Wildfire danger high in northwestern Minnesota

DNR urges people to use caution when operating farm equipment

Exceptionally dry conditions in the northwest part of the state have contributed to several small fires over the past week. To prevent a possible wildfire, the Department of Natural Resources urges extreme caution when using farm equipment right now.  Full Story


18 officers join state conservation officer ranks

Following 15 weeks of intensive training at Camp Ripley, 18 cadets have graduated from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Academy and are set to begin patrolling the state’s fields, waters and woods. The officers will spend the next several months working with experienced officers before assuming their assigned stations in December. Full Story


DNR invites public to attend deer open houses

Anyone interested in deer can talk with area wildlife managers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at meetings scheduled across the state meant to encourage discussions about deer and deer management, enhance local relationships and foster two-way communication.  Full Story


Ripe wild rice harvesting season opens in late August

Wild rice harvesting season occurs annually between Aug. 15 and Sept. 30 and wildlife managers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources say it’s shaping up to be a challenging harvest season. Full Story


Starry stonewort confirmed in Pleasant Lake in Wright County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the invasive algae starry stonewort in Pleasant Lake, near Annandale in Wright County. This is the second new confirmation of starry stonewort in Minnesota in 2018. There are now 13 lakes in Minnesota where starry stonewort has been confirmed. Full Story


St. Louis Park artist wins trout and salmon stamp contest

St. Louis Park artist Richard Goodkind has won the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources trout and salmon stamp contest with a painting of a brook trout. The painting was selected by judges from among nine submissions for the annual contest, and will be featured on the 2019 stamp. Full Story


Clay County Geologic Atlas-Part B is available

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has published the Clay County Geologic Atlas-Part B. Part B covers groundwater conditions and sensitivity to pollution. It expands on Part A, the geology atlas previously published by the Minnesota Geological Survey.  Full Story


DNR finalizes Lake Vermilion management plan

A plan that covers how fish populations will be managed in Lake Vermilion through 2022 has been finalized by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Public invited to comment on special fishing regulations

During a series of public meetings, anglers and others can give their opinions about fishing regulations that are in place or are newly proposed for 15 lakes and one trout stream, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Research project continues on nesting success factors for ring-necked pheasant

Southwest Minnesota study could help guide future grassland restoration projects

With the rain moving out of Redwood County, Lindsey Messinger and Greg Gehring hop out of the pickup truck and into the tall grass at the Lamberton Wildlife Management Area. Their mission: find nesting pheasant hens, document whether their eggs hatch successfully and relate that nest success back to the vegetation surrounding the nest. Full Story


DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2019 pheasant stamp

Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2019 Minnesota Pheasant Stamp from Monday, Sept. 3, to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.  Full Story


Reminder: Apply by Aug. 17 for Camp Ripley archery hunts

Hunters can apply through Friday, Aug. 17, for the regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. Apply online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense, by phone at 888-665-4236 or in person wherever Minnesota hunting and fishing licenses are sold.  Full Story


Floating bog creating problems? DNR permit is required to move one

Following heavy rains this past spring, more lakeshore property owners than usual were asking the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources about an unexpected visitor – floating bogs dislodged by the high water and coming to rest against docks, water outlets and boat landings. Full Story


Starry stonewort confirmed in Medicine Lake in Hennepin County

First starry stonewort confirmation in 2018

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the invasive algae starry stonewort in Medicine Lake, located within the city of Plymouth in Hennepin County. This is the first new confirmation of starry stonewort in Minnesota in 2018. There are now 12 lakes in Minnesota where starry stonewort has been confirmed.  Full Story


Groundwater sampling planned for Cass County Geologic Atlas, Part B

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will collect groundwater samples from about 90 wells in Cass County this summer for use in the Cass County Geologic Atlas, Part B.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Amelia Lake in Pope County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Amelia Lake in Pope County.  Full Story


Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Side Lake area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts in the Side Lake area. Applications will begin around August 15 on 70 acres in the George Washington and Sturgeon River State Forests. Full Story


New DWI law goes into effect Aug. 1

Little Alan’s Law provides consistent application of DWI law

A new law that goes into effect Aug. 1 means people convicted of driving while intoxicated – regardless of the vehicle they’re driving – will lose their driver’s license and be prohibited from operating motor vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles, motorboats and snowmobiles. The state Legislature passed the law following the death of 8-year-old Alan Geisenkoetter Jr., who died in January after being struck by a snowmobile driven by a man whose driver’s license was revoked after multiple DWI offenses.  Full Story


Deer hunters will have more opportunities this fall

Licenses available Aug. 1; deadline to apply for antlerless permits is Sept. 6 

Additional deer hunting opportunities will be available this fall because numbers continue to rebound across the state and now many areas have populations at or above goal levels, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Learn mountain-biking basics at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area

Anyone looking for summer adventure may want to explore the mountain bike trails at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area during one of the three I Can Mountain Bike! programs on Saturday, Aug. 11—from 9 to 11:30 a.m., from noon to 2:30 p.m. or from 3 to 5:30 p.m.  Full Story


Applications open Aug. 1 for $11 million in Legacy grants

Groups that want to restore, protect or enhance public land or land permanently protected by conservation easements can apply for Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) grants that help pay for work on Minnesota prairies, forests, wetlands or other habitat for fish and wildlife.  Full Story


DNR invites public input on proposed forest trails in St. Louis County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites anyone with an interest in recreational trail systems and motorized recreation in the Kabetogama and Sturgeon River state forests in St. Louis County to attend a public meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 26 in Cook.  Full Story


DNR’s first statewide deer plan aims to increase transparency, build relationships

A new statewide deer plan released today by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sets new goals and priorities, increases formal opportunities for citizens to influence deer decisions, and aims for a disease-free deer population.  Full Story


Artists can submit designs for waterfowl stamp

Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2019 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp contest from Monday, Aug. 20, through 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31.  Full Story


Zebra mussel confirmed in East Loon Lake in Otter Tail County

Lake is connected to two others with zebra mussels

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of a zebra mussel in East Loon Lake in Otter Tail County. East Loon Lake is between and connected to East Spirit Lake and Sybil Lake, both of which were confirmed as having zebra mussels in 2016.  Full Story


DNR open house highlights Lake Vermilion northern pike regulation

Anglers can play a role in a proposed fishing regulation change for northern pike on Lake Vermilion that would simplify northern pike regulations by bringing them in line with the new statewide zone regulation starting in May 2019.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Bay Lake, Crow Wing County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Bay Lake, near Deerwood in Crow Wing County. Full Story


Outdoor skills workshop for women scheduled for Sept. 14-16

Women can hike to spectacular views of autumn colors and Lake Superior on the horizon during a three-day fall workshop that teaches a variety of outdoor skills through the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Lake of the Woods fisheries management plan open house July 24

A draft five-year plan that guides fisheries management activities for Lake of the Woods will be discussed at a public open house on Tuesday, July 24. The open house will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lake of the Woods Ambulance garage, 111 First St. SW in Baudette.  Full Story


Youth can hunt deer with adult mentors during special hunts

Youth can apply to hunt deer in select state parks and other refuge areas during 17 special deer hunts in October and November, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Reminder: Minnesota Twins and DNR offer free hats

Anyone with a 2018 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo cap thanks to a special ticket offer online at mndnr.gov/twins.   Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Jewett Lake in Otter Tail County, Floyd Lake in Becker County

Zebra mussels have been confirmed in Jewett Lake in Otter Tail County and Floyd Lake in adjacent Becker County, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Applications open for prairie chicken hunt lottery

Hunters can apply through Friday, Aug. 17, to be chosen for one of 125 permits for the 2018 Minnesota prairie chicken hunting season, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Ruffed grouse counts down, sharp-tailed grouse down too

Minnesota’s ruffed grouse spring drumming counts were down 29 percent statewide this year compared to last year, according to a survey conducted by the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Boaters and anglers must take steps to prevent aquatic invasive species spread

The upcoming Independence Day holiday brings busier lake accesses, and people will be hurrying to family gatherings and celebrations. It is important for all lake and river users to take a few minutes to clean, drain, dispose—every time.  Full Story


DNR names 2017 ATV safety instructor of the year

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has named Gale Bradford, of Wright in Carlton County, as its 2017 ATV safety instructor of the year. Bradford, who is the lead ATV safety coordinator for the Evergreen PAC ATV club, has been involved with the club for 11 years and been an ATV safety instructor for more than seven.  Full Story


Brad Parsons named state fisheries chief

Brad Parsons, a 31-year fisheries veteran and current central region fisheries manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, has been selected as the new fisheries chief for the DNR. His new duties begin Wednesday, July 25.  Full Story


DNR upgrades outdoor recreation maps for mobile devices

Navigating Minnesota’s woods and waters with a mobile device is now easier than ever with new digital maps available from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Breeding duck and Canada goose numbers improved from last year

Population counts showed good results for several species of ducks that nest in Minnesota, according to the results of the annual Department of Natural Resources spring waterfowl surveys.  Full Story


Wildlife Drive opening at Roseau River Wildlife Management Area

The 27-mile Wildlife Drive through the Roseau River Wildlife Management Area, located 20 miles northwest of Roseau, will be open to vehicular travel Saturday, July 14, through Sunday, July 22, and weekends thereafter through Sunday, Aug. 12. The drive traverses wetland, woodland, brushland and farmland habitats, providing visitors ample opportunity to view wildlife. Full Story


Bears and birdfeeders – a recipe for conflict

Many homeowners enjoy feeding birds but in bear country the practice often comes with unintended consequences, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


DNR seeks artwork for Minnesota Trout and Salmon Stamp 

Artists can submit entries for the contest that decides what artwork will be featured on the 2019 Minnesota Trout and Salmon Stamp, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Entries will be accepted from Monday, July 16, to 4 p.m. Friday, July 27. Full Story


Apply by Aug. 17 for Camp Ripley archery hunts

Hunters can apply starting Sunday, July 1, for the regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 17.  Full Story


Simple steps to increase ATV safety

With the all-terrain vehicle riding season in Minnesota in full swing – and the number of registered all-terrain vehicles continuing to rise – DNR conservation officers and safety officials remind people to be aware of the regulations and safety training opportunities before they head for the trails or allow youngsters to ride.  Full Story


‘Operation Dry Water’ means enhanced BWI enforcement 

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers and hundreds of other public safety officers will ramp up patrols for intoxicated boaters this weekend, June 29 to July 1.  Full Story