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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.

8 hours ago

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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.

15 hours ago

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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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Deer Hunting Opener: 4 Things You Need To Know

Who needs Black Friday when you have “Orange Friday?” That’s because deer hunters across the state are gearing up to go hunting. Firearms hunting opener starts Saturday and a half-million Minnesotans are expected to head outside for the weekend tradition.

11/07/2014

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Minnesota DNR To Sample For Deer Disease

The state Department of Natural Resources is encouraging hunters in southeast Minnesota to submit deer for chronic wasting disease sampling. The DNR said Thursday it will collect 450 samples from deer at eight locations throughout the state’s southeast corner as firearms season begins this weekend.

11/07/2014

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Minnesota Firearms Deer Season Opens Saturday

Nearly 500,000 hunters wearing blaze orange are expected to be afield Saturday when Minnesota’s firearms deer season gets underway. But the Department of Natural Resources says those hunters are less likely to bag a deer than in recent years.

11/07/2014

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Minn.’s 2014 Deer Harvest Expected To Drop Sharply

Five-hundred Minnesota hunters will head into the woods on Nov. 8 for the annual firearms deer hunting opener. But the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is already predicting one of the poorest success rates in recent decades. That’s because Minnesota’s whitetail deer numbers are down in many parts of the state, particularly in the heavily-forested northeastern region.

11/05/2014

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Fire Danger Expected To Increase In Minnesota

Dry conditions are expected to increase the danger of wildfires in Minnesota this weekend.

10/31/2014

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Trail Rules Change In East-Central Minnesota

Before venturing into the woods of east-central Minnesota this fall, hunters and others are being encouraged to review changes to trail rules in Pine County. The Department of Natural Resources says the affected areas include the Nemadji, General Andrews, Chengwatana and St. Croix state forests.

10/29/2014

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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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