DNR adds stand-up paddleboarding to its ‘I Can!’ programs

One of the latest trends in paddle sports is coming to Minnesota state parks this summer. People can sign-up for one of the new stand-up paddleboarding programs offered as part of the “I Can!” series of outdoor skill-building opportunities for beginners.  Full Story

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2014 Arbor Month Celebration encourages nature play

A decline in nature play has prompted the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to put this year’s Arbor Month (May) focus on encouraging kids to climb trees and play with nature in their back yards and within the community.  Full Story

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Wildfire Prevention Week raises awareness of outdoor fire hazards

Gov. Mark Dayton has declared April 20–26 as Wildfire Prevention Week in Minnesota to increase awareness of outdoor wildfire hazards. Full Story

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Slow no-wake boating restriction in effect on St. Croix River

Water levels on the St. Croix River have risen to the point where any early boaters venturing onto it will be required to slow down to minimize shoreline damages. Full Story

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DNR to hold public hearing on Eagle Lake designation and management

A public hearing on a proposal to formally designate Eagle Lake in McLeod County for wildlife management will be hosted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources near Brownton on April 23. Full Story

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Minnesota fishing facts

The following information about fishing can be used in stories in preparation for the fishing opener on Saturday, May 10. Full Story

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DNR accepting comments on hunting rules

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting comments through 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 12, on a proposal to make permanent a number of temporary hunting rules that have been in place for at least one hunting season. Full Story

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With a license, teens can hunt toms for entire turkey season

This year for the first time, youth age 17 and younger can hunt the entire Minnesota spring turkey season or until they harvest a turkey and they can choose any location open to turkey hunting, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. Full Story

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Wet, snowy conditions will require temporary road and trail closures

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will need to close many roads and trails temporarily in state forests, state parks, recreation areas and wildlife management areas, due to wet, snowy conditions. Full Story

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Cook County fishing closures will protect spawning fish

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wishes to inform anglers that there will be several fishing closures in Cook County during the beginning of the 2014 fishing season to protect concentrations of spawning walleye. Closures on Minnesota-Ontario waters are made in cooperation with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and affect both sides of the border. Full Story

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Burning restrictions to take effect Monday in central Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will place burning restrictions over the central part of the state beginning April 14 because fire danger is expected to rapidly increase as winds pick up and snow continues to melt. Full Story

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Remember to obtain permits for open burning

Residents are reminded that permits are required for open burning and those permits have limitations, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Public invited to Waterville area DNR fisheries open house April 19

The public is invited to attend an open house at the Waterville area fisheries office of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Saturday, April 19, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Full Story

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Luce Line State Trail closed to horses April 8 – May 15

The horse trail along the Luce Line State Trail, from Vicksburg Lane in Plymouth to the city of Winsted, will be closed from April 8 to May 15. The closure is intended to prevent damage to the treadway with wet conditions and frost coming out of the ground. Full Story

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DNR announces Littlefork area seasonal road and trail closures

As warm weather approaches, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has temporarily closed many of its roads and motorized trails on state forest land. Full Story

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DNR adds 2 miles metro trout fishing opportunities along Vermillion

Metro anglers who want to stick close to home for the April 12 stream trout
opener will have nearly two additional miles of shoreline to explore as a
result of acquisitions made by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Dakota County. Full Story

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DNR announces Aitkin area seasonal road and trail closures

As warm weather approaches, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has temporarily closed many of its roads and motorized trails on state forest land. Full Story

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Comments sought on southeastern Minnesota deer population goals

Comments on southeastern Minnesota deer population goals recommended by a citizen advisory team will be accepted Tuesday, April 8, through Sunday, April 20, on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website. Full Story

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Long winter prompts temporary beaver season extension

Due to prolonged ice cover, the beaver trapping season in the northern third of Minnesota will be extended through Thursday, May 15. Full Story

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Bear hunt applications available; deadline is Friday, May 2

Applications for Minnesota bear hunting licenses are being accepted now through Friday, May 2, at any Minnesota Department of Natural Resources license agent, online or by telephone at 888-665-4236. Full Story

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DNR encourages homeowners to complete necessary open burning

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages homeowners to complete necessary open burning now, as restrictions will take effect shortly after snowmelt occurs.  Full Story

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Minnesota state parks offer first-time camping experiences for families

People who have never pitched a tent or cooked over a fire—or who have forgotten how—can practice these and other outdoor skills when they sign up for one of the 24 “I Can Camp!” programs offered this summer at state parks and recreation areas. Full Story

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Golf course opens April 14 at Fort Ridgely State Park

Golfers can enjoy natural scenery, local history and a challenging game as the golf course open for the season, April 14, at Fort Ridgely State Park, south of Fairfax, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Public invited to hearing on Rice County Scientific and Natural Areas on April 10

A public hearing will be conducted by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to receive public comments about archery hunting and allowing other additional recreational activities at the Cannon River Trout Lily, Townsend Woods, and Whitney Island Scientific and Natural Areas. Full Story

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Trout fishing on Paul’s Creek begins April 12

Rainbow trout fishing will once again return to Paul’s Creek, near St. Peter, as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources begins stocking operations for the April 12 stream trout opener. Full Story

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DNR proposes reintroducing bison to Minneopa State Park

Open house set for April 22 at Blue Earth County Public Library, Mankato

The Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division is proposing to reintroduce bison to Minneopa State Park, near Mankato, and is seeking public comments on a draft management plan amendment for the park. Full Story

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Pelicans on annual spring migration to Minnesota

Flocks of giant white birds are catching the eyes of outdoor enthusiasts across Minnesota, as once-rare American white pelicans migrate north to their nesting grounds across the state, the Department of Natural Resources said.  Full Story

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Become an aquatic invasive species volunteer April 8 in Spicer

Citizens interested in educating the public about aquatic invasive species can receive volunteer training from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on April 8 in Spicer. Full Story

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Vorland selected as DNR area wildlife supervisor

Jeanine Vorland, a veteran wildlife manager, has been selected as the area wildlife supervisor for six counties in south-central Minnesota by the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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DNR report: Aquatic invasive species violation rate drops; still 1 in 5 boaters breaking the law

With another boating season just around the corner, Minnesota boaters and anglers need to continue to take steps to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). While the rate of AIS violations dropped in 2013, one in five boaters is still breaking the law, according to a newly published annual report from the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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DNR promotes conservation officer

Lt. Shane Kirlin, a conservation officer with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, has been promoted to the rank of captain and is now training and recruitment manager for the agency’s Enforcement Division. Full Story

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DNR invites comments on Dixon Lake vegetation management plan

Persons interested in reviewing and commenting on the Dixon Lake vegetation management plan have until April 11, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said. Dixon Lake (DOW#: 310921) is located in northwest Itasca County. Full Story

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DNR to conduct public hearing on Kettle River Scientific and Natural Area

A public hearing will be conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to receive public comments about Kettle River Scientific and Natural Area (SNA). The hearing will be held April 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m., or until all testimony is taken in, the Hinckley Community Room (in the same building as the Fire Dept, Public Library and City Hall Offices) located at 106 1st Street SE, Hinckley, MN. Full Story

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Mille Lacs walleye regulation to stay the same

DNR extends night ban; increases smallmouth bass, pike opportunities

As part of a plan to increase angling opportunity, improve walleye numbers and stay within the state’s 1837 Treaty safe harvest allocation, the Department of Natural Resources will modify fishing regulations at Mille Lacs Lake for the 2014 season. Full Story

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DNR to conduct public hearing on Compass Prairie Scientific and Natural Area, April 1

A public hearing will be conducted by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to receive public comments about hunting, trapping, and dogs under control at the Compass Prairie Scientific and Natural Area (SNA). Full Story

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Bald eagles on spring migration back to Minnesota

Bald eagles are migrating back to Minnesota and may be seen in large numbers across parts of the state over the next few weeks, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Cool weather does not mean strong ice

As snow continues to melt, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds winter recreationists that ice in the Twin Cities metro area is deteriorating rapidly. Full Story

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DNR reminds ATV operators to steer clear of road ditches in the agricultural zone

With warm weather on the way, many all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riders are anxious to hit the trails, but the Department of Natural Resources reminds riders to be aware of riding restrictions in some parts of the state due to wet conditions or closures. Full Story

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DNR encourages homeowners to burn vegetative debris early

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages homeowners to dispose of vegetative debris before the snow melts and fires spread more easily. Full Story

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George named TIP’s 2013 Officer of the Year

Minnesota Turn in Poachers (TIP) recently named Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Phil George as its 2013 Officer of the Year. Full Story

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DNR fisheries seeks comments on Aitkin area lake management plans

Citizens interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ strategies for managing Aitkin area lakes and streams have until March 28 to ask questions or submit comments. Full Story

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March 17 deadline approaches for ice fishing shelter removal from northern MN lakes

Ice anglers in northeastern Minnesota are reminded of ice shelter removal dates on lakes located north of Highway 2, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. Full Story

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DNR seeks comment on Tower area lake & stream management plans

Citizens interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Tower area lakes and streams have until March 28 to ask questions or submit comments. Full Story

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DNR seeks nominations for individuals to serve on elk work groups

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on elk consensus work groups for the Kittson County and Grygla elk herds. DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr will select and appoint members to serve on each of the two groups. Full Story

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DNR, MDHA announce deer hunting listening session dates

Deer hunters are invited to attend one of a series of listening sessions jointly hosted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA). Full Story

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