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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.

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State Parks Await Spring-Time Visitors

As the last drops of maple syrup are collected from Fort Snelling State Park, it can mean only one thing — the sights and sounds of spring are coming back. Brent Wennberg has been enjoying Minnesota’s state parks since he was 2.

03/20/2015

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DNR: Early Warm, Dry Weather Likely Means Early Fire Season

This year’s early warm weather is creating perfect conditions for wildfires, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The DNR predicts Minnesota will see more fires than average during the spring season.

03/16/2015

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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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Minnesota’s Wild Elk Population Rises To Estimated 131

Minnesota’s wild elk population has risen slightly to an estimated 131 animals in three herds that roam the northwest corner of the state.

03/12/2015

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Three Hungry Eaglets Make Their Debut On The DNR’s EagleCam

The three eaglets in the DNR’s EagleCam nest have hatched from their eggs. On Tuesday, the eaglets could be seen mouthing for food in their snowy nest. Much of the time, however, the little ones were kept warm under the feathers of their parents.

03/03/2015

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Deadline Approaches For Ice Houses On Most Minnesota Lakes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says all ice houses must be off of lakes in the southern two thirds of the state by Monday night, despite the fact that the recent cold weather has left many still frozen into the lake.

02/27/2015

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‘EagleCam’ Eaglet Ready To Make Its Debut

One of the eaglets featured on the Department of Natural Resources’ “EagleCam” is about ready for its close-up! The DNR says one of the eagle eggs laid last month hatched on Tuesday, which they say was right on schedule.

02/25/2015

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Hunters Challenge DNR Deer Management Practices

A group of Minnesota hunters say the deer population is in worse shape than the state is letting on. Minnesota Bowhunters president Brooks Johnson talked about the changing landscape of the deer population as he walked through the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge in Big Lake.

02/20/2015

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Finding Minnesota: Fat Bikes Are Gaining Traction

Our January warm-up has not been good for cross-country skiers and snowshoe hikers. But more people are now getting into a different type of outdoor exercise — fat biking — which doesn’t need much snow at all.

02/01/2015

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DNR: EagleCam Nest Now Holds 3 Eggs

Officials with the Department of Natural Resources say the nest under watch of the department’s online EagleCam now holds three eggs.

01/28/2015

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DNR: There’s An Egg In The EagleCam Nest

Miss watching the DNR’s EagleCam? Well, now there’s a reason to flip it on.

01/21/2015

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DNR: Four Men Charged Following Deer Poaching Investigation

DNR officials said four men face charges following a five-year investigation that ended with 37 guns and 28 deer antler sets being seized.

01/20/2015

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More Restrictive Walleye Regulations For Upper Red Lake

Walleye regulations will be more restrictive on Upper Red Lake beginning next week because of a record December walleye harvest.

01/13/2015

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Will We Have A White Christmas This Year?

Rain is falling on Minnesota, just days before Christmas. The wet weekend ushered in a rainy Monday morning, with clouds moving in from the southeast. Much of the snow that had blanketed Minnesota from a frigid November has now been washed away by mild December weather.

12/22/2014

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Chemical Treatment Targets Christmas Lake Zebra Mussels

It’s been the most tested, controlled and, at times, controversial undertaking aimed at keeping an aquatic threat out of a Minnesota lake. The fear of a zebra mussel invasion in Shorewood’s Christmas Lake has been a priority of area residents for the past several years.

12/19/2014

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DNR To Pump Potash Into Lake To Kill Zebra Mussels

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources hopes to deliver the killing blow to zebra mussels discovered in a small Minneapolis-area lake.

12/15/2014

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DNR Closes Northwest Wolf Zone; 1 Zone Still Open

The Department of Natural Resources is closing the late wolf season in northwestern Minnesota, where hunters and trappers have exceeded the season target.

12/09/2014

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Family Rescues Young Loon From Frozen Lake

A loon trapped on a frozen lake is alive and recovering Friday night thanks to the help of one Minnesota family. The Larson family rescued the bird off of Bottle Lake in northern Minnesota after noticing it hadn’t moved in days and wasn’t eating.

12/05/2014

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Wolf Season To Close Friday In NE Minnesota

Wildlife managers are closing the wolf season in northeastern Minnesota at the end of shooting hours Friday. Hunters and trappers had registered 30 wolves when the Department of Natural Resources decided Thursday to close the northeast zone.

12/04/2014

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Another Wolf Hunting Season To Start Sunday

Another season of wolf hunting is set to begin Sunday. Late season hunting and trapping runs through Jan. 31 in all zones. They can close earlier, though, if the harvest target is reached.

11/29/2014

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Hunters Register 111K Deer Through 3rd Weekend

Minnesota hunters have registered 111,000 deer through the third and last weekend of the firearms deer season, a drop of 31,000 from the same period a year ago. But the lower harvest is by design. Regulations were put in place to make more deer — especially does — off-limits to increase Minnesota’s deer herd.

11/25/2014

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Northwoods Moose Living On Sleepy Eye Farm Dies

A moose that wandered hundreds of miles away from its Northwoods habitat has died. The Department of Natural Resources told WCCO the moose was found in the backyard of a home in Sleepy Eye, a place it had been hanging out for the last week and a half.

11/20/2014

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Minnesota Firearms Hunters Register 102,000 Deer

Minnesota hunters have registered 102,000 deer through the second weekend of the main firearms deer season. The Department of Natural Resources says that’s down 31,000 through the same period last year. Adding in special hunts and archery, the DNR says the total harvest so far this season is 115,000 deer, down 32,500 from the same point last season.

11/18/2014

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More Trumpeter Swans Getting Shot In Minnesota

During this year’s open of waterfowl season, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center admitted more trumpeter swans for bullet wounds than ever before.

11/17/2014

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