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As Hibernation Ends, DNR Releases ‘Bear Aware’ Tips

It’s that time of the year when bears are coming out of hibernation, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to warn all homeowners near their habitat to be “bear aware.”

03/30/2015

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DNR Begins Annual Frog Calling Survey As Sounds Of Spring Return

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers to help track changes in their population. They say frogs and toads are the best indicators of wetland health.

03/28/2015

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Agency Investigating Killing Of 2 Bull Elk In NW Minnesota

The Department of Natural Resources is investigating the illegal killing of two bull elk in northwestern Minnesota. Wildlife officials conducting an aerial elk survey spotted the dead animals in late February on state land near Grygla.

03/25/2015

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DNR: Spring Burning Restrictions Start This Week

Burn restrictions start this week in several parts of the state as we approach the start of the wildfire season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Burn restrictions will start Wednesday in several counties in northwestern, southern and central Minnesota.

03/23/2015

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State Parks Await Spring-Time Visitors

As the last drops of maple syrup are collected from Fort Snelling State Park, it can mean only one thing — the sights and sounds of spring are coming back. Brent Wennberg has been enjoying Minnesota’s state parks since he was 2.

03/20/2015

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Minnesota’s Wild Elk Population Rises To Estimated 131

Minnesota’s wild elk population has risen slightly to an estimated 131 animals in three herds that roam the northwest corner of the state.

03/12/2015

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Spring-Like Temps Cutting Maple Syrup Season Short

It takes quite the process to get local maple syrup from the tree to your table. The biggest indicator of how much we’ll get to enjoy is determined by Mother Nature.

03/12/2015

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DNR: Deadline Monday In Southern MN To Remove Your Ice House

Ice fishers around Minnesota have one more day to get their shacks off the ice. Those spending the weekend on a frozen lake likely have a trailer with them to take their ice house away.

03/01/2015

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Deadline Approaches For Ice Houses On Most Minnesota Lakes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says all ice houses must be off of lakes in the southern two thirds of the state by Monday night, despite the fact that the recent cold weather has left many still frozen into the lake.

02/27/2015

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Effort To Restore Pheasants Gets Boost From Lines’ Return

A retired official of the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources began spearheading what ringneck enthusiasts hope is an ambitious public-private effort to restore Minnesota’s pheasants on Monday.

02/27/2015

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Hunters Challenge DNR Deer Management Practices

A group of Minnesota hunters say the deer population is in worse shape than the state is letting on. Minnesota Bowhunters president Brooks Johnson talked about the changing landscape of the deer population as he walked through the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge in Big Lake.

02/20/2015

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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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DNR: Moose Count Confirms Continuing Decline

Minnesota’s annual moose survey finds a continuing decline in the animal so closely identified with the state’s north woods. The survey counted 3,450 animals, compared to 4,350 last year and 2,760 two years ago.

02/17/2015

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DNR: Ice Fishers Need To Clean Up After Removing Houses

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding ice anglers that they need to clean up the area around their ice house after they remove it from the lake.

02/12/2015

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Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium Runs Saturday In Bloomington

The question of whether Minnesota’s duck hunting limits are too loose or just right will be up for debate at the 18th annual Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium. The one-day conference runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Mall of America Ramada Inn in Bloomington.

02/07/2015

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Minnesota Puts Brakes On Conversion Of Forests To Crops

Minnesota officials on Thursday put the brakes on the conversion of pine forests to potato fields in the northwestern part of the state while they conduct an environmental review on potential threats to groundwater, fish and wildlife.

02/05/2015

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DNR Postpones Aquatic Invasive Species Training

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is postponing the launch of an aquatic invasive species training and trailer decal program while legislators consider modifying the law.

01/28/2015

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Experts Say Great Lakes Wolves Aren’t Endangered

A group of wolf experts disputes that gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan are endangered or that a judge’s ruling will help the population spread to other states.

12/23/2014

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Potash Injection Delayed At Christmas Lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says its contractor has delayed work to kill zebra mussels in a small Minneapolis-area lake. The agency and its contractor will inject potash under the ice of Christmas Lake on Friday instead of Tuesday.

12/16/2014

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DNR Settles White Bear Lake Lawsuit

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has settled a lawsuit over declining water levels in White Bear Lake. A group of homeowners sued the DNR two years ago, claiming the agency had allowed too much groundwater use in the area.

12/01/2014

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Researchers Assess Adirondack Moose After Die-Offs

Moose die-offs in Minnesota and New Hampshire have led wildlife biologists in New York to launch a three-year study of moose in the Adirondack Mountains.

11/30/2014

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2 Dead After Vehicle-Train Crash In Kandiyohi County

Two people are dead after a crash between a train and a passenger vehicle Saturday afternoon in Kandiyohi County.

11/22/2014

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Northwoods Moose Living On Sleepy Eye Farm Dies

A moose that wandered hundreds of miles away from its Northwoods habitat has died. The Department of Natural Resources told WCCO the moose was found in the backyard of a home in Sleepy Eye, a place it had been hanging out for the last week and a half.

11/20/2014

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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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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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