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


Zebra mussels confirmed in Grants Lake in Douglas County, West McDonald Lake in Otter Tail County


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Grants Lake in Douglas County and West McDonald Lake in Otter Tail County.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Rouchleau Mine Pit near Virginia

Water pumping temporarily on hold

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in the Rouchleau Mine Pit near Virginia in St. Louis County.  Full Story


First-time winners take trout and walleye stamp contests

First-time winners took top honors at two habitat stamp contests that determined the artwork for the 2020 versions of the Minnesota trout and salmon stamp, and the walleye stamp.  Full Story


Starry stonewort confirmed in Lake Beltrami

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a small population of the invasive algae starry stonewort in Lake Beltrami, near Bemidji in Beltrami County.  Full Story


Hunters can give input on a variety of topics

DNR seeks input about deer seasons, proposed changes for youth deer, wild turkey and trapping seasons

Hunters, wildlife watchers, landowners and interested groups can provide their thoughts about deer populations, proposed hunting and trapping season changes, including expanding the youth deer hunting season across the state, allowing smaller-gauged shotguns for wild turkey hunting, and various changes related to the harvest of fisher, pine marten and bobcat.  Full Story


DNR issues decision on requests to reconsider PolyMet tailings basin permits

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Sarah Strommen today issued an order denying requests by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, multiple environmental organizations and some individuals to reconsider the tailings dam permits issued to PolyMet on Nov. 1, 2018.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in South Twin Lake in Mahnomen County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in South Twin Lake in Mahnomen County.  Full Story


Public invited to comment on special fishing regulations

During a series of 17 public meetings, anglers and others can give their opinions about proposed 2020 changes to special fishing regulations for 30 lakes.  Full Story


Plans underway for 2019 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

Austin to host Oct. 11-12

Planning is underway for the ninth annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener, being held October 11-12, 2019. This year’s event will be held in Austin, located in the southeastern part of the state. It is the first time Austin has hosted the event.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Maple Lake in Wright County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Maple Lake in Wright County.  Full Story


DNR seeking public input on Cass Lake fisheries management plan

Cass Lake – one of Minnesota’s 10 large walleye lakes – has a new draft management plan and the Department of Natural Resources is seeking input on it.  Full Story


Get ready for deer season: 2019 regulations available now

Regulation book online today, licenses available Aug. 1

image of 2019 hunting regulations book coverHunters can start planning ahead for significant changes to deer season regulations, including a youth deer season that’s expanded statewide, expanded deer feeding and attractant bans, and other updates related to managing chronic wasting disease. Full Story


2 bridges on Willard Munger State Trail close temporarily

Two trail bridge locations on the Willard Munger State Trail, which is located in northeastern Minnesota, will close temporarily starting July 29 due to bridge deck work. The trail segments will re-open after Sept. 30.  Full Story


Well sampling planned for the Groundwater Atlas of Olmsted County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will collect water samples from about 90 wells in Olmsted County this fall for use in the Groundwater Atlas of Olmsted County. Select owners will be contacted by mail or phone for permission to sample their wells. Full Story


DNR offering four multicultural, family fishing events on Mississippi River

Anyone who wants to try fishing is invited to multicultural, family fishing events happening at four locations in four days along the Mississippi River from Coon Rapids to Hastings, where people can get a chance to fish for many types of fish at close-to-home locations.  Full Story


DNR seeking to improve sunfish size quality

Large sunfish are scarce in many Minnesota lakes and local fisheries managers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are responding to angler desire for bigger sunfish by seeking out specific lakes that would be a good fit for improving sunfish size quality by reducing sunfish bag limits.  Full Story


New DNR regional director appointed

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Sarah Strommen today announced the appointment of Theresa Ebbenga to the northwest regional director position recently vacated by Rita Albrecht, who held the post from 2016 until her retirement in early July.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Lake Oscar in Douglas County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Lake Oscar in Douglas County.  Full Story


Flowering rush confirmed in Grants Lake in Douglas County

First time invasive aquatic plant has been confirmed in county

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed small patches of flowering rush, an invasive aquatic plant, in Grants Lake in Douglas County.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Lake Alexander in Morrison County

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


West Nile virus impacting Minnesota loon population

A recent uptick in reports of dead loons and test results indicate an impact from West Nile virus (WNV), according to nongame wildlife staff at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Remer area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around August 15 and continue through approximately September 20 on select parcels in the Remer State Forest in the vicinity of the Pine Tree Hunter Walking Trail.

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DNR hosts second round of area open houses for deer conversation

Public can meet local wildlife staff and learn about upcoming hunting season changes

Local wildlife managers across the state are again inviting the public to come to open house meetings to ask their deer-related questions and offer thoughts on deer issues.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Hand Lake in Cass County; Upper Cormorant Lake in Becker County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Hand Lake in Cass County and Upper Cormorant Lake in Becker County. Two smaller lakes and an unnamed wetland connected to Upper Cormorant Lake will also be listed for zebra mussels.b Full Story


Applications open for new career pathway program

Program aims to increase diversity in environmental, natural resource careers

The Department of Natural Resources, the Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources have partnered to launch the Increasing Diversity in Environmental Careers program.  Full Story


Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Aitkin area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around July 22 and continue through approximately September 15.  Sites are located in the Hill River, Savanna, and Solana State Forests. Full Story


Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Littlefork area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around July 15 and continue through approximately September 15 on select parcels in the Pine Island, Smokey Bear and Koochiching state forests. Full Story


Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Cloquet Forestry Area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around July 30 and continue through approximately September 10  on parcels located in the Fond du Lac and Cloquet Valley state forests. Full Story


Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Hibbing area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around July 15 and continue through approximately Sept. 10 on 110 acres in the Hibbing area. Full Story


Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Tower area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around July 15 and continue through approximately Sept. 15 on selected sites in the Kabetogama and Bear Island State Forests. Full Story


DNR officials offer condolences on loss of Red Lake Nation Conservation Officer Shannon Barron

Red Lake Nation Conservation Officer Shannon Barron passed away in the line of duty Sunday, July 7, after suffering a medical emergency while responding to a call for service. Barron had been a Red Lake Nation conservation officer since 2000. Full Story


Itasca State Park to dedicate new amphitheater

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Friends of Itasca will host a dedication event on Saturday, July 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for the new Lake Itasca Amphitheater at Itasca State Park.  Full Story


New self-registration stations at Cuyuna Country SRA add convenience

Visitors to Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Ironton now have more convenient options to buy their state park vehicle permits. Five new self-registration stations have been installed throughout the complex.  Full Story


DNR announces hiring of new directors for Fish and Wildlife and Lands and Minerals divisions

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has hired two veteran state government leaders to head the agency’s Fish and Wildlife and Lands and Minerals divisions.  Full Story


Intoxicated boaters are target of increased patrols during holiday week

Law enforcement working to keep waterways safe as part of Operation Dry Water

In Minnesota and across the nation, BWI is the leading contributing factor in boating accidents and fatalities. In the past two years, half of the fatal boating incidents in Minnesota involved alcohol, which is higher than the five-year average. Operation Dry Water coincides with the busy Fourth of July holiday weekend, when BWI-related injuries and deaths tend to spike.  Full Story


Whitewater State Park centennial includes special concert

A century ago in 1919, Congress established the Grand Canyon as a national park, while closer to home, the Minnesota Legislature appropriated $10,000 for the purchase of 240 acres in Winona County to be preserved as a state park.  Full Story