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Minnesota enters drought warning phase

Published on July 16, 2021

With 52 percent of Minnesota now experiencing severe drought and 4 percent in extreme drought, the state has entered the drought warning phase.


$1.6 million available in local grants for emerald ash borer management

Published on July 15, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages local governments and Tribal nations to apply for grants to help manage and reduce the impacts of emerald ash borer (EAB). The preparing for EAB grants program application period is open through Monday, Aug. 9.


Lack of rain creating challenges at boat launches this summer

Published on July 15, 2021

The abnormally dry to drought conditions occurring across Minnesota are creating challenging conditions for people trying to get their boats into or out of the water at public boat launches, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


Burning restrictions expand in northern Minnesota

Published on July 12, 2021

To help ensure public safety and protect natural resources, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is activating additional burning restrictions beginning 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, July 13 for the eastern portion of Roseau County and all of Beltrami, Cook, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, and St. Louis counties, within state jurisdiction.


Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announces summer land sale

Published on July 12, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has state lands for sale in Pine and Wadena counties. The five parcels for sale include rural and recreational properties.


Zebra mussels confirmed in Big Lake in Beltrami County

Published on July 9, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Big Lake, southeast of Bemidji in Beltrami County.


As drought continues, risk of equipment-caused wildfire increases

Published on July 9, 2021

With the ongoing drought increasing the risk of wildfire in northern Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges off-road vehicle, heavy equipment and agricultural operators to be cautious in these dry conditions, as they could unintentionally a spark a fire.


DNR invites comment on proposed sunfish regulations

Published on July 6, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages to the public to weigh in on proposed special fishing regulations that would allow anglers to keep fewer sunfish from 50 lakes. The proposed regulations are part of the ongoing Quality Sunfish Initiative.


Public cave tours resume at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

Published on July 6, 2021

A popular natural attraction in southeast Minnesota has reopened to visitors after being closed for more than a year in response to COVID-19.


DNR wildlife managers use multiple tools for improving grassland habitat

Published on July 6, 2021

Restoring, managing and enhancing grassland habitat is year-round work for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


State Nonferrous Metallic Mineral Leasing Requests for Negotiated Metallic Mineral Leases

Published on July 2, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has received new requests for negotiated nonferrous metallic minerals leases from Kennecott Exploration Company (Kennecott) and from Vermillion Gold, Inc. (Vermillion). Both companies have been actively exploring for nonferrous minerals for a number of years.


Zebra mussels confirmed in Roe Mine Pit in Crow Wing County

Published on July 2, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Roe Mine Pit, near Riverton in Crow Wing County. 


Zebra mussels confirmed in Pine Mountain Lake in Cass County

Published on July 2, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Pine Mountain Lake, adjacent to Backus in Cass County.


Operation Dry Water set for July 2-4

Published on July 1, 2021

Increased efforts to keep Minnesota’s waterways safe from boaters under the influence of drugs and alcohol are on tap, with hundreds of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers and other public safety personnel planning extra patrols July 2-4.


High fire danger across Minnesota this holiday weekend

Published on July 1, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking residents and visitors to use extreme caution with campfires and fireworks this holiday weekend due to expected statewide high fire danger.


More Minnesota counties experiencing severe drought

Published on July 1, 2021

With the latest drought map showing 11.1 percent of Minnesota in the severe drought classification, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is taking additional preparation and response steps.


Apply by Aug. 20 for Camp Ripley archery hunts

Published on July 1, 2021

Hunters can start applying for the regular archery deer hunt at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 20.


Final stretch of restoration work begins in St. Louis River’s Kingsbury Bay and Grassy Point

Published on June 28, 2021

West Duluth residents in the Irving and Norton Park neighborhoods will begin seeing more construction equipment moving, as the final stretch of work begins at the Kingsbury Bay restoration project. The public parking lot on Pulaski Street and a short segment of the Waabizheshikana Trail will be temporarily closed for about two weeks beginning July 6 as construction crews improve the trail accessibility, repave the surface, install plantings and reseed the disturbed area.


Wildlife Drive opening at Roseau River Wildlife Management Area

Published on June 28, 2021

The 27-mile Wildlife Drive within the Roseau River Wildlife Management Area will be open from Saturday, July 17, through Sunday, July 25, and on weekends thereafter through Sunday, Aug. 8. The self-guided tour traverses wetland, woodland, brushland, grassland and farmland habitats, providing visitors ample opportunity for wildlife viewing.


Grand Rapids man is 2020 ATV instructor of the year

Published on June 28, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has named David Andrews Jr., a volunteer ATV safety instructor in Grand Rapids, as the 2020 ATV instructor of the year.


DNR invites public review of the updated David Dill/Arrowhead State Trail master plan

Published on June 28, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites the public to an open house to review and comment on an updated master plan for the David Dill-Arrowhead State Trail in St. Louis and Koochiching counties.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on June 28, 2021

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


Starry stonewort confirmed in Pimushe Lake in Beltrami County

Published on June 25, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the invasive algae starry stonewort in Pimushe Lake, about 20 miles northeast of Bemidji in Beltrami County.


DNR, Great Lakes states join aquatic invasive species prevention event

Published on June 25, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will join hundreds of organizations to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species during the third annual Great Lakes AIS Landing Blitz, June 26 to July 4.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on June 21, 2021

A weekly list of news briefs about fish, wildlife, and habitat management that can be used in full, as separate short stories, or to jump-start a longer article.