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DNR Unveils Changes Aimed At Mending Mille Lacs Relations

Minnesota’s wildlife officials are making sweeping changes at Mille Lacs Lake to restore trust with locals after shutting down the lake’s walleye fishing season. The Department of Natural Resources is setting up a new outpost on the central Minnesota lake with more staff to monitor its walleye population.

08/27/2015

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Minnesota Lawmakers Wary Of Special Session For Mille Lacs

Minnesota lawmakers are pumping the brakes on Gov. Mark Dayton’s call for a special session to aid Mille Lacs Lake businesses hurting from the early closure of walleye fishing season.

08/05/2015

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Lawmakers Search For Answers In Mille Lacs Walleye Decline

Lawmakers are studying the fallout of the declining walleye population on Mille Lacs Lake. A group of legislators and state officials studying the issue met for the first time Tuesday, the day after the state closed the lake for walleye fishing.

08/04/2015

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DNR: Rule Change Could Bring More Bass Tournaments To Mille Lacs

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced a change in fishing regulations on Mille Lacs Lake Tuesday in hopes that it will bring more bass fishing tournaments to the area. The rule change will allow anglers to sort bass that are shorter than 18 inches and keep the largest fish.

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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DNR Shutting Down Walleye Fishing On Mille Lacs

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton ramped up planning Monday for a special session to help Lake Mille Lacs businesses cope with a sudden end to the walleye fishing season, a blow to tourism on one of the state’s “Big Six” lakes.

08/03/2015

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Mille Lacs Businesses Brace For Walleye Fishing Suspension

The Department of Natural Resources is closing Mille Lacs Lake for walleye fishing at 10 p.m. on Monday. Minnesota natural resources officials said Sunday that anglers had exceeded the central Minnesota lake’s walleye quota by 2,000 pounds.

08/02/2015

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Dayton Starts Special Session Legwork For Mille Lacs Lake

Gov. Mark Dayton started laying the groundwork Wednesday to call a potential special session to provide emergency relief to a Mille Lacs Lake area bracing for an abrupt end to its walleye fishing season — perhaps as soon as the end of next week, Dayton said.

07/29/2015

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DNR: Mille Lacs Lake Approaching Walleye Limit

Officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday that Mille Lacs Lake is approaching its catch quota for walleye. Officials said new data shows the lake is approaching the quota of 28,600 pounds due to a strong catch and warm weather conditions.

07/21/2015

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05/13/2015

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Walleyes, Deer, Wolves And Moose Among Topics Of DNR Event

Gov. Mark Dayton’s announcement that he’ll ask lawmakers to require a 50-foot buffer zone along most streams, lakes and wetlands to boost the state’s struggling pheasant population was the highlight of the annual Department of Natural Resources roundtable. But the discussions Friday also included ones about fishing, deer hunting, wolves and moose.

01/16/2015

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Northern Pike Spearing Returns To Mille Lacs Lake

The return of northern pike spearing to Mille Lacs Lake for the first time in 32 years is generating a buzz among long-time spearers.

12/08/2014

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Court of Appeals To Hear Mille Lacs Lake Lawsuit

The Minnesota Court of Appeals hears oral arguments Thursday in a lawsuit filed by a group of Mille Lacs Lake resort owners and anglers upset with how the Department of Natural Resources manages the big lake’s walleye population.

11/20/2014

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DNR: Mille Lacs Walleye Population Improving

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced earlier this week that for the first time since 2008, the survival of younger walleyes in Mille Lacs Lake appears to be improving. Fishery officials will hold a presentation Wednesday night in Aitkin to discuss the walleye population.

10/22/2014

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DNR To Present Mille Lacs Fish Diet Study

Fisheries officials will give a presentation in Aitkin about a study of what fish eat in Mille Lacs Lake, and how much food is consumed by predator fish in the popular east-central Minnesota lake.

10/22/2014

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DNR Hosts Event On Mille Lacs Walleye Reproduction

The Department of Natural Resources hosts a public discussion Thursday about walleye reproduction in Mille Lacs Lake. The presentation and discussion will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the New Brighton Community Center at 400 10th St. NW .

08/27/2014

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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: Mpls. Lock Closure ‘Step Forward’ In Halting Asian Carp

The Department of Natural Resources says a huge step forward was taken recently in the fight against Asian carp after President Barack Obama signed legislation to close the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock to boat traffic.

06/11/2014

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Mille Lacs Bass Offer Alternative To Walleyes

While fisheries managers try to figure out how to restore the struggling walleye population on Mille Lacs Lake, they’re encouraging anglers to consider what had been unthinkable for many: eat bass instead.

05/18/2014

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Mille Lacs Walleye Rules Likely To Hold Steady

Fisheries officials say walleye anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will likely see regulations similar to last year despite its struggling walleye population. The Department of Natural Resources says the safe harvest level has been set at 60,000 pounds for the upcoming season.

01/31/2014

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ICYMI: High School Sports Rally For Jan. 17, 2014

And while Hockey Day in Minnesota isn’t until Friday, some great games were played Friday night. Check out a few of the hockey clips and other winter sport highlights.

01/17/2014

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Goin’ To The (Frozen) Lake: Wahkon On Mille Lacs (Day 2)

Frank Vascellaro and Chris Shaffer are braving the frigid weather and getting out to Minnesota’s lovely, ice-covered lakes every Thursday and Friday until the middle of February. On Jan. 17, the duo headed out to the Mille Lacs town of Wahkon, which is about 90 miles north of the Twin Cities. Frank and Chris say Wahkon reminds them a little of Dorset, which they visited last spring, because of its tiny population and growing reputation for food. There are four restaurants all on about a one-block stretch!

01/17/2014

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High Winds Create ‘Ice Tsunami’ On Mille Lacs Lake

Strong, northwesterly winds have pushed the ice from Lake Mille Lacs on to land, damaging several homes in the process. The southeastern shoreline of Mille Lacs has been hit the hardest, with locals referring to it as an “ice tsunami.”

05/11/2013

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Walleye Rules Tightened For Mille Lacs Lake

Anglers will be allowed to keep fewer walleyes when they fish Mille Lacs Lake this year.

03/19/2013

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Meeting On Mille Lacs Walleyes Draws Big Crowd

Mille Lacs Lake, one of Minnesota’s most popular fishing destinations, is likely to see tight restrictions this summer to help its walleye population recover.

02/28/2013

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