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DNR Wants Boaters To ‘Think Zero’ Heading Into Memorial Day

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.”

05/20/2014

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DNR: Burn Restrictions Lifted In 18 Minnesota Counties

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Monday that burn restrictions in 18 central Minnesota counties were lifted last Friday.

05/19/2014

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New System For DNR To Track Water Permits

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.

05/16/2014

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Sheriff: Possible Cougar Sighting In Mower County

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.

05/09/2014

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DNR Wants Anglers To ‘Think Zero’ At Opener

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants anglers to “think zero” at this year’s walleye and northern pike opener. The agency wants every angler to commit to transporting zero aquatic invasive species this year.

04/29/2014

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Emergency Deer Feeding To Wrap Up For Season

The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association is about to wrap up its emergency deer feeding for the season. It’s been a tough winter for deer, especially in northeastern Minnesota, so the Department of Natural Resources agreed in February to release state funds to the association for deer feeding.

04/11/2014

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DNR: Burn Restrictions Start Monday In Central MN

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Thursday because of high winds and melting snow, burn restrictions will go into effect on Monday in several counties across central Minnesota.

04/10/2014

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DNR Expands Trout Fishing Along Vermilion River

With Minnesota’s stream trout opener coming up on Saturday, fisheries officials say new opportunities have opened up in the Twin Cities metro area. Land acquisitions by the Department of Natural Resources in Dakota County will give anglers nearly two additional miles of shoreline to explore along the Vermillion River.

04/09/2014

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DNR Taking Comments On SE Deer Population Goals

The Department of Natural Resources is taking public comments on southeastern Minnesota deer population goals recommended by a citizen advisory team. Leslie McInenly, the DNR’s big game program leader, says the agency has used a fairly extensive process to revisit deer population goals in southeastern Minnesota.

04/08/2014

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Minnesota To Hold Bear License Numbers Steady

Minnesota wildlife managers plan to hold the number of bear hunting licenses steady this year to help gradually increase the bear population. Minnesota’s bear population was estimated at 17,000 in 2008, but the DNR says trends suggest the population is down to between 10,000 and 15,000.

04/07/2014

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Minnesota State Parks Chief Touts Legacy Funding

The man who has run Minnesota state parks for the past decade counts himself fortunate that voters gave him some extra money to spend. Courtland Nelson, 62, retires April 21 as director of the Parks and Trails Division of the Department of Natural Resources.

04/07/2014

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Pelicans Are On Their Way Back To Minnesota

American white pelicans are among the world’s largest birds. The Department of Natural Resources says wingspans up to 9 feet, bright white plumage with black-edged wings and large, orange bills distinguish them from other species.

04/01/2014

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The Stork Visits DNR EagleCam’s Nest

There’s a new bundle of joy on display on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ website. Early Tuesday morning, an eagle chick hatched in the nest watched by the DNR EagleCam, according to DNR Public Affairs Officer Harland Hiemstra. Last year, all three eggs laid by the eagles froze in the January cold.

03/25/2014

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DNR Announces Mille Lacs Walleye Regulations For 2014

The walleye regulations on Lake Mille Lacs are largely staying the same for the 2014 fishing season, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday. It’s part of a larger plan to increase fishing opportunities, improve walleye numbers and stay within the state’s harvest allocation.

03/25/2014

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DNR, MDHA Host Listening Sessions For Deer Hunters

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association will host a series of listening sessions for deer hunters to learn more about the state of deer after this year’s winter.

03/10/2014

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Researcher’s Neighbors Deny Problems With Bears

Neighbors of a Minnesota man who was denied a permit to continue his research told an administrative law judge Tuesday that the wild bears he studies aren’t dangerous and don’t cause problems.

03/04/2014

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Minnesota State Parks And Trails To Get New Chief

Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr says he’ll appoint Assistant Commissioner Erika Rivers to serve as director of the Parks and Trails Division when its current director, Courtland Nelson, retires in April.

03/04/2014

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Minnesota Fishing Licenses Expire Friday

As the cold weather extends the chance to ice fish in Minnesota, officials reminding anglers that their 2013 fishing licenses expire Friday. New licenses for 2014 will be required to fish starting Saturday.

02/25/2014

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DNR: Deadline Approaching To Remove Your Ice House

The deadline for Minnesota’s ice fishers to get their shacks off the state’s lakes is approaching, though many are doing it earlier, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

02/20/2014

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Minnesota’s Becoming An Outdoors Woman Program Turns 20

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is marking the 20th anniversary of its Becoming an Outdoors Woman program this year. The DNR has just released its 2014 catalog of events for the program, which offers a wide range of hands-on learning opportunities for women and their families who want to learn how to hunt, fish or develop other outdoor skills.

02/11/2014

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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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