Tests On Ducks Could Provide Early Warning On Bird FluAs the poultry industry braces for a potential return of bird flu this fall, wildlife managers expect the first results next week from tests that could provide an early warning on whether ducks are carrying the disease as they fly south for the winter.
Pelican Lake Residents Threaten DNR With Lawsuit Over Muskie StockingHome and cabin owners on Pelican Lake say the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has gone too far with stocking Muskie. Now, they're threatening to file a lawsuit to get them to stop.
Landwehr The Listener: Surviving 1 Of State's Toughest JobsPeople in far northwestern Minnesota had long been upset with the Department of Natural Resources, and a dispute that erupted after the DNR closed some ATV trails crossing public lands was just one of the last straws. So one day after Tom Landwehr got the job as DNR commissioner in 2011, Gov. Mark Dayton ordered him up to Kittson and Roseau counties.
Minnesota DNR Using Dogs To Sniff Out Zebra MusselsWhether you're launching or leaving the water, the search for zebra mussels is now part of the boating culture. At boat launch check points, DNR conservation officer Julie Siems doesn't rely on just the naked eye to scan boats. She has a more powerful tool.
Top Spots At The State Fair For Minnesotans Who Love The OutdoorsFor those of us that enjoy the peace and solace of the outdoors, the Great Minnesota Get-Together can be a cumbersome and busy experience. But fear not -- there are still a few places around the State Fair where you can check out the latest camping, hiking and fishing gear, and find new places to explore.
DNR: Starry Stonewort Confirmed In Minnesota LakesThe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says an invasive pest has been confirmed in Minnesota lakes for the first time.
Chippewa Band Members Test Limits Of Tribal Harvesting RightsSeveral citations were issued for illegal gill nets and ricing without a license. Chippewa band members are out to test the validity of their off-reservation hunting, fishing and harvesting rights.
State Gives Chippewa Ricers A Free Pass For The DayWith a steady cadence of drumming setting the tone, Chippewa tribal members set off in canoes into a rich sea of wild rice. They’d gathered on the shores of Hole In The Day Lake, north of Brainerd, in an intended show of civil disobedience. What they wanted to show was the free harvest of native rice without a state required license.
DNR Unveils Changes Aimed At Mending Mille Lacs RelationsMinnesota's wildlife officials are making sweeping changes at Mille Lacs Lake to restore trust with locals after shutting down the lake's walleye fishing season. The Department of Natural Resources is setting up a new outpost on the central Minnesota lake with more staff to monitor its walleye population.
DNR To Hunters: Avoid Shooting Radio-Collared BearsMinnesota's bear hunting season starts next week, and the state's Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters to avoid shooting radio-collared research bears.
2 Minnesota Helicopters, Crew Dispatched To Washington FireMinnesota is dispatching two Blackhawk helicopters and 14 associated personnel to help fight the wildfires in Washington state. Gov. Mark Dayton issued an executive order Friday to provide the assistance in a state dealing with widespread fires that are chewing up hundreds of thousands of acres.
Chippewa Tribes To Challenge Rights To Off-Reservation RicingWild rice is, without question, the most culturally-important food to Minnesota's Native American people. Wild Rice that is growing on pristine northern lakes is now in season. It is an annual activity that can be harvested by anyone, assuming they purchase the $15-per-day or $25-per-season license.