DNR seeks to join lawsuit over project to divert Red River

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said today it is asking a federal judge to allow the agency to join a lawsuit seeking to delay action on a flood diversion project on the Red River.  Full Story


Stillwater resident wins 2018 turkey stamp contest

Stillwater artist Nicholas Markell won the 2018 turkey stamp contest. The painting was selected by judges from among eight submissions for the annual contest sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Southeast trout streams offer alternative to ice fishing

If sitting around and staring at a hole in the ice doesn’t fit with your idea of fishing, take heart – there’s an open-water alternative even in the coldest part of the year.  Full Story


DNR completes milestone in protecting Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today published development rules for the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA), an important milestone toward protecting the river’s 72-mile stretch through the Twin Cities metropolitan area.   Full Story


3rd CWD-infected deer identified in southeastern Minnesota

A third deer infected with chronic wasting disease has been discovered in southeastern Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources.   Full Story


DNR considers removing trout stream designation on East Swan River

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is considering removing the trout stream designation on the East Swan River and its tributaries, including East Swan Creek and Little Swan Creek in St. Louis County. The DNR considered changes to about 90 waters in 30 Minnesota counties that included adding trout designations in some waters, and removing the designations in others. Full Story


DNR sets protective elevation for White Bear Lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has established a protective elevation for White Bear Lake, located in Ramsey and Washington counties. The protective elevation is 922.0 feet above mean sea level.  The current level of White Bear Lake is 922.7 feet. A protective elevation is a regulatory measure used to trigger changes in water appropriations to prevent undue harm to a lake.  Full Story


DNR reminder: Avoid early ice

With ice forming on Minnesota lakes, outdoor enthusiasts may be tempted to get out before ice is thick enough to support foot traffic. The Department of Natural Resources conservation officers have a message – stay off the ice until at least 4 inches of new, clear ice is present. Full Story


First breeding bull introduced to Minneopa bison herd

The first breeding bull has arrived at Minneopa State Park near Mankato, bringing to 15 the number of bison at the park, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The yearling bull comes from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota and spent a month quarantined at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. Full Story


12 citizens appointed to Game and Fish Fund oversight committees

The commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has appointed 12 Minnesotans to three-year terms on citizen oversight committees that monitor the agency’s fish and wildlife spending.  Full Story


Waiting for ice to support you? You can support walleye fishing

Ice thick enough for fishing may be on the wish lists of many anglers heading into the holiday season, but there is another present anglers can give themselves that makes fishing better all around the state – a walleye stamp. Full Story


Holiday wreaths from Minnesota state forests sold nationwide

‘Tis the season for holiday wreaths, swags and garland. These beautiful and fragrant decorations most likely came from a Minnesota state forest. Balsam fir boughs and branches harvested from state forests are used to make wreaths that adorn homes across the nation, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Chronic wasting disease management zone, 5-county deer feeding ban announced

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will focus actions to slow and hopefully eliminate the spread of chronic wasting disease in southeastern Minnesota within about a 10-mile radius of Preston and include a deer feeding ban in the five adjoining area counties. Full Story


DNR issues ice warning for aerated lakes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources warns ice anglers, snowmobilers, skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts to use caution when going onto any lake covered or partially covered with ice, especially those that feature aeration systems.  Full Story


Warm up to winter at Minnesota state parks and trails

Winter officially begins on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Upcoming events at Minnesota state parks and trails provide many ways to get out and enjoy it.  Full Story


Experimental northern pike regs repealed on Bowstring, Round lakes

After reviewing public comments, the experimental northern pike regulations currently in place for Bowstring and Round lakes in Itasca County will be repealed March 1, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The experimental regulation currently in place for Sand Lake will remain in effect for now. Full Story


Section of Willard Munger State Trail to be repaired

The West Duluth section of the Willard Munger State Trail between Grand Avenue and Becks Road will temporarily close for repairs as crews work to replace three large culverts, according to the Minnesota Department of Natura Resources. The repairs are expected to begin next week and last through December. Full Story


Itasca State Park offers winter lodging at reduced rates

Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing and snowmobiling opportunities will be right outside the door when people reserve a winter getaway — at a reduced rate — at Itasca State Park in Park Rapids. The Douglas Lodge six-plex (Itasca Suites) is located within the park and priced at an off-peak rate of $105 per night (regularly $150), Jan. 1 through May 22.  Full Story


Consider Nongame Wildlife Program in the ‘season of giving’

by Christine Herwig, DNR northwest region nongame specialist

The birds have mostly flown south, the butterflies are cocooned until spring, and the turtles have settled in for a long winter’s nap. But for the biologists who work with these species, December is a busy time of analyzing research data, writing reports and getting ready for next year’s field season.   Full Story


Zebra mussel larvae confirmed in Leech Lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in their larval stage in two locations in Leech Lake in Cass County. The DNR has found no adult zebra mussels in the lake, but the locations and numbers of zebra mussel larvae, called veligers (VEL-uh-jers), indicate a reproducing population may be present.  Full Story


Chronic wasting disease information meeting in Preston Dec. 15

Information about chronic wasting disease and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ management response to its discovery in two deer near Lanesboro will be the focus of a public meeting from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Fillmore Central School Auditorium, 702 Chatfield St., in Preston.  Full Story


Get Wild hockey discounts with hunting or fishing license

Hunting or fishing license holders can order discounted tickets to the Sunday, Dec. 11, Minnesota Wild hockey game vs. the St. Louis Blues, as the Wild and the Department of Natural Resources team up for this special ticket offer.   Full Story


No additional deer test positive for CWD in southeastern Minnesota

DNR asks deer hunters to use head boxes in Lanesboro, Preston, Chatfield, Harmony

No additional deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease from samples collected this fall in southeastern Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


DNR invites public input on Fort Ridgely State Park draft plan amendment

Open house scheduled for Dec.15

The Department of Natural Resources invites the public to review a draft management plan amendment for Fort Ridgely State Park, located near Fairfax in southern Minnesota. Full Story


DNR seeks input on master plan for Thief Lake WMA in northwestern Minnesota

The public is invited to provide input on a master plan to guide management of the Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area in northwestern Minnesota.  Full Story


DNR announces northwestern Minnesota furbearer registration stations

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds northwestern Minnesota fur trappers to register their pelts in December and January at one of several furbearer registration stations.   Full Story


DNR selects members for statewide deer advisory committee

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has selected a 20-member advisory committee to provide the agency with feedback and advice on deer management as it develops a statewide deer plan.  Full Story


Snowmobile trails open Dec. 1, early snow presents challenge

As northern Minnesota received its first significant snowfall last week, many snowmobile enthusiasts are rushing to take their first ride of the season. Snowmobile riders are reminded that despite the early snow, most of the state’s snowmobile trails are not yet ready for riding, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Tests confirm 2 CWD-positive deer near Lanesboro

DNR initiates disease response plan; offers hunters information on field dressing

Test results show two deer harvested by hunters in southeastern Minnesota were infected with Chronic Wasting Disease, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Eagles on roadways; give them a brake

It’s the time of year when an increase in deer activity leads to more road-killed deer that attract animals, such as eagles, to a free meal along roadways. This is also the time of year when Minnesota Department of Natural Resources nongame wildlife staff and area wildlife managers receive many calls about injured or dead eagles on Minnesota roads. Full Story


DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2018 turkey stamp

Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2018 Minnesota Wild Turkey Stamp from Monday, Dec. 5, through 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16.  Full Story


Grant aims to get more people hunting and fishing

Anglers still cast lines and hunters head to deer camp each year, but the percentage of Minnesotans who hunt or fish is shrinking. Full Story


DNR updates Minnesota buffer map; implementation continues

The Department of Natural Resources has released the first of two planned updates to Minnesota’s buffer map that was first released in July. The map shows public waters and public ditches requiring permanent vegetative buffers or alternative water quality practices to help reduce nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment. Full Story


Stream survey shows South Branch Whitewater River recovering

A southeastern Minnesota trout stream that suffered a major fish kill 15 months ago is bouncing back, according to a recent stream survey done by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


New hours at five northern Minnesota furbearer registration stations

Five furbearer registration stations in northern Minnesota will have new hours this year.

Trappers who register furs at the Effie, Finland, Grand Marais, Northome and Orr locations can do so without an appointment on Friday, Dec. 2, from 3 – 6 p.m. Trappers may register at these locations at another time by calling in advance for an appointment. Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Franklin Lake in Otter Tail County

Invasive species found on equipment being removed for season

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Franklin Lake in Otter Tail County. This is one of several recent confirmations across the state as lake property owners and lake service provider businesses check equipment for invasive species at the end of the season.   Full Story


Red Lake winter walleye regulations announced

Anglers fishing Upper Red Lake this winter will be able to keep three walleye of which only one may be longer than 17 inches, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.   Full Story


DNR announces art contest for state’s first pollinator critical habitat license plate

Minnesota will release a new critical habitat license plate early next year with a design that will feature pollinators in native habitat, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The new design will be selected from a public contest among Minnesota artists and their original artwork.   Full Story


It’s not too late to identify, control invasive buckthorn

Common buckthorn and glossy buckthorn retain their leaves well into late fall, so now is a good time to identify and control this invasive shrub. Full Story


Hunters register 68,958 deer during first weekend of season

Harvest down 3 percent from a year ago

Minnesota firearms hunters registered 68,958 deer during the first two days of firearms deer season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Students make discovery on field trip to state park

A recent field trip to Whitewater State Park near Rochester turned into more than a hypothetical exercise when a group of 125 seventh graders from Plainview-Elgin-Millville Junior High discovered an emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation in the park. Full Story


DNR seeks input on Kilen Woods State Park

Open house scheduled for Nov. 17

The Department of Natural Resources invites the public to share their thoughts—either in person or online—on how to best manage Kilen Woods State Park in the future. While there are no immediate plans to change how the park is managed, the DNR would like to explore possible management alternatives as part of implementing the State Parks and Trails System Plan. Full Story


Minnesota’s elk hunts successful

The 2016 elk hunts in northwestern Minnesota wrapped up on Sept. 18 with another successful season in the Kittson County area, according to the Department of the Natural Resources. Five of seven hunters harvested bulls. Full Story


DNR to close energy-inefficient French River hatchery

The Department of Natural Resources is closing a 1970s-era fish hatchery because of failing infrastructure and excessive energy consumption. Full Story


Check for invasive species when closing cabins for winter

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding lake property owners to carefully check boats and trailers, docks and lifts, and all other water-related equipment for invasive species when closing cabins for winter. Several recent new zebra mussel confirmations were initially reported by people making end of season inspections of docks, boats and boat lifts.  Full Story