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Talk about deer at open house Thursday

Ever wonder how the DNR sets deer hunting regulations? Or how you can provide input on deer management in your area? Local wildlife managers across the state are inviting the public to come to open house meetings to ask their deer questions and...

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    March 22, 2019 

Adding to the angling toolbox

The last couple of weeks I’ve detailed techniques that shape the way I approach most days on the water. Power-corking and lead-core trolling are fantastic tools that I’ve added to my arsenal ...

 

Why the DNR does not recommend feeding deer

As Minnesotans are still digging out from what was the snowiest February on record throughout much of the state, deer enthusiasts may grow concerned about the condition of the white-tailed deer herd and wonder if supplemental feeding is needed to...

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    March 15, 2019

Get the lead out

Last week I detailed the “nuts and bolts” of power-corking. Power-corking shines when fish are concentrated on a specific structure. When fish are randomly spread out across the expanse, it’s ti...

 

City Ski Meet a fun-for-all event

The timing couldn't have been better. The conditions were perfect this year for the annual Cloquet City Ski Meet, an event featuring both ski jumping and Nordic ski races at Pine Valley. The sun was...

 

Spring rain, snow melt may cause localized flooding, road closures

Spring rain, melting snow and culverts plugged with ice can cause water to back up onto highways. The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds motorists to be watchful for flooded areas, as water can rise quickly. MnDOT crews have already been...

 

Snoftball, anyone?

Six different teams from Carlton County and as far afield as Grand Rapids and Superior took to the softball diamond Saturday for a tournament in the snow. They call it "snoftball" and it was a ball,...

 
 By Chris Gass    Outdoors    March 8, 2019

The ripple effect of salt in our water

Last week, I touched on the growing problem of chloride (salt) pollution in our waterways, and steps that we can all take to help slow the increase of this substance. This time, we are going to dive...

 

Fish house removal deadline looms

The deadline to remove fish house from inland lakes is inching closer. For structures on lakes in the northern third of the state, the deadline is the end of the day Monday, March 18. The deadline was March 4 for the southern two-thirds of the...

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    March 8, 2019

Fish fish, not memories

It’s an easy trap to fall into: fishing the same body of water, same time of year, same location, same tactic, year in and year out. Admittedly, the draw of familiarity is a strong one. I could...

 

Four hardy souls finish Frozen Forester triathlon

They were a small but hardy crew who competed in Saturday's Frozen Forester triathlon or 5K race at Pine Valley. Organizer and forester Tim Krohn said the triathlon had six entrants and four finishers...

 

Snow conditions are great on Minnesota's trails

Better late than never. Minnesota’s record month of February snow is a boon to winter sports enthusiasts. With more than 18 inches of snow covering two-thirds of the state, there’s still time for people to register their snowmobile and ride the s...

 

DNR certifies huge lake sturgeon as new catch-and-release state record

Minnesota has a new state record lake sturgeon so large that anglers had to drill five holes to fit the 6 1/2 foot long fish through the St. Croix River ice. The Minnesota Department of Natural...

 

SWCD introduces new faces and new initiatives

Wise woman, cultural anthropologist and author Margaret Mead once said: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world." This describes what the Carlton County...

 
 By Chris Gass    Outdoors    March 1, 2019

Mother Earth needs a low-salt diet, too

Low-salt diets are a common recommendation for many adults these days. Doctors have individuals adjust the consumption of foods and seasonings to limit their intake of sodium and in turn have...

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    March 1, 2019

In like a lion

The regulations, they are a-changin' .... Starting March 1, on the Rainy River and Fourmile Bay of Lake of the Woods, a catch-and-release season will be in effect until April 14. This will discourage...

 

Snowmobile riders: Enjoy great conditions, leave booze at home

Conditions for snowmobile riding in many parts of the state are as good as they’ve been in a long time, prompting what Department of Natural Resources conservation officers call the biggest number of riders in years to hit the state’s 22,000...

 

The cold will continue in March

The wind chill factor was developed by a fellow named Paul Siple in the late 1930s while he was on a research assignment in Antarctica for the U.S government. We knew we’d be getting into World War...

 

Ice fishing winner has a story to tell

Dan Gorski won the KBM ice fishing tournament Saturday, with the biggest fish and the biggest fish tale. It's a whopper. The story, not the fish, which weighed in at 2.09 pounds. Allegedly, Gorski...

 

Reflections from shore

As I drive up London Road I have one goal in mind: to see for myself the villages of fishermen that have ventured gingerly out onto Lake Superior’s rare ice. My social media feed has been taken...

 

The physics of ski jumping

Hello again, we are in a winter wonderland, and I love it. As long as it is winter it might as well snow a little bit. I was going to continue my discussion on peat bogs this week, but my peat guy in...

 

Frozen Forester triathlon offers bonus for flannel

JHardy northern folk are encouraged to participate in the Frozen Forester Winter Triathlon on Saturday, March 2 at Pine Valley Recreation Area in Cloquet. What is a winter triathlon? In this case, it...

 

The Great Outdoors, indoors

I'm not sure Shamrock Productions could have timed it better. The Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel & RV Show rolls into Duluth Entertainment Convention Center February 13-17. This past weekend I was ex...

 

Kiwanis Club "Last Chance" ice fishing contest next weekend

The Cloquet Area Golden K Kiwanis Club will host the 2019 annual Kiwanis Last Chance ice fishing contest Saturday, Feb. 23. The contest was originated and hosted by the Kiwanis of Cloquet Noon Club. Since its inception 17 years ago, the contest has...

 

Yep, there's been a lot of snow this month

"Extreme" would be the proper term for the 2019 side of winter so far. More than 20 inches of snow in the first two weeks of February came on the heels of a polar plunge of minus-20s temperatures at...

 

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