For Fosston woman, firearms safety is a way of life

Ask Bridget Landsverk, of Fosston, when she started volunteering as a firearms safety instructor and there’s a brief pause. She starts to count the years, then remembers: Last year she received a plaque for 10 years of service, which means 2019 marks the beginning of her second decade of instruction.  Full Story


Take an overnight canoe camping trip with new ‘I Can!’ program

Registration open for 2019 outdoor skills classes 

A new “I Can!”program offers participants the chance to learn the outdoor skills necessary to take an overnight canoe camping trip. The overnight adventure trip is one of many summer programs Minnesota state parks and trails has available for beginners of all ages who want to learn to camp, paddle, mountain bike and fish.  Full Story


Wet conditions force temporary road and trail closures

Heavy rain and flooding mean some roads and trails in state forests, state parks, recreation areas, and wildlife management areas will close temporarily, according to the Department of Natural Resources. This is because they are not firm enough to support vehicle traffic without causing damage. The closures could remain in effect until sometime in May, depending on weather conditions.  Full Story


DNR investigating deer carcasses dumped in Wabasha County

The Department of Natural Resources seeks the public’s help in identifying the person or people responsible for dumping the bodies of eight white-tailed deer near the Zumbro River in Wabasha County.  Full Story


DNR seeks comment on Tower area lake management plans

Anglers and others interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Tower area lakes and streams are invited to ask questions and submit comments on lake management plans through Monday, April 1. Full Story


DNR seeks comments on Enbridge license and permit applications for Line 3 Replacement Project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comments on applications related to the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project. The DNR is accepting comments on applications for several different licenses and permits needed to construct and operate the Line 3 Replacement Project across northern Minnesota.  Full Story


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 instructors over the course of a spring weekend from Friday evening, April 26, to Sunday afternoon, April 28, near Lanesboro.  Full Story


DNR seeks input on Timber Riders ATV trail proposal

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites public review and written comments on a proposal by Beltrami County to obtain grant-in-aid funding for additions to the all-terrain vehicle trail system.    Full Story


Walleye harvest will be allowed in May on Mille Lacs Lake

Mille Lacs regulations for walleye and other species announced

Anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will be able to keep walleye during open water fishing for the first time since 2015. An improving walleye population has been protected by conservative fishing regulations in recent years, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Zebra mussel larvae confirmed in Red Lake in Beltrami County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of zebra mussel larvae in Red Lake in Beltrami County after studying samples gathered last summer by biologists from the Red Lake Nation.  Full Story


DNR seeking conservation officer applicants for 2020 Academy

Agency invites potential candidates to March 15 open house at DNR Headquarters

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is holding a career fair Friday, March 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. for anyone interested in learning more about the career of a conservation officer. The agency currently is recruiting candidates for a Conservation Officer Academy to be held in spring 2020.  Full Story


Northeastern Minnesota moose population remains low but stable

8th consecutive year of stability means the overall number of moose aren’t declining

Results of the 2019 moose survey indicate northeastern Minnesota’s moose population remains stable but relatively low for the eighth year in a row, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR invites conversation about deer at area open houses

Public can meet local wildlife staff and learn about proposed season changes

Ever wonder how the DNR sets deer hunting regulations? Or how you can provide input on deer management in your area? Local wildlife managers across the state are inviting the public to come to open-house meetings to ask their deer questions and learn about the state’s most popular mammal.  Full Story


Grants aim to get more people hunting and fishing

Application deadline April 4

Groups that help people become hunters or anglers – or keep on hunting or fishing – can apply for grants from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


DNR fisheries to discuss Lake Winnibigoshish fish management

Anglers and others interested in Lake Winnibigoshish fisheries management are invited to a public open-house hosted by Department of Natural Resources Grand Rapids area fisheries staff. Full Story


Check 2019 fishing regulations before heading out 

Anglers will find a variety of regulation updates when they open up the 2019 Minnesota fishing regulations, including a continuous fishing season on South Dakota border waters, fall trout fishing in Rushford, and changes for walleye regulations on large lakes like Leech, Kabetogama and Lake of the Woods.  Full Story


Great snow conditions on Minnesota’s ski and snowmobile trails

Better late than never. Minnesota’s record month of February snow is a boon to winter sports enthusiasts.  Full Story


Maple syrup making: Tapping into a sweet tradition

Ever wonder how to tap your own maple trees and make delicious syrup? State parks are a great place to learn in the month of March.  Full Story


Anglers need to take action ahead of fish-house removal deadline

Record snowfall has created tough conditions on many lakes

The first deadline for anglers to remove their fish houses from inland waters is the end of the day Monday, March 4, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Shakopee man is snowmobile safety instructor of the year

Kim Werkmeister, of Shakopee, has been named the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Volunteer Snowmobile Instructor of the Year for 2018. Full Story


DNR seeks input on Butler Grade ATV Trail proposal

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


DNR announces CWD response efforts in Crow Wing County

Limited landowner shooting permits offered; public meeting scheduled for March 4

Following the discovery of chronic wasting disease in a wild deer in Crow Wing County, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering landowner shooting permits and will be working with willing landowners to allow the U.S. Department of Agriculture to remove additional deer on their properties. Full Story


DNR certifies huge lake sturgeon as new catch-and-release state record

Minnesota has a new state record lake sturgeon so large that anglers had to drill five holes to fit the 6 1/2 foot long fish through the St. Croix River ice. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has certified the fish as a state catch-and-release record. Full Story


Snowmobile riders: Enjoy great conditions, leave booze at home

Conditions for snowmobile riding in many parts of the state are as good as they’ve been in a long time, prompting what Department of Natural Resources conservation officers call the biggest number of riders in years to hit the state’s 22,000 miles of snowmobile trails. Full Story


New CWD-positive deer in Crow Wing County and southeastern Minnesota require additional disease monitoring and management

Gov. Walz proposes new funding to combat CWD; DNR plans disease response efforts

The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a wild deer in Crow Wing County. This test result marks the first time in Minnesota the fatal neurological disease has been found in a wild deer outside of the southeastern part of the state.  Full Story


DNR considers drawdown of Swan Lake after discovery of common carp

 Discovery of common carp in Nicollet County’s Swan Lake is prompting the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to consider a temporary lowering of the lake’s water level.  Full Story


Lake Mille Lacs open-water walleye harvest proposed for 2019

State and bands agree on safe harvest level   

Anglers on Lake Mille Lacs will have an opportunity to keep some walleye during the open-water fishing season this year. This follows several seasons of catch-and-release fishing on the lake.  Full Story


For longtime instructor, firearms safety runs in the family

Dave Olson wasn’t much different from other farm kids whose introduction to firearms occurred early in life. Despite his familiarity with guns, when his mom first heard about an organized firearms safety program in the 1950s, she insisted he and his brother complete it. Full Story


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

Anglers and others interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Grand Rapids area lakes and streams are invited to ask questions and submit comments on lake management plans up until the Friday, March 15 deadline. Full Story


DNR invites public input on proposed forest trails in Huntersville and Lyons state forests

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites anyone with an interest in recreational trail systems and motorized use in the Huntersville and Lyons state forests in Wadena County to attend a public meeting on Feb. 20 to review a set of proposals that include changes to the trail systems. The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Menahga Public School, 216 Aspen Ave SE, Menahga, MN 56464. Full Story


DNR to begin accepting reservations for Bert’s Cabins at Itasca State Park

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has started accepting reservations for Bert’s Cabins at Itasca State Park. These 12 cabins, near the headwaters of the Mississippi River, had been privately owned and operated since 1939. In December 2018, the current owners retired and sold the cabins to the DNR.  Full Story


Regulations change March 1 on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River

Walleye fishing regulations are changing starting Friday, March 1, on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR seeks comments on Duluth area lake management plans

Anglers and others interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Duluth area lakes and streams are invited to ask questions and submit comments on lake management plans up until the March 1 deadline. Full Story


DNR announces additional appointments to its leadership team

The Department of Natural Resources today announced its second round of leadership appointments.  Full Story


DNR names 2019 Conservation Officer of the Year

Mitch Boyum and others from Enforcement Division honored at annual awards day

Minnesota Department of Resources Conservation Officer Mitch Boyum has been named the 2019 DNR Conservation Officer of the Year, an award presented to an officer each year for outstanding overall career performance. Enforcement Division Director Rodmen Smith presented the award earlier this month at the division’s annual awards ceremony and training conference at Camp Ripley.  Full Story


DNR announces appointments to Commissioner’s Office

The Department of Natural Resources today announced leadership appointments in its Commissioner’s Office.  Full Story


Successful snowmobile rides start with safety mindset

DNR reminds snowmobile riders of safety tips ahead of Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week

Snowmobile riders throughout the state would welcome a fresh round of snowfall, but despite less-than-ideal conditions in some areas, they’re hitting lakes and trails with a fervor. In advance of Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week – Jan. 19-27 – the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds snowmobilers of the importance of safe and responsible riding.  Full Story


Discover winter fun at Fort Snelling State Park on Saturday, Jan. 12

Equipment and instruction for a range of activities will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of Winter Trails Day

Outdoors experts and enthusiasts will be on hand to promote winter fun during Winter Trails Day at Fort Snelling State Park on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Park visitors will have an opportunity to try a variety of winter activities, with equipment and instruction provided. Full Story


DNR hires new big game program leader

Minnesota’s new big game program supervisor will be Barbara Keller, an experienced wildlife researcher and manager who begins Feb. 1 overseeing the state’s deer, elk and moose populations with the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Employment event for military veterans set for Jan. 8 at Minnesota DNR

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting its second annual Veteran Employment information event, Tuesday, Jan. 8 at DNR Headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55101.  Full Story


CWD discovery in Houston County prompts additional late-season deer hunts

Limited landowner shooting permits offered; public meeting scheduled for Jan. 15

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering additional late-season deer hunts in southeastern Minnesota following the discovery of chronic wasting disease in a wild deer taken in Houston County.  Full Story


Shakopee resident wins turkey stamp contest

Shakopee artist Mark Thone won the 2020 turkey stamp contest. Judges selected the painting from among 12 submissions for the annual contest that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sponsors.  Full Story


Another year of successful elk hunts in northwestern Minnesota

Hunters had expanded opportunities to harvest elk this past year after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources offered more permits, a variety of permit types and a different season structure in one of the hunt zones.  Full Story


DNR grants permit for Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project ‘Plan B’

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has granted a permit for the Fargo-Moorhead Flood Risk Management Project known as “Plan B.”  The permit approval followed the DNR’s completion of a supplemental environmental review that examined revisions to an earlier iteration of the project.  Full Story


In 2018, DNR worked to enhance outdoor opportunities for all Minnesotans

In 2018, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources constructed and opened a new state park campground, reached out to new diverse audiences, and signed an agreement that makes way for restoration of historic buildings at the Fort Snelling Upper Post into affordable housing for military veterans.  Full Story