bird photos in the Pine Knot News lately but yearn to see some of the same birds in the wild, just grab your binoculars and look out your back... Full story

 By MN DNR    Outdoors    May 5, 2023

Mother's Day weekend fishing challenge

Moms who live in Minnesota are invited to join a free virtual fishing challenge May 13-14, during Take a Mom Fishing Weekend, when all Minnesota moms can fish without purchasing fishing licenses. The Minnesota State Legislature established Take a... Full story


PHOTOS: Heron Around

Will Stenberg continues his outdoors photo hunt this spring, capturing a blue heron chilling out on the St. Louis River earlier this month. With the flood situation settled down and no new snow in...


Ice fishing shelter exposed

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Tony Elwell recently reported an ice fishing shelter violation that resulted in citations. Elwell said a man left his shelter on the ice past the removal deadline last month and was...


Free state park days this summer

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is waiving vehicle permit fees at all 75 state parks and recreation areas on four dates in 2023: April 22, June 10, Sept. 9 and Nov. 24. With the support of the state legislature, the DNR offers free... Full story


Meteor showers will be bright

According to the Old Farmers Almanac, the Lyrids meteor showers reach their peak on the night of April 21. The moon will be only 9 percent full during the Lyrids’ peak, setting early. This means that if the sky is clear, it should be an excellent... Full story


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