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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.

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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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DNR, Mpls. Park Board Demos Proper Tree Planting

The month of May is dedicated to planting trees in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board demonstrated perfect tree planting at Lake Nokomis Park Friday afternoon.

05/01/2015

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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.

04/26/2015

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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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