Retired officer named TIP officer of the year

Former Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Roger Tietz has been named the 2015 Joe Alexander Conservation Officer of the Year for his contributions to the Turn in Poachers (TIP) program.   Full Story


Husband and wife ATV team honored by DNR

Teamwork is what best describes Tim and Scarlett Feiler of Royalton as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources 2015 ATV Volunteer Instructors of the Year.   Full Story


DNR invites public input on Mississippi Blufflands State Trail    

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting an open house Friday, June 3, for those interested in planning the Mississippi Blufflands State Trail in Goodhue County. The open house will be at the Lake City Public Library, 210 S. High St., Lake City, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. There will also be an information booth from 5 to 6:30 p.m. that day at Ohuta Park during registration for the Tour de Pepin event.  Full Story


Record number of watercraft inspectors on Minnesota lakes this year

The 2016 Minnesota boating season will be another record-breaker, with more than 800 watercraft inspectors helping to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species in Minnesota. Counties employ and supervise the vast majority of the inspectors, all trained by the Department of Natural Resources.   Full Story


Anglers can help with important studies underway on Mille Lacs Lake

Anglers fishing Mille Lacs Lake can help the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources collect essential data needed for improving walleye fishing in the near future.  Full Story


Minnesota youth takes top spot in national archery competition

Minnesota archers had a strong showing in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Nationals, May 12-14, in Louisville, Kentucky.  Full Story


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 June 22. Full Story


State parks expand self-service options as attendance continues setting records

Heading into the first major holiday weekend of 2016, Minnesota state parks have already seen a record number of visitors. Compared with 2015, year-to-date sales of one-day permits are up 41 percent, sales of year-round permits are up 24 percent and overnight stays are up 39 percent.  Full Story


DNR to hold open house on St. Croix State Park management plan

The Parks and Trails Division at the Department of Natural Resources is beginning the process of creating a master plan to guide future development and operations at St. Croix State Park.   Full Story


Be safe with campfires

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone to be safe with campfires this Memorial Day weekend and into the summer.   Full Story


Keep aquarium pets and plants out of Minnesota lakes and rivers

With warmer weather and the end of the school year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds teachers and hobbyists it is illegal to release aquarium animals and plants into the wild. One example commonly found in classrooms, the red swamp crayfish is causing major environmental and economic harm as nearby as Wisconsin. Full Story


DNR partners with St. Paul Saints on special ticket offer

Anyone with a 2016 Minnesota hunting or fishing license can receive a special offer on tickets to select St. Paul Saints games by visiting the deal Web page, through a partnership between the Saints and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Drying conditions increase potential for wildfires

With windy and dry conditions throughout the state, and no rain predicted until Monday, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is urging people to be cautious with fire. Full Story


Minnesota state parks campsites still available for Memorial Day weekend

Several Minnesota state parks and recreation areas—mostly in the northwestern region of the state—still have campsites available for Memorial Day weekend. Parks that had at least a dozen campsites still available for the entire three-day weekend (as of May 16) include: Full Story


Trout stocking to change in Finland, Grand Marais and Tower areas

Trout stocking patterns will change in a number of lakes in northeastern Minnesota while the state’s Crystal Springs hatchery undergoes disinfection and recertification procedures, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Apply now to hunt elk in Minnesota

Hunters have until Friday, June 17, to apply for one of seven elk licenses offered this year by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.   Full Story


DNR encourages Minnesotans to learn about wetlands

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is encouraging residents to learn more about the state’s wetlands habitats during May, American Wetlands Month.  Full Story


Want to cast with company? Ask a friend to go fishing

By Jeff Ledermann, DNR angler recruitment, retention and education supervisor

What is one of the best ways to get kids interested in fishing? Have them bring a friend! Full Story


Spring is a great time to plant trees

With the warm weather, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds homeowners and forest landowners that spring is an excellent time to plant trees. There are many good reasons to plant trees.  Full Story


Reminder: It is illegal to uproot aquatic plants using hydraulic jets   

Aquatic plants help keep lakes clean and support fish populations – reasons why each year the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds lakeshore property owners about a type of product that can damage lake bottoms.  Full Story


DNR to hold open house to discuss Beltrami Island State Forest trails

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division invites those interested in recreational trail systems and motorized use in the Beltrami Island State Forest in Beltrami, Lake of the Woods and Roseau counties to attend an open house on Tuesday June 14, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Warroad Area Forestry Office located at 804 Cherne Dr. NW, Warroad.  Full Story


Final environmental impact statement for Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion highlights DNR questions about project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today released the final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project, with Commissioner Tom Landwehr saying the EIS highlights significant questions about the project. Full Story


Fishing opportunities abound in metro

While heading north for the big fishing opener may be a Minnesota tradition, people living in the Twin Cities need not worry about missing out on quality angling if circumstances keep them at home. As far as major urban areas go, the Twin Cities metro region probably has no equal when it comes to combining big city amenities with top-notch fishing opportunities.  Full Story


Life jackets a safety necessity when boating on cold water

Men 20-60 years old least likely to wear life jacket, most likely to drown

With thousands of anglers hitting the water this weekend for Minnesota’s fishing opener, boaters are reminded that wearing a life jacket is a safety necessity during the spring “cold water” season. Full Story


Help paddle the entire Minnesota River

Paddlers are invited to join the effort to paddle every navigable mile of the Minnesota River State Water Trail on Saturday, June 11, as part of National Get Outdoors Day. Full Story


DNR to sell Dakota County land    

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will conduct an oral bid auction scheduled for June 8.Two forty acre parcels are being offered for sale in Dakota County near Hastings. The properties are off Highway 316 South, just east of the city limits of Hastings. Full Story


Mandatory training required for aquatic invasive species violators

Starting this boating season, anyone found guilty of violating Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species laws will not only have to pay the required fines but will also have to complete mandatory training. The short “Clean In Clean Out” training must be completed before people found guilty of violating Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species laws can legally operate their watercraft anywhere in the state. Full Story


DNR releases walleye fry into Mille Lacs Lake, capping milestone in renewed management efforts

Nine months after increasing its management efforts on Mille Lacs Lake, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently released 10 million walleye fry into the lake as part of a major research project.  Full Story


Report tagged walleye in the Child, Girl and Woman Chain of Lakes

Anglers are asked to report tagged walleye they catch this summer in the Child, Girl and Woman Chain of Lakes in northwestern Minnesota. Full Story


DNR fisheries reports another successful walleye egg-collection

Another successful walleye egg-collection operation is in the books – and in the jars. Full Story


Deer fawns are being born; leave them alone, urges DNR

Deer fawns are being born now and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asks that people avoid disturbing or picking them up.    Full Story


DNR partners with St. Paul Saints on special ticket offer

Anyone with a 2016 Minnesota hunting or fishing license can receive a special offer on tickets to select St. Paul Saints games by visiting the special offer page, through a partnership between the Saints and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


DNR offers businesses free invasive species decontamination training

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering free invasive species decontamination training again this summer for lake service providers, such as businesses that rent boats, fishing equipment, and often manage marinas or other lakeside operations.  Full Story


Take a mom fishing on Mother’s Day weekend

Mothers who are residents of Minnesota can fish without a license from Saturday, May 7, to Sunday, May 8, during Take a Mom Fishing Weekend.

all rights JIM GALLOPDuring the weekend, mothers can fish only for species that have open fishing seasons. Take a Mom Fishing Weekend each year coincides with Mother’s Day, which this year is the weekend before the fishing season opens for walleye, northern pike, bass and trout in lakes.

Fishing is already open for species that are popular among anglers all year, like crappie, bluegill and trout in streams. For more information on fishing seasons and regulations, visit the Fish Minnesota page.


Minnesota state parks offer a fishing opener for everyone

The fishing opener is quickly approaching and Minnesota state parks make it easy for all residents to participate in the fun. Any state resident who wants to participate in that annual rite of spring can now do so easily and for free at most state parks and recreation areas. Full Story


10 candidates train to join conservation officer rank

Ten Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer candidates began training at the 14 week Conservation Officer Academy at Camp Ripley on April 20. Full Story


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service honors DNR officer

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) gave  Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Mitch Sladek of Big Lake the Partners in Conservation Award. Sladek was also given a lifetime membership award and a waterfowl print from the friends of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge. Full Story


Grand Marais area fisheries announces survey work

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


Brook trout stocking temporarily suspended in three Grand Rapids area streams

Brook trout stocking will be temporarily suspended in three streams in the Grand Rapids area while the state’s Crystal Springs Hatchery undergoes disinfection and recertification procedures, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Illegal burning pollutes statewide

Illegal garbage burning—in open fires and burn barrels—is a persistent source of pollution in Minnesota, according to a feature story in the May–June Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine. Full Story


Regional fishing reports available from DNR in preparation for opener

Anglers looking for local information before the Saturday, May 14, fishing opener for walleye, northern pike and trout in lakes can gain local knowledge from regional fishing reports by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


How do you introduce a kid to fishing?

Being part of the excitement when kids catch fish can form memories that last a lifetime. But taking kids fishing can present some unique challenges.   Full Story


Catch and release properly to help fish survival

Anglers can boost the odds of fish surviving catch and release with methods that avoid internal damage to fish. Full Story


A run of nice weather will raise the threat of wildfires

April had its share of rain, snow, clouds and freezing temperatures. This reduced wildfires throughout the state. But the extended weather forecast calls for clear skies and warmer temperatures that will dry out dead grass that can ignite and burn rapidly. Full Story


Outdoor skills program offered for families along the Gunflint Trail

A three-day outdoors skills program for families with teens and college-age kids will be offered this summer through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at Gunflint Lodge in northern Minnesota. Full Story