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 By John Hatcher    Outdoors    May 24, 2024 

Birding bonanza is a delight

For birding enthusiasts, it's hard to beat May in northern Minnesota. There was a day last week that we'll remember for a long time. Often, we plan an extended trip to go explore and look for birds... Full story

 

Aurora awe

Aside from being a great show, the Northern Lights that lit up the world last weekend showed just how a simple change in geography can bring a totally different look to the aurora borealis. There... Full story

 

The opener

The Minnesota fishing openeris Saturday and local Department of Natural Resources Fisheries staff have provided some advice on having a fun and successful opening day of fishing. The web The DNR has a fishing page to help answer angler questions.... Full story

 

Trout return to endangered county creeks

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is reporting that trout are once again finding a home in two small coldwater streams in Carlton County after water quality conservation work in the Nemadji...

 

PHOTO: Beauty sprung

Frequent photo contributor Will Stenberg, whose work is also part of the current Knot Gallery showing at the Pine Knot office, captured emerging crocus blooms in his yard north of Esko late last... Full story

 

PHOTO: splish-splash

Our regular bird photo contributor Will Stenberg caught this wee robin getting itself together after dipping into the bird bath in his yard north of Esko.... Full story

 

Biggest snow dump of winter expected

A quick clipper was expected to bring snow to Carlton County late Thursday and into Friday, with a few inches expected. Despite it being meteorological spring, winter doesn’t seem to be quite done with the region despite some record warmth and a dear... Full story

 
 By Steve Korby    Outdoors    March 8, 2024

Golf course enjoys a very early opening

Unprecedented. That was the keyword from Big Lake Golf Resort co-owner Bill Jaskari, regarding the opening of the golf course on Friday, March 1. It was 11 a.m., about 50 degrees, and a few curious...

 

Band and DNR share news on deer, moose

It was nothing but good news coming from the Fond du Lac Resource Management Division last week, as the Band announced a stable moose population, as well as favorable results in a sampling of the...

 

Deer hunting success down slightly

Hunters in Minnesota harvested 158,678 deer during the 2023 hunting season, a lower total harvest than in recent years, down 8 percent compared to the 2022 season and 14 percent less than the five-year average. The greatest decreases were in the... Full story

 

PHOTOS: You otter see these guys

Local photographer Will Stenberg was scouting for birds along the St. Louis River in Jay Cooke State Park last weekend and eventually stumbled upon a surprise at Chambers Grove near Minnesota Highway... Full story

 

PHOTO: Man vs Nature

Photographer Will Stenberg was out at Jay Cooke State park last week and noticed what has become the way of our current winter. At Mont du Lac Resort there was a definite demarcation between the... Full story

 

PHOTO: No shovel needed

A week ago, the Pine Knot used a photo to highlight the earliest teardown of the Pinehurst Park ice rink on Feb. 13. Later the same week, we found a group of youngsters playing basketball in the park... Full story

 

SWCD update: Class helps grow gardens

Would you like to beautify your yard with showstopping flower blooms and grasses while protecting our lakes and streams, and attracting songbirds, hummingbirds and beneficial pollinators like bees... Full story

 

Photo package: Splashy guests

Photographer Will Stenberg was visited by Bohemian waxwings at his home in rural Saginaw this week. "They spent time bathing as well as eating flowering crabapples," he said. The Bohemian waxwing is... Full story

 

Try these tips for shed hunting for antlers

While deer hunting in Minnesota has come to a close, searching for dropped antlers, called shed hunting, can be an extremely fun way to keep yourself outdoors. White-tailed deer begin to shed their antlers in winter, typically January through... Full story

 

Ice is nice, but can it last?

Under the watchful eye of Scanlon employees Dave Line and Matt Baquette, Barnum's Pete Began gets warmed up during his first skate of the year Monday afternoon. Began, who once lived in Cloquet, made... Full story

 

County trails get 'huge win' for public access

The Carlton County land department took to social media last week to celebrate expansion of its trail network and partnerships with local “hook and bullet” clubs that proved invaluable to making it... Full story

 

Those seeking weather normalcy will have to wait

It was a December like no other in Carlton County, not even the strange one in 1877-78 that augured a remarkable winter into the spring. In short, history was made as the region and the state had its... Full story

 

Hunters rally against wolves in Carlton

Roughly 300 hunters sat rapt Wednesday at Four Seasons Sports Complex in Carlton to hear a new grassroots group's plan to pressure the state to act against federal protection of the gray wolf. The gro...

 

Photo: A show of lights

December was ushered in by the northern lights, pictured north of Cloquet on Keith Miernicki's Christmas tree farm at about 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Photographer Dan Malkovich said the half-moon had... Full story

 

Deer hunt is definitely hit and miss

Wolves and winters. Those are the theories being tossed around related to a Minnesota firearms deer season that data show, and most hunters say, lacked the robust deer populations of yesteryear. "I've... Full story

 

Emerald ash borer threatens northern Minnesota

With close to a billion ash trees in the state, the non-native emerald ash borer (EAB) insect threatens trees across Minnesota, but especially the northern part of the state. A wood borer that feeds in the phloem and disrupts the movement of... Full story

 

These birds are here to stay

Will Stenberg captured a chickadee, above, and red-breasted nuthatch this month in Blackhoof Township. They are two species that stick through Minnesota winters. They can provide some entertainment... Full story

 

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