A Minnesota bear researcher remains under orders to remove radio collars from bears he’s studying by the end of the month, but will be allowed to appeal. Bear researcher Lynn Rogers sounded optimistic after a meeting with Gov. Mark Dayton and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr on Monday. But Landwehr said afterward he does not plan to lift his decision to rescind Rogers’ permit to keep tracking collars on bears in the Ely area.
Plans are moving forward for the 2013 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in the south-central city of Madelia. The governor’s opener and its public events will be held Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12.
When it comes to boats and danger, you may think of drowning or crashing. But there’s another danger, a silent one.
Bear researcher Lynn Rogers is getting his wish to meet with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton as he makes a last-ditch appeal to keep his permits to radio-collar wild bears and place video cameras in their dens.
Wildlife managers say Minnesota’s wolf population has fallen by about 700 animals over the past five years to around 2,200.
Police in St. Cloud say they stood watch for hours Sunday after a black bear and two cubs climbed into a tree near a neighborhood on the southeast side of the city.
This holiday weekend, lakes and rivers around the state will be packed with boaters who are finally getting the chance to enjoy summer. But, a day off for most Minnesotans means a busy day for the Department of Natural Resources patrolling the water for those who are drinking and boating.
A frustrating Fourth of July is in store for some Twin Cities families. Several lakes and rivers have dangerously high water levels in addition to storm debris floating on or just below the surface. The water is moving so fast that the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis and near Minnehaha Park has been off limits to all boaters for the last ten days. The locks for commercial barges just reopened Wednesday, but recreational boating is still prohibited.
Embattled bear researcher Lynn Rogers is hoping to take his fight to the top. He said Wednesday he’s trying to get a meeting with Gov. Mark Dayton to appeal a Department of Natural Resources decision not to renew his permits to radio-collar wild bears and place video cameras in their dens. The Ely-based researcher has a devoted following, but he’s run afoul of DNR officials who say he’s made wild bears too comfortable around humans and question the scientific value of his work.
It’s a smell that comes with warmer temperatures and increased algae in the water. It’s also something you can see: dead fish floating on all the lakes in Minnesota. The experts call it a “fish kill,” and it has many wondering is the water safe. Dawn Summers of Minneapolis Park and Recreation says that this is a common occurrence.
With the Independence Day holiday approaching, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is ramping up enforcement this weekend against drunken boating.
With the nice weather on tap for this weekend, many Minnesotans will be headed to the lakes. And to help keep everyone safe on the water, the DNR is ramping up patrols to crack down on drunken boaters. Friday marks the start of “Operation Dry Water” across the state. Boaters caught operating under the influence will have their boats impounded and could even be banned from boating.
Evergreens are dying at rates the DNR calls alarming. Last week the focus was on the epidemic in western Wisconsin but on Thursday, WCCO talked with a couple who’ve already lost five pine trees they’d planted decades ago.
Anyone heading out onto the St. Croix River will have to abide by a new rule. The new bridge construction is underway and a no-wake zone is in effect for nearly a mile along the river. The St. Croix River offers an easy getaway during the summer months. Gail Plewacki of Stillwater takes out her pontoon whenever she can.
The past few days have been deadly on Minnesota waters. A 3-year-old boy drowned in a lake in Nisswa on Monday, and over 5-year-old girl and a woman died in a boating accident on Lac qui Parle, as the two were without life jackets.