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Environmental Groups Urge Dayton To Wade Into Mine Review

Environmental advocates are calling on Gov. Mark Dayton to require stronger environmental protections for a proposed copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.

06/29/2015

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Crackdown On Drinking And Boating This Weekend

Get caught drinking and boating, and you could get jail time. That was the message from the Department of Natural Resources ahead of a crackdown on drunken boaters.

06/24/2015

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Judge Says He Won’t Lift Order Halting Construction Of Levee

A federal judge in Minnesota says he won’t lift an order that halts construction of a ring dike project until the completion of an environmental review on a planned Red River diversion project in the Fargo area.

06/24/2015

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DNR Releases Latest Revision To PolyMet Environmental Review

The latest environmental review for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota has swollen to over 3,100 pages, reflecting how regulators struggled to with deal with nearly 58,000 written comments from the public and opinions expressed at public meetings.

06/23/2015

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DNR: Bear Lake In Carlton Co. Infested With Watermilfoil

The presence of Eurasian watermilfoil has been confirmed in a small lake in northern Minnesota, and boaters who venture into those waters are asked to be extra careful when cleaning their watercraft.

06/22/2015

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Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day Saturday

Saturday is also National Get Outdoors Day. Minnesota’s 75 state parks and recreation areas will all be open for free

06/09/2015

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Wis. Scientists Targeted For Cuts Studied GOP Issues

The group of state Department of Natural Resources scientists that Republican lawmakers targeted for cuts has been working on a number of politically charged issues in recent years, including climate change, pollution and mining.

06/07/2015

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Jay Cooke State Park Turns 100; Events Set For Saturday

Jay Cooke State Park marks its upcoming 100th anniversary with a series of special events on Saturday.

06/07/2015

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Minnesota Foresters Seeing Stressed Silver Maples And Elms

Minnesota foresters say they’re seeing many silver maples and some elm trees with stunted or no leaves but an abundance of seeds this spring. The Department of Natural Resources says these trees are not dead and will rebound over the next couple of years.

06/05/2015

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State Workers Get Layoff Notices As Shutdown Threat Looms

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt have agreed in principle to end the budget impasses that threatened to shut down the government.

06/01/2015

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Lt. Governor Quietly Prepares State Workers For Layoff Notices

On Monday, Minnesota is required by law to send out layoff notices. Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith is privately making the rounds of state agencies giving workers updates on the negotiations.

05/29/2015

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DNR: 10 Zebra Mussels Found In Christmas Lake Despite Treatment

In a second search of Christmas Lake, teams of divers have found and removed a total of 10 zebra mussels, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

05/22/2015

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Officials Urge Memorial Weekend Boaters To Keep Safety In Mind

Many boat owners will dust off their boats and hit the water this holiday weekend, so it’s a good time to brush up on boating safety.

05/19/2015

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Bird Flu Found In Hawk In Western Minnesota

Minnesota officials say a hawk in the western part of the state has tested positive for bird flu.

04/30/2015

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Dayton To DNR: No More Moose Collaring

Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered the state Department of Natural Resources to stop the practice of radio-collaring moose as part of studying the animals.

04/28/2015

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Christmas Lake Zebra Mussel Treatment Appears Successful

Officials say initial results indicate a three-step treatment has been effective in ridding Christmas Lake in Shorewood of invasive zebra mussels. The Department of Natural Resources says divers last week found no evidence of zebra mussels where they were discovered last August in the boat launch area of the popular west metropolitan area lake.

04/20/2015

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House Budget Bill Rolls Back Invasive Species Boating Rule

A House budget bill would change Minnesota’s law aimed at requiring watercraft owners to get training on how to spot and prevent aquatic invasive species. The House environment finance bill slated for committee action Tuesday would repeal the requirement that boaters affix a special trailer decal they would get after completing a training course on invasive species.

04/13/2015

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DNR Warns Of Drones Around Wildfire Battles

Department of Natural Resources firefighters are standing by for what is shaping up to be another dangerous wildfire weekend. Only now they’ve got a new concern — unmanned aircraft, otherwise known as drones.

04/10/2015

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Mille Lacs Daily Walleye Limit Drops To One Fish

With just a month to go until the statewide fishing opener, anglers who fish lake Mille Lacs received more disappointing news. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released the 2015 fishing regulations for Mille Lacs, which cuts the bag limit on walleye in half.

04/08/2015

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Burning Restrictions Extending To NE Minnesota

Spring burning restrictions will be extended to the northeastern Minnesota counties of Lake, Cook and St. Louis on Wednesday, the Department of Natural Resources says.

04/07/2015

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DNR Officials Promote Dayton’s Outdoors Budget Proposal

Officials with the Department of Natural Resources are touting Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal to boost funding for fish, wildlife, outdoors and enforcement programs, including more conservation officers.

04/02/2015

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DNR Seeks More Public Input On Deer Population Goals

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input about proposed deer population goals for large chunks of Minnesota. The DNR is seeking online feedback from hunters, landowners, farmers, local officials and other interested parties on proposed deer population goals recommended by citizen advisory teams in 40 of Minnesota’s 128 deer permit areas.

04/02/2015

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DNR Extends Burning Restrictions In Northern Minnesota

As the fire danger increases, authorities are extending spring burning restrictions to more north-central and northeastern Minnesota counties effective Wednesday.

03/31/2015

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Minnesota State Parks Seek Fee Bump To Maintain Services

The Department of Natural Resources is asking the Minnesota Legislature to raise entrance fees at state parks so it can maintain services at existing levels. Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget proposes to bump the current $5 daily vehicle fee by $1 to $6, and the current 12-month $25 vehicle fee by $5 to $30.

03/20/2015

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Bald Eagles Migrating Back To Minnesota As Waters Open Up

Bald eagles are migrating back to Minnesota, and the Department of Natural Resources says they may be seen in large numbers across parts of the state over the next few weeks. A DNR official says eagles typically come through the area in mid-to-late March, as waters begin to open up and the snow melts.

03/13/2015

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