Learn mountain-biking basics at Cuyuna Country SRA

Experience the fun of mountain biking during introductory programs on Saturday, July 25, and Saturday, Aug. 29, at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Ironton, about 140 miles northwest of the Twin Cities. Three I Can Mountain Bike! sessions will take place each day, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., from noon to 2:30 p.m. and from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Full Story

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Zebra mussels confirmed in Fish Trap Lake in Morrison County

Zebra mussels have been confirmed in Fish Trap Lake near the city of Motley in Morrison County, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Fish Trap Lake will be designated as zebra mussel infested.  Full Story

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Wildlife Drive opening July 18 at Roseau River Wildlife Management Area

The 27-mile “Wildlife Drive” through the Roseau River Wildlife Management Area (WMA), 20 miles northwest of Roseau, will be open to vehicular travel July 18-26 and the following weekends through Aug. 16.  The drive traverses wetland, woodland, brushland and farmland habitats, providing visitors ample opportunity to see wildlife.
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Apply for mentored youth waterfowl hunts by Aug. 10

Youth ages 12 to 15 can apply for the chance to hunt waterfowl under the guidance of experienced mentors on Minnesota Youth Waterfowl Day, Saturday, Sept. 12. Full Story

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DNR seeks comment on Solid Bottom Creek Restoration Project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comment on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) prepared for the Solid Bottom Creek Restoration Project in Becker County.  Full Story

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DNR reminds visitors to bring only approved firewood onto state lands

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to remind visitors that only approved firewood is allowed on lands administered by the DNR, such as state parks, state forests and wildlife management areas. Firewood restrictions are needed to help prevent the introduction or spread of damaging forest pests, including emerald ash borer, gypsy moth and oak wilt. Full Story

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Zebra mussels confirmed in Lake Eunice in Becker County

Zebra mussels have been confirmed in Lake Eunice in Becker County in northwestern Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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DNR to sell land in Pine County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will conduct a sealed bid auction for 81 acres in Pine County. The parcel for sale includes frontage along the Tamarack River, buildings, and recreational opportunities. Open houses are scheduled 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on both Thursday, Aug. 6 and Saturday, Aug. 8. Full Story

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DNR names new enforcement regional manager

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has named a new Enforcement Division regional enforcement manager. Full Story

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Funding for Minnesota state parks and trails is good news for Fourth of July visitors and local economies

A good year at the Capitol means visitors to Minnesota state parks and trails will enjoy the same high-quality services as they have come to expect in recent years. This is good news for the millions of people who visit each year and the local economies that depend on them. Full Story

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Prairie chicken hunt lottery opens July 1

Starting Wednesday, July 1, hunters can enter a lottery for one of 126 permits available for the 2015 Minnesota prairie chicken season. Full Story

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Ruffed grouse counts similar to last year

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

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Sign up now for a hunter safety course

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that it is never too early to sign up for a hunter safety course. In general, anyone born after Dec. 31, 1979, needs a firearms certificate to hunt game with a firearm in Minnesota. Full Story

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DNR accepting applications for 2015 Camp Ripley archery hunts

Hunters can apply starting Wednesday, July 1, for the 2015 regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 14. Full Story

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DNR Enforcement announces promotion

Capt. Todd Kanieski will take a new position within the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Enforcement Division as an operations manager and be promoted to the rank of major on July 1. Full Story

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New law adds width to criteria for where ATVs can ride

On July 1, the state of Minnesota will begin using the width of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to determine how ATVs are classified and where they can be ridden. This change will affect ATV owners, but they don’t need to take action until their current registration expires. Full Story

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Drinking and boating don’t mix: Operation Dry Water in effect June 26-28

In an effort to curb alcohol-related boating accidents and deaths, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and other public safety agencies around the state will ramp up patrols for intoxicated boaters June 26-28. Full Story

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Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Cloquet Area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands in the Cloquet area as a way to improve reforestation efforts. Applications to 77 acres will begin after July 15 and continue through approximately September 15. The locations are generally between the area north of Island and south of the Whiteface Reservoir. Full Story

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Eurasian watermilfoil discovered in Bear Lake in Carlton County

Aquatic biologists from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have confirmed the presence of Eurasian watermilfoil in Bear Lake near Barnum in Carlton County. Full Story

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Walleye stocking: By the numbers

Anglers are never far from a lake where they can catch walleye in Minnesota. Fish stocking keeps it that way. Full Story

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Breeding mallard numbers down, other species up from last year

Minnesota’s breeding mallard population counts are down from last year while other species saw increases, according to the results of the annual Minnesota Department of Natural Resources spring waterfowl surveys. Full Story

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DNR plans to sell nonferrous mineral leases

The Department of Natural Resources plans to hold a sale of state-owned metallic mineral leases for sites in northern Minnesota in fall 2015. Full Story

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DNR aquatic invasive species training and trailer decal repealed; affirmation passed

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources aquatic invasive species (AIS) training and trailer decal program, which was due to launch this year, was repealed by the Minnesota Legislature during its recently completed special session. Full Story

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Protecting forests helps protect tullibee in cold, clear lakes

A favorite prey species for walleye, northern pike, lake trout and muskellunge is facing an uncertain future in northern Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Meeker County OHV Park to celebrate grand opening June 27

A grand opening celebration for the new Meeker County Off-highway Vehicle Park will take place Saturday, June 27, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Annual list of potential timber harvest sites available for review

The annual list of potential timber harvest sites on state-administered forest land is now available for public review, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Comments will be accepted until July 17. Full Story

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DNR seeks comment on lock and dam erosion repair project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comment during a public review period, June 22 to July 22, on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) for a scour repair project on Lock and Dam 1, located on the Mississippi River between Minneapolis and St. Paul. Full Story

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After initial testing, DNR researchers still investigating avian flu in wildlife

After collecting and testing more than 3,300 samples from wild birds, nearly all of the test results are back and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has found only one positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), a Cooper’s hawk from Yellow Medicine County reported in late April.  Full Story

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Volunteers needed in Itasca, Lake and Cook counties for DNR loon survey

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking volunteers to help monitor the loon population in Itasca, Lake and Cook counties in northeastern Minnesota. Volunteers are needed for one day during the June 26 through July 6 monitoring period.
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Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the St. Croix State Forest

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands in the Sandstone area as a way to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around July 1 and continue through approximately September 15 to 600 acres on 13 sites in the St. Croix State Forest. Full Story

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Crow Wing State Park remains open during pinelands restoration

Visitors to Crow Wing State Park near Brainerd can observe the start of a jack pine barrens restoration project that will improve 250 acres of wildlife habitat. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) project is a collaborative effort by the DNR’s Forestry Division and a local logging contractor to allow the campground to remain open throughout the tree-thinning portion of the project, which began on June 1 and will last several weeks.
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Information about elk hunting applications

Hunters have until Friday, June 12, to apply for one of seven elk licenses offered this year by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Sturgeon fishing: Opportunities keep getting bigger

Anglers have more opportunities to fish for lake sturgeon because of a new catch-and-release fishing season that reopens in most of the state on Tuesday, June 16, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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On Father’s Day, Twins offer free hat through partnership with DNR

Anyone with a 2015 Minnesota hunting or fishing license can receive a free camouflage Twins logo baseball cap by being among the first 500 to buy Minnesota Twins tickets through a special offer online. Full Story

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Women can register for biking, camping trip in Jay Cooke State Park

Women who want to explore the scenic Willard Munger State Trail and Jay Cooke State Park near Duluth can attend a Women’s Camping and Biking Weekend from Friday, Aug. 14, to Sunday, Aug. 16. Full Story

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DNR approves new deer population goals

New deer population goals have been approved by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for large portions of northeastern, north-central and east-central Minnesota, covering 40 of 128 deer permit areas in the state. Full Story

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DNR studies muskie to improve fishing for anglers

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Researchers carefully hoist a huge muskellunge onto a boat. They record its measurements, identify the sex of the fish, scan an electronic tag implanted in the muskie and return it to the lake where, one day, it could take an angler’s lure and provide a long-remembered thrill.  Full Story

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DNR cautions boaters to avoid Upper St. Anthony Falls dam

Portage route available for paddlers after June 10 lock closure

Mississippi River boaters and paddlers are reminded that as of Wednesday, June 10, the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock in downtown Minneapolis will permanently close. Boaters and paddlers should avoid approaching the area from upstream, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

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Newest state record fish hooked in Root River, again

May 8 is turning into a red-letter date for angler Chad Wentzel.  Full Story

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June 6-14 is All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Week

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds all-terrain vehicle (ATV) operators about safety training opportunities. June 6-14 is All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Week in Minnesota. Full Story

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Roadsides are important habitat for pollinators and pheasants

People who own or manage land along Minnesota roads and highways are urged to delay roadside mowing until the beginning of August, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Paddlers will attempt to travel entire Minnesota River in 1 day

Paddling enthusiasts hope to see an unprecedented number of canoes and kayaks on the Minnesota River on Saturday, June 13 (National Get Outdoors Day).  Full Story

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Silver maple trees showing signs of stress

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources foresters are seeing many silver maples and some elms with stunted or no leaves and an abundance of seeds this spring. These trees are not dead and will rebound over the next couple of years. The DNR encourages proper tree care and patience.
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Jay Cooke State Park celebrates 100 years with special programs

The public is invited to attend a special event on Saturday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Jay Cooke State Park, located south of Duluth. A formal program will take place at 1 p.m. with DNR Parks and Trails Division Director Erika Rivers, followed by a cake cutting and refreshments. Full Story

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5 bighead carp captured in St. Croix River near Stillwater

Five bighead carp were captured in the St. Croix River in the past week, just south of Stillwater near the Xcel Energy Allen S. King power plant, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

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