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Bear Vanishes After Numerous Sightings In The South Metro

The first reports of a north woods visitor came just prior to the Memorial Day weekend. On Friday morning, the phone line to Savage police began ringing as folks like Jessica Sepeda called in, saying they’d seen a bear.

05/28/2014

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DNR Lists Northern Minn. Lake As Infested With Zebra Mussels

A lake in Minnesota’s arrowhead region is now listed as infested with zebra mussels after a can encrusted with the invasive species was discovered during a fisheries assessment.

05/28/2014

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Judge Rules Against Minnesota Bear Researcher

The Department of Natural Resources has the authority to deny a permit to a researcher for putting radio collars on black bears in northern Minnesota, an administrative law judge ruled Tuesday, saying his methods raise significant public safety concerns. The DNR had sufficient cause when it decided to stop renewing Lynn Rogers’ permits last year, wrote Tammy Pust, Minnesota’s chief administrative law judge.

05/27/2014

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DNR Workshop Helps Bring Women To The Outdoors

I grew up fishing at the cabin on North Long Lake, and Grandpa loved to take me trolling on Leech Lake for walleyes. But it’s been too long since I’ve gone fishin’. It’s time to change that. And who better to re-introduce me than Mandy Uhrich, a pro-bass angler, who also volunteers with a DNR program called “Becoming an Outdoors Woman.”

05/24/2014

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Wounded Wildlife Pose Dilemmas For Intervention

A moose was suffering from an open wound where its tail should have been. Wildlife managers concluded it was the result of a wolf attack and left it alone. But officials intervened on behalf of a baby eagle with a broken wing whose nest was the subject of a video feed watched by tens of thousands of people around the world.

05/24/2014

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Bear Stops Traffic In Savage

A young bear disrupted traffic Friday morning in Savage before disappearing into the woods, according to police. Authorities first received reports of the bear at about 5 a.m. when it attempted to cross Highway 13 near McColl Drive. Traffic stopped in both directions to allow the bear to pass.

05/23/2014

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Good Question: Why Does MN Only Allow One Fishing Line In The Water?

This time of year is prime fishing time. It’s a good time to get out on the water, drop a line in and hopefully catch some walleye. Our border states allow people to fish with more than one line at a time. So why does Minnesota only allow one line in the water?

05/21/2014

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Minnesota Celebrates Arbor Month

The Minnesota Arbor Month celebration took place at Oak Hill Park in St. Louis Park, Minn. Saturday afternoon. In an effort to get kids outdoors and interacting with nature, the Minnesota DNR encouraged kids to climb trees with a tree climbing championship.

05/17/2014

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Long-Eared Bat Could Be Endangered

A disease infecting the northern long-eared bat could place it on the endangered species list. The disease, called white-nose syndrome, has impacted bats in a number of states. Rich Baker, endangered species coordinator with the Department of Natural Resources, says a large number have died off.

05/13/2014

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Mother Black Bear, Cubs Wander Into Western WI Neighborhood

A mama black bear and her two cubs have been spotted by residents in one Osceola, Wis. neighborhood. They’ve gotten awfully close to homes, so now police and DNR are stepping in to make sure the bears and residents stay safe. It began innocently enough.

05/12/2014

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Minnesotans Get Out On The Water For Fishing Opener

Nearly a half million people are out on Minnesota’s lakes this weekend for the state fishing opener. Governor Dayton was in the Brainerd Lakes area, trying his luck on Gull Lake. The governor was among thousands of Minnesotans who got out on the water at the stroke of midnight.

05/10/2014

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Some Minnesota Lakes Still Have Ice For Opener

Officials expect nearly 500,000 people to head out onto Minnesota’s lakes and streams for this weekend’s opening of fishing season. The cold winter means some lakes in far northern Minnesota and northeastern Minnesota still have some ice on them. But the ice has been receding fast this past week.

05/10/2014

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Frank & Chris @ The Governor’s Fishing Opener: Day 2

The start of the fishing season is just hours away, and fishermen and women are gearing up to head out at midnight.

05/09/2014

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Sheriff: Possible Cougar Sighting In Mower County

The Mower County Sheriff’s office says there was a possible cougar sighting Wednesday. A resident notified the sheriff that they took pictures of a “large, cat-like creature” near Udolpho Township in the county’s northwest corner.

05/09/2014

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Frank & Chris Head To Governor’s Fishing Opener

The Governor’s Fishing Opener kicks off the walleye and northern pike season at midnight Friday. This year’s festivities are being held in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Gov. Mark Dayton will fish out of Grand View Lodge in Nisswa on Gull Lake.

05/08/2014

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Minn. DNR Launches New App For Anglers

After a long, harsh winter, summer is finally around the corner — at least fishing season is. And now that the Walleye Opener is coming up this weekend, anglers will have a new tool. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources just launched a new mobile-friendly website Wednesday that includes all of the complicated rules and regulations for each lake, in one easy-to-understand place.

05/07/2014

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Eaglet Seen Struggling On Live EagleCam Euthanized

The eaglet that was injured and visibly struggling on the popular “EagleCam” has been euthanized, according to a post left on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Facebook page. The DNR originally said it would not interfere with the nest, but then changed their approach.

05/05/2014

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DNR EagleCam Back Online After Injured Eaglet’s Removal

The DNR’s popular “EagleCam” is back up and running after It was turned off Friday while an injured eaglet was removed from the nest. The executive director of the University of Minnesota Raptor Center says the eaglet received emergency care Friday night and Saturday morning.

05/03/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All': Robin Eggs, Fine Money & Dog Smell

Toni Lynn from North St. Paul asked: Why are robin eggs blue? According to DNR bird expert Carol Henderson, the pigments in the blood of the mom robin are embedded into the egg shell as the egg passes through the oviduct before it’s laid.

05/02/2014

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DNR: Rescued Eaglet To Get Treatment At Raptor Center

Facebook started blowing up Friday over a problem in the Minnesota Eagle’s Nest where the DNR has a camera. One of the eaglets in the nest is struggling. The DNR says it appears to be stuck in the mud on the nest from all of our recent rain.

05/02/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 4-25-14

To hear reaction to the Wild’s big win in Game 4 plus other highlights from today’s show, CLICK THE LINK ABOVE

04/25/2014

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DNR Being Sued For Alleged ‘Mismanagement’ Of Lake Mille Lacs

In November 1998, Minnesota voters passed a constitutional amendment on the ballot that is meant to preserve the state’s storied hunting and fishing heritage.

04/24/2014

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Want To Try Archery? Climbing? Or Kayaking? The DNR’s Got You Covered

Now that one of the worst winters in decades is over, the Department of Natural Resources wants to remind us that summer awaits in Minnesota’s State Parks.

04/18/2014

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Fmr. DNR Employee Sentenced In Data Breach

A former Department of Natural Resources official convicted of illegally accessing drivers’ license data on thousands of Minnesotans has been sentenced. On Monday, 49-year-old John A. Hunt of Woodbury was sentenced to two years’ probation and must also pay a $1,000 fine.

04/14/2014

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Finding Minnesota: The Sinkhole Capital Of The U.S.

Many communities in Minnesota take pride in their oversized attractions. Red Wing, for example, has the world’s largest leather boot while Darwin has the largest ball of twine. But fewer know about Fountain’s claim to fame: the number of spots where the ground has collapsed.

04/13/2014

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