DNR: Mild Winter Means An Early Snow Melt, Fire Season The Department of Natural Resources says the relatively mild winter will likely lead to an early snow melt and therefore a sooner-than-usual start to fire season.
DNR, Minnesota State University Use GPS To Study Elk HabitatsResearchers plan to put GPS radio collars on around 20 female elk in northwestern Minnesota starting later this month as part of a project that aims to improve understanding of the animals' movements and habitat use.
Republicans In Wis. Look To Eliminate Minimum Hunting AgeAssembly Republicans are pushing a bill to eliminate Wisconsin's minimum hunting age, raising questions about how young is too young to fire a gun in the woods.
Minnesota Wildlife Center Says The DNR Is Evicting ThemA nonprofit that cares for rescued and endangered animals is being evicted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The Wildlife Science Center has leased the land in Forest Lake since 1991. The DNR says they had to act.
2015 Sees Highest Boat-Related Fatalities In A DecadeMinnesota ended 2015 with its highest number of boating deaths in a decade. The DNR said there were 18 boating-related deaths last year. The Star Tribune reports that's the most since 23 people died in 2005.
Copper-Nickel Mining, Water Quality & Carbon Lead State's Environmental AgendaMajor decisions on copper-nickel mining, water quality and a push to reduce carbon emissions by Minnesota's utilities will be among the top issues on Minnesota's environmental agenda for 2016. Some of the debate will be very public, while much work on issues such as oil pipelines and wild rice will take place behind the scenes.
Minnesota Could Use More Elk, Wildlife Managers SayWildlife managers say Minnesota could use more elk. So they're seeking input on a draft management plan that calls for growing the state's small wild elk population and increasing its range.
Royalty Rates Cut For Taconite ProducersMinnesota officials are giving a break to three taconite producers by retroactively lowering their royalty rates on ore mined on the Iron Range.
DNR: No Shortage Of Pheasants In MinnesotaWildlife managers say Minnesota pheasant hunters should keep their gear handy.
DNR: Harvest Numbers Show Growth In Deer PopulationThe Department of Natural Resources says the state’s deer populations have grown, as shown by harvest numbers from the second weekend in the firearms season.
MDH Might Launch PolyMet Health Impact StudyMinnesota's Department of Health is weighing a request to do a public health impact analysis on the proposed copper-nickel PolyMet Mining Corp. project on the Iron Range. Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday he intends to meet with the agency commissioner this week to determine next steps, including parameters for a potential study.
PolyMet Project Still Faces 30-Day Comment PeriodWhile the final environmental review for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine was more than a decade in the making, the company still faces significant hurdles before it can start digging for ore.
Report Says Proposed PolyMet Mine Meets State StandardsA 10-year study found that a controversial mine in northeastern Minnesota meets all state standards for protecting air and water quality.
DNR Releases Timeline For Deploying New Buffer StripsThe Department of Natural Resources has issued a timeline and other details as it works to implement Gov. Mark Dayton's buffer strip law.
$45M In Environmental Projects Recommended For Lottery FundingA state panel is recommending 88 environmental projects for over $45.4 million in funding from Minnesota Lottery proceeds and related sources.