Lake Mille Lacs

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Dayton Upset With Lawmakers Not Interested In Walleye Session

Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration was seeking $15 million for business loans and $400,000 in tourism marketing for the Lake Mille Lacs region in special session action plan to deal with fallout from the abrupt walleye fishing suspension.

08/19/2015

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How To Promote Mille Lacs During The Walleye Crisis

Lake Mille Lacs has a reputation of being a premiere walleye fishing destination. But many who live along the lake say it should be known for much more. “Mille Lacs at the time when I was growing up was known more as the fishing lake, but that’s evolved over the years,” Mille Lacs Island Resort General Manager Jodi Kanera said.

08/14/2015

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Talks Stall On Aid For Lake Mille Lacs Resorts

Despite agreeing that there’s a need to do something, lawmakers have stalled on talks to help the struggling Lake Mille Lacs area.

08/14/2015

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Dayton Promotes Bass Fishing At Lake Mille Lacs Amid Walleye Crisis

After the state abruptly ended walleye fishing season on Lake Mille Lacs, there’s a new push to promote bass fishing there. Gov. Mark Dayton was fishing for bass Saturday after visiting Hunters Resort in Isle. This past week, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources also loosened some bass fishing restrictions on the lake.

08/08/2015

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Dayton Heads To Mille Lacs For Bass Fishing

Walleye fishing may be over for the season on Lake Mille Lacs, but plenty of people will still be on the water Saturday to wet their lines.

08/07/2015

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Governor Dayton Calls Mille Lacs Situation A ‘Crisis’

After an abrupt end to the Mille Lacs walleye fishing season, Minnesota’s governor is ramping up his push for a special session for state financial aid.

08/06/2015

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DNR Draws Up Walleye Stocking Plan For Lake Mille Lacs

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has drawn up a restocking plan for walleye in Lake Mille Lacs, a step that hasn’t been taken before on the iconic lake.

08/06/2015

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Good Question: How Does The DNR Count Fish?

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources shut down walleye fishing on Lake Mille Lacs Monday night for the first time in history. The decision was made because of the record-low walleye population on the lake, and because the quota was met for how many walleyes could be harvested this year.

08/04/2015

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Lawmakers Prepare For Special Session On Impact Of Shortened Walleye Season

Minnesota lawmakers will be meeting later Tuesday to talk about a special session designed to help those affected by the shortened walleye season on Lake Mille Lacs.

08/04/2015

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4 Things To Know: Collins To Plead Guilty, New Dash Buttons & More

These are the four stories you need to know about for Monday, August 3. They include an expected guilty plea in a high-profile murder case, and a remarkably swift defeat by American MMA athlete Ronda Rousey.

08/03/2015

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4 Things To Know: Prince’s New Track, Bro Crash & More

These are the four stories you need to know about for Friday, July 31. They include a potential special session over the low walleye levels in one Minnesota lake, as well as a funky new jam from Prince’s corner.

07/31/2015

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Gov. Heads To Mille Lacs Over Looming Walleye Fishing Ban

Gov. Mark Dayton will travel to Lake Mille Lacs Friday for a town hall meeting on the walleye crisis. The lack of walleye is so drastic, the Department of Natural Resources may ban walleye fishing altogether.

07/31/2015

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Dayton Prepared To Call Special Session For Mille Lacs Walleye Decline

Gov. Mark Dayton is considering a special legislative session to prevent what he calls “economic disaster” at Minnesota’s premiere walleye lake. Lake Mille Lacs is suffering from a decline in its walleye population that is so severe, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources may ban walleye fishing altogether.

07/28/2015

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Goin’ To The Lake Recap: Lake Mille Lacs (Day 2)

It’s day two of the adventures of Mike Max and Chris Shaffer in this week’s edition of Goin’ To The Lake! Mike and Chris are in Garrison this week to check out all the fun stuff to do around our state’s second biggest body of water: Lake Mille Lacs.

07/24/2015

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Goin’ To The Lake Recap: Lake Mille Lacs (Day 1)

Once again, we’re hitting the road and Goin’ to the Lake on WCCO. This week takes our most beloved odd couple of the season — Chris Shaffer and Mike Max — up to Lake Mille Lacs for Garrison Days!

07/23/2015

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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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Highway 169 Reopened Near Lake Mille Lacs After Ice Heave

A busy stretch of road in northern Minnesota is back open after an ice heave shut it down Wednesday night. Highway 169 near Garrison is known for many things, including their close proximity to Lake Mille Lacs.

04/09/2015

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Mille Lacs Daily Walleye Limit Drops To One Fish

With just a month to go until the statewide fishing opener, anglers who fish lake Mille Lacs received more disappointing news. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released the 2015 fishing regulations for Mille Lacs, which cuts the bag limit on walleye in half.

04/08/2015

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Group Loses Court Battle With DNR Over Mille Lacs Restrictions

A group suing the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources over tighter fishing restrictions on Lake Mille Lacs lost their battle in court Tuesday. A judge ruled that the DNR’s decision to impose an emergency night fishing ban, and tighter walleye limits, is valid.

02/17/2015

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Mille Lacs Anglers, Resorts Take DNR To Court

Frustrated with tighter fishing restrictions on Lake Mille Lacs, resorters and sport fishing groups had their day in court. They’re suing the Department of Natural Resources for ignoring a constitutional amendment.

11/20/2014

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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 To Life Ban On Night Fishing At Mille Lacs Lake

Night fishing is returning to one of Minnesota’s most popular lakes. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will lift the ban on fishing at night on Mille Lacs Lake next Monday.

07/15/2014

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DNR Steps Up Fight Against Zebra Mussels

It’s the first day of a new job for Erik Ziegler. The Vermillion College student is on summer break, and working the front line of Minnesota’s war against zebra mussels. “If you sell a boat, a trailer or a lift and someone else buys it, I mean, [zebra mussels] can even be transported to another lake and it will just spread like wildfire,” Ziegler said.

06/10/2014

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Lake Mille Lacs Residents Dealing With Walls Of Ice

Head north of the Twin Cities along the shores of Lake Mille Lacs and you’ll find some residents dealing with large piles of ice being blown onto shore – and creeping towards their homes. With the month of May just two days away, trees should be showing some signs of spring, but trees along Lake Mille Lacs are showing signs of distress. They’re split and shoved by creeping ice.

04/29/2014

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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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