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


DNR seeks applications for advisory committee on natural heritage

Citizens with a strong interest in the state’s native prairies, forests and wetlands and the wildlife in them are invited to apply by 4:30 p.m. Nov. 12 for a key advisory board. Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Bde Maka Ska in Minneapolis

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Bde Maka Ska, part of the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes.  Full Story


2017 small game hunter survey results released

Small game license sales were down about four percent in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources annual small game survey. Full Story


Deer tests positive for CWD in disease management zone

Test result highlights importance of continuing mandatory tests for harvested deer

A deer taken during the opening weekend of archery season in southeastern Minnesota’s disease management zone has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

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Videos explain CWD testing and how to quarter and cape a deer

Videos about how to get deer tested for chronic wasting disease, how to quarter a deer, how to cape a trophy deer and how to remove lymph nodes from a deer are available on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website at mndnr.gov/cwd/videos.html. Full Story


Scarves up! Minnesota United and DNR offer tickets for water habitat

Minnesota United, the professional soccer team nicknamed the Loons, is teaming up with the Department of Natural Resources to support the state’s water habitat through a special ticket offer online for a home match 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, against the L.A. Galaxy. Full Story


Whitefish sport netting to open on northern lakes

Recreational netting for whitefish and cisco, also referred to as tullibee, will be open this fall on designated lakes that are less susceptible to sudden temperature changes.

Whitefish and cisco sport netting is open to Minnesota residents only. About 700 Minnesotans participate each year. Full Story


Anglers can give input on continuous season for South Dakota border waters

Anglers are encouraged to comment on a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources proposal to open the South Dakota-Minnesota border waters to continuous angling for walleye, bass and northern pike beginning in the spring of 2019.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Round Lake in Otter Tail County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Round Lake, located just west of Rush Lake in Otter Tail County. Full Story


DNR announces 16 parcels for fall 2018 land sale

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will offer 16 parcels for sale in three public oral bid auctions in October and November. Property information, auction instructions and a map of the parcels can be found on the DNR’s land sale webpageFull Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Blandin Reservoir near Grand Rapids

Several connected lakes also added to infested waters list

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Blandin Reservoir on the Mississippi River, abutting the city of Grand Rapids in Itasca County. Several lakes connected to the reservoir by a Mississippi River tributary are also being added to the infested waters list.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Sauk Lake in Todd County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Sauk Lake, near Sauk Centre in Todd County.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Big Pine Lake in Aitkin County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Big Pine Lake, just northwest of Mille Lacs Lake in Aitkin County.  Full Story


Minnesota’s wolf population remains stable

Population estimate statistically unchanged from last year

Minnesota’s wolf population estimate was 2,655 wolves and 465 wolf packs during the winter of 2017-2018 within Minnesota’s wolf range, an estimate that is statistically unchanged from the previous winter, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Richfield artist wins DNR pheasant habitat stamp contest for third time

Richfield artist Timothy Turenne won the Minnesota Pheasant Habitat Stamp contest. The painting was selected by judges from among 11 submissions for the annual contest sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Early antlerless-only deer hunting season runs Oct. 18-21

Hunters in portions of southeastern Minnesota can once again harvest antlerless deer in an early antlerless-only season from Thursday, Oct. 18, to Sunday, Oct. 21, in deer permit areas 346, 348, 349 and 603 in Fillmore, Houston, Olmsted and Winona counties, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


DNR confirms zebra mussels in lakes downstream of West Battle Lake

A “heritage lake” with no motor boating is among the connected waters

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has identified zebra mussels in two Otter Tail County lakes downstream of West Battle Lake. Zebra mussels were confirmed in West Battle Lake in August of 2016.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Barrett Lake in Grant County

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


Lake Christina drawdown underway in Douglas County

Wildlife managers have begun drawing down the water of Lake Christina in Douglas County to improve habitat and water quality on the popular destination for hunters and wildlife watchers.  Full Story


Beach area renovation begins at Sibley State Park

Improved accessibility is a goal

The Lake Andrew beach area at Sibley State Park in Kandiyohi County is undergoing significant renovations in conjunction with the park’s 100th birthday. While construction is underway, the swimming area, fishing pier, mooring docks, bathrooms and beach store will all be closed. Work started on Sept. 10 and is expected to be completed by spring 2019, when the park will celebrate its centennial.  Full Story


DNR honors 2 youths for outstanding conservation efforts

During a ceremony Friday, Aug. 31, at Minnesota State Fair

Madeline Kinziger from Duluth, St. Louis County, received the 4-H award and Calyn Rieger from Dassel, Meeker County, received the Future Farmers of America (FFA) award during a ceremony held at the Department of Natural Resources stage at the Minnesota State Fair.  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. 22, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR seeking input on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River regulation changes

Angling regulations that would change on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River in northern Minnesota are the topic of an open house for the public to give input on the proposals from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8, at Lake of the Woods School.  Full Story


Online harvest registration requires sign-in for better information security

Hunters who harvest deer, bear or turkey starting this season will need to sign into the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources electronic license system when registering a harvest online.   Full Story


New spruce grouse survey gives DNR a window on tough-to-monitor birds

Minnesota researchers have a new way to monitor populations of spruce grouse – a bird species that’s notoriously difficult to count – through an annual spruce grouse survey that happened for the first time in the spring with help from dozens of cooperators and citizen volunteers. Full Story


Angler surveys show walleye overage can be paid back on Lake Mille Lacs

Lake Mille Lacs angler survey results show that state anglers have taken walleye at levels far enough under the state’s safe harvest allocation to pay back a harvest overage accumulated in 2016 and 2017, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Cannon Falls artist wins duck stamp contest

A painting of a gadwall by Cannon Falls artist Jim Caturia will be featured on the 2019 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp, after he won the annual stamp contest sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR releases plan for sustainable groundwater use in Little Rock Creek area

Following two years of input and review from residents, irrigators and local government, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today released the Sustainable Use of Groundwater in the Little Rock Creek Area plan. The plan is available at mndnr.gov/littlerockFull Story


DNR seeks public input about walleye regulations on 5 St. Louis County lakes

Anglers interested in walleye fishing on Kabetogama, Namakan, Sand Point, Crane and Little Vermilion lakes in northern St. Louis County are invited to participate in public meetings to review the current walleye regulation on these lakes that make up the Namakan Reservoir.  Full Story


New tour at Soudan Underground Mine reveals geological wonders

A lesson in state mining history

See a mine the way the miners of yesteryear saw them. With help from a headlamp, hard hat, and tour guide, visitors too can walk the rails inside the mine at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park in northeastern Minnesota.   Full Story


DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2019 walleye stamp

Artists can submit entries for the 2019 Minnesota Walleye Stamp from Monday, Oct. 8, through Friday, Oct. 19.  Full Story


Hunters reminded about whole carcass importation ban

Hunters who harvest deer, elk, moose or caribou outside of Minnesota are reminded that whole carcasses cannot be brought into the state, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Grouse hunters can volunteer to help collect samples for West Nile virus study

Ruffed grouse hunters in northern Minnesota are reminded they can voluntarily submit samples for a West Nile virus research project being conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


State pheasant index up 19 percent from last year

Wet spring and summer affected reproduction in some areas; habitat declines remain long-term concern

The 2018 roadside survey for pheasants showed a 19 percent increase in the overall pheasant index from 2017. While the index is similar to the 10-year average, it is still 52 percent below the long-term average. Full Story


‘Starry Trek’ volunteers search 187 Minnesota Lakes; find starry stonewort in 1

Invasive algae confirmed in Wolf Lake in Hubbard County

More than 225 trained volunteers searched 187 Minnesota lakes recently for the invasive algae starry stonewort during the University of Minnesota Extension’s annual “Starry Trek” event.  Full Story


Construction begins soon on new route for Hallaway Hill Overlook Trail, Maplewood State Park

The scenic Hallaway Hill Overlook Trail in Maplewood State Park, near Pelican Rapids, will undergo construction after Labor Day to re-route the trail to address erosion issues, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR seeks public input on potential Minnesota River Valley State Recreation Area

SRA exploration stems from Minnesota River Valley Master Plan

Anyone who would like to provide input regarding a possible state recreation area in the Minnesota River Valley will be able to do so through an online survey, which will be available soon, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story