Walleye stocking: By the numbers

Anglers are never far from a lake where they can catch walleye in Minnesota. Fish stocking keeps it that way. Full Story

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Breeding mallard numbers down, other species up from last year

Minnesota’s breeding mallard population counts are down from last year while other species saw increases, according to the results of the annual Minnesota Department of Natural Resources spring waterfowl surveys. Full Story

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DNR plans to sell nonferrous mineral leases

The Department of Natural Resources plans to hold a sale of state-owned metallic mineral leases for sites in northern Minnesota in fall 2015. Full Story

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DNR aquatic invasive species training and trailer decal repealed; affirmation passed

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources aquatic invasive species (AIS) training and trailer decal program, which was due to launch this year, was repealed by the Minnesota Legislature during its recently completed special session. Full Story

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Protecting forests helps protect tullibee in cold, clear lakes

A favorite prey species for walleye, northern pike, lake trout and muskellunge is facing an uncertain future in northern Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Meeker County OHV Park to celebrate grand opening June 27

A grand opening celebration for the new Meeker County Off-highway Vehicle Park will take place Saturday, June 27, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Annual list of potential timber harvest sites available for review

The annual list of potential timber harvest sites on state-administered forest land is now available for public review, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Comments will be accepted until July 17. Full Story

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DNR seeks comment on lock and dam erosion repair project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comment during a public review period, June 22 to July 22, on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) for a scour repair project on Lock and Dam 1, located on the Mississippi River between Minneapolis and St. Paul. Full Story

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After initial testing, DNR researchers still investigating avian flu in wildlife

After collecting and testing more than 3,300 samples from wild birds, nearly all of the test results are back and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has found only one positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), a Cooper’s hawk from Yellow Medicine County reported in late April.  Full Story

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Volunteers needed in Itasca, Lake and Cook counties for DNR loon survey

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking volunteers to help monitor the loon population in Itasca, Lake and Cook counties in northeastern Minnesota. Volunteers are needed for one day during the June 26 through July 6 monitoring period.
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Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the St. Croix State Forest

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands in the Sandstone area as a way to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around July 1 and continue through approximately September 15 to 600 acres on 13 sites in the St. Croix State Forest. Full Story

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Crow Wing State Park remains open during pinelands restoration

Visitors to Crow Wing State Park near Brainerd can observe the start of a jack pine barrens restoration project that will improve 250 acres of wildlife habitat. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) project is a collaborative effort by the DNR’s Forestry Division and a local logging contractor to allow the campground to remain open throughout the tree-thinning portion of the project, which began on June 1 and will last several weeks.
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Information about elk hunting applications

Hunters have until Friday, June 12, to apply for one of seven elk licenses offered this year by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Sturgeon fishing: Opportunities keep getting bigger

Anglers have more opportunities to fish for lake sturgeon because of a new catch-and-release fishing season that reopens in most of the state on Tuesday, June 16, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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On Father’s Day, Twins offer free hat through partnership with DNR

Anyone with a 2015 Minnesota hunting or fishing license can receive a free camouflage Twins logo baseball cap by being among the first 500 to buy Minnesota Twins tickets through a special offer online. Full Story

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Women can register for biking, camping trip in Jay Cooke State Park

Women who want to explore the scenic Willard Munger State Trail and Jay Cooke State Park near Duluth can attend a Women’s Camping and Biking Weekend from Friday, Aug. 14, to Sunday, Aug. 16. Full Story

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DNR approves new deer population goals

New deer population goals have been approved by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for large portions of northeastern, north-central and east-central Minnesota, covering 40 of 128 deer permit areas in the state. Full Story

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DNR studies muskie to improve fishing for anglers

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Researchers carefully hoist a huge muskellunge onto a boat. They record its measurements, identify the sex of the fish, scan an electronic tag implanted in the muskie and return it to the lake where, one day, it could take an angler’s lure and provide a long-remembered thrill.  Full Story

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DNR cautions boaters to avoid Upper St. Anthony Falls dam

Portage route available for paddlers after June 10 lock closure

Mississippi River boaters and paddlers are reminded that as of Wednesday, June 10, the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock in downtown Minneapolis will permanently close. Boaters and paddlers should avoid approaching the area from upstream, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

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Newest state record fish hooked in Root River, again

May 8 is turning into a red-letter date for angler Chad Wentzel.  Full Story

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June 6-14 is All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Week

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds all-terrain vehicle (ATV) operators about safety training opportunities. June 6-14 is All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Week in Minnesota. Full Story

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Roadsides are important habitat for pollinators and pheasants

People who own or manage land along Minnesota roads and highways are urged to delay roadside mowing until the beginning of August, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Paddlers will attempt to travel entire Minnesota River in 1 day

Paddling enthusiasts hope to see an unprecedented number of canoes and kayaks on the Minnesota River on Saturday, June 13 (National Get Outdoors Day).  Full Story

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Silver maple trees showing signs of stress

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources foresters are seeing many silver maples and some elms with stunted or no leaves and an abundance of seeds this spring. These trees are not dead and will rebound over the next couple of years. The DNR encourages proper tree care and patience.
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Jay Cooke State Park celebrates 100 years with special programs

The public is invited to attend a special event on Saturday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Jay Cooke State Park, located south of Duluth. A formal program will take place at 1 p.m. with DNR Parks and Trails Division Director Erika Rivers, followed by a cake cutting and refreshments. Full Story

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5 bighead carp captured in St. Croix River near Stillwater

Five bighead carp were captured in the St. Croix River in the past week, just south of Stillwater near the Xcel Energy Allen S. King power plant, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

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DNR seeks to expand dialogue about state’s pike problems

Excited to catch a big northern pike at the cabin near Brainerd, an angler casts a lure all week, yet, day after day, only has success in reeling in skinny, snake-like pike.   Full Story

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DNR shallow lakes program supervisor gets national recognition  

Minnesota’s efforts to manage shallow lakes received national attention in May when Department of Natural Resources employee Nicole Hansel-Welch received the Blue-winged Teal Award from the North American Waterfowl Management Plan Committee.  Full Story

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Minnesota DNR and National Guard combat wildfires

With a Department of Natural Resources Air Attack operator in a helicopter pointing out the targets, two Minnesota Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopters assaulted a series of controlled grass fires this month at Camp Ripley. Full Story

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10 zebra mussels found in Christmas Lake during follow-up search

Teams of divers this week found a total of 10 zebra mussels in a second search of Christmas Lake. None of the 10 were found in the area treated late last year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. Full Story

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Public comment period opens for Nichols Lake vegetation management plan

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is inviting public comment from May 21 to June 6th on the lake vegetation management plan for Nichols Lake located in central St. Louis County. Full Story

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Itasca State Park to begin watercraft inspections May 22

All watercraft entering Itasca State Park will be inspected starting May 22, as part of a new plan to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species in park waters, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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DNR asks lakeshore owners to report mudpuppy salamanders, die-offs

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking lakeshore owners and citizens to report any mudpuppy salamanders they see, especially die-offs on rivers and lakes. A die-off is defined as five or more dead salamanders in a lake at the same place at the same time. Full Story

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Fish and wildlife stamp artists and buyers help conservation efforts

Ever since the 1977 debut of the waterfowl stamp in Minnesota, people have helped fund fish and wildlife conservation by creating and buying stamps for trout and salmon, waterfowl, pheasants, walleyes and turkey. Full Story

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Minnesota state parks and trails offer new bike tune-up stations

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has installed 31 new bicycle tune-up stations in state parks and on state trails. The stations are equipped with basic bike maintenance tools, including air pumps. Full Story

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‘Blasting’ away lake sediment and aquatic plants is illegal

Lakeshore property owners are reminded that products creating a current of water to push debris away from docks and shorelines may not be used to move sediment or excavate the lake bottom. Full Story

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Twins offer free hat through partnership with DNR

Anyone with a 2015 Minnesota hunting or fishing license can receive a free camouflage Twins logo baseball cap by being among the first 500 to buy through a special Minnesota Twins ticket offer online. Full Story

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Minnesota’s newest state park reaches important milestone

Campground construction begins at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Construction began today on a campground at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park in northeastern Minnesota that will accommodate more than 250 people nightly in tents and RVs, the Department of Natural Resources said. Full Story

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How to introduce a kid to fishing

Taking a kid fishing can be rewarding, but less so if that kid is cold, hungry, insect-bitten, bored, frustrated, or beholden to an adult who can’t put down their own fishing rod. Full Story

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Chronic poacher faces nearly $4,000 in fines and restitution

A Minnesota bear guide faces significant fines and restitution after recently pleading guilty in Cook and Faribault county district courts to illegally hunting bear, deer and other animals. This follows a multi-year Department of Natural Resources poaching investigation. Full Story

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Nongame Wildlife Program to conduct statewide trumpeter swan aerial survey

The Nongame Wildlife Program will conduct the first statewide aerial trumpeter swan survey this month as part of the program’s ongoing efforts to monitor trumpeter swans, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Buy a walleye stamp, support stocking

Anglers who want to support Minnesota’s walleye stocking program can do so by simply purchasing a walleye stamp wherever Minnesota fishing licenses are sold. Full Story

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DNR proposes bike trail improvements at Itasca State Park

Open House scheduled for May 28 at Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center, Itasca State Park

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division seeks public comments on a draft management plan amendment for Itasca State Park. The DNR is proposing to pave two segments of snowmobile trail for summer bicycling and walking, which would improve safety and enhance the experience of park visitors.  Full Story

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Lake Vermilion resort owner builds Minnesota lake traditions

Let's Take a Kid Fishing 2014 Lake VermilionLike the bald eagles that soar just outside his Lake Vermilion dockside window, Ed Tausk loves to fish. Full Story

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‘Protect your waters’ on fishing opener and throughout season

The 2015 fishing opener is an important reminder of every Minnesota angler’s vital role in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). Following AIS laws helps protect waters from invasives while protecting anglers from citations, according to Maj. Greg Salo, DNR Enforcement Division operations manager.  Full Story

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