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Certified firewood and clean gear protects forests from invasive species

Published on June 7, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages Minnesotans to get outdoors for the many benefits outdoor recreation brings. However, increased outdoor recreation can also lead to a heightened risk for the movement of invasive species.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on June 7, 2021

A weekly list of news briefs about fish, wildlife, and habitat management.


High-to-extreme fire danger across northern Minnesota this weekend

Published on June 5, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) cautions residents and visitors in northern Minnesota to be aware of elevated fire conditions through the weekend. An unintentional spark from a campfire or other outdoor activity in the hot, gusty and abnormally dry conditions could ignite a wildfire.


Red Flag Warning expanded

Published on June 4, 2021

With extreme fire risk conditions across northern Minnesota today, the National Weather Service has expanded a Red Flag Warning to include the following counties: Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Lake Of The Woods, Mahnomen, Otter Tail, St. Louis, Wadena and Wilkin.


Red Flag Warning issued for Friday

Published on June 3, 2021

With extreme fire risk conditions expected in northwest Minnesota on Friday, June 4, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the following counties: Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau.


Online public forum on Little Rock Creek area groundwater use set for June 17

Published on June 3, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host an online public forum June 17 to provide updates on plans for ensuring a sustainable groundwater supply in the Little Rock Creek area.


Grand Rapids lakes offer trout angling fun and fish for the frying pan

Published on June 1, 2021

For some, it’s a springtime tradition combining fun, family time outdoors, and — if luck is good — something for the frying pan. Although walleye were the species targeted by most northern Minnesota anglers starting May 15, the date also coincided with the fishing opener for stream trout on inland lakes. Species defined as stream trout include brook, brown, rainbow and splake.


Zebra mussels confirmed in South Long Lake in Crow Wing County

Published on June 1, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in South Long Lake, near Brainerd in Crow Wing County. Five hundred feet of the Nokasippi River upstream and downstream of South Long Lake will also be listed for zebra mussels.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on June 1, 2021

A weekly list of news briefs about fish, wildlife, and habitat management.


DNR to protect wild deer health through temporary ban on movement of farmed deer in Minnesota

Published on June 1, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has issued an emergency rule temporarily prohibiting the movement of all farmed white-tailed deer within the state, with the exception of deer being transported to slaughter.  The rule takes effect Tuesday, June 1, and ends Saturday, July 31.


Safe boating tips for Memorial Weekend

Published on May 27, 2021

The long Memorial Day weekend marks the traditional start to summer and, for many people, kicks off the recreational boating season. Waterways throughout Minnesota already have been more crowded than usual this spring, an apparent continuation of what was an exceptionally busy year in 2020.


DNR to prepare environmental impact statement on Grindstone Dam

Published on May 27, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Grindstone Dam removal project located in Hinckley, Minnesota. The EIS will evaluate the potential environmental effects of the project as well as several alternatives.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on May 27, 2021

A weekly list of news briefs about fish, wildlife, and habitat management.


DNR continues webinars on fishing and hunting skills

Published on May 27, 2021

Anyone interested in fishing, hunting and care for the outdoors can learn about activities like shore fishing, firearms safety, muskie fishing, archery or how to catch catfish during webinars hosted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


Funeral service details for fallen DNR Conservation Officer Sarah Grell

Published on May 26, 2021

Service details have been finalized for Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Sarah Grell, who died in the line of duty Monday, May 24.


DNR stresses urgency in addressing chronic wasting disease in Minnesota

Published on May 25, 2021

Today, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH) announced that 12 additional white-tailed deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) as part of its ongoing investigation of a farm in Beltrami County. The DNR believes the situation at the Beltrami County deer farm significantly changes the risk assessment and concern about CWD in Minnesota.


DNR Conservation Officer Sarah Grell dies in the line of duty

Published on May 24, 2021

A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conservation officer has died in the line of duty following a two-vehicle crash Monday, May 24, near Grand Rapids.


DNR seeks comments on International Falls area fisheries management plans

Published on May 17, 2021

Fisheries information and management plans are being updated for Clear Lake in Koochiching County, and Echo, Elephant and Little Vermilion lakes in St. Louis County.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on May 17, 2021

A weekly list of news briefs about fish, wildlife, and habitat management.


Opportunities available to hunt elk in Minnesota

Published on May 17, 2021

Interested hunters have through Friday, June 18, to apply for one of 30 elk licenses offered this year by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Seasons will run from late August to mid-October.


Campers and off-road riders beware of very high fire danger

Published on May 13, 2021

Dry conditions mean very high fire danger persists in north-central and northeastern Minnesota. Spring outdoor recreation activity is increasing, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges outdoor enthusiasts to limit the use of campfires and use caution with off-road vehicles that could spark and start a wildfire.


Campers and off-road riders beware of very high fire danger

Published on May 11, 2021

Continued drought conditions mean very high fire danger persists in northwestern Minnesota. Spring outdoor recreation activity is increasing, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges outdoor enthusiasts to limit the use of campfires and use caution with off-road vehicles that could spark and start a wildfire.


Minnesota DNR launches My Minnesota Outdoor Adventure

Published on May 11, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with Share the Mic Minnesota, is kicking off a unique social media campaign to encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion on Minnesota’s public lands and waters.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on May 10, 2021

A weekly list of news briefs about fish, wildlife, and habitat management.


Anglers should prepare for cold water during fishing opener

Published on May 10, 2021

Mother Nature gave Minnesotans extra ice-free days this spring on many of the state’s water bodies, but relatively cool weather since then—including overnight lows in the 30s—means the water temperature may be lower than people expect. As anglers prepare to hit the water for Saturday’s fishing opener, it’s vital they keep this in mind and put their safety first.