DNR seeking comments on transmission line environmental review document

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting comments through July 24 on an environmental assessment worksheet for a proposed electric transmission line and substation in Itasca County. Full Story


4 invasive carp confirmed in Minnesota waters

Latest fish captures do not indicate reproduction

 The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the capture of a bighead carp and two silver carp, and detection of a third, tagged silver carp, within the past several weeks. The bighead carp was captured at the Xcel Energy King Power Plant in Oak Park Heights. All of the silver carp were in Pool 4 of the Mississippi River between Red Wing and Wabasha in southeastern Minnesota.  Full Story


Pollinators are key to Minnesota’s environmental health

Without them, we wouldn’t have some of our favorite foods. They are vital to a healthy environment. They’re also beautiful and fascinating to watch. They’re pollinators, and this week is dedicated to understanding, appreciating and helping them.  Full Story


State records topple for 2 species of Minnesota fish

Anglers have set new Minnesota state records for whitefish and golden redhorse.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources certified a record 13 pound, 9 ounce whitefish caught by an Oklahoma angler ice fishing on Lake of the Woods, and a 4 pound, 13 ounce golden redhorse caught by an angler who beat his own state record.  Full Story


DNR, MPCA issue joint statement on Line 3 decision

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are committed to a fair, efficient, and thorough review of Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project applications.  Full Story


DNR asks motorists to ‘give turtles a brake’

Watch for turtles on roadways

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding motorists that turtles are crossing roads to nest this time of year. Motorists are asked to watch for them and, whenever possible, allow them to cross the road safely.  Full Story


Anglers: Releasing big sunfish helps protect against stunted population

Minnesota anglers harvest around 16 million sunfish each year, making them the state’s most harvested fish. To protect big sunfish and avoid stunted populations of sunfish, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is encouraging anglers to release large sunfish, and keep smaller fish for eating.  Full Story


DNR announces appointments to its statewide deer advisory committee

Nineteen individuals will provide input on deer management issues, serving on a new committee the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources created to foster the exchange of information and ideas between the agency and the public.  Full Story


Dodge County groundwater sampling planned

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will collect water samples from about 90 wells in Dodge County this summer for use in the Groundwater Atlas of Dodge County. Full Story


Silver Bay police chief is 2018 ATV safety instructor of the year

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has named Doug Frericks, an ATV safety coordinator and instructor in Silver Bay, as the 2018 ATV safety instructor of the year. Full Story


Celebrating 10 years of outdoor skill-building programs

The 2019 season of I Can! programs kicks off this weekend at Minnesota state parks and trails. The governor’s office is teaming with the Department of Natural Resources this year to mark the 10th anniversary of offering these outdoor skill-building programs across the state.  Full Story


Governor’s office proclaims June 2019 Great Outdoors Month

Teams with DNR to issue School’s Out – Camp Out Challenge

Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan are encouraging Minnesotans to get out and enjoy the state’s outstanding outdoor opportunities by proclaiming June 2019 as Great Outdoors Month.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Bone Lake in Washington County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Bone Lake, just east of Forest Lake, in Washington County.  Full Story


Lt. Mike Shelden’s retirement marks big change in Alexandria

It was two decades ago – maybe more – when Mike Shelden knocked on the door of a fish house, identified himself as a conservation officer, and let himself in. The angler inside sat with his back to the door, tending more lines than the two that were allowed. The man didn’t even bother turning around.  Full Story


DNR releases Minnesota’s National Wetlands Inventory update

10-year project will help protect wetlands

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has completed a 10-year effort to provide much more accurate maps of Minnesota’s wetlands. The update of the state’s National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) used new technologies to produce a clearer picture of Minnesota’s wetlands, lakes, rivers and streams.   Full Story


Take a Kid Fishing Weekend is June 7-9

Time spent fishing is time spent together; here’s how to kick off a new summer family activity 

Kids will rarely be able to tell you their best day of watching TV but take them fishing and moments of angling excitement can make lifelong memories – it’s an often expressed sentiment and this weekend is a chance to put it into practice.  Full Story


Regional Director Rita Albrecht announces retirement

DNR seeking applicants to lead northwest region operations

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Regional Director Rita Albrecht will retire July 9, the agency announced Friday.  Full Story


Sibley State Park celebrates centennial

Full slate of activities scheduled for June 8

Everyone’s invited to celebrate Sibley State Park’s centennial year on Saturday, June 8, with entertainment and family-friendly activities all day. The park is located near the west-central city of New London in Kandiyohi County.  Full Story


DNR seeks volunteers for loon monitoring program

New online system launched

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteers for its loon monitoring program. As part of this effort, the DNR has launched a new online system that will help volunteers identify lakes available for monitoring.  Full Story


Make safe boating top priority on Memorial Day weekend

Water remains dangerously cold, life jackets a necessity

Memorial Day weekend signals the start of the summer boating season, but boaters should keep in mind water temperatures remain spring-like. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges boaters to wear life jackets no matter the water temperature or season, but it’s especially important this time of year, when wearing a life jacket is the one action that significantly increases the chances of surviving a fall into cold water.  Full Story


Fort Snelling State Park remains closed due to spring flooding and damage

Due to persistent flooding and damage from the winter’s hefty snowpack and spring’s heavy rains, Fort Snelling State Park will remain closed to the public through Memorial Day weekend and the month of June. Full Story


14 candidates begin training to join state conservation officer ranks

The 19th class of candidates to take part in the Department of Natural Resources’ Conservation Officer Academy has begun training at Camp Ripley.  Full Story


Clean bird feeders to keep birds healthy

Moldy birdseed and unclean bird feeders can make birds sick. Homeowners who enjoy feeding birds can takes steps now to help birds stay healthy, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Dock regulations balance public water use and protection

Docks and dock platforms provide access to Minnesota’s lakes and rivers, and are regulated to help protect public safety as well as aquatic habitat. As summer approaches, the Department of Natural Resources encourages property owners and lake service provider businesses to review the regulations, to ensure the equipment they own, sell or install is in compliance.  Full Story


DNR continues aggressive starry stonewort management

Agency, partner organizations, anglers and boaters working together to limit spread

As the 2019 fishing and boating season gets underway, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is continuing and expanding a multi-faceted approach to combating the spread of starry stonewort, an aquatic invasive species.  Full Story


DNR Enforcement Division chief pilot calls it a career

Following a 15-year career with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Enforcement Division’s Aviation Unit, Capt. Tom Buker – the division’s chief pilot since 2015 – is flying off into retirement.  Full Story


Fire danger high despite wet weather

Despite this spring’s wet weather, much of Minnesota is still dry enough to fuel a dangerous wildfire, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Waterville area fisheries crew complete yearly northern pike egg take

Eggs produced at hatchery enhance fish populations in lakes statewide

By Dan Ruiter, DNR southern region information officer

As the sun came up over Le Sueur County’s Steele Lake, Peter Muggli and Sky Wigen slipped their boat into the frigid waters. Never mind that it was a Saturday, the Waterville area fisheries crew was on Mother Nature’s timeline – the ice was out and the northern pike spawn was imminent. They were just one of several teams fanning out across their work area. Full Story


ATV riders can explore Minnesota trails for free June 7-9

Minnesotans with an all-terrain vehicle registered for private or agricultural use won’t need to pay the additional registration fee ($53.50 for three years) to ride the state’s public ATV trails, Friday through Sunday, June 7-9. Out-of-state riders can explore Minnesota ATV trails that weekend as well, without the need for a nonresident trail pass ($21 annually). Full Story


St. Louis River estuary restoration project open house is May 21

Construction on wetland habitat restoration project expected to begin in June

Work on an extensive habitat restoration project will take place this summer in the St. Louis River estuary, where the river enters Lake Superior.

Staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host a public open house in May to share information and answer questions about the Kingsbury Bay/Grassy Point habitat restoration project. Full Story


DNR crews working hard to have boat ramps and docks ready by fishing opener

Crews with the Department of Natural Resources are confident they will have the majority of DNR public water accesses ready in time for the May 11 fishing opener. Full Story


Public invited to tour Waterville State Fish Hatchery

Open house scheduled for afternoon of May 9

The Department of Natural Resources invites the public to tour the Waterville State Fish Hatchery ahead of the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener.

The open house will take place Thursday, May 9 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the hatchery located at 50317 Fish Hatchery Road in Waterville.
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DNR to appeal court’s ruling about naming of Bde Maka Ska

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced that it will appeal the Minnesota Court of Appeal’s recent decision regarding the naming of Bde Maka Ska in Minneapolis. The DNR will submit its petition for review to the Minnesota Supreme Court by May 29.  Full Story


Drinking water restored at Blue Mounds State Park

Water that’s safe to drink, cook, and bathe with is now available for visitors at Blue Mounds State Park in southwestern Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Over the winter, contractors made the final connections to Rock County Rural Water System, ending a safe drinking water problem that spanned five camping seasons. Full Story


As sunfish bite heats up, anglers encouraged to eat small fish

Anglers can find nutritious, plentiful sunfish in all areas of the state  

Feeling that tug on the line, an angler sets the hook and reels in a small sunfish, then asks the perennial question: Should I keep it?  Full Story


Washington County Groundwater Atlas now available

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


Bear shot in North St. Paul

A bear in a residential area of North St. Paul was shot and killed today by a Department of Natural Resources conservation officer as authorities determined the animal posed an immediate safety threat.  Full Story


Drop the drone during fire season

Flying a drone can be a lot of fun—but it can be downright dangerous during a wildfire, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Celebrations planned to mark 100 years at Sibley State Park

Popular destination in Kandiyohi County was designated on April 23, 1919

Celebration events are planned throughout the summer to honor 100 years of Sibley State Park, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The park, in west-central Minnesota, is named for the state’s first governor, Henry Hastings Sibley, and was funded by the state Legislature and designated as a state park on April 23, 1919.   Full Story


DNR seeks comments on EAW for Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area Trail development

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting comments through May 22 on an environmental assessment worksheet to address proposed expansion of recreational trails at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Crow Wing County.  Full Story


Be aware of bears this spring; DNR lists tips for avoiding conflicts

Homeowners are reminded to be aware of bears this spring and check their property for food sources that could attract bears.   Full Story


Commercial fisher captures invasive silver carp in St. Croix River

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the capture of a silver carp on the St. Croix River. The invasive carp was caught by a commercial fisher near Prescott, Wisconsin, during routine spring netting.  Full Story


Groundwater sampling planned for Groundwater Atlas of Hennepin County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will collect water samples from about 90 wells in Hennepin County this summer to help create a county groundwater atlas.   Full Story


Well sampling planned for Groundwater Atlas of Hubbard County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will collect water samples from about 90 wells in Hubbard County this summer to help create a county groundwater atlas. Full Story


Conservation officer posthumously named TIP officer of the year

Minnesota Conservation Officer Ed Picht, who died last October, has been named the Turn in Poachers 2018 Joe Alexander Conservation Officer of the Year.  Full Story