Minnesota Department Of Natural Resources

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DNR: Inspect Your Boat Before Hitting The Water

With warmer weather finally looking like it might be here to stay for a while, there are things the Minnesota DNR would like you to know before getting into the water.

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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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DNR: Zebra Mussel Treatment Appears Successful At Christmas Lake

The Department of Natural Resources says divers found no evidence of the aquatic invasive species zebra mussels in Christmas Lake in Shorewood.

04/20/2015

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Grass Fire Destroys Home, Outbuildings In NE Minnesota

Authorities say an outdoor wood stove apparently started a grass fire that destroyed a home and outbuildings in northeastern Minnesota.

04/19/2015

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Dry Conditions Spark Wildfires Across Northern, Eastern Minnesota

Although the streak of warm, dry days has come to an end with small thunderstorms Saturday night and Sunday morning, two grass fires burned through northern and eastern Minnesota Saturday afternoon.

04/18/2015

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DNR: Beware Of Very Cold Water While Boating

Now that the ice is out, a lot of people are getting ready to put their boats on lakes and rivers. But the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says not so fast.

04/17/2015

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State Asks Hunters To Help With Bird Flu Surveillance

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to arm itself with turkey hunters in the fight against bird flu. The state asked hunters in five counties — Kandiyohi, Pope, Meeker, Swift and Stearns — to help figure out if the virus has spread to wild turkeys.

04/17/2015

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DNR Offers Turkey Hunting Tips For Areas Near Bird Flu

Turkey hunting season starts Wednesday in Minnesota, and the Department of Natural Resources is offering a few precautionary tips for areas near turkey farms struck by the bird flu.

04/13/2015

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State Tournament Shows Big Interest In High School Archery

If this year’s numbers are any indication, archery is a sport growing in popularity among high school students. This year’s State Archery Tournament took place March 20-21 at Champlin Park High School.

04/07/2015

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Despite Early ‘Ice-Out,’ Twin Cities Lakes Remain Dangerously Cold

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office says this year’s minimal snowfall and mild winter made the “ice-out” come earlier this year, but they say the water is still dangerously cold.

04/04/2015

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Minnesota DNR Shows Off New ‘FireBoss’ Firefighting Planes

There’s a new boss at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the FireBoss.

04/03/2015

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DNR Declares ‘Ice-Out’ In Minneapolis Chain Of Lakes

Despite the chill in the air, signs of spring are emerging. The change of seasons is marked with open water on the lakes. The blowing winds and warm sun have melted the ice off many Twin Cities lakes.

04/03/2015

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Dayton Activates Minnesota National Guard To Fight Wildfires

Gov. Mark Dayton is calling on the Minnesota National Guard to fight wildfires across the state. The Guard and the state Department of Public Safety will supply two Blackhawk helicopters with 660-gallon water buckets to combat the blazes. The department says multiple fires were reported in east-central Minnesota Thursday.

04/02/2015

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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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