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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

Boat Safety 6

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

Eurasian Milfoil, Boats, Lake

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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Good Questions: National Anthem, Flu Names & Lakes

Gaylene from St. Paul asks: Why do we put our hands over our hearts during the national anthem? It is actually part of United States law. The U.S. Flag Code was adopted in 1923, and it says when the flag is present during the anthem, veterans and members of the Armed Forces should give the military salute.

06/12/2015

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Free Admission, Activities At State Parks For Nat’l Get Outdoors Day

Minnesota’s 75 state parks are all offering free admission this coming Saturday to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day. All of the state’s parks have special activities planned.

06/09/2015

Biking, New Bike, Dad, Gifts, Father's Day

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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Organizers Seek Paddlers For Every Mile Of Minnesota River

Paddling enthusiasts are trying to get a huge number of canoes and kayaks onto the Minnesota River Saturday for National Get Outdoors Day. Alex Watson, a regional naturalist for the Department of Natural Resources, says the goal is to get people to paddle every navigable mile of the Minnesota River.

06/08/2015

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Dog Dies Of Apparent Blue-Green Algae Poisoning In Douglas Co.

One dog is ill and another has died after swimming in a Douglas County lake. According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, DCSO Water Patrol received a report of one dog becoming ill and another dog becoming ill, and ultimately dying, after swimming in Red Rock Lake.

06/05/2015

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Sandhill Cranes Make Huge Minnesota Comeback

Just as our national symbol, the bald eagle, has become a common sight across all parts of Minnesota, there is yet another comeback worth celebrating. The 23,000-acre Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area is nature’s oasis; a sort of wild sanctuary for all kinds of critters, offering all of them a perfect habitat in which to roam.

05/26/2015

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Despite Promising Treatment, Zebra Mussels Found In Christmas Lake

After a new treatment appeared to rid Christmas Lake of zebra mussels, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the invasive aquatic species is back.

05/23/2015

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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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DNR: Mudpuppy Die-Offs

Any mudpuppies caught or found dead should be photographed and reported to krista.larson@state.mn.us, or by calling the report line at 651-259-5076.

05/18/2015

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Missing Aitkin Co. Man Found Deceased

The body of a missing Aitkin County man has been located in Pine County, according to officials. The Pine County Sheriff’s Office said officials recovered the body of Edward Schultz, 57, in Mud Lake.

05/14/2015

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Burning Restrictions Lifted In Minnesota

Due to green-up and recent rains, fire danger in Minnesota is now low.

05/14/2015

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Gov. Dayton Casts Out On Lake Vermilion For Fishing Opener

Gov. Mark Dayton was out on the water early Saturday morning — He was fishing with Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk on Lake Vermilion, about 90 minutes north of Duluth, in Tower.

05/09/2015

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A Crash Course On Walleye Fishing

Gov. Mark Dayton was up early Saturday morning to take part in Minnesota’s 68th annual walleye fishing opener. He’s on Lake Vermilion in northeast Minnesota. Last year he got skunked, so hopefully he will have better luck this year.

05/09/2015

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Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener Kicks Off At Lake Vermillion

It’s that time of year again – the Minnesota Governor’s Fish Opener. The 2015 opener is being held in the Lake Vermillion area May 7 through 10. The fishing challenge begins at midnight on Saturday, May 9.

05/08/2015

Karlstad Wildfire

DNR: $5K Reward Offered For Info On Fires Near Little Falls

The DNR announced Monday that a reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of an arsonist suspected of starting two potentially dangerous wildfires last month near Little Falls.

05/04/2015

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DNR, Mpls. Park Board Demos Proper Tree Planting

The month of May is dedicated to planting trees in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board demonstrated perfect tree planting at Lake Nokomis Park Friday afternoon.

05/01/2015

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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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Mille Lacs Business Owners Make Plea To Lawmakers Over Walleye Regulations

Minnesota lawmakers got an earful Wednesday from Mille Lacs County business owners about tough new walleye limits on the state’s most famous lake. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources imposed a one-walleye limit on Mille Lacs two weeks ago to try to revive the fish population.

04/22/2015

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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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