Segment of Willard Munger State Trail near Duluth closed temporarily

A short segment of the Willard Munger State Trail is closed temporarily to accommodate expansion and realignment of the Canadian National Railroad, where it crosses under the trail between Duluth and Carlton, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The project will run through mid- to late summer. Full Story

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Spring burning restrictions to begin in northeastern Minnesota

The Department of Natural Resources will extend burning restrictions to Lake, Cook, and northern St. Louis counties starting Wednesday, April 8. Under these restrictions the state will not allow open burning of brush and yard debris.  Full Story

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State tournament shows robust interest in high school archery

Archers formed a long line over the length of an indoor athletic facility to shoot arrows at targets during the 11th state high school archery tournament in Minnesota. Yet this long line of competitors represented only a fraction of everyone in the tournament.  Full Story

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Small fires can be destructive

Fire managers with the Department of Natural Resources urge caution with all fires. As of April 1 there have been 309 wildfires in Minnesota that have burned 2,362 acres.

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Reminder for final lake service provider trainings before ice-out

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is holding the last round of 2015 aquatic invasive species (AIS) training sessions for lake service providers. The training is required for businesses that install, remove, rent or decontaminate water-related equipment such as docks, lifts, rafts, boats, or sprinkler systems from lakes and rivers in Minnesota.

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Tightened walleye regulations continue on Upper Red Lake

Beginning Saturday, May 9, walleye regulations on Upper Red Lake will be more restrictive than past open water seasons, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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Experts’ review of Mille Lacs management is presentation topic

Results from an independent review of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Mille Lacs Lake management, and DNR comments on those findings, will be the topic of a presentation from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, at Garrison City Hall, 27069 Central St. in Garrison.

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Watch the skies for pelicans migrating to Minnesota

Flocks of giant white birds are catching the eyes of outdoor enthusiasts across Minnesota, as once-rare American white pelicans migrate north to their nesting grounds across the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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DNR announces temporary, seasonal fishing closures

To protect fish spawning areas, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has begun to close certain portions of some Minnesota waters to fishing. The closings are routine and based on local conditions.

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Gov. Dayton’s proposals to bolster Minnesota’s outdoors

Minnesota’s outdoors enthusiasts would see significant improvements to the state’s management of fish and wildlife, and to other outdoor recreation programs, under a budget being proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton. Full Story

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Littlefork area seasonal road and trail closures take effect April 3

As warm weather approaches, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has temporarily closed many of its roads and motorized trails on state forest land. Full Story

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Groundwater sampling planned for Clay County

Water samples from about 90 wells in Clay County will be collected and analyzed for water chemistry this spring by hydrogeologists from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Samples will also be tested to learn how long the water has been underground.

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Women can learn how to catch bass, muskie from a pro

Women who want to take their fishing beyond the basics can learn from pro angler Mandy Uhrich in a class called Learn to Sport Fish, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, at Cabela’s in Rogers.

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Be bear-aware this spring as bears begin emerging from dens

Wildlife managers remind homeowners who live near bear habitat to be bear-aware and check their property for food sources that could attract bears this spring.

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Burning restrictions extend to more northern Minnesota counties

The Department of Natural Resources will extend burning restrictions in parts of north-central and northeastern Minnesota beginning April 1. Under these restrictions, open burning of brush or yard waste is prohibited.

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Hutchinson man named 2014 Youth ATV Safety Instructor of the Year

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has named Paul Kruse of Hutchinson the 2014 Youth ATV Safety Volunteer Instructor of the Year.  Full Story

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DNR urges state forest and off-highway vehicle trail users to check for temporary closures

With warm weather on the way, many off-highway vehicle (OHV) riders may be eager to hit the trails, but state forest roads and trails are typically wet during the spring, so the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will need to close some areas temporarily.  Full Story

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Death of two bull elk under investigation in northwestern Minnesota

Two bull elk were illegally shot and killed near Grygla in an area that holds Minnesota’s smallest elk herd and has been closed to hunting since 2012, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Comments sought on proposed Minnesota deer population goals

Comments on proposed deer population goals recommended by citizen advisory teams in 40 of Minnesota’s 128 deer permit areas will be accepted Thursday, April 2, through Wednesday, April 15, on the Department of Natural Resources websiteFull Story

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Spring burning restrictions take effect this week in much of Minnesota

The Department of Natural Resources will restrict debris burning in many northwestern, southern and central Minnesota counties this week, beginning Wednesday, March 25, and in other parts of the state beginning in April.  Full Story

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New well provides fresh, safe water at Blue Mounds State Park

A new well will provide campers with fresh, safe water at Blue Mounds State Park after another well was sealed due to the presence of E.coli, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

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Nongame Wildlife Program seeks to understand piping plover peril

By Kristi Coughlon
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“Peep-lo!” The high-pitched whistle pierced the air at the Pine and Curry Island Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) on Lake of the Woods. Christine Herwig scanned the sandy beach and dunes, squinting to find the source of the cry. Full Story

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Learn to camp, paddle and more at Minnesota state parks

Registration for I Can Camp! and other skill-building programs begins March 20, the first day of spring

People who lack the experience or equipment to go on a camping, canoeing or fishing trip should consider signing up for one of the many introductory programs offered at Minnesota state parks and trails in 2015. Reservations are now being taken for the following beginner-level programs, which start in June and continue through the end of August:  Full Story

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Governor’s budget proposal would help maintain vitality of state parks

More than 8 million people visit Minnesota state parks each year with nearly 1.3 million of them traveling from other states or countries. This year, Gov. Mark Dayton has recommended a much-needed boost in funding for Minnesota state parks and recreation areas to ensure that they remain well-maintained attractions. Full Story

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Sutherland named 2014 TIP officer of the year

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Thomas Sutherland of Grand Rapids was named the 2014 Turn in Poachers (TIP) “Joe Alexander” Conservation Officer of the Year during the annual TIP banquet held March 14 in Grand Rapids. Full Story

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Minnesota likely to see early start to fire season

With the recent warm weather, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fire behavior analysts are predicting an early start to the spring fire season. Full Story

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Ice ridges on area lakes generate interest and concern

Many home and cabin owners are noticing the spectacular ice formations, or ice ridges, that are pushing up on the shorelines of our lakes this winter. Some lakeshore property owners are not so impressed, as these ice ridges are causing damage to their shorelines and property. Full Story

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DNR seeks comments on Canisteo Mine Pit project environmental assessment worksheet

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments from March 16 to April 15 on an environmental assessment worksheet prepared for a temporary dewatering project within the Canisteo Mine Pit Complex, near the cities of Bovey and Coleraine in Itasca County. Full Story

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Minnesota DNR alerts public to spring burning restrictions

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will soon determine when to start spring burning restrictions. This year, with little snowpack and an early start to spring, restrictions are likely to take effect earlier, maybe as soon as next week.  Full Story

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Survey reports 131 elk, 3 herds in northwestern Minnesota

Three distinct herds totaling 131 animals that roam portions of far northwestern Minnesota comprise the state’s elk population, according to results of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ annual aerial population survey. Full Story

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Bald eagles on spring migration back to Minnesota

Bald eagles are migrating back to Minnesota and may be seen in large numbers across parts of the state over the next few weeks, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

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New campground, other changes proposed at Whitewater State Park

Open house scheduled for March 31 at Whitewater State Park Visitor Center

The Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division is seeking public comments on a proposal to develop a new campground at Whitewater State Park in southeastern Minnesota. The project would convert the existing Gooseberry Glen campground to a day-use area, and redevelop the former park manager’s residence into lodging for visitors. Full Story

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DNR seeks public input on forest management plan for northeastern Minnesota

A report that identifies major forest management issues for the Northern Superior Uplands in northeastern Minnesota is available for review, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The report is available online. Full Story

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DNR plans to modernize website, improve online technology

To better-serve the people of Minnesota, the Department of Natural Resources this session is requesting the Legislature’s help to meet new and increasing online technology demands from individuals and businesses across Minnesota. The DNR’s Citizen Engagement in Natural Resources initiative, which was recommended in Gov. Mark Dayton’s recently-released budget proposal, would modernize the agency’s website and help develop user-friendly online and mobile tools designed to: help people find the information and services they need to enjoy the state’s great outdoors; and conduct business in Minnesota. Full Story

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Surplus spring turkey hunt licenses go on sale

Hunters who applied for a spring wild turkey hunting license but were not selected in the recent lottery are eligible to purchase a surplus license on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 5 p.m., Monday, March 16. A total of 2,789 surplus licenses are available. Full Story

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March 16 deadline approaches for ice fishing shelter removal from northeastern MN lakes

Ice anglers in northeastern Minnesota are reminded of ice shelter removal dates on lakes located north of Highways 200 and U.S. Highway 2, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said. Full Story

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DNR seeks comment on International Falls area lake and stream management plans

Citizens interested in commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing International Falls area lakes are encouraged to review draft management plans and ask questions or submit comments by Friday, March 27. Full Story

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New members appointed to Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr, Metropolitan Council Chairman Adam Duininck, and Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission Chairman Al Lieffort have appointed seven new members to the committee that advises on the use of Legacy Amendment funds for Minnesota’s state and regional parks and trails. Full Story

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Back from cancer, Kevin Lines will battle decline in pheasants

Longtime conservationist and cancer survivor Kevin Lines knows a thing or two about beating the odds. Doctors told him in 2012 that he needed a bone marrow transplant to survive. Full Story

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DNR wildlife to hold second open house for proposed Gull River WMA

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting a second informational open house to discuss the proposed Gull River wildlife management area (WMA) near Pillager. The open house will be held Saturday, March 21st from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Sylvan Town Hall located at 12956 24th Avenue SW, Pillager, Minn. Full Story

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DNR seeks comment on Tower area lake management plans

Citizens interested in commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Tower area lakes are encouraged to review draft management plans and ask questions or submit comments by Friday, March 20. Full Story

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New fishing regulations, more opportunities for anglers

Anglers will have more opportunities to fish for bass, sturgeon and trout this year thanks to changes in Minnesota’s fishing regulations. Full Story

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Proposed rule change would protect fish from viral disease

The public has until 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, to send written comments on simplifying rules designed to control a contagious fish disease. The rule change would also better protect fish spawning beds and fish preserves.  Full Story

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2015 spring light goose hunt begins March 1

A spring conservation hunt on light geese will open Sunday, March 1, and run through Thursday, April 30. Light geese are snow geese, blue-phased snow geese and the smaller Ross’s goose. Full Story

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DNR offers outdoor skills programs for women and families

Women and families wanting to learn how to hunt, fish and develop skills in other outdoor recreational activities can find a wide range of hands-on learning opportunities in the 2015 Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) catalog. Full Story

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