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Top Spots At The State Fair For Minnesotans Who Love The Outdoors

For those of us that enjoy the peace and solace of the outdoors, the Great Minnesota Get-Together can be a cumbersome and busy experience. But fear not — there are still a few places around the State Fair where you can check out the latest camping, hiking and fishing gear, and find new places to explore.

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DNR: Starry Stonewort Confirmed In Minnesota Lakes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says an invasive pest has been confirmed in Minnesota lakes for the first time.

08/29/2015

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Chippewa Band Members Test Limits Of Tribal Harvesting Rights

Several citations were issued for illegal gill nets and ricing without a license. Chippewa band members are out to test the validity of their off-reservation hunting, fishing and harvesting rights.

08/28/2015

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Chippewa Tribes To Challenge Rights To Off-Reservation Ricing

Wild rice is, without question, the most culturally-important food to Minnesota’s Native American people. Wild Rice that is growing on pristine northern lakes is now in season. It is an annual activity that can be harvested by anyone, assuming they purchase the $15-per-day or $25-per-season license.

08/20/2015

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Minnesota Announces Fall Duck And Goose Seasons, Regulations

Minnesota’s fall duck and goose seasons will open Sept. 26 with bag limits and season dates similar to last year’s.

08/10/2015

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DNR: Minnesota Sees Slight Decline In Wolf Population

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the state’s wolf population has declined slightly from last year, but not enough to be statistically significant.

08/10/2015

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Dayton Heads To Mille Lacs For Bass Fishing

Walleye fishing may be over for the season on Lake Mille Lacs, but plenty of people will still be on the water Saturday to wet their lines.

08/07/2015

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DNR Draws Up Walleye Stocking Plan For Lake Mille Lacs

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has drawn up a restocking plan for walleye in Lake Mille Lacs, a step that hasn’t been taken before on the iconic lake.

08/06/2015

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Good Question: How Does The DNR Count Fish?

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources shut down walleye fishing on Lake Mille Lacs Monday night for the first time in history. The decision was made because of the record-low walleye population on the lake, and because the quota was met for how many walleyes could be harvested this year.

08/04/2015

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Zebra Mussels Confirmed In Lake Stalla In Meeker Co.

Officials say zebra mussels have been confirmed in Lake Stella in central Minnesota.

08/04/2015

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Mille Lacs Band Of Ojibwe Agrees To Halt Netting Due To Walleye Crisis

With the Minnesota state fish in crisis, a Native American tribe Friday said it would not net walleye on Lake Mille Lacs next year.

07/31/2015

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DNR: Zebra Mussels Confirmed In Big Cormorant Lake

The Department of Natural Resources announced Monday that zebra mussels have been confirmed in Big Cormorant Lake in Minnesota’s northwestern Becker County.

07/27/2015

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4-Year-Old Boy Catches Fish Of A Lifetime

Two brothers living on Lake Minnetonka have a big fish story to tell. James and Johnny Range Jr. are part of a fishing league on the lake, and they reeled in a huge muskie Tuesday night.

07/22/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Horse Trail In Minnesota

It is your typical Minnesota campground: shared stories, laughter around the campfire — even the “neighsayers.” Yes, this is a place for people and their horses. Zumbro Bottoms it is your pick for Best Horse Trail in Minnesota.

07/22/2015

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Minnesota State Parks Draw Record Holiday Weekend Crowds

Minnesota state parks drew record crowds on the Fourth of July holiday weekend, and park officials say there are still great recreational opportunities ahead for the rest of the summer. Department of Natural Resources figures show occupancy at state parks hit 84 percent.

07/15/2015

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DNR Lays Out Updated Timeline For PolyMet Mine Review

State regulators have laid out an updated timeline for completing the environmental review on the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota that calls for a 30-day public comment period.

07/14/2015

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Court Rules In Favor Of MN Bear Researcher’s Live Video Feeds

This winter, live video feeds will once again broadcast from inside bear dens in Minnesota. On Monday, an appeals court ruled that the founder of the North American Bear Center and Wildlife Research Institute near Ely, Lynn Rogers, does not need a permit to place cameras in bear dens.

07/14/2015

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Second Wild Case Of Bird Flu Reported In Ramsey County Chickadee

Officials in the Department of Natural Resources have confirmed Minnesota’s second case of bird flu in the wild. According to the DNR, a wild chickadee was recovered in Ramsey County on June 10 and delivered to a wildfire rehabilitation center where it tested positive for the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

07/10/2015

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DNR: Zebra Mussels Confirmed In Forest Lake

The presence of the invasive species zebra mussels has been confirmed in Forest Lake, the Minnesota Department of Resources announced Friday.

07/10/2015

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DNR: Morrison County Lake Infested With Zebra Mussels

The Department of Natural Resources says zebra mussels have been found for the first time in a lake in Morrison County.

07/06/2015

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Minnesota Ruffed Grouse Counts Similar To Last Year

A survey by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources finds ruffed grouse drumming counts this spring unchanged from the year before. DNR grouse project leader Charlotte Roy says this follows a significant increase of 34 percent from 2013 to 2014.

06/30/2015

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New Law Classifies ATV Trail Restrictions By Vehicle Width

A new law is adding width to the criteria that determines where all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) can ride. In the past, ATVs were classified by weight and size. But starting July 1, width will be added into the equation.

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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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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