Deer tests positive for CWD in disease management zone

Test result highlights importance of continuing mandatory tests for harvested deer

A deer taken during the opening weekend of archery season in southeastern Minnesota’s disease management zone has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

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Videos explain CWD testing and how to quarter and cape a deer

Videos about how to get deer tested for chronic wasting disease, how to quarter a deer, how to cape a trophy deer and how to remove lymph nodes from a deer are available on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website at mndnr.gov/cwd/videos.html. Full Story


Scarves up! Minnesota United and DNR offer tickets for water habitat

Minnesota United, the professional soccer team nicknamed the Loons, is teaming up with the Department of Natural Resources to support the state’s water habitat through a special ticket offer online for a home match 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, against the L.A. Galaxy. Full Story


Whitefish sport netting to open on northern lakes

Recreational netting for whitefish and cisco, also referred to as tullibee, will be open this fall on designated lakes that are less susceptible to sudden temperature changes.

Whitefish and cisco sport netting is open to Minnesota residents only. About 700 Minnesotans participate each year. Full Story


Anglers can give input on continuous season for South Dakota border waters

Anglers are encouraged to comment on a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources proposal to open the South Dakota-Minnesota border waters to continuous angling for walleye, bass and northern pike beginning in the spring of 2019.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Round Lake in Otter Tail County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Round Lake, located just west of Rush Lake in Otter Tail County. Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Blandin Reservoir near Grand Rapids

Several connected lakes also added to infested waters list

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Blandin Reservoir on the Mississippi River, abutting the city of Grand Rapids in Itasca County. Several lakes connected to the reservoir by a Mississippi River tributary are also being added to the infested waters list.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Sauk Lake in Todd County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Sauk Lake, near Sauk Centre in Todd County.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Big Pine Lake in Aitkin County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Big Pine Lake, just northwest of Mille Lacs Lake in Aitkin County.  Full Story


Minnesota’s wolf population remains stable

Population estimate statistically unchanged from last year

Minnesota’s wolf population estimate was 2,655 wolves and 465 wolf packs during the winter of 2017-2018 within Minnesota’s wolf range, an estimate that is statistically unchanged from the previous winter, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Richfield artist wins DNR pheasant habitat stamp contest for third time

Richfield artist Timothy Turenne won the Minnesota Pheasant Habitat Stamp contest. The painting was selected by judges from among 11 submissions for the annual contest sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR confirms zebra mussels in lakes downstream of West Battle Lake

A “heritage lake” with no motor boating is among the connected waters

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has identified zebra mussels in two Otter Tail County lakes downstream of West Battle Lake. Zebra mussels were confirmed in West Battle Lake in August of 2016.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Barrett Lake in Grant County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Barrett Lake in Grant County.  Full Story


Lake Christina drawdown underway in Douglas County

Wildlife managers have begun drawing down the water of Lake Christina in Douglas County to improve habitat and water quality on the popular destination for hunters and wildlife watchers.  Full Story


DNR seeking input on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River regulation changes

Angling regulations that would change on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River in northern Minnesota are the topic of an open house for the public to give input on the proposals from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8, at Lake of the Woods School.  Full Story


New spruce grouse survey gives DNR a window on tough-to-monitor birds

Minnesota researchers have a new way to monitor populations of spruce grouse – a bird species that’s notoriously difficult to count – through an annual spruce grouse survey that happened for the first time in the spring with help from dozens of cooperators and citizen volunteers. Full Story


Angler surveys show walleye overage can be paid back on Lake Mille Lacs

Lake Mille Lacs angler survey results show that state anglers have taken walleye at levels far enough under the state’s safe harvest allocation to pay back a harvest overage accumulated in 2016 and 2017, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Cannon Falls artist wins duck stamp contest

A painting of a gadwall by Cannon Falls artist Jim Caturia will be featured on the 2019 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp, after he won the annual stamp contest sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR releases plan for sustainable groundwater use in Little Rock Creek area

Following two years of input and review from residents, irrigators and local government, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today released the Sustainable Use of Groundwater in the Little Rock Creek Area plan. The plan is available at mndnr.gov/littlerockFull Story


DNR seeks public input about walleye regulations on 5 St. Louis County lakes

Anglers interested in walleye fishing on Kabetogama, Namakan, Sand Point, Crane and Little Vermilion lakes in northern St. Louis County are invited to participate in public meetings to review the current walleye regulation on these lakes that make up the Namakan Reservoir.  Full Story


New tour at Soudan Underground Mine reveals geological wonders

A lesson in state mining history

See a mine the way the miners of yesteryear saw them. With help from a headlamp, hard hat, and tour guide, visitors too can walk the rails inside the mine at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park in northeastern Minnesota.   Full Story


DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2019 walleye stamp

Artists can submit entries for the 2019 Minnesota Walleye Stamp from Monday, Oct. 8, through Friday, Oct. 19.  Full Story


Hunters reminded about whole carcass importation ban

Hunters who harvest deer, elk, moose or caribou outside of Minnesota are reminded that whole carcasses cannot be brought into the state, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Grouse hunters can volunteer to help collect samples for West Nile virus study

Ruffed grouse hunters in northern Minnesota are reminded they can voluntarily submit samples for a West Nile virus research project being conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


‘Starry Trek’ volunteers search 187 Minnesota Lakes; find starry stonewort in 1

Invasive algae confirmed in Wolf Lake in Hubbard County

More than 225 trained volunteers searched 187 Minnesota lakes recently for the invasive algae starry stonewort during the University of Minnesota Extension’s annual “Starry Trek” event.  Full Story


Construction begins soon on new route for Hallaway Hill Overlook Trail, Maplewood State Park

The scenic Hallaway Hill Overlook Trail in Maplewood State Park, near Pelican Rapids, will undergo construction after Labor Day to re-route the trail to address erosion issues, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR seeks public input on potential Minnesota River Valley State Recreation Area

SRA exploration stems from Minnesota River Valley Master Plan

Anyone who would like to provide input regarding a possible state recreation area in the Minnesota River Valley will be able to do so through an online survey, which will be available soon, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Hunters reminded about whole carcass importation ban

Hunters who harvest deer, elk, moose or caribou outside of Minnesota are reminded that whole carcasses cannot be brought into the state.   Full Story


DNR releases supplemental environmental review for revised Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project

Public comments invited through Sept. 27

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released its draft supplemental environmental impact statement (Draft SEIS) describing the potential environmental and social effects of the revised Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project, known as Plan B.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in 3 metro-area lakes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Bald Eagle Lake and Lake Johanna in Ramsey County and Lake Isabelle in Dakota County.  Full Story


Grouse hunters can volunteer to help collect samples for West Nile virus study

Ruffed grouse hunters in northern Minnesota can voluntarily submit samples for a West Nile virus research project being conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Minnesota is collaborating on this project with researchers in Wisconsin and Michigan, and will be sharing protocols and results.  Full Story


Hunters may face challenges getting on Pelican Lake this fall

A project to improve long-term water quality and wildlife habitat on Pelican Lake in Wright County may cause some short-term inconvenience for waterfowl hunters this fall, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in East Silent Lake in Otter Tail County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of a zebra mussel in East Silent Lake in Otter Tail County.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Eagle Lake in Kandiyohi County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Eagle Lake in Kandiyohi County.  Full Story


Hunters asked not to shoot ear-tagged and radio-collared research bears

With the bear hunting season set to begin Saturday, Sept. 1, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asks that hunters avoid shooting research bears marked with distinctively large, colorful ear tags and have radio-collars.  Full Story


Minnesota counties receive $35.7 million in PILT payments

Counties collect Payment in Lieu of Taxes for state-owned land not subject to property tax

Minnesota’s 87 counties are the beneficiaries of $35.7 million in aid that helps support public lands and provides a critical link in the state’s public recreation system, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Winona’s Charles Perry named DNR firearms safety instructor of the year

Charles Perry, of Winona, has been named the 2017 DNR firearms safety volunteer instructor of the year. He has been a longtime advocate for firearms safety and outdoors education and a certified instructor with the DNR since the early 2000s.  Full Story


18 officers join state conservation officer ranks

Following 15 weeks of intensive training at Camp Ripley, 18 cadets have graduated from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Academy and are set to begin patrolling the state’s fields, waters and woods. The officers will spend the next several months working with experienced officers before assuming their assigned stations in December. Full Story


DNR invites public to attend deer open houses

Anyone interested in deer can talk with area wildlife managers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at meetings scheduled across the state meant to encourage discussions about deer and deer management, enhance local relationships and foster two-way communication.  Full Story


Ripe wild rice harvesting season opens in late August

Wild rice harvesting season occurs annually between Aug. 15 and Sept. 30 and wildlife managers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources say it’s shaping up to be a challenging harvest season. Full Story


Starry stonewort confirmed in Pleasant Lake in Wright County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the invasive algae starry stonewort in Pleasant Lake, near Annandale in Wright County. This is the second new confirmation of starry stonewort in Minnesota in 2018. There are now 13 lakes in Minnesota where starry stonewort has been confirmed. Full Story


St. Louis Park artist wins trout and salmon stamp contest

St. Louis Park artist Richard Goodkind has won the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources trout and salmon stamp contest with a painting of a brook trout. The painting was selected by judges from among nine submissions for the annual contest, and will be featured on the 2019 stamp. Full Story


DNR finalizes Lake Vermilion management plan

A plan that covers how fish populations will be managed in Lake Vermilion through 2022 has been finalized by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Public invited to comment on special fishing regulations

During a series of public meetings, anglers and others can give their opinions about fishing regulations that are in place or are newly proposed for 15 lakes and one trout stream, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Research project continues on nesting success factors for ring-necked pheasant

Southwest Minnesota study could help guide future grassland restoration projects

With the rain moving out of Redwood County, Lindsey Messinger and Greg Gehring hop out of the pickup truck and into the tall grass at the Lamberton Wildlife Management Area. Their mission: find nesting pheasant hens, document whether their eggs hatch successfully and relate that nest success back to the vegetation surrounding the nest. Full Story