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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Mountain bike trails open at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area

The mountain bike trails at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Crosby have opened for the season – a few weeks earlier than normal, thanks to a mild winter and less-than-average snowfall. This year, new trailhead amenities and three yurts add to the offerings greeting visitors, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 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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Arson likely cause of two fires near Little Falls, reward offered

Fire investigators have determined that arson was the probable cause of two wildfires near Little Falls. The Morrison County Sheriff and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources continue to investigate. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the arsonist.  Full Story

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Top 10 Minnesota fishing violations

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released a list of the top 10 fishing-related violations to avoid this season.  Full Story

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DNR Fisheries summer fieldwork schedule on Aitkin area lakes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Aitkin area fisheries staff has announced the assessment schedule for the 2015 field season.
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Grand Marais area fisheries announces survey work

Fisheries staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Grand Marais area office will conduct surveys and assessments on several Cook County lakes and streams during the next few months. Full Story

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New fishing regulations aimed at improving fisheries

A batch of new fishing regulations have been enacted in northern Minnesota this year to improve fisheries for the future. In some cases, the new regulations expand harvest opportunities where previous regulations have succeeded in meeting management goals. Full Story

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Youth can get 3 free months of Outdoor News

Youth ages 11-17 who successfully complete their firearms safety certification can get a complimentary three-month subscription to Minnesota Outdoor News. Full Story

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Hawk from Yellow Medicine County tests positive for HPAI virus

A Cooper’s hawk from Yellow Medicine County is the first Minnesota wild bird to test positive for the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus that has infected poultry farms across Minnesota. Full Story

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Resource recycling: It’s important in fishing, too

By Brad Parsons, DNR central region fisheries manager

Most anglers I know enjoy a cold beverage after a busy day on the water. And whether that beverage comes in plastic, glass or aluminum, they also know the importance of recycling the container to conserve resources. Full Story

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Catch that? Bass fishing opportunities expand this year

bass-fishingAnglers get more bass fishing opportunities this year starting on the traditional Saturday, May 9, walleye and northern pike fishing opener. Read on for answers to questions about the upcoming bass fishing seasons from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Outdoor wood furnaces can be cause of wildfires

The Department of Natural Resources reminds homeowners to take precautions when using outdoor wood boilers this spring. Full Story

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Aquatic plant removal may require a permit

With lakes becoming ice-free and waters beginning to warm this spring, some lakeshore property owners may need a permit to remove aquatic plants from their shorelines. Full Story

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Near and far, good conditions on tap for fishing opener

Barring storms, favorable conditions should be on tap for anglers when fishing begins for walleye and northern pike Saturday, May 9, with this year’s season following a slightly earlier-than-normal ice out. Full Story

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DNR issues ATV riding season primer

Too often, adult and youth riders don’t understand the safety rules and regulations that govern all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

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Minnesota fishing facts

The DNR compiled these Minnesota fishing facts in preparation for the 2015 fishing opener, which is Saturday, May 9.

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Environmental impact statement not required for Northshore Mining expansion

The Department of Natural Resources has determined that the environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) process for a proposed expansion at the Peter Mitchell Mine near Babbitt in northeastern Minnesota has provided adequate information on potential environmental effects. Full Story

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Minnesota state parks and trails launch new statewide geocaching challenge

Everyone is invited to celebrate Earth Day by answering “the call of the wildflowers” by participating in a new statewide geocaching adventure that begins today, April 22. Camouflaged containers are hidden and waiting to be discovered throughout the state — at 74 of Minnesota’s state parks and recreation areas and at seven state trails. The clues to their exact whereabouts are posted on the Department of Natural Resources website. Full Story

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Divers confirm effective treatment of Christmas Lake zebra mussels

Initial searches indicate a three-step treatment of Christmas Lake in Shorewood for zebra mussels has been effective, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The results show the successful treatment of a small, isolated infestation of zebra mussels that was detected early.  Full Story

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For pure fishing fun, go after panfish

You won’t find a listing for Minnesota’s most harvested variety of fish in a zoological reference book. It doesn’t have a fancy two-part Latin name. And a 2- or 3-pounder is worthy of admiration. Full Story

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Minnesotans encouraged to conserve water for Earth Day

Everyone can act locally to protect the planet by taking simple steps to conserve water resources. The 45th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, is a reminder of the many ways to make a difference.   Full Story

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Prepare now for a safe boating season

Before launching into open water, boaters are reminded to inspect their boats and boating equipment and review regulations, which can be found in the 2015 Minnesota Boating Guide. Full Story

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For trout fishing in southeastern Minnesota, these are the good old days

Brook troutIf waiting until Saturday, May 9, for the walleye opener seems like an exercise in extreme patience, an entirely different type of fishing can be found after a short hike to the bank of a southeastern Minnesota trout stream.  Full Story

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DNR awards more trap range grants

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has issued $823,359 in a second round of trap range grants to 29 facilities across the state as part of a statewide effort to promote the development and enhancement of trap-shooting facilities. Full Story

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Minnesota state parks — they’re for the birds!

New book highlights where to see feathered friends

As far as Bob Janssen is concerned, Minnesota state parks are for the birds. Full Story

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Fishing questions answered at Fish Minnesota

Where on Lake Vermilion is Wakemup Bay? When can I fish for bass? How can I buy a license? Find answers to these and other questions at Fish Minnesota, the easy-to-use Department of Natural Resources fishing website. Full Story

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Wildfire Prevention Week April 19-25

Gov. Mark Dayton has declared April 19-25 as Wildfire Prevention Week in Minnesota to increase awareness of outdoor wildfire hazards. Full Story

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DNR to begin reforesting state land in northeastern Minnesota

Spring is a busy time for Minnesota Department of Natural Resources forestry staff. As timber harvesting activities wind down, attention turns to regeneration of recently harvested forest stands. Full Story

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Butterball Lake proposed as state game refuge

Butterball Lake (aka Long Lake), along with Butterball Creek, in east-central St. Louis County is being proposed as a state game refuge by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The proposal would close Butterball Lake and creek to hunting and trapping from Sept. 1 to Nov. 25, annually. Full Story

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DNR invites public input on Invasive Carp Action Plan

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on a statewide plan to combat invasive carp threatening Minnesota rivers and lakes. Full Story

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DNR offers guidance for turkey hunters in areas near avian flu

While avian influenza has not yet been found in wild turkeys, hunters are nonetheless reminded of ways to avoid potentially spreading the virus. Full Story

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DNR firefighters need cooperation from drone operators

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources requests that operators of unmanned aircraft (drones) stay at least 5 miles away from wildfires to create a safe environment for firefighting aircraft and crew. Full Story

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