Find family fun at Minnesota state parks and trails this Memorial Day weekend

There are plenty of fun places to go and things to do this Memorial Day weekend at Minnesota state parks and trails.  Full Story


Early season boaters urged to wear life jackets on cold water

During the spring “cold water season” of Memorial Day weekend, boaters are reminded that wearing a life jacket is a safety necessity.  Full Story


Tours of Soudan Underground Mine resume Memorial Day weekend

Guided public tours of Soudan Underground Mine, the state’s first iron ore mine, will resume for the 2017 season on Memorial Day weekend. Tours will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, May 27 through Sept. 30, and on weekends only until Oct. 22 at Lake Vermillion – Soudan Underground Mine State Park near Tower.   Full Story


Volunteers sought for Governor’s Council on Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program

People who enjoy the North Shore and Lake Superior and want to help shape its future are encouraged to consider volunteering to serve on the Governor’s Council on Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program.  Full Story


DNR land sale slated for June

The Department of Natural Resources will offer three northern Minnesota parcels in a public oral bid auction in June.  Two parcels in St. Louis County and one parcel in Beltrami County will be auctioned on Monday, June 26 at the DNR Office in Grand Rapids.  Full Story


DNR seeks public input by July 7 on draft plan for St. Croix State Park

Attend an open house on Thursday, June 22, to help shape the future of St. Croix State Park. The open house will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the park’s St. Croix Lodge visitor center.  Full Story


Glacial Lakes State Trail to be reconstructed between Willmar and Spicer

A 6-mile section of the Glacial Lakes State Trail will be closed as contractors work on improvements, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Musical tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps coming to 3 state parks

Michigan-based author and songwriter Bill Jamerson will present the “Dollar a Day Boys” program, a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps, at Itasca, Buffalo River and Lake Bemidji state parks over Memorial Day weekend.  Full Story


Expansion projects on tap for Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area

Improvements coming soon to the popular 25-mile mountain bike trail system at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area will add trail miles and skill-building features and improve traffic flow.  Full Story


ATV riders can explore Minnesota trails for free June 2-4

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 June 2-4, according to the Department of Natural Resources.   Full Story


DNR invites public input on Thief Lake WMA master plan update

Open house scheduled for May 31

People can review and comment on an updated draft master plan for the Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area, and can attend an open house on Wednesday, May 31, in Thief River Falls.  Full Story


DNR seeks comments on environmental review of Hawkes Company Peat Mining Project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments through June 14 on an environmental assessment worksheet for the Hawkes Company Peat Mining Mercil Site project.  Full Story


Twins offer discounts, free hat in partnership with DNR

Anyone with a 2017 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo baseball cap through a special Minnesota Twins ticket offer online at mndnr.gov/twinsFull Story


Apply to hunt elk in Minnesota

Northwest elk research continues

Hunters have through Friday, June 16, to apply for one of 13 elk licenses offered this year by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Modest license fee increase needed to sustain Minnesota’s great fishing

Minnesotans will celebrate great fishing when the season officially kicks off on Saturday, May 13.

Just how great is fishing in the land of 10,000 lakes? Minnesota ranks second in the nation in the number of resident anglers — 1.4 million Minnesotans cast a line each year. Full Story


Anglers can boost chances that fish survive after catch and release

Stories of multiple anglers catching the same fish are more than fishing lore – they’re the real result of anglers practicing catch-and-release fishing. Anglers can take several actions to boost the chances a fish survives after being released, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Regional fishing reports available from DNR in preparation for opener

Anglers looking for local information before the Saturday, May 13, 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.
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Saints offer discounts, free hat in partnership with DNR

Anyone with a 2017 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free St. Paul Saints logo baseball cap though a special Saints ticket offer online at mndnr.gov/saints.
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Take a mom fishing on Mother’s Day weekend

Mothers who are residents of Minnesota can fish without a license from Saturday, May 13, to Sunday, May 14, during Take a Mom Fishing Weekend. Full Story


DNR fisheries summer fieldwork schedule on Aitkin area lakes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Aitkin area fisheries staff has finalized the assessment schedule for the 2017 field season. Full Story


Mississippi River holds great angling for fishing opener

When Gov. Mark Dayton heads out in the early hours of May 13 in hopes of hooking into a big fish, he’ll be doing something only a few governors have done before: Marking the opening day of Minnesota’s angling season by fishing on a river.  Full Story


Kingsbury Bay – Grassy Point restoration project input sought

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting a public meeting to present project details and receive public input on a restoration project proposed for Kingsbury Bay and Grassy Point in the St. Louis River. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at City Center West/Evergreen Center at 5830 Grand Ave., Duluth.  Full Story


DNR to hold metallic minerals lease sale

The Department of Natural Resources is initiating the sale of leases for state-owned metallic minerals. Areas offered for lease are in Beltrami, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods and St. Louis counties and total 195,324 acres.  Full Story


Leave deer fawns alone, urges DNR

Deer fawns are being born this time of year and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asks that people avoid disturbing or touching them.  Full Story


How to keep kids hooked on fishing? Catch some big fish

Take a kid fishing and they may find that catching a real, live fish can be an exciting contrast to the programmed reality of scrolling through social media – at least, for a while. Full Story


Lake Christina management plan updated

Anyone interested in management strategies for Lake Christina in Douglas and Grant counties in west-central Minnesota is encouraged to review and submit comments on the updated draft management plan, which makes it easier to initiate lake level drawdowns.  Full Story


Minnesota River Valley Master Plan released to public

Plan’s release comes after public input and two years of planning

A development plan that will guide future conservation efforts and the creation of recreational opportunities on either side of the Minnesota River between Upper Sioux Agency and Fort Ridgely state parks in southern Minnesota is available for a 30-day public comment period.  Full Story


New zebra mussel-sniffing K9s take aim at aquatic invasive species

With the fishing opener fast approaching, two new K9 dogs, trained to quickly locate zebra mussels on boats and trailers, will be helping the Department of Natural Resources prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.  Full Story


Wild turkey populations expanding in northeastern Minnesota

Wild turkey populations are on the rise in northeastern Minnesota, and the birds are showing up in areas where they haven’t been seen in the past, reports the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Trees — good for your health

By Jennifer Teegarden, DNR forestry outreach specialist

Today is the first day of Arbor Month in Minnesota, which causes me to reflect on the many benefits of trees. The shade that trees cast is an important benefit to me.  Full Story


Removing lake plants could require a permit

Lakeshore property owners are reminded that a permit may be required to remove aquatic plants.  Full Story


Catch a lake sturgeon sporting a tag? Report it

Six feet – that’s the length of the longest lake sturgeon tagged by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and there’s a chance a Rainy River angler could catch that 6-foot fish or others out of the 8,959 sturgeon tagged to date as part of a long-term study.  Full Story


Cases rise of disease carried by raccoons that can infect dogs

Reports are on the rise of a disease in raccoons that can infect domestic dogs. Taking precautions can minimize chances of the disease spreading to pets. Full Story


Itasca County fishing closures will protect spawning fish

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is implementing several fishing closures in Itasca County during the beginning of the 2017 fishing season to protect concentrations of spawning panfish. Full Story


Experimental northern pike regulations repealed on Bowstring, Round lakes

After reviewing public comments, the experimental northern pike regulations currently in place for Bowstring and Round (including connected Alice) lakes in Itasca County were repealed March 1, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The experimental regulation currently in place for Sand Lake will remain in effect for now. 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


Cook County fishing closures will protect spawning fish

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is implementing several fishing closures in Cook County during the beginning of the 2017 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


DNR celebrates the health benefits of trees

The Department of Natural Resources celebrates Arbor Day on Friday, April 28, and Arbor Month in May by recognizing the health benefits of trees in Minnesota.  Full Story


DNR invites public input on proposed forest trails in Beltrami Island State Forest

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites anyone with an interest in recreational trail systems and motorized recreation in the Beltrami Island State Forest in Beltrami, Lake of the Woods and Roseau counties to attend a public meeting on Wednesday, June 28, to review a set of proposals that include changes to trail systems in the state forest. Full Story


DNR seeks input on proposed changes to sharp-tailed grouse hunting

Sharp-tailed grouse hunting in the east-central part of the state would begin about a month later under a proposal from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


DNR invites public input on proposed motor vehicle use in new state forest

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites citizens to learn about proposed recreation opportunities in Centennial State Forest, a 3,394-acre state forest in Cass County donated to the DNR in 2013.  Full Story


Minnesota United and DNR offer discounted game tickets

The Minnesota United, a new professional soccer team nicknamed the Loons, has teamed up with the Department of Natural Resources to offer licensed hunters and anglers an opportunity to purchase discounted tickets to a home match Sunday, May 7, against Sporting Kansas City.  Full Story


Walleye stamps support better fishing across Minnesota

Anglers can support walleye stocking by purchasing $5 walleye stamps that help the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources provide more places to fish for walleye.  Full Story


Wildlife experts band eagle chicks on tax day

The three eaglets featured on the DNR’s popular EagleCam had metal bands placed on their legs today as part on an ongoing research project. Today was chosen to band the eaglets because they are about six weeks old, which is the perfect age for banding.  Full Story


Thinking deeply about your own fishing

Take a big view of what’s underwater

By Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring program coordinator

I will soon be out fishing, not in the office thinking about fishing. The sun will descend toward the horizon creating a masterpiece that needs no photo filter or alteration. Full Story