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DNR: Beware Of Very Cold Water While Boating

Now that the ice is out, a lot of people are getting ready to put their boats on lakes and rivers. But the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says not so fast.

04/17/2015

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Despite Early ‘Ice-Out,’ Twin Cities Lakes Remain Dangerously Cold

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office says this year’s minimal snowfall and mild winter made the “ice-out” come earlier this year, but they say the water is still dangerously cold.

04/04/2015

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Minneapolis Boat Show Comes To The Convention Center

A little patch of summer has popped up in snowy Minneapolis — the Boat Show is at the Convention Center. It’s a chance to check out the latest watercraft, engines, electronics and gear.

01/24/2015

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Boaters Make Up For Lost Time Now That Wake Restrictions Have Been Lifted

Businesses and boaters around one of Minnesota’s most popular lakes say it’s time to salvage summer. All wake restrictions have now been lifted for Lake Minnetonka. Boaters have been forced to slow down since early June when severe storms raised the lake to record levels. They’re glad to be back to normal.

08/04/2014

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Guide To Yellowstone National Park

Refer to this visitor’s guide to Yellowstone National Park – the world’s first national park featuring more geysers than any other location in the world.

07/31/2014

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Lake Minnetonka Is Back in Business

For many boaters on Lake Minnetonka, full speed never felt so good. “Everybody hasn’t been burning much fuel this year, but they’re burning a lot of fuel today,” said boater Steve Leighton. “All the boats are running wide open out there today, a there’s a lot of waves.”

07/26/2014

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Businesses Welcome End Of ‘No Wake’ On Lake Mtka.

After seven weeks of slow going on Lake Minnetonka, the emergency no-wake restrictions will end at midnight on Thursday. Last month’s heavy rain sent the lake to a record high, but it’s fallen nearly a foot since June 5, when the emergency high-water declaration went into effect.

07/25/2014

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Minimum Wake Restriction Still In Effect On Lake Minnetonka

Boaters and other lake goers are still being asked to go slow on Lake Minnetonka. On June 5, the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District implemented an “Emergency High Water” declaration, during which it is against the law for any watercraft to go at a speed that would result in more than a minimum wake.

06/13/2014

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Flip Saunders returns to the bench for the Timberwolves……That and more in the PODCAST SECTION….get there by CLICKING THE LINK ABOVE.

06/06/2014

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5 Ways To Get Outdoors With Dad On Father’s Day

There’s something for everyone in the great outdoors, whether your preferred landscape is rural, urban or the highway to somewhere else.

06/01/2014

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Holiday Weekend Marks Start Of Summer Injuries

Every year Twin Cities doctors see the same kind of injuries. “The most common thing that we see are falls,” Dr. Andrew Zinkel, emergency room physician at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. said.

05/23/2014

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Love Getting On The Water, But Hate Owning A Boat? Consider This

Not only is Minnesota the Land of 10,000 Lakes, we’re also home to the second-highest number of registered boats in the nation. Only Florida has more motorboats registered than the 540,000 cruising our waterways. But there’s a new trend that’s getting even more families on the waters.

05/05/2014

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Minneapolis Locks Reopen To Recreational Boaters

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reopening its three Minneapolis locks to recreational traffic Monday.

04/21/2014

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No-Wake Boating Imposed On St. Croix River

Authorities have imposed no-wake restrictions on boaters venturing out onto the St. Croix River. Because of high water levels, boaters on the St. Croix between Taylors Falls, Minn., and Prescott, Wis., must go slow to reduce shoreline erosion.

04/17/2014

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High Water Levels Cause 3 Locks To Close To Recreational Boaters

Three waterways were closed to recreational boaters Friday by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul district due to increasing high water flows in the Mississippi River. The locks closed included Upper St. Anthony Falls, Lower St. Anthony Falls and Lock and Dam 1, located next to Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis.

04/11/2014

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DNR Debuts ‘Recreation Compass’ Mobile Map

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to make it easier for people to find a place to go hiking or hunting. So on Friday, the DNR rolled out a mobile map called the “Recreation Compass,” and it’s available for download on both phones and tablets.

01/10/2014

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The World’s Biggest Ship Graveyard

Nouadhibou is an African sea town, whose shores serve as the final resting place for more than 300 ships. The rusted hulks that litter its coastal waters are considered an eyesore by many (go figure), but they’ve brought some unexpected benefits to the local community as well.

12/26/2013

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DNR: Boat Safe, Sober Over Labor Day Weekend

The unofficial end of summer is this weekend for most Minnesotans, and authorities are urging those who plan to be out on the water to boat safe and sober. Authorities with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are expecting a busy weekend on lakes with Labor Day on Monday and our recent hot temperatures.

08/30/2013

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Family Warns Of Invisible Boating Danger: Carbon Monoxide

When it comes to boats and danger, you may think of drowning or crashing. But there’s another danger, a silent one.

07/19/2013

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3 Mississippi Locks In Mpls. Reopened

Three of Minneapolis’ locks on the Mississippi River have been reopened to recreational boating traffic Friday morning, two days after reopening to commercial vessels. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, the Upper and Lower St. Anthony locks in downtown Minneapolis and Dam 1 near Minnehaha Park were originally closed to recreation traffic on June 24 when river flows exceeded 30,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) – over twice the speed of the

07/05/2013

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What Are The Rules With Boating And Drinking?

This holiday weekend, lakes and rivers around the state will be packed with boaters who are finally getting the chance to enjoy summer. But, a day off for most Minnesotans means a busy day for the Department of Natural Resources patrolling the water for those who are drinking and boating.

07/04/2013

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High Water Levels Dash Many July Fourth Plans

A frustrating Fourth of July is in store for some Twin Cities families. Several lakes and rivers have dangerously high water levels in addition to storm debris floating on or just below the surface. The water is moving so fast that the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis and near Minnehaha Park has been off limits to all boaters for the last ten days. The locks for commercial barges just reopened Wednesday, but recreational boating is still prohibited.

07/03/2013

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DNR’s ‘Operation Dry Water’ Targets Intoxicated Boaters

With the nice weather on tap for this weekend, many Minnesotans will be headed to the lakes. And to help keep everyone safe on the water, the DNR is ramping up patrols to crack down on drunken boaters. Friday marks the start of “Operation Dry Water” across the state. Boaters caught operating under the influence will have their boats impounded and could even be banned from boating.

06/28/2013

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More Lakes And Rivers Under No-Wake Order

One look at the wind swept Medicine Lake and you can see what Joe Harty is talking about. “This is a rare occurrence. The last time it happened I think was five years ago,” he said.

06/27/2013

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3 Miss. River Locks Closed To Recreational Traffic In Mpls.

The recent bouts of rainy weather mean people can’t travel up and down the Mississippi River as far as they may like to. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed three of the Minneapolis locks to recreational traffic over the weekend. It could be a week before the river is low enough to be safe. Commercial traffic can still get through.

06/24/2013

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