Minnesota Department Of Natural Resources
Regulators on Friday will release a long-awaited environmental review for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The Department of Natural Resources officials say the document has grown to 2,200 pages. And it’s just a draft.
Safety officials are warning parents to keep an eye on their children over the Thanksgiving holiday as they visit family and friends who live near lakes, ponds or streams. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the ice remains thin. Six people died after falling through ice across the state last winter.
Minnesota’s firearms deer harvest so far this season is down 6 percent from the same point last year. Two weekends into the season, the Department of Natural Resources says hunters have registered 128,814 deer.
Minnesota opens it second wolf hunting season Saturday since the animals came off the endangered list. The Department of Natural Resources has set the target harvest at 220 wolves, down from 400 for last year’s inaugural season when hunters and trappers killed 413.
Three duck hunters in central Minnesota have been rescued after a conservation officer spotted them struggling in freezing water. Conservation Officer Rick Reller was checking waterfowl hunters this week on Swartout Lake in Wright County.
With citations for deer baiting hitting an all-time high, conservation officers are reminding Minnesota deer hunters to review the rules before heading to the field.
John Ackerman is a big-time landlord of subterranean real estate. Ackerman, 59, owns Spring Valley Caverns, the largest private cave in Minnesota but just the beginning of his underground empire, which he calls the Minnesota Cave Preserve.
Wildlife managers want pet owners to find permanent homes for unwanted turtles rather than setting them free. One of the most common pet-trade turtles is the red-eared slider. They’re often sold as cute, little hatchlings but grow rapidly and eventually need a large space to roam.
Little sunfish can be expensive — for anglers who keep more than their limits. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says four men recently pleaded guilty and paid fines of about $740 each for sunfish over-limits.
Wet, windy weather made it challenging for participants in Camp Ripley’s 12th annual archery deer hunt for youth. The hunt drew 137 hunters to the Camp Ripley military reservation last weekend, while 13 other young people hunted next door at the Nature Conservancy’s Lake Alexander Preserve.
The Lakeland City Council this week approved plans for a house about 14 feet from the river bluff despite objections from the state Department of Natural Resources and the St. Paul suburb’s own planning commission.
Minnesota regulators will review the proposed expansion of a taconite mine after environmentalists warned of potential water pollution. Northshore Mining wants to expand its mine near Babbitt.
The festivities begin Friday as the south-central Minnesota city of Madelia hosts the third annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. Madelia city administrator Dan Madsen says they’re looking forward to showcasing their community as the pheasant capital of Minnesota.
Minnesota pheasant hunters will find less land available when the season opens Saturday. Due to the federal government shutdown, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has closed 13 national wildlife refuges and eight wetland management districts in Minnesota, totaling more than 489,000 acres of land.
Minnesota’s fall-color season is gearing up for what’s expected to be an impressive show. The peak color is arriving a bit later than it did last year, thanks to a warm September.