DNR wildlife to hold second open house for proposed Gull River WMA

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting a second informational open house to discuss the proposed Gull River wildlife management area (WMA) near Pillager. The open house will be held Saturday, March 21st from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Sylvan Town Hall located at 12956 24th Avenue SW, Pillager, Minn. Full Story

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DNR seeks comment on Tower area lake management plans

Citizens interested in commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Tower area lakes are encouraged to review draft management plans and ask questions or submit comments by Friday, March 20. Full Story

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Ice fishing shelter removal dates fast approaching

Deadlines for removing fish houses, dark houses and portable shelters from state waterways are rapidly approaching, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Anglers are advised to remove shelters earlier if ice conditions warrant.  Full Story

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New fishing regulations, more opportunities for anglers

Anglers will have more opportunities to fish for bass, sturgeon and trout this year thanks to changes in Minnesota’s fishing regulations. Full Story

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DNR officer honored for dedication to state’s natural resources

The Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society (MNTWS) has recognized a DNR conservation officer for his dedicated work in game, fish and wetlands protection.  Full Story

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Proposed rule change would protect fish from viral disease

The public has until 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, to send written comments on simplifying rules designed to control a contagious fish disease. The rule change would also better protect fish spawning beds and fish preserves.  Full Story

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2015 spring light goose hunt begins March 1

A spring conservation hunt on light geese will open Sunday, March 1, and run through Thursday, April 30. Light geese are snow geese, blue-phased snow geese and the smaller Ross’s goose. Full Story

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2014 fish, game and trapping licenses expire Feb. 28

Anglers are reminded that 2014 fish, game and trapping licenses expire on Saturday, Feb. 28.  Some hunting and fishing seasons continue past Feb. 28, and new licenses are required. Full Story

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Learn how to make maple syrup at Minnesota state parks

Ever wonder how pure maple syrup gets from tree to table? Find out how to make a batch with tips from the experts at Minnesota state parks. Free demonstrations — and tasting opportunities — will take place March 7 through April 11. Full Story

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Reminder: grant-in-aid snowmobile trails on private lands open only for snowmobiling

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds trail users that grant-in-aid (GIA) snowmobile trails on private lands only allow snowmobiling. While lack of snow for grooming may make these trails appealing, other recreational uses are considered trespassing. Full Story

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Rehab public archery ranges through DNR grant program

Minnesota park and recreation departments that would like to improve or rehabilitate a recreational archery range can apply for funds through a new Department of Natural Resources grant program. Full Story

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Volunteer safety training instructors honored

Two Minnesota hunter education instructors are being honored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for 50 years of volunteer service to the program. Full Story

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DNR offers outdoor skills programs for women and families

Women and families wanting to learn how to hunt, fish and develop skills in other outdoor recreational activities can find a wide range of hands-on learning opportunities in the 2015 Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) catalog. Full Story

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Minnesota’s moose population remains at low levels

Data from the aerial moose survey just completed indicate that the downward trend in the statewide moose population continues, even though there has been no statistical change in the population during the past few years. Full Story

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It’s easy to help the birds and bees at tax time: Just look for the loon

Carrol Henderson is puzzled.

On the one hand, he’s seen ample evidence that Minnesotans love the outdoors and nature. But he also knows that when it comes to a simple step people might take this time of year to help wildlife, many don’t.  Full Story

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Truck driver cited, fined for transporting zebra mussels near Winona

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has issued a civil citation and a $500 fine to a construction company truck driver for transporting zebra mussels.  Full Story

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Officers find too many cases of ice anglers leaving trash behind

Recent weekly activity reports from conservation officers (COs) with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are full of evidence of various types of refuse being discarded along frozen waterways. Full Story

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DNR seeks comments on environmental review for Roseau River Wildlife Management Area project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) prepared for the Roseau River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) pool enhancement project, located within 4 miles of the Canadian border in the northwestern corner of Roseau County.  Full Story

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DNR names 2014 snowmobile instructor of the year

Kim Bartelson of Winona is the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ 2014 volunteer snowmobile safety instructor of the year. Full Story

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Variable weather means ice may not be safe

With recent temperatures varying from below 0 to 40 degrees, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds winter recreationists that they should check local conditions before venturing onto the ice. Full Story

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DNR invites public input on update to Taconite State Trail master plan

The Department of Natural Resources is hosting three public meetings to begin the process of updating the Taconite State Trail master plan.  Full Story

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Expanded recreational activities allowed at 2 state scientific and natural areas

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has decided to allow dogs on leashes at Minnesota Point Pine Forest Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) in Duluth and expanded deer hunting at Lake Alexander Woods SNA near Cushing in Morrison County.   Full Story

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DNR offers lake service provider training

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering a series of lake service provider trainings to help curb the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). Full Story

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Local fire department receives DNR grant

The fire departments listed below have been awarded a grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant program. Full Story

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DNR to take a closer look at issue of pine forest conversion

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is undertaking a closer examination of a trend in northwestern Minnesota where pine forests are being cut, cleared and converted to potatoes and other rotational croplands. Full Story

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DNR seeks comments on Grand Rapids area lake and stream management plans

Citizens interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Grand Rapids area lakes have until March 10 to ask questions or submit comments. Full Story

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Sign up now for a firearms safety hunter education class

Now is the time for people to sign up for a hunter education firearms safety class offered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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DNR announces new appointments to committee on natural heritage

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr has appointed eight new members to the committee which advises the department on programs related to the state’s native prairies, forests, and wetlands and their native plants and animals. Full Story

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DNR seeking comment on deer population goals

An online questionnaire about deer populations in large portions of northeastern, north-central and east-central Minnesota can be completed on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ website. Full Story

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DNR postpones AIS training and trailer decal program

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will postpone the new aquatic invasive species training and trailer decal program that was due to launch at the end of the month while legislators consider changes to the program. Full Story

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DNR hires new agricultural program liaison

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced that Jason Garms is the agency’s new agricultural program liaison. Garms is a prairie biologist and a corn and soybean farmer. In his new role he will manage DNR agricultural policy development and program alignment. He will work with agriculture community leaders and farmers to strengthen the agency’s conservation partnerships.  Full Story

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DNR announces new special angling regulations

Angling regulations will change on nearly three dozen waters this year, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

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DNR officer honored by state chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation

The Minnesota chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) named Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Sam Hunter as its Minnesota Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Hunter joined the DNR in 2004 and is currently stationed in Park Rapids. Full Story

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Star of DNR eaglecam lays first egg just in time for tax season

Tuesday was the first day income tax returns could be filed, and right on cue, Minnesota’s most famous eagles seem to have dropped a little reminder to brighten the perennial chore. Full Story

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Hugo resident wins 2016 turkey stamp contest

An acrylic painting of a tom turkey by Nicholas Markell of Hugo has won the 2016 Turkey Stamp Contest out of eight entries received for this year’s contest, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.  Full Story

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Register for beginner fly-fishing weekend for youth-adult pairs

A youth paired with an adult can join other youth-adult pairs to learn the basics of fly fishing from experienced mentors over a whole weekend from Friday, May 29, to Sunday, May 31, near Lanesboro, Minnesota. Applications are available in the online events calendar Full Story

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Squirrel and rabbit hunting: One way to get into the winter woods

Even into the depths of winter after other hunting seasons have passed, there is still time to hunt gray and fox squirrel, cottontail rabbit, jack-rabbit and snowshoe hare in a season that runs until Saturday, Feb. 28. Full Story

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37 guns, 28 sets of antlers among items seized in deer case

Charges have been filed against a number of violators following a five-year deer investigation recently completed by conservation officers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

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Lake sturgeon continue recovery in Rainy River and Lake of the Woods

A recent lake sturgeon population study in Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River illustrates the slow, steady sturgeon population recovery owing to cleaner water, effective fishing regulations and vigilant enforcement – a success story that one day will allow anglers the realistic expectation of catching 100-pound sturgeon. Full Story

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4 plead guilty to 2013 deer poaching case

Four men pleaded guilty to a 2013 deer poaching case and had their hunting privileges revoked following an investigation by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Canadian and U.S. investigation leads to heavy fine for game violation

A joint investigation by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Ontario Canada Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry resulted in a heavy fine for a Minnesota man. Full Story

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More restrictive walleye regulations for Upper Red Lake take effect Jan. 23

Beginning Friday, Jan. 23, walleye regulations will become more restrictive on Upper Red Lake because of a record December walleye harvest, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Winter trout fishing to open for first time on 24 lakes

Anglers for the first time will be able to fish for trout in the winter on two dozen north-central Minnesota lakes, many of them within the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.  Full Story

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Deer population goal-setting public meetings begin Feb. 2

Opportunities for the public to participate in deer population goal setting for large portions of northeastern, north-central and east-central Minnesota begin Monday, Feb. 2, in Monticello.  Full Story

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DNR, Red Lake Nation renew Upper and Lower Red lakes fishery management agreement

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Red Lake Nation and Bureau of Indian Affairs signed a new five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) today that outlines continued cooperative management of the walleye population in the Upper and Lower Red lakes. The signing took place during a brief ceremony in Red Lake. Full Story

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