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Minn. Waterfowl Symposium Set For Saturday

Hunters, outdoor enthusiasts and natural resource managers will gather at the Mall of America Ramada Hotel to celebrate Minnesota’s waterfowl and wetland resources.

02/01/2014

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2nd Meeting On PolyMet Mine Set For Aurora

The second public meeting on the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine is being held in the Iron Range city of Aurora. The meeting at Mesabi East High School runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday.

01/22/2014

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DNR: Ice House, Jeep Fall Through Ice Near Alexandria

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is sending a harsh reminder that despite our recent frigid and snowy conditions, ice on the state’s lakes is never 100 percent safe. That’s all too real for two men who had to escape from Lake Ida in Douglas County near Alexandria on Wednesday.

12/12/2013

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Minn. To Release PolyMet Mine Environmental Review

Regulators on Friday will release a long-awaited environmental review for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The Department of Natural Resources officials say the document has grown to 2,200 pages. And it’s just a draft.

12/06/2013

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Minn. Ice Remains Thin As Thanksgiving Approaches

Safety officials are warning parents to keep an eye on their children over the Thanksgiving holiday as they visit family and friends who live near lakes, ponds or streams. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the ice remains thin. Six people died after falling through ice across the state last winter.

11/26/2013

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Minnesota Firearms Deer Harvest Down 6 Percent

Minnesota’s firearms deer harvest so far this season is down 6 percent from the same point last year. Two weekends into the season, the Department of Natural Resources says hunters have registered 128,814 deer.

11/20/2013

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Minnesota Opens Its 2nd Wolf Season Saturday

Minnesota opens it second wolf hunting season Saturday since the animals came off the endangered list. The Department of Natural Resources has set the target harvest at 220 wolves, down from 400 for last year’s inaugural season when hunters and trappers killed 413.

11/08/2013

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3 Duck Hunters In Central Minn. Rescued From Lake

Three duck hunters in central Minnesota have been rescued after a conservation officer spotted them struggling in freezing water. Conservation Officer Rick Reller was checking waterfowl hunters this week on Swartout Lake in Wright County.

11/08/2013

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Minnesota DNR Cracks Down On Deer Baiting

With citations for deer baiting hitting an all-time high, conservation officers are reminding Minnesota deer hunters to review the rules before heading to the field.

11/08/2013

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Minn. Man’s Cave Collection Is His Hobby, Passion

John Ackerman is a big-time landlord of subterranean real estate. Ackerman, 59, owns Spring Valley Caverns, the largest private cave in Minnesota but just the beginning of his underground empire, which he calls the Minnesota Cave Preserve.

11/07/2013

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Wildlife Managers: Don’t Set Unwanted Turtles Free

Wildlife managers want pet owners to find permanent homes for unwanted turtles rather than setting them free. One of the most common pet-trade turtles is the red-eared slider. They’re often sold as cute, little hatchlings but grow rapidly and eventually need a large space to roam.

10/23/2013

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Fines Reach Nearly $3K In Sunfish Over-Limit Case

Little sunfish can be expensive — for anglers who keep more than their limits. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says four men recently pleaded guilty and paid fines of about $740 each for sunfish over-limits.

10/23/2013

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12 Deer Taken In Season’s 1st Youth Deer Hunts

Wet, windy weather made it challenging for participants in Camp Ripley’s 12th annual archery deer hunt for youth. The hunt drew 137 hunters to the Camp Ripley military reservation last weekend, while 13 other young people hunted next door at the Nature Conservancy’s Lake Alexander Preserve.

10/18/2013

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Local Move May Ripple Up And Down St. Croix Valley

The Lakeland City Council this week approved plans for a house about 14 feet from the river bluff despite objections from the state Department of Natural Resources and the St. Paul suburb’s own planning commission.

10/17/2013

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Minn. Regulators To Review Proposed Mine Expansion

Minnesota regulators will review the proposed expansion of a taconite mine after environmentalists warned of potential water pollution. Northshore Mining wants to expand its mine near Babbitt.

10/17/2013

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Madelia Hosts Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

The festivities begin Friday as the south-central Minnesota city of Madelia hosts the third annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. Madelia city administrator Dan Madsen says they’re looking forward to showcasing their community as the pheasant capital of Minnesota.

10/11/2013

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Federal Lands Closed To Minn. Pheasant Hunters

Minnesota pheasant hunters will find less land available when the season opens Saturday. Due to the federal government shutdown, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has closed 13 national wildlife refuges and eight wetland management districts in Minnesota, totaling more than 489,000 acres of land.

10/10/2013

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Minnesota’s Fall-Color Season Gearing Up

Minnesota’s fall-color season is gearing up for what’s expected to be an impressive show. The peak color is arriving a bit later than it did last year, thanks to a warm September.

10/03/2013

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DNR Hosting 3-Day Youth Hunting Sessions In October

With fall comes the beginning of the hunting season in Minnesota. Duck and goose hunting is already underway, and in a few weeks the deer hunting season will start as well. Every year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a special three-day season for youth hunters in October. But there’s a lot more to the special season than attracting young hunters.

09/26/2013

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DNA Test Confirms ID Of Wolf That Bit Minn. Teen

DNA tests confirm a wolf trapped and killed at a northern Minnesota campground is the same wolf that attacked a 16-year-old there. The Department of Natural Resources says the wolf’s DNA matched samples obtained from a comforter used when he was taken to a hospital for treatment.

09/26/2013

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DNR To Auction Seized Guns And Other Gear

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will auction off more than 200 guns along with other seized hunting and fishing equipment Saturday. The auction is at the Hiller Auction Barn in Zimmerman.

09/26/2013

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Minnesota Archery Deer Season Opens Saturday

Deer hunters take to the Minnesota woods this weekend for the opening of the state’s archery deer season. The archery season opens Saturday morning, giving deer hunters their first chance of bagging a trophy buck or just putting some venison on the dinner table. It runs through Dec. 31.

09/13/2013

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Minnesota Pheasant Index Down 29 Percent From 2012

A long winter followed by a cold, wet spring has contributed to a significant decrease in Minnesota’s pheasant population. The Department of Natural Resources says Minnesota’s pheasant index declined 29 percent from 2012, reflecting trends seen in neighboring states.

09/10/2013

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DNR Predicts Brilliant Minnesota Fall Color Season

The Department of Natural Resources predicts a brilliant fall color season for Minnesota. Despite dry weather lately, Patricia Arndt of the Division of Parks and Trails says trees got adequate rain earlier this season.

09/09/2013

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Minnesota Deer, Wolf Lottery Deadline Approaching

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding hunters of the deadline for applying for an antlerless deer permit, special hunts or a wolf hunting or trapping license. The deadline is midnight Thursday.

09/04/2013

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