Minnesota state parks and trails to be showcased at REI’s Bloomington store

Naturalists, park rangers, and other staff from the Department of Natural Resources will be stationed at REI’s flagship store in Bloomington on Saturday, Dec. 8 for the first Parks and Trails Takeover Day.  Full Story


DNR to host employment event for military veterans

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting its second annual Veteran Employment Information Event on Tuesday, Jan. 8 in St. Paul. Many veterans want to work in a natural resources environment, and many military skills translate into DNR positions.   Full Story


Wild deer identified as presumptive positive for CWD outside of disease management zone; first in Houston County

A wild deer harvested in Houston County on Nov. 17 has been identified as presumptive positive for chronic wasting disease, the Department of Natural Resources said. Official confirmation will come later this week. The hunter has been notified and the DNR is making arrangements to pick up the meat and carcass.  Full Story


DNR announces 2 December deer hunts as part of intensified CWD management efforts

Hunters can participate in two special deer hunts to help limit the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer in southeastern Minnesota. Full Story


DNR’s newest conservation officers set to hit the field

18 new officers will assume their stations Dec. 5

They’ve saved a hunter’s life, helped remove a deer running wild through the basement of a home and taught firearms safety classes. They’ve busted poachers, had lunch with kids and learned the ins and outs of natural resources law enforcement.  Full Story


Northern pike anglers and spearers gearing up for winter action, new regulations

As cold temperatures begin to make ice on Minnesota lakes, ice anglers and spearers are gearing up for winter fishing action. For many, winter is a time to seek out the eager-to-bite northern pike. This will be the first ice fishing season of new northern pike zone regulations throughout Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR intensifies CWD response efforts in southeastern Minnesota

Late-season hunts, landowner shooting permits and post-season deer culling planned; public meeting scheduled

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is taking additional steps to help limit the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer in southeastern Minnesota.  Full Story


DNR seeking applicants for $100,000 in shooting range grants

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced today that $100,000 in matching shooting range grants is available to improve existing five-stand, pistol, rifle, skeet or trap ranges. The application period opens Nov. 30 and runs through Dec. 28. Full Story


DNR seeks input on master plan for Red Lake Wildlife Management Area in northwest Minnesota

The public can provide input on a master plan update to the Red Lake Wildlife Management Area.  Full Story


DNR urges extreme caution on early ice, around cold water

Anglers in Minnesota have begun making their first forays onto hard water, but ice conditions statewide – and even on the same body of water – remain extremely variable. Safety officials with the Department of Natural Resources remind people to stay off the ice until there’s at least 4 inches of new, clear ice. And they should be vigilant about safety and check conditions at least every 150 feet whenever they’re on the ice.  Full Story


Snowmobile trails still need more snow, cold temperatures

Early cold temperatures and several inches of snow in parts of the state have many snowmobile enthusiasts excited to take their first ride of the season, but most trails will need more snow before grooming can begin. Most of the state’s snowmobile trails are not yet ready for riding, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR invites public input on Roseau County off-highway vehicle camping options

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites anyone with an interest in off-highway vehicle (OHV) camping facilities in Beltrami Island State Forest or Hayes Lake State Park area to two open houses in December.  Full Story


DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2020 turkey stamp

Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2020 Minnesota Wild Turkey Stamp from Monday, Dec. 3, through 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21.  Full Story


DNR, Dominium sign agreement to renovate 26 historic buildings at Fort Snelling Upper Post

Officials from the Department of Natural Resources and Dominium, an affordable housing development and management company, today signed a re-development agreement that will create an anticipated 176 units of affordable housing in the historic buildings at the Fort Snelling Upper Post, near the Fort Snelling Golf Course and Historic Fort Snelling.  Full Story


On thin ice – teach kids the dangers of ice

Now is the time to talk with kids about the dangers of ice. Ice thickness varies greatly on lakes, ponds and rivers throughout the state. Some water bodies have none, while others have several inches, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Upper Red Lake walleye regulations continue for winter season

Anglers fishing during the winter season on Upper Red Lake will continue to have a four walleye bag limit, with only one walleye allowed longer than 17 inches.  Full Story


Pheasant hunting a great excuse to get outdoors as temperatures drop

Pheasant hunters should have plenty of harvest opportunities during the late season hunt.

“The hunting forecast looks really good for the latter part of the pheasant season,” said Nicole Davros, farmland wildlife research supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Our August roadside survey counts were up in most areas of the pheasant range this year, and early hunting season field reports have confirmed our suspicion that we may have under-detected birds due to a late hatch.”  Full Story


Angler sets new benchmark for northern pike state record

Minnesota anglers who want to catch a state record northern pike now have a new mark to beat after angler Matthew Swanson of Woodbury has claimed the record with a 45 1/4 inch northern pike caught on the Rainy River.  Full Story


Governor’s Residence Christmas tree harvested from Nemadji State Forest

The holidays are coming to the Governor’s Residence!

Foresters from the Department of Natural Resources and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota harvested the official state Christmas tree Nov. 16 from the Nemadji State Forest. The tree, which is approximately 60 years old, will decorate the Governor’s Residence in St. Paul. Full Story


DNR issues Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for revised Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project

Public comments invited through Nov. 29
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today issued a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Final SEIS) for the Fargo-Moorhead Flood Risk Management project. The DNR is accepting public comments on the Final SEIS until 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. Full Story


Stressed out? Visit a state park on Veterans Day and unwind with nature

It’s no secret that nature helps sooth a troubled mind. Consider spending an afternoon at a state park with a veteran this Veterans Day where the “awe” factor increases as the stress level decreases. Full Story


Lakeville artist wins walleye stamp contest

Lakeville artist Stephen Hamrick won the Minnesota Walleye Stamp contest. Judges selected his painting from among 11 entries for the annual contest that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sponsors.  Full Story


Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee seeks applicants

Applications due by Friday, Nov. 30

The Department of Natural Resources, the Metropolitan Council and the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission are seeking qualified applicants to serve on the Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Lake Bemidji in Beltrami County

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


DNR issues permits for NorthMet mining project in northeast Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced today that it has issued permits for Poly Met Mining, Inc.’s (PolyMet’s) proposed NorthMet mining project in northeast Minnesota.  Full Story


Lake Mille Lacs winter anglers allowed 1 walleye starting Dec. 1

Surveys show walleye population increasing, but some year classes remain below normal

Winter anglers on Lake Mille Lacs will again enjoy a walleye harvest this winter for the third season in a row, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Similar to last season, anglers will be allowed to keep walleye on Mille Lacs starting Saturday, Dec. 1, with no bait restrictions and a limit of one walleye between 21-23 inches, or one fish over 28 inches.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Lake Riley, Carver County

Fall is a key time of year to check for invasive species

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


Zebra mussels confirmed in several central Minnesota lakes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Koetter Lake in Stearns County, Mound Lake in Todd County and Crookneck Lake in Morrison County.  Full Story


Deer season opens this weekend

Minnesota’s firearms deer season begins a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Nov. 3, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources expects half a million hunters to participate.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Elkhorn Lake in Kandiyohi County

Fall is a key time of year to check for invasive species

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


Zebra mussels confirmed in Lake Sarah in Murray County

Fall is a key time of year to check for invasive species

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


Whitefish, tullibee sport-netting to open on Shagawa, Bear Island, Ojibway lakes

Dates have been set for recreational netting for whitefish and tullibee (cisco) on Shagawa, Bear Island and Ojibway lakes in the Tower fisheries work area, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


DNR names Cynthia Osmundson to lead Nongame Wildlife Program

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced that regional wildlife manager Cynthia Osmundson will become the supervisor of the agency’s Nongame Wildlife Program, effective next month. Osmundson will replace the recently retired Carrol Henderson.  Full Story


Angler sets first catch-and-release record for northern pike

A 43 1/2 inch pike caught by a member of the Women Anglers of Minnesota on Mille Lacs Lake sets the first northern pike state record in the Department of Natural Resources’ catch-and-release category.  Full Story


CWD tests mandatory in central, north-central and southeast

Hunters in central, north-central and southeast Minnesota need to bring their harvested deer to be tested for chronic wasting disease on opening weekend of firearms deer season Saturday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 4.  Full Story


Temporary off-highway vehicle trail closures begin in November

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will restrict recreational use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) in some areas during the upcoming firearms deer hunting season. Vehicles affected by the restrictions include all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), off-highway motorcycles (OHMs) and registered off-road vehicles (ORVs) such as four-wheel drive trucks that are not being used in conjunction with deer hunting by a licensed deer hunter.  Full Story


Drowning is biggest safety risk for waterfowl hunters

Live to hunt another day by wearing a life jacket or float coat

Hunters hitting the water this fall in pursuit of ducks, geese and other waterfowl are reminded to include life jackets on their hunting gear checklist.  Full Story


Groundwater use in White Bear Lake area meets state standard

Analysis shows groundwater use is sustainable, but does affect lake  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Pomme de Terre lakes and Perkins Lake in Grant and Stevens counties

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in additional locations in a chain of lakes across Otter Tail, Grant and Stevens counties. Perkins Lake in Stevens County, Middle Pomme de Terre Lake and North Pomme de Terre Lake in Stevens County, and Pomme de Terre Lake in Grant County will be added to the infested waters list.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Sugar Lake in Wright County

Fall is a key time of year to check for invasive species

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Sugar Lake in Wright County, after more than a dozen lake property owners reported finding zebra mussels on equipment being removed from the lake for the season.  Full Story


Deer hunts will take place at several state parks this fall

Special hunts to prevent overpopulation of deer and protect resources will occur this fall at several Minnesota state parks, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


DNR seeks comments on environmental review for Minnesota Valley State Trail, Bloomington segment

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments on an environmental assessment worksheet prepared for the Minnesota Valley State Trail, Bloomington segment in Hennepin County. Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Big Fish Lake in Stearns County

Fall is a key time of year to check for invasive species

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Big Fish Lake in Stearns County.  Full Story


Workshops for aeration system operators offered in Windom, Hutchinson and Waterville

Workshops are available this month for operators of lake aeration systems, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


DNR: Hunters must keep firearms safety in mind while in the field

With the pheasant season opening Saturday and the firearms deer season on the horizon, Enforcement Division officials from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are reminding hunters to keep firearms safety at the top of their minds. Full Story