Planned management burn scheduled for Big Stone Lake State Park

An area of grassland will be intentionally burned at Big Stone Lake State Park this spring to remove dead plant material and rejuvenate the growth of grasses and forbs, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Full Story

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Cold water is dangerous

As lakes and rivers continue to open up across southern Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reminding anxious boaters and paddlers to consider the potential danger of cold water before they head out. Full Story

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DNR discovers that eagle cam bird was once treated at Raptor Center

A bald eagle that has had thousands of people across the country glued to their computer screens for the past couple months may well be the natural world’s equivalent of a comeback kid, according to officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and The Raptor Center. Full Story

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How to introduce a kid to fishing

On shore as the lake is warming in the spring, a kid skips stones and occasionally casts a line in the water, while talking to an adult who keeps up casual conversation. Bluegills are the catch of the day. Full Story

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Mother’s Day present? Take a Mom Fishing Weekend

Any mother who is a resident of Minnesota can fish without a license on Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11 during Take a Mom Fishing Weekend, which coincides with the 2014 walleye and northern pike fishing opener, and Mother’s Day on Sunday. Full Story

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Opening day tips for Minnesota anglers

Minnesota’s interstates, highways, and county roads will fill with anxious anglers in anticipation of the May 10 fishing opener. The Department of Natural Resources has some tips to anglers for a safe and enjoyable experience.   Full Story

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Regulation changes include Mille Lacs, spawn bags, bowfishing

Changes to special or experimental fishing regulations – including previously announced changes on Mille Lacs Lake – are among several that will be in effect when anglers head out for the 2014 Minnesota fishing opener, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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DNR seeks comments on EAW for Radio Tower Bay wetland restoration

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) prepared for the Radio Tower Bay wetland restoration project in Duluth, about 16 river miles upstream from Lake Superior. Full Story

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DNR announces temporary closures in the Tower area to protect spawning areas

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced temporary fishing and spearing closures on a number of designated spawning beds and fish preserves in northern St. Louis and western Lake Counties. The temporary closures are in accordance with Minnesota Statute 6264:0125 to protect fish when they are more susceptible to catch and overharvest as well as limit disruption in spawning areas. Full Story

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Grand Marais area fisheries announces survey work

Fisheries staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Grand Marais area office will conduct surveys and assessments on several area lakes and streams during the next few months. Full Story

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DNR fisheries seeks comments on International Falls area lake management plans

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is preparing individual fisheries management plans for 9 lakes and one stream in northern St. Louis and Koochiching Counties. The public is invited to review and comment on those plans. Full Story

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DNR seeks comments on Park Lake vegetation management plan

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites public comment from April 21 to May 5on the lake vegetation management plan for Park Lake in Carlton County. Full Story

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The Arbor Day Foundation and Cub Scouts help reforest St. Croix State Forest

The Department of Natural Resources will begin reforesting 10,000 acres of land within the St. Croix State Forest where trees were blown down by a powerful windstorm on July 1, 2011. The Arbor Day Foundation has awarded the DNR a grant to buy seedlings for this spring’s planting, though reforestation efforts will take several years to complete. Full Story

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DNR to conduct public hearing on Minnesota Point Pine Forest Scientific and Natural Area

The Department of Natural Resources will conduct a public hearing in Duluth to receive comments about proposed changes to activities allowed at the Point Pine Forest Scientific and Natural Area (SNA).  Full Story

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Want to go fishing? DNR has a license to fit

Resident married couples can obtain an annual combination fishing license for $35, compared to $44 for two adult individual licenses, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

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Bear hunt application deadline is Friday, May 2

The deadline to apply for a Minnesota bear hunting license is Friday, May 2. Full Story

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DNR announces video-streaming peregrine falcon camera

Once pushed to the brink of extinction, peregrine falcons have returned to Minnesota’s skies and their natural habitat, including the state’s bluffs, cliffs and buildings, the Department of Natural Resources said.   Full Story

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DNR urges homeowners to resist pruning evergreens with red needles

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds homeowners to wait to prune evergreen tree branches that have brown or red needles. Full Story

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10 candidates hope to join DNR conservation officer ranks

Ten conservation officer candidates with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin training Wednesday, April 23, at Camp Ripley in Little Falls.  Full Story

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Upper Red Lake’s summer walleye regulations unchanged for 2014

Regulations that allow Upper Red Lake anglers to keep larger walleye after June 15 will be in effect again for the 2014 open water season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Biking is a new option at the annual ‘Walk for Glendalough’

The completion of a new paved trail at Glendalough State Park in Battle Lake late last summer means that bikers can now join hikers on the annual fundraiser, “Walk for Glendalough,” at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 26. The event starts at the park’s trail center.  Full Story

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Burning restrictions extend to northern Minnesota counties

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will restrict debris burning in 11 counties in northern Minnesota beginning April 28. The additional counties under restrictions reflect increasing fire potential as the snow recedes. With the snow gone, the exposed dead grass and brush can light easily and spread fires quickly. Full Story

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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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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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