Fort Ridgely State Park campground, horse camp and trails temporarily closed due to flooding

Effective immediately, the campgrounds, horse camp and trails at Fort Ridgely State Park near Fairfax have been closed due to flooding, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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DNR to give temporary flexibility to enact slow no-wake zones

Due to recent heavy rains and high water across the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is giving counties, cities and townships more authority to enact ordinances to address high water in their area. Full Story

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DNR warning: Waters dangerously high and fast

Following recent rains across the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is urging boaters, paddlers and swimmers to think twice before heading out on the water right now. Full Story

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Cuyuna Country SRA mountain bike trails remain open during trailhead construction

Construction of the new trailhead is underway at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area (SRA) in Ironton (north of Brainerd). Most of the recreation area will remain open throughout the construction season, however the Pennington Mine Lake public water access, Huntington Mine Lake carry-in canoe access and the road to Miner’s Mountain Overlook will be closed temporarily for visitor safety.  Full Story

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Franz Jevne State Park temporarily closed due to flooding

Franz Jevne State Park, near the Minnesota-Canada border, is closed temporarily due to flooding along the Rainy River, the Department of Natural Resources said.

Franz Jevne flooding

Franz Jevne flooding

More information about the park is available online or by contacting the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us, 651-296-6157, or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Twins offer free hat, discounted tickets through partnership with DNR

Kids and adults who have a 2014 Minnesota hunting or fishing license can still receive a free blaze orange and camouflage Twins logo baseball cap when they buy a discounted Minnesota Twins ticket online. Full Story

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Roadsides are important habitat for pollinators and pheasants

Delaying roadside mowing until Aug. 1 benefits pheasants, songbirds, pollinators and more, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Obama approves closure of Upper St. Anthony Falls lock

A significant step has been taken toward protecting the Upper Mississippi River above the Twin Cities from invasive carp. Full Story

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

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources 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 27 through July 7 monitoring period. Full Story

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More DNR-trained watercraft inspectors and checkpoints this summer

This summer, to help combat the spread of aquatic invasive species, the Department of Natural Resources is increasing the number of watercraft checkpoints to 36, double the number from last year. Full Story

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DNR accepting applications for 2014 Camp Ripley archery hunts

Hunters can apply starting Tuesday, July 1, for the 2014 regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. The application deadline is Aug. 15, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Forest tent caterpillar peak: too soon to predict

The forest tent caterpillar population has been on the rise in some northern and west-central Minnesota counties since 2007, but may have reached a peak in 2013 when 1.1 million acres of aspen, oak, basswood, birch and other hardwood trees were defoliated. Full Story

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Midwest boaters urged to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species across borders

Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan launch AIS prevention message

Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan share many of the same boaters and anglers – now they’re sharing the same message to help protect their waters from aquatic invasive species (AIS), according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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DNR to consider recreation rule changes

For the first time in a long time, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reviewing recreation rules at state parks, recreation areas, trails and forests and invites public comments until 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 25. Full Story

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DNR invites comments on Sand Lake vegetation management plan

People interested in reviewing and commenting on the draft Sand Lake vegetation management plan have until June 23, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. The lake is located near Britt, in northern St. Louis County. Full Story

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New online tool makes it easy to find the Minnesota state park that’s the best fit

Just in time for National Get Outdoors Day – coming up Saturday, June 14 – the Department of Natural Resources is rolling out a new tool to help plan an outdoor adventure at a Minnesota state park or recreation area. Looking for a Minnesota state park with a swimming beach, a bike trail and drive-in campsites? Or a park with an accessible camper cabin and fishing pier? ParkFinder – as the new, interactive tool is called – can help people find which of Minnesota’s state parks and recreation areas best match their needs and interests. Full Story

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Free DNR decontamination trainings for lake service provider businesses

The DNR is offering two trainings this summer for lake service provider (LSP) businesses interested in learning how to remove aquatic invasive species (AIS) using hot-water/high-pressure decontamination methods. Participants will receive hands-on practice cleaning boats using the specialized equipment. Full Story

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Bears in suburbs: DNR says leave them alone unless they’re a threat

Mosquitoes aren’t the only unwelcome visitors showing up around the metro region lately, as several suburban communities recently have reported bears, leading the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to ask for the public’s cooperation in dealing with nuisance wildlife. Full Story

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‘Blasting’ away aquatic plants may not be legal

Products that create water currents to push away plants and debris from docks and shoreline should not be used to move sediment or excavate the bottom of a lake or river, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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DNR seeks comments on draft rules for Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area

A special regulatory framework aimed at protecting the metro portion of the Mississippi River is getting its first update in 35 years, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants the public to weigh in on the proposed changes. Full Story

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Public invited to free guided hike on Morton Outcrops June 8

The public is invited to take part in a two-hour guided hike on top of one of the oldest rock outcrops in the world on Sunday, June 8, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Full Story

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Public invited to free guided prairie hike near Jeffers June 7

The public is invited to take part in a two-hour guided hike at Rock Ridge Prairie Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) near Jeffers on Saturday, June 7, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Full Story

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DNR auction in New Ulm features wide variety of items

Pick-ups, snowmobiles, tractors and other items will be for sale during a public auction of surplus equipment held by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Saturday, June 14, at 9:30 a.m. in New Ulm. Full Story

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ATV riders can explore Minnesota trails for free

New trail atlas available to help with trip planning
Minnesotans with all-terrain vehicles registered for private or agricultural use won’t need to pay the additional registration fee ($53.50 for three years) to ride the state’s public ATV trails on Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8. Out-of-state riders can explore Minnesota ATV trails that weekend as well, without the need for a nonresident trail pass ($21 annually). Full Story

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New deer population goals for southeastern Minnesota announced

New deer population goals for southeastern Minnesota announced
More deer in much of southeastern Minnesota is the anticipated outcome of a citizen-led deer population goal-setting process that increases deer numbers in five of the nine permit areas under review. Full Story

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Crooked Lake designated as infested with zebra mussels

An aluminum can encrusted with zebra mussels found at Crooked Lake in Lake County has resulted in the lake being designated as infested, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Crooked Lake is located near the town of Finland. Full Story

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Newest state record fish hooked in Root River

A Minneapolis resident has joined an exclusive club of anglers who’ve caught state record fish. Full Story

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Mahtomedi student wins at archery nationals

Focus. Discipline. Persistence. All are attributes shared by many students who take up archery. Confidence comes when students see results from practice and fine-tuning. Full Story

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DNR to lift burning restrictions in remainder of Minnesota counties

Burning restrictions will be lifted in all Minnesota counties on Friday, May 23, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The restrictions are being lifted due to decreased fire danger because of wet conditions and green up moving northward. Full Story

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DNR to hold public hearing on Middle Lake

A public hearing on a proposal to formally designate Middle Lake in Kandiyohi County for wildlife management will be hosted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources near New London on Thursday, May 29. Full Story

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DNR: Protect yourself and Minnesota waters

After a long winter, Minnesotans are ready to hit the water for the official start of the boating season — Memorial Day. The Department of Natural Resources is reminding everyone to protect themselves and state waters. Full Story

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Sturgeon fishing expands under proposed rules

A statewide catch-and-release season for sturgeon is among several rule changes proposed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Now, there are only a few waters in the state where anglers can legally fish for sturgeon. Full Story

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DNR rolls out new online water permit application

‘Unsession’ initiative streamlines permitting and payment process for Minnesotans

A newly designed web-based system that simplifies the steps to getting water permits and paying for them online is being rolled out by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The new MNDNR Permitting and Reporting System (MPARS) is part of Gov. Mark Dayton’s initiative to streamline state government services. Full Story

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DNR partnership expands invasive carp monitoring and detection

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC), will begin comprehensive monitoring and detection of bighead, black, grass, and silver carp in Minnesota waters in 2014. Currently, small numbers of bighead, grass, and silver carp are present in Minnesota.  Full Story

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BOW program celebrates 20 years of connecting women to the outdoors

Learn how to hunt deer. Tie a fly and catch trout. Call a turkey. Go kayaking. Women and families all over Minnesota are learning these and more skills through the Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Public invited to meetings on walleye regulation for some Otter Tail County lakes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold two public meetings to provide updated information on the existing walleye regulation on North and South Lida, Venestrom and Mud lakes in Otter Tail County. Full Story

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Public invited to comment on bass regulations on 4 Otter Tail County lakes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold two public meetings to provide information about the existing bass regulations and ask for public comments on whether the regulations should be continued, modified or rescinded on Jewett, Pickerel, Clitherall and Sewell lakes in Otter Tail County. Full Story

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Statewide bass season opens May 24

Anglers can catch and keep bass starting Saturday, May 24. Anglers can generally keep six largemouth and smallmouth bass combined. A guide to telling the difference between the two can be found on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website. Full Story

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Officials break ground for new facilities at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area

By the end of the summer, Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Ironton (north of Brainerd) will be better equipped to handle the growing number of visitors arriving to ride the 25-mile single-track mountain bike trail system that opened in 2011. Full Story

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Fishing opener: 10 things to know

Whether this will be a traditional start to the fishing season or you’re forging a new tradition, here are 10 things to know for fishing opener. Full Story

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Catch a tagged fish on Mille Lacs: Get a free lure or find out more

Depending on the kind of tagged fish anglers catch on Mille Lacs Lake, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will send either a free lure or the story of the fish caught. Full Story

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Twins offer free hat, discounted tickets through partnership with DNR

Kids and adults who have a 2014 Minnesota hunting or fishing license receive a free blaze orange and camouflage Twins logo baseball cap when they buy a discounted Minnesota Twins ticket online at www.mndnr.gov/twins. Full Story

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Aquatic plant removal may require a permit

Shoreline property owners may need a permit from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to remove aquatic plants, which serve important functions in lakes and rivers. Full Story

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New WMA helps form backbone of public land access

Here, a first-time hunter heads out looking for adventure. A wildlife watcher carrying binoculars gets a close-up view of migration stops. A longtime hunter checks for deer sign. Full Story

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Anglers catch all they need to know at new DNR Fish Minnesota site

Minnesota fishing regulations and other helpful information are now available on a new, easy-to-use Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website. The new Fish Minnesota site is part of Gov. Mark Dayton’s Unsession initiative and Plain Language Executive Order that directed state agencies to make information easier to access and easier to understand. Full Story

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