DNR seeking information from Red River basin anglers on lake sturgeon

Anglers who catch a lake sturgeon in the Red River or its tributary streams and lakes are encouraged to send information about the catch to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Minnesota man pleads guilty to numerous illegal hunting charges

A Baudette, Minnesota man faces heavy fines, jail time and revocation of his hunting privileges following an investigation for illegal bear and deer activities by the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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DNR enforcement managers retire

Two high-ranking conservation officers (COs) with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources retired July 15, taking nearly 70 years of experience with them. Full Story

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Bighead and silver carp discovered in Pool 2 of Mississippi River

Commercial fishermen under contract by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources netted two adult invasive carp in Pool 2 of the Mississippi River in the Cottage Grove area on Thursday, July 17. Full Story

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10 new conservation officers join the DNR

In a ceremony marking the culmination of 12 weeks of intensive training, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources welcomed 10 conservation officers to its ranks during a ceremony Tuesday, July 15, at Camp Ripley. Full Story

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DNR general permit may help expedite statewide flood repairs

Private landowners, agencies, and political subdivisions throughout the state impacted by flooding who want to repair damaged shorelines, bridges, culverts, roadways, structures, stream channels and other facilities to pre-flood condition may be eligible to quickly acquire the necessary DNR permit by applying online at the Minnesota permitting and reporting system (MPARS) website.  Full Story

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Eurasian watermilfoil discovered in Middle Spunk Lake in Stearns County

Eurasian watermilfoil has been discovered growing in Middle Spunk Lake near Avon in Stearns County, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. Full Story

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DNR Conservation Officer Beckmann promoted

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has promoted a conservation officer to first lieutenant and district supervisor. Full Story

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Night fishing on Mille Lacs Lake opens July 21

Mille Lacs Lake anglers may fish at night beginning Monday, July 21 at 10 p.m., according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Now is the time to take a hunter safety course

With the fall hunting seasons just around the corner, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is urging hunters to sign up now for a hunter education class. Full Story

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DNR invites public to help develop forest management plans

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites the public to participate in forest management planning for the Northern Minnesota and Ontario Peatlands and the Northern Superior Uplands areas. Full Story

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DNR seeks public comment on Cedar Lake trout designation removal

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments on the proposal to remove the stream trout designation from Cedar Lake, located south of Aurora in White Township. Full Story

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DNR general permit may help expedite flood repair in Koochiching and northern St Louis counties

Homeowners, businesses and municipalities impacted by flooding in Koochiching and northern St. Louis counties who want to restore damaged shorelines, culverts and rock crib docks to pre-flood condition, may be able to quickly acquire the necessary repair permit by applying online for a general permit 2001-1172 at the Minnesota permitting and reporting system (MPARS) website at www.mndnr.gov/mpars. Full Story

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Minnesota Sporting Journal subscription half-price for hunting and fishing license buyers

Anyone with a 2014 Minnesota hunting or fishing license can get a 50 percent discount on an annual print subscription of the Minnesota Sporting Journal when they purchase online, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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DNR: Too many boaters not following aquatic invasive species laws

Violation rate too high, ramped up enforcement July 11-13 weekend

This summer, the Department of Natural Resources is finding too many boaters and other water users taking unacceptable and illegal risks by transporting aquatic invasive species (AIS). Full Story

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Minnesota state parks and trails launch ‘I Can Mountain Bike!’

Experience the fun of mountain biking during three introductory “I Can Mountain Bike!” programs on Saturday, July 26, at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Ironton, about 140 miles northwest of the Twin Cities near Brainerd. Full Story

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Zebra mussels confirmed in Pickerel Lake in Becker County

Zebra mussels have been confirmed in Pickerel Lake located 7 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes in Becker County in west-central Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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DNR seeks comments on EAW for Upper Lightning Lake project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources seeks public comments on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) prepared for the Upper Lightning Lake water level management project, in Grant and Otter Tail counties. Full Story

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Colorful poster has tips for helping bees and butterflies

In a one-half acre plot in his backyard, prairie enthusiast Mike Halverson has seen many benefits of planting over 125 different species during the last 15 years.  Full Story

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DNR Enforcement Division names new operations manager

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced that Capt. Greg Salo will be promoted to the rank of major and named the Enforcement Division’s operations manager effective July 16. Full Story

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Breeding duck numbers down, Canada goose population similar to last year

Along with another unusual spring and late ice-out, Minnesota’s breeding mallard population counts are down slightly from last year while other species saw higher declines, according to the results of the annual Minnesota Department of Natural Resources spring waterfowl surveys.  Full Story

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Ruffed grouse counts see increase, possibly signaling uptrend

Minnesota’s ruffed grouse spring drumming counts were significantly higher than last year across most of the bird’s range, according to a survey conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

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Prairie chicken hunt lottery opens July 1

Starting July 1, hunters can enter a lottery for one of 126 permits available for the 2014 Minnesota prairie chicken season.  Full Story

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Walleye stocking a success despite challenging spring weather

On the lake’s surface at the end of a fishing line, a splash and the flash of gold confirm the success. It’s a walleye, perhaps the most sought-after fish species in Minnesota.  Full Story

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5 camper cabins open at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

Just in time for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, five new camper cabins will be open to visitors at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park. Reservations can be made up to a year in advance, starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 2.  Full Story

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Get archery in local park through DNR grant program

Minnesota park and recreation departments that would like to construct a recreational archery range can apply for funds through a new Department of Natural Resources grant program.  Full Story

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Zebra mussels confirmed in Lake Melissa in Becker County

Zebra mussels have been confirmed in Lake Melissa, located southwest of Detroit Lakes in Becker County, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Flooding could be harmful for ground-nesting birds

For ground-nesting birds, high-water levels present another threat to their survival, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.  Full Story

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Husband and wife ATV team honored by DNR

Teamwork is what best describes Dave and Nancy Lanners of Royalton, who have been named the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources 2013 ATV Volunteer Instructors of the Year.  Full Story

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DNR to hold 3 public meetings on draft rules for Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold three public information meetings in July to present information and receive comments on proposed rules for the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA), a land corridor along the metro portion of the Mississippi River that receives special protection for its unique economic, ecological, recreational and scenic values.  Full Story

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DNR reminds those bowfishing for carp to plan for carcass disposal

With bowfishing for rough fish such as carp growing in popularity, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that they need a plan for what to do with any fish harvested  – a plan that doesn’t entail disposing of the carcasses in a ditch or at a public access.  Full Story

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Groundwater sampling planned for Wright County

Water samples from about 90 wells in Wright County will be collected and analyzed for water chemistry over the next two months by hydrogeologists from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Samples will also be tested to learn how long the water has been underground.  Full Story

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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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