Fort Snelling State Park reopens after historic flooding

State’s busiest park has been closed for six months

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reopening Fort Snelling State Park today, Sept. 17, after persistent spring flooding caused extensive damage that forced the park to close in March.  Full Story


Tickets available for Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener banquet

9th annual event to take place at Austin Holiday Inn

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz invites all Minnesotans to join him on Friday, Oct. 11 for the 9th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener Community Banquet in Austin. Full Story


Inaugural statewide youth deer season opens Oct. 17

Minnesota offers mentors an ideal way to share hunting knowledge and traditions with youth ages 10-17 during its inaugural statewide youth deer season.  Full Story


Rushford artist wins Migratory Waterfowl Stamp contest

The 2020 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp will feature a painting of a pair of snow geese by Rushford artist Michael Sieve, who won the annual waterfowl stamp contest sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources. It was Sieve’s first time winning this contest.  Full Story


DNR announces fall 2019 land sale

Save the dates for upcoming sale

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will offer 17 parcels of land at three public oral bid auctions in October. The auctions will be held in Virginia, Wadena and St. Paul.  Full Story


Teach a kid to hunt small game during Take a Kid Hunting Weekend

Getting youth outdoors in pursuit of squirrels, rabbits and other small game is the focus of Take a Kid Hunting Weekend this Saturday, Sept. 21, and Sunday, Sept. 22.  Full Story


Good waterfowl opener expected this weekend

Duck hunting is expected to be good when Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season opens a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 21.  Full Story


DNR seeks comments on northern pike regulations for Mitchell Lake, Crow Wing County

Anglers and others interested in proposed changes to northern pike regulations on Mitchell Lake, north of Fifty Lakes in Crow Wing County, are invited to attend an open house hosted by the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


DNR seeks comments on northern pike regulations for Prairie Lake, St. Louis County

Anglers and others interested in proposed changes to northern pike regulations on Prairie Lake, near Floodwood in St. Louis County, are invited to attend an open house hosted by the Department of Natural Resources this fall. Full Story


Grants available to help Minnesota communities fight emerald ash borer

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has grant money available to help communities combat emerald ash borer and manage city-owned ash trees. Grants can help pay for tree inventories, management plans, ash removal and tree planting.  Full Story


DNR captures and tags silver carp in St. Croix River

Tagged fish will provide important research data

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has implanted a small tracking device in a silver carp captured on the St. Croix River Tuesday. This is the first time the DNR has tagged a silver carp, an invasive species that competes with native species for food. Full Story


Midge-borne virus causes death of wild deer in Stearns County  

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the first two cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) in wild white-tailed deer in Minnesota. EHD is a viral disease that is spread by a biting insect called a midge.   Full Story


Input sought on Minnesota-Wisconsin border waters fishing regulation changes

For the first time in nearly 70 years, Minnesota and Wisconsin are proposing notable changes to border waters fishing regulations – and the Minnesota DNR wants the public to weigh in on them.  Full Story


Minnesotans asked to serve on fish and wildlife budget oversight committees

Interested in helping the Department of Natural Resources determine how Game and Fish Fund dollars are spent? Submit an application to serve on a review committee by Friday, Sept. 20.  Full Story


Zebra mussel confirmed in East Battle Lake in Otter Tail County

Connected West Battle Lake has had zebra mussels for at least 2 years

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a zebra mussel in East Battle Lake in Otter Tail County.  Full Story


DNR seeks input on walleye and smallmouth bass regulation proposals in Itasca County

Anglers and others interested in fisheries management are invited to attend three public open-house meetings hosted by the Department of Natural Resources to provide input on fishing regulation changes proposed for lakes in Itasca County. Full Story


Pheasant index shows varied opportunities across the state

Hunters can still find plentiful birds but may need to consider weather impacts on habitat

When the Minnesota pheasant season opens on Oct. 12, hunters are likely to find some areas with plenty of pheasants and other areas where the birds will be tougher to find, judging by results of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources annual roadside pheasant survey.     Full Story


14 officers join state conservation officer ranks

Fourteen people who’ve spent the past 15 weeks at Camp Ripley immersed in their new careers as Department of Natural Resources conservation officers have graduated from the CO Academy and are set to begin patrolling Minnesota’s fields, waters and woods. They’ll spend the next several months in the field working with experienced officers before assuming their assigned stations all across the state.  Full Story


DNR honors 2 youths for their conservation efforts

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources honored two youths for their outstanding conservation efforts during a ceremony Friday, Aug. 30, at the Minnesota State Fair. Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen presented the awards.  Full Story


State Fair event highlights new state bee designation

Special event included commemorative poster giveaway

State officials, bee experts and a free limited edition commemorative poster highlighted a special state bee event Aug. 29 at the Department of Natural Resources’ exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair.  Full Story


Hunters asked not to shoot ear-tagged and radio-collared research bears

The Minnesota bear hunting season opens Sept. 1, and the Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters to avoid shooting marked research bears. These bears are marked with distinctively large, colorful ear tags and have radio collars.  Full Story


Hunters reminded to avoid inadvertent migratory waterfowl baiting

With the early Canada goose season opening Sept. 1 – and the regular duck and goose seasons on the horizon – hunters must know what’s occurring in the fields they plan to hunt to avoid a situation in which they’d be hunting over bait.  Full Story


Granada man is 2018 DNR volunteer firearms safety instructor of the year

Brad Wells, of Granada in southern Minnesota, has been named the 2018 firearms safety volunteer instructor of the year, by the Department of Natural Resources. A retired teacher and the assistant coach of his local high school clay target league team, Wells has been the lead firearms safety instructor in his area for the past 18 years. He’s been a firearms safety instructor for more than 20 years.  Full Story


More lands to hunt are available through Walk-In Access program

Lands open to the public starting Sept. 1

Beginning Sunday, Sept. 1, hunters can access nearly 30,000 acres of private land across 47 counties in western and south-central Minnesota through the Walk-In Access program. Full Story


Deer feeding and attractant bans expand this weekend as part of CWD prevention efforts

As part of efforts to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources bans the feeding of deer and the use of attractants in certain parts of the state to prevent the concentrations of wild deer in areas with a higher risk for disease.  Full Story


DNR targets CWD by expanding hunting, limiting deer-to-deer contact

2019 season regulations designed to control disease for long-term health of Minnesota’s wild deer

Minnesota is taking a three-pronged approach to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease and keep Minnesota’s wild deer population healthy.  Full Story


2 of 3 Whitewater State Park campgrounds closing for construction

After the Labor Day weekend, Whitewater State Park in southeastern Minnesota will close its Upper and Lower Cedar Campgrounds for a building construction and road reconfiguration project. The campgrounds, which contain 75 of Whitewater’s 126 campsites, will close Sept. 3 and remain closed through 2020. Full Story


DNR seeks comments on EAW for Upper Post Flats at Fort Snelling State Park

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments on an environmental assessment worksheet prepared for the Upper Post Flats at Fort Snelling State Park in Hennepin County.  Full Story


DNR seeks input on master plan for Mille Lacs Wildlife Management Area

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input as it revises plans for the Mille Lacs Wildlife Management Area, a popular destination for hunters located about two hours north of the Twin Cities in Kanabec and Mille Lacs counties in east-central Minnesota.  Full Story


Financial assistance available for northern Minnesota woodland owners

For people who own woods in northern Minnesota, the Department of Natural Resources has cost-share funds available to help improve their woodlands.  Full Story


High angling pressure, catch rates combine to close Mille Lacs walleye fishing

Walleye fishing on Mille Lacs Lake will close Friday, Sept. 6, so state anglers do not exceed a safe walleye harvest level.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in McCarron Lake in Ramsey County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in McCarron Lake in Ramsey County.  Full Story


DNR seeks input on David Dill-Arrowhead State Trail master plan review

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites the public to an open house to learn about updating the master plan for the David Dill-Arrowhead State Trail in St. Louis and Koochiching counties.  Full Story


DNR seeks comments on EAW for Cuyuna mountain bike trail

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting comments through Sept. 18 on an environmental assessment worksheet for a proposed mountain bike trail development, consisting of two loops, in Crow Wing County. Full Story


DNR invites public input on proposed forest trails in Rum River State Forest and nearby scattered forest lands

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites the public to attend a meeting on Oct. 21 to review proposed changes to recreational trail systems in the Rum River State Forest and nearby state forest lands. The affected lands are in Mille Lacs and Morrison counties. The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Onamia Lions Community Center, 806 W. Kathio St., Onamia. Full Story


Grouse hunters asked to help collect samples for West Nile virus study

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking ruffed grouse hunters in northern Minnesota to voluntarily submit samples for a West Nile virus research project that the DNR is conducting. Full Story


2019 DNR State Fair exhibit fact sheet

Theme – public lands – owned by you, managed by the DNR

Main building

  • Historic DNR building at State Fair is celebrating 85th anniversary this year
  • The 40-foot-high building opened Sept. 1, 1934.
  • Approximately 500,000 people visit the DNR building and surrounding park area each year.
  • Gate tickets in 1934 cost 25 cents. In 2019, a regular adult admission ticket costs $15.
  • Crews from the Civilian Conservation Corps erected the building in less than six months using machined logs.
  • Funding came from federal and state emergency relief administration and State Fair funds.
  • DNR building is open daily during fair from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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DNR’s State Fair exhibit educates visitors about public lands, entertains all ages

Educational displays, exhibits, presentations, music and entertainment highlight the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ annual exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair, which runs Aug. 22-Sept. 2 in Falcon Heights. Full Story


DNR manages wild rice lakes with an eye on water levels and climate

On a recent visit to Lower Dean Lake, Ann Geisen, wildlife lake specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, looked out at what she called a gorgeous stand of wild rice. Full Story


New central region director appointed

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Sarah Strommen today announced the appointment of Grant Wilson to the central region director position. Full Story


Zebra mussel introduction prevented by county inspector

A vigilant Washington County watercraft inspector prevented the introduction of zebra mussels to Big Marine Lake in Washington County, which is currently not known to be infested with the harmful invasive species. Full Story


DNR auction in Grand Rapids Sept. 7

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public auction of surplus equipment Saturday, Sept. 7, at 9:30 a.m. in Grand Rapids at the DNR northeast regional office, 1201 East Highway 2. Full Story


DNR seeks input on Warroad-Roseau Railbed ATV trail proposal

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites public review and written comments on a Roseau County proposal to obtain grant-in-aid funding for additions to the all-terrain vehicle (ATV)/off-highway motorcycle trail system in Beltrami Island State Forest. Full Story


DNR seeks comments on walleye regulations for Minnewawa and Horseshoe lakes in Aitkin County

Anglers interested in walleye regulations on Lake Minnewawa and Horseshoe Lake, near McGregor can attend an open house hosted by the Department of Natural Resources this fall. Full Story


DNR fisheries to discuss Island Reservoir and Whiteface Reservoir fish management

Anglers and others interested in fisheries management activities in Island and Whiteface reservoirs are invited to a public open house hosted by Department of Natural Resources Duluth area fisheries staff. The open house will be held Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Rice Lake Town Hall, 4107 West Beyer Road, Duluth. Full Story