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Minn. DNR Warns Of Thin Ice On Lakes With Aerators

As Minnesota’s lakes start to freeze, safety officials are warning outdoor enthusiasts to be cautious when venturing out onto any lake that’s covered or partially covered with ice, especially those with aeration systems.

12/03/2013

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DNR: Northeast Minn. Wolf Hunt Zone Closed

One of Minnesota’s wolf hunting zones has been closed, the Department of Natural Resources says. On Monday, the DNR’s website said the northeastern wolf hunting zone is now closed. The zone’s target harvest was listed at 33 wolves; hunters have killed 31. Thirteen of those harvested were killed on the hunt’s opening weekend.

11/18/2013

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Meetings Set On Reducing Nutrients In Minn. Waters

Regulators are holding a series of open houses around Minnesota to give people the chance to review and comment on a proposed statewide strategy for reducing phosphorus and nitrogen escaping into surface and groundwater.

11/16/2013

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Minnesota Hunters Register 45 Wolves Since Saturday

Minnesota hunters killed around 45 wolves since the opening of its second wolf-hunting season since the animals were removed from the endangered list, the Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday.

11/12/2013

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More Minn. Women Taking Aim In Deer Opener

Thousands of hunters are gearing up and getting ready to head out in the woods this weekend for the firearms deer hunting opener. More than half a million people take part in the nine-day season, and a growing number of those hunters will be women.

11/08/2013

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Northern Minn. Hunter Faces Fine For Killing Protected Swan

A 26-year-old northern Minnesota man faces a fine of almost $400 after admitting to shooting and killing a tundra swan, a federally protected bird, last month, the Department of Natural Resources says.

11/07/2013

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Wisconsin’s Largest Wolf Hunt Zone To Close

Wisconsin’s largest wolf-hunting zone is about to close, leaving only a single zone open just three weeks into the season.

11/06/2013

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Alleged Bear Guide Faces More Than A Dozen Hunting Charges

A northern Minnesota man faces thousands of dollars in fines and the possible loss of hunting privileges if convicted of numerous illegal bear and deer hunting charges, the Department of Natural Resources said.

11/04/2013

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: The Deer Opener, Stretching & Streets

Scott from Plymouth wanted to know: Why do we like to stretch after a good night’s sleep? According to Dr. Paul Mellick, a physiologist at the University of St. Thomas, we stretch because it feels good, but scientists aren’t exactly sure why.

11/01/2013

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Good Question: Why Are So Many Leaves Left On The Trees?

According to Ken Hollman of the Minn. Department of Natural Resources, the Twin Cities area is between 50-75% for peak falls colors. “I’d say we’re a week or two behind,” Hollman said. He says our later fall colors don’t have much to do with the late spring, but rather the drought we’ve experienced across much of the state for the past two years. “Trees depend on water and nutrients in the ground that they take up their roots to build and create the chlorophyll and other chemicals that contain the colors,” he said.

10/31/2013

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Finding Minnesota: Fall Colors On Scenic Railroad

The Department of Natural Resources says conditions are just right for a brilliant fall colors season this year.

09/17/2013

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Homeowners, Businesses Sue DNR Over White Bear Lake Issues

One of Minnesota’s premier lakes has been disappearing before our very eyes. White Bear Lake is now down more than five feet to the lowest level ever seen. And some homeowners and businesses say the DNR is to blame.

09/11/2013

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Love The Outdoors? The DNR Is Looking For 18 Conservation Officers

It’s one of the most desired jobs in law enforcement: being a state conservation officer. Major Roger Tietz has worn the DNR uniform for more than 31 years. After working years in the field, he is now the operations support manager for the Department of Natural Resources.

09/10/2013

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The Search Is On For 2 Alligators In A Scandia Lake

The Department of Natural Resources and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office believe two alligators were dumped into a Scandia lake. The DNR was contacted after someone spotted the alligator in Goose Lake last weekend.

08/29/2013

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DNR: Oldest Known Wild Black Bear Dies Of Old Age

Minnesota wildlife officials say the world’s oldest known wild black bear has died of old age at 39 1/2. Bear No. 56 was first captured and radio-collared in 1981 when Ronald Reagan was early in his first term.

08/27/2013

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