DNR accepting applications for coastal area STAR grants

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting grant applications for short-term action request (STAR) projects through its Minnesota’s Lake Superior coastal program. The deadline for applications is Friday, Oct. 17. Full Story

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Changes to Big, Little Rice lakes benefitting waterfowl

It’s been about two years since the Department of Natural Resources designated Little Rice Lake in St. Louis County as a state game refuge, and more recently made Big Rice Lake nonmotorized for part of the year, but already the changes appear to be improving the number and diversity of waterfowl species using the two lakes. Full Story

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Islands in Pigeon Lake in Meeker County closed due to bird virus

Islands in Pigeon Lake in Meeker County have been closed to public access following the discovery of virulent Newcastle Disease Virus (vNDV) in double-crested cormorants. Full Story

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‘Cabin close-up’ a time to inspect boats and water equipment for invasive species

 The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asks every cabin and lakeshore owner to watch for aquatic invasive species (AIS) when removing docks, boat lifts, swim rafts and other equipment from the water. Full Story

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New Ulm resident named DNR firearms instructor of the year

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently named Steve Rykhus of New Ulm as its 2014 firearms safety instructor of the year. Full Story

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DNR to celebrate reopening of the Itasca State Park bike trail Sept. 18

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division will celebrate the completed Itasca State Park bike trail on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m. at the North Picnic Area. Full Story

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DNR seeks citizens to serve on spending oversight committees

Minnesotans who would like to serve on committees that review how the Department of Natural Resources spends Game and Fish Fund dollars are welcome to submit an application by Sept. 30. Full Story

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DNR seeks comments on environmental review for Northshore Mining Co. mine expansion

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments during a 30-day public review period from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) for Northshore Mining Co.’s mine expansion near Babbitt, in northeastern Minnesota. Full Story

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DNR seeks comments on EAW for floodwater storage project in west-central Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments during a 30-day public review period from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) prepared for a proposed floodwater project in Grant and Traverse counties near Norcross. Full Story

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Freeport artist wins 2015 duck stamp contest

Freeport artist Scot Storm has won the 2015 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp contest with his painting of a Harlequin duck. Full Story

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Deadline for outdoor grant applications is Sept. 19

Groups that want to restore, protect or enhance public land are reminded that the deadline to apply for Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) grants is 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19. Grants help pay for work on Minnesota prairies, forests, wetlands, or on habitat for fish and wildlife. Full Story

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Make lifelong memories: Take a kid small-game hunting

By Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring program coordinator

Take a Kid Hunting Weekend is Saturday, Sept. 20, to Sunday, Sept. 21, and as mentoring program coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to make some memories and pass on your outdoor passion. Full Story

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Zebra mussels confirmed in Cass Lake in Cass County

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

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Deer hunts will take place at several Minnesota state parks this fall

DNR advises park visitors to wear blaze orange or bright colors at parks that remain open during special hunts

Special hunts to prevent overpopulation of deer and protect resources will take place this fall at several Minnesota state parks, and access to the parks will vary during these hunts.

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Lake Alexander Woods SNA open to deer hunting this year by permit only

The scientific and natural area program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources would like to clarify that only those people holding a special permit will be allowed to hunt deer at Lake Alexander Woods Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) in Morrison County this fall. Full Story

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DNR officer accepts promotion

Nearly a year after being named an acting enforcement district supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Conservation Officer Jackie Glaser has accepted the position permanently and has been promoted to first lieutenant. Her metro based enforcement district includes Carver, Hennepin, and Scott counties. Full Story

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Youth Waterfowl Day is Saturday

Youth ages 15 and younger can go waterfowl hunting this Saturday, Sept. 13, on Youth Waterfowl Day, when accompanied by an adult who isn’t hunting that day. Full Story

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DNR digital tools help plan hunting time

Hunters making plans for upcoming seasons can get scouting and other services from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources digital tools. Full Story

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2 youth honored by DNR for their conservation efforts

  Gov. Mark Dayton joined Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr during a ceremony Friday, Aug. 29, at the Minnesota State Fair to recognize and award two Minnesota youth for their outstanding conservation efforts. Full Story

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DNR’s fall color finder will help travelers with trip planning

Minnesota state park and trail visitors will soon be seeing red and orange and yellow and countless other shades of autumn as the leaves and prairies grasses put on their annual show. Full Story

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Pheasant population up slightly; habitat loss still poses biggest threat

Despite a short-term increase in the number of Minnesota pheasants, habitat loss continues to be the primary factor in the long-term decline of the state’s pheasant population, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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DNR land sale slated for October

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will offer land for sale at an auction in Virginia, Oct. 9.   Full Story

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Spiny waterflea confirmed in Basswood Lake in BWCA

Spiny waterflea has been confirmed in Basswood Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness near the Canadian border.  Full Story

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DNR seeks applications for advisory committee on natural heritage

Minnesotans who would like to serve on the committee that advises the Department of Natural Resources on programs related to the state’s native prairies, forests, and wetlands and native plants and animals are invited to submit an application by Sept. 22.  Full Story

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Bison being reintroduced to Minneopa State Park by fall 2015

Bison will once again roam the prairie at Minneopa State Park near Mankato starting next year, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

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Enjoy fall, hunt grouse this year; season opens Sept. 13 

Picture yourself walking on a trail through stands of young aspen trees with blazing yellow leaves overhead. The fall air is crisp. Shotgun in hand, you’re enjoying a hike while hunting grouse – Minnesota’s most popular game bird.   Full Story

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DNR asks sharp-tailed grouse and prairie chicken hunters for wing samples

Sharp-tailed grouse and prairie chicken hunters can voluntarily submit one wing from each bird they harvest in Minnesota for a Department of Natural Resources study that aims to better understand how these birds move through the landscape.  Full Story

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DNR, conservationists celebrate 50th designated wildlife lake 

A state program that provides wildlife habitat by managing Minnesota’s shallow lakes will celebrate a major milestone on Friday, Sept. 5.  Full Story

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St. Cloud to host Minnesota’s first Water Trails Tourism Summit Sept. 29-30

Deadline for early-bird registration is Friday, Sept. 12

Community representatives and paddling enthusiasts from across the state will gather in St. Cloud on Sept. 29-30 to attend the first Minnesota State Water Trails Tourism Summit. This event will focus on how paddle sports can increase outdoor recreation tourism, foster economic development, build a sense of community and provide a better quality of life. Full Story

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Minnesota DNR awarded $969,000 to protect coastal resources

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources was recently awarded $969,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to support Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program (MLSCP).   Full Story

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DNR advises state forest visitors to respect Red Lake tribal land signs

Many area residents and Pine Island State Forest and Beltrami Island State Forest visitors may have noticed the new Red Lake Indian land boundary signs posted within the forests. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is encouraging people using state lands adjacent to the Red Lake Reservation boundaries to abide by tribal laws and avoid trespassing on posted tribal lands.  Full Story

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Twins offer free hat, discounted tickets through partnership with DNR

Kids and adults who have a 2014 Minnesota hunting or fishing license can still receive a free blaze orange and camouflage Twins logo baseball cap when they buy a discounted Minnesota Twins ticket onlineFull Story

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Speeding up government: DNR achieves 99 percent permit efficiency

The Department of Natural Resources reports it has met targets for expediting environmental permit decisions for industry and other entities 99 percent of the time. Full Story

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Bucks-only management strategy applies to archers, youth, disabled hunters

As archery hunters prepare for the Sept. 13 Minnesota archery season opener, the Department of Natural Resources reminds them to become familiar with this year’s hunting regulations.  Full Story

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DNR announces process to revisit deer population goals in 2015

Preliminary details of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ upcoming 2015 deer population goal-setting process now are available on the DNR website. Full Story

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DNR seedlings sales are in full swing

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources State Forest Nursery is accepting seedling orders for April and May pickup or delivery in 2015. Full Story

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Hunting and fishing equipment auction set

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will auction confiscated hunting equipment on Saturday, Sept. 20, beginning at 10 a.m. The auction’s items are from people who forfeited their equipment after committing serious game violations. Full Story

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Baby turtles are hatching and adults are getting ready for winter

Help turtles safely cross roads
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking people to share the road with hatchling and adult turtles this fall.
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Basil Irwin Warden’s Jug stays in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources pistol team won its 12th consecutive Basil Irwin Memorial Pistol Shoot during completion held Aug. 14-15 in Elkader, Iowa against game wardens from the Iowa DNR. Full Story

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DNR auction in Grand Rapids features wide variety of items

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public auction of surplus equipment Saturday, Sept. 6, at 9:30 a.m. in Grand Rapids at the DNR northeast regional office, 1201 East Highway 2, Grand Rapids. Full Story

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DNR designates new wildlife lands for public use

Hunters, wildlife enthusiasts and wildlife populations now have 4,254 more acres of state wildlife management areas (WMA) available in an expansion that includes 31 existing WMAs and eight new ones in 24 counties. Full Story

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Small game hunter survey results released

Fewer game bird hunters took to Minnesota’s fields and forests in 2013, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources annual small game survey. Full Story

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Public invited to comment on special fishing regulations

Anglers and others can give their opinions about fishing regulations that are in place or are newly proposed on 16 lakes and two river segments. Full Story

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DNR asks hunters not to shoot radio-collared bears

Hunters participating in Minnesota’s bear season, which opens Monday, Sept. 1, are asked to avoid shooting radio-collared research bears, some of which are marked with large colorful ear tags. Full Story

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2014 Waterfowl Hunting Regulations book available

Minnesota’s 2014 Waterfowl Hunting Regulations handbook is available wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold, online and in Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wildlife offices across the state. Hunters should familiarize themselves with the regulations book before the hunting season begins. Full Story

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