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Fallen New London Soldier’s Push For Safety Honored

After more than a decade of hard work and road blocks, the parents of a fallen soldier are about to see his dream come true. Even before he became a soldier, Ryane Clark was pushing the DNR to build a parking lot near his home as part of his Eagle Scout project. The lot would help keep bikers and drivers safe from County Road 31 near New London.

10/17/2014

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Lakeville Artist Wins Pheasant Stamp Contest Again

Lakeville artist Stephen Hamrick has won the 2015 Minnesota pheasant stamp contest. The state Department of Natural Resources says Hamrick’s painting was chosen as the winning design from among 16 entries. Nicholas Markell of Hugo took second place while Dean Kegler of Duluth placed third.

10/02/2014

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Zebra Mussels Confirmed In 2 Metro Lakes

Zebra mussels have infested two Twin Cities lakes, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

09/26/2014

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Invasive Snails Infest St. Louis River Estuary

Scientists say a tiny but harmful snail species has taken up residence in the St. Louis River estuary. Doug Jensen of the University of Minnesota Sea Grant program says the discovery of faucet snails marks a substantial range expansion for the invasive species. He says they’re asking anglers, boaters and waterfowl hunters within the estuary to be especially vigilant about cleaning their boats, waders and other gear before leaving water accesses.

09/25/2014

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DNR Rules Against Minnesota Bear Researcher

The state Department of Natural Resources has affirmed its decision to deny a permit to for putting radio collars on black bears to a Minnesota researcher who has gained international attention for his work.

09/24/2014

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DNR: Bird Disease Closes Pigeon Lake Islands

DNR officials say the islands in Meeker County’s Pigeon Lake have been closed due to discovery of a disease in double-crested cormorants.

09/18/2014

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Minn. DNR Requests Compensation From BP Gulf Oil Spill

In a clear, blue autumn sky, hundreds of American white pelicans soar in a circulating pattern above the Mississippi River flyway. The majestic birds with the eight-foot wingspan are slowly meandering their way along the annual fall migration to the Gulf of Mexico.

09/16/2014

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DNR: Zebra Mussels Found In Cass Lake

The Department of Natural Resources say they have confirmed the presence of adult zebra mussels for the first time in a Bemidji-area lake. Officials say they were found on one of Cass Lake’s most popular beaches.

09/12/2014

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DNR: Lake Virginia Now Infested With Zebra Mussels

State officials say they’ve confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in a west metro lake connected to Lake Minnetonka, which has been infested with the invasive species for years.

09/10/2014

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DNR To Auction Northern Minnesota Land Oct. 9

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is holding a land auction on Oct. 9. The DNR says plans to offer 30 parcels, all located in northern Minnesota. The parcels range in size from a half acre to 102 acres and offer opportunities for hunting and recreation, as well as cabin and residential development along prime lakeshore.

09/06/2014

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Spiny Waterflea Found In Basswood Lake In BWCA

Officials have confirmed the presence of the invasive spiny waterflea in another popular lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The Department of Natural Resources says Basswood Lake near Ely will be added to the list of infested waters, as well as three downstream lakes and two connected rivers.

09/05/2014

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This 8-Point Rack Would Have Been A Record

The Department of Natural Resources put a trophy-size rack of antlers on display at their offices in St. Paul on Tuesday, but they’re not exactly happy about it.

09/02/2014

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Shorewood’s Christmas Lake To Treat For Zebra Mussels

Disappointing news on Christmas Lake in Shorewood, Minn. won’t stop efforts to stop the spread of zebra mussels. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed the presence of the destructive mussels on Monday. The invasive aquatic species was discovered at the public boat launch.

08/22/2014

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DNR: Zebra Mussels Found In Christmas Lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of an invasive aquatic species in another metro lake. Staff from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District discovered eight zebra mussels on Christmas Lake in Shorewood, which is just south of Lake Minnetonka.

08/20/2014

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DNR Nixes Expanded Hunting In Natural Areas

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has decided against opening more of Minnesota’s scientific and natural areas to hunting and trapping. The agency announced Tuesday that it won’t loosen hunting restrictions in 10 of the 159 areas, which are known as SNAs. The areas are protected because they contain rare native plants and undisturbed shorelines.

08/19/2014

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New Critical Habitat License Plate Focuses On Moose

You’ll be able to pay more for a new critical habitat license plate in Minnesota. The money raised will go to help pay for research into why our moose population is declining.

08/11/2014

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Mille Lacs Band Of Ojibwe DNR To Host Eagle Release

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Department of Natural Resources will release an eagle back into the wild Friday morning. According to the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe DNR, employees of the DNR found the eagle a few weeks ago on the side of Shakopee Lake Road.

08/08/2014

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Scientists Study Number Of Minnesota Bee Species

Minnesota has hundreds of bee species. And now, for the first time, scientists are doing a count of how many bees call our state home. The count allows scientists to study relationships between population changes and pesticide use.

08/04/2014

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DNR: Zebra Mussels, Milfoil Found In Kandiyohi Co. Lakes

The Department of Natural Resources says invasive species were reported in two Kandiyohi County lakes last month. In mid-July, the DNR confirmed that there was Eurasian watermilfoil in Games Lake, about 7 miles east of Sunburg, Minn. That confirmation came after a lakeshore owner reported the infestation to authorities.

08/04/2014

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Group Protests DNR Decision To Allow Expansion Of Body Grip Traps

Demonstrators gathered at the Governor’s mansion Saturday afternoon to protest a decision by the DNR to allow the expansion of a certain type of trap to public walk-in-access hunting areas. The conibear, or “body grip,” traps are used to catch bobcats and other wild animals.

08/02/2014

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DNR Announces Plans For ‘Conservative’ Deer Season

Minnesota wildlife managers have announced rules for a “conservative” deer season to rebuild the whitetail population across much of the state. The Department of Natural Resources says only one deer can be harvested in 95 percent of the state, and the harvest of does will be further restricted.

07/23/2014

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Minnesota Wants Say In Red River Diversion Lawsuit

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to participate in a lawsuit challenging a Red River diversion project so it can be heard on arguments about state regulation. A group representing upstream townships and counties in North Dakota and Minnesota has filed a federal lawsuit that asks the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to come up with a cheaper project that doesn’t flood farmland.

07/22/2014

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Businesses Around Lake Mille Lacs Hope Night Fishing Reels In Customers

One of Minnesota’s most popular fishing destinations is missing its fishermen. The DNR says June was very slow on Lake Mille Lacs, with anglers spending half the time fishing that they did the previous year.

07/20/2014

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DNR: Invasive Carp Found In Mississippi River

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says invasive carp have been found in the Mississippi River near Cottage Grove. The agency says commercial fishermen under contract with the DNR netted two adult invasive carp in Pool 2 Thursday.

07/18/2014

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Outreach Helps Minnesota State Park Visits Grow

Despite a record wettest June that kept Minnesotans hunkered down at home, state figures show that more people than ever are getting outdoors to take advantage of Minnesota’s state parks. Officials with the Department of Natural Resources credit the revenue stream from the Legacy Amendment sales tax increase.

07/18/2014

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