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DNR Aims For Weekend With Zero Invasive Species Violations

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is holding its annual “Think Zero” weekend to raise awareness of aquatic invasive species. The campaign aims to reduce the spread of invasive species via a weekend with zero violations.

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Sturgeon, Paddlefish Deaths On Lake Pepin Investigated

Some commercial fishing operations have been temporarily halted on Lake Pepin following the discovery of nearly four dozen dead paddlefish and lake sturgeon. Both the Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources took the action, announced Tuesday.

07/28/2015

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Minnesota DNR: Expect Another ‘Conservative’ Deer Season

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said that hunters this year will get another “conservative” deer season this year. The DNR said that means hunters can expect a likely one-deer limit in most areas of the state.

07/28/2015

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4-Year-Old Boy Catches Fish Of A Lifetime

Two brothers living on Lake Minnetonka have a big fish story to tell. James and Johnny Range Jr. are part of a fishing league on the lake, and they reeled in a huge muskie Tuesday night.

07/22/2015

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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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Minnesota State Parks Draw Record Holiday Weekend Crowds

Minnesota state parks drew record crowds on the Fourth of July holiday weekend, and park officials say there are still great recreational opportunities ahead for the rest of the summer. Department of Natural Resources figures show occupancy at state parks hit 84 percent.

07/15/2015

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Court Rules In Favor Of MN Bear Researcher’s Live Video Feeds

This winter, live video feeds will once again broadcast from inside bear dens in Minnesota. On Monday, an appeals court ruled that the founder of the North American Bear Center and Wildlife Research Institute near Ely, Lynn Rogers, does not need a permit to place cameras in bear dens.

07/14/2015

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Minnesota Bear Researcher Plans To Restart Den Broadcasts

Attaching a radio collar to a bear so it can be remotely tracked requires a permit because it amounts to possession under Minnesota’s fish and game laws, the state Court of Appeals ruled Monday.

07/13/2015

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Blanding’s Turtles May Go On Federal Endangered List

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is concerned about a rare turtle that may soon find itself on the list of endangered species. The Blanding’s turtle lives in a small number of states and provinces in the Midwest, New England, and southeastern Canada.

07/06/2015

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Feds Consider Adding Blanding’s Turtle To Endangered List

The federal government is considering adding the Blanding’s turtle to the endangered species list, as the yellow-throated reptile that once thrived throughout the Upper Midwest can now only be found in large numbers in parts of Minnesota and Nebraska.

07/05/2015

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Extra Water Patrols Out On Lake Minnetonka For 4th Of July Weekend

The Fourth of July is the busiest day out on metro area lakes. And it makes for a hectic weekend for water patrols. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office have extra patrols out on Lake Minnetonka this weekend.

07/04/2015

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The Dos And Don’ts Of Fireworks In Minnesota

It’s time to celebrate our independence in the best way we Americans know how: lighting fireworks! Ahead of the July 4 weekend, it’s important to keep in mind a few safety tips and legal restrictions on fireworks in Minnesota.

07/03/2015

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Minnesota Ruffed Grouse Counts Similar To Last Year

A survey by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources finds ruffed grouse drumming counts this spring unchanged from the year before. DNR grouse project leader Charlotte Roy says this follows a significant increase of 34 percent from 2013 to 2014.

06/30/2015

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New Law Classifies ATV Trail Restrictions By Vehicle Width

A new law is adding width to the criteria that determines where all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) can ride. In the past, ATVs were classified by weight and size. But starting July 1, width will be added into the equation.

06/29/2015

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DNR Kicks Off Campaign To Deter Drinking And Boating

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is working with other state agencies to deter drinking and boating as summer starts and we approach the Fourth of July.

06/23/2015

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Breeding Mallard Numbers Down In Minnesota

Spring waterfowl surveys find Minnesota’s breeding mallard numbers are down from last year while other species saw increases.

06/22/2015

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DNR Sets New Deer Population Goals For Parts Of Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources approved new deer population goals for parts of northeastern, north central and east central Minnesota. The goals cover 40 deer permit areas in Minnesota, just less than a third of the permit areas in the state.

06/09/2015

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Organizers Seek Paddlers For Every Mile Of Minnesota River

Paddling enthusiasts are trying to get a huge number of canoes and kayaks onto the Minnesota River Saturday for National Get Outdoors Day. Alex Watson, a regional naturalist for the Department of Natural Resources, says the goal is to get people to paddle every navigable mile of the Minnesota River.

06/08/2015

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Minnesota DNR: 5 Invasive Carp Caught In St. Croix River

Officials say five invasive bighead carp have been caught in the St. Croix River in the past week, just south of Stillwater. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says it’s the farthest upstream that bighead carp have been found in the St. Croix, and it’s about 7 miles north of the previous point.

06/02/2015

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Sandhill Cranes Make Huge Minnesota Comeback

Just as our national symbol, the bald eagle, has become a common sight across all parts of Minnesota, there is yet another comeback worth celebrating. The 23,000-acre Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area is nature’s oasis; a sort of wild sanctuary for all kinds of critters, offering all of them a perfect habitat in which to roam.

05/26/2015

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Despite Promising Treatment, Zebra Mussels Found In Christmas Lake

After a new treatment appeared to rid Christmas Lake of zebra mussels, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the invasive aquatic species is back.

05/23/2015

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DNR: 10 Zebra Mussels Found In Christmas Lake Despite Treatment

In a second search of Christmas Lake, teams of divers have found and removed a total of 10 zebra mussels, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

05/22/2015

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Gov. Dayton Casts Out On Lake Vermilion For Fishing Opener

Gov. Mark Dayton was out on the water early Saturday morning — He was fishing with Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk on Lake Vermilion, about 90 minutes north of Duluth, in Tower.

05/09/2015

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Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener Kicks Off At Lake Vermillion

It’s that time of year again – the Minnesota Governor’s Fish Opener. The 2015 opener is being held in the Lake Vermillion area May 7 through 10. The fishing challenge begins at midnight on Saturday, May 9.

05/08/2015

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Good Question: Why’s The Fishing Opener On Mother’s Day?

For seven of the past ten years, Mother’s Day and the Minnesota Fishing Opener have fallen on the same weekend. It’s an act that any fishing family has balanced long ago. So, why do these traditions often happen at the same time?

Good Question.

05/06/2015

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