Minnesota Department Of Natural Resources
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reports a drop in drunken boating arrests around the state, and the weather is a factor. Thanks to the late spring and heavy rains, the agency says fewer boaters are on the water.
This week’s heavy rains have extinguished the last remaining patch of drought in Minnesota. Thursday’s update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows the state completely free of drought and abnormally dry conditions.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has temporarily closed Blue Mounds State Park due to flood damage from recent storms. The park, which is 3 ½ hours southwest of Minneapolis, received more than 11 inches of rain since last Friday.
It’s the first day of a new job for Erik Ziegler. The Vermillion College student is on summer break, and working the front line of Minnesota’s war against zebra mussels. “If you sell a boat, a trailer or a lift and someone else buys it, I mean, [zebra mussels] can even be transported to another lake and it will just spread like wildfire,” Ziegler said.
Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan have teamed up for a public service campaign to encourage boaters and anglers to avoid spreading zebra mussels, spiny water fleas and other aquatic invaders when they travel between states.
A black bear, possibly the same one seen recently in several south-metro communities, was shot and killed early Saturday morning in West St. Paul. Police say they received reports of a black bear wandering near Bernard Street West and Charlton Street. The bear was described as weighing between 120 – 150 pounds and had an injured hind leg.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday a no-wake boating restriction is in effect on the river between Taylors Falls and Prescott due to high water levels from recent rainfall in the area.
The bear that’s been spotted around the Twin Cities has made yet another appearance in the west metro.
The black bear that’s been sighted numerous times in the southern Twin Cities metro area during the past week has popped up once again. According to Savage Police, the black bear was spotted at about 1 p.m. Thursday on the 14100 block of Vernon Avenue.
Local political leaders have decided to close the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock to try to stop the spread of invasive carp. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Congressman Keith Ellison were at that Mississippi River lock in Minneapolis Tuesday morning talking about the initiative.
A moose was suffering from an open wound where its tail should have been. Wildlife managers concluded it was the result of a wolf attack and left it alone. But officials intervened on behalf of a baby eagle with a broken wing whose nest was the subject of a video feed watched by tens of thousands of people around the world.
We’re heading towards Memorial Day weekend and coming with it is sun and warmer temperatures. It’s got boaters and anglers looking forward to getting out on the boat. It also makes for the perfect time for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to remind people about boat safety and to “Think Zero.”
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Monday that burn restrictions in 18 central Minnesota counties were lifted last Friday.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is rolling out a new system for managing water use permits as part of its continued effort to assure the sustainability of precious groundwater.
The Mower County Sheriff’s office says there was a possible cougar sighting Wednesday. A resident notified the sheriff that they took pictures of a “large, cat-like creature” near Udolpho Township in the county’s northwest corner.