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DNR manages wild rice lakes with an eye on water levels and climate

Published on August 16, 2019

On a recent visit to Lower Dean Lake, Ann Geisen, wildlife lake specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, looked out at what she called a gorgeous stand of wild rice.


New central region director appointed

Published on August 16, 2019

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Sarah Strommen today announced the appointment of Grant Wilson to the central region director position.


Zebra mussel introduction prevented by county inspector

Published on August 15, 2019

A vigilant Washington County watercraft inspector prevented the introduction of zebra mussels to Big Marine Lake in Washington County, which is currently not known to be infested with the harmful invasive species.


DNR auction in Grand Rapids Sept. 7

Published on August 15, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public auction of surplus equipment Saturday, Sept. 7, at 9:30 a.m. in Grand Rapids at the DNR northeast regional office, 1201 East Highway 2.


DNR seeks input on Warroad-Roseau Railbed ATV trail proposal

Published on August 15, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites public review and written comments on a Roseau County proposal to obtain grant-in-aid funding for additions to the all-terrain vehicle (ATV)/off-highway motorcycle trail system in Beltrami Island State Forest.


DNR seeks comments on walleye regulations for Minnewawa and Horseshoe lakes in Aitkin County

Published on August 13, 2019

Anglers interested in walleye regulations on Lake Minnewawa and Horseshoe Lake, near McGregor can attend an open house hosted by the Department of Natural Resources this fall.


DNR fisheries to discuss Island Reservoir and Whiteface Reservoir fish management

Published on August 13, 2019

Anglers and others interested in fisheries management activities in Island and Whiteface reservoirs are invited to a public open house hosted by Department of Natural Resources Duluth area fisheries staff. The open house will be held Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Rice Lake Town Hall, 4107 West Beyer Road, Duluth.


Zebra mussels confirmed in Grants Lake in Douglas County, West McDonald Lake in Otter Tail County

Published on August 12, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Grants Lake in Douglas County and West McDonald Lake in Otter Tail County. 


Zebra mussels confirmed in Rouchleau Mine Pit near Virginia

Published on August 9, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in the Rouchleau Mine Pit near Virginia in St. Louis County. 


First-time winners take trout and walleye stamp contests

Published on August 8, 2019

First-time winners took top honors at two habitat stamp contests that determined the artwork for the 2020 versions of the Minnesota trout and salmon stamp, and the walleye stamp. 


Starry stonewort confirmed in Lake Beltrami

Published on August 8, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a small population of the invasive algae starry stonewort in Lake Beltrami, near Bemidji in Beltrami County. 


Hunters can give input on a variety of topics

Published on August 8, 2019

Hunters, wildlife watchers, landowners and interested groups can provide their thoughts about deer populations, proposed hunting and trapping season changes, including expanding the youth deer hunting season across the state, allowing smaller-gauged shotguns for wild turkey hunting, and various changes related to the harvest of fisher, pine marten and bobcat. 


DNR issues decision on requests to reconsider PolyMet tailings basin permits

Published on August 7, 2019

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Sarah Strommen today issued an order denying requests by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, multiple environmental organizations and some individuals to reconsider the tailings dam permits issued to PolyMet on Nov. 1, 2018. 


Zebra mussels confirmed in South Twin Lake in Mahnomen County

Published on August 5, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in South Twin Lake in Mahnomen County. 


Public invited to comment on special fishing regulations

Published on August 5, 2019

During a series of 17 public meetings, anglers and others can give their opinions about proposed 2020 changes to special fishing regulations for 30 lakes. 


Plans underway for 2019 Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener

Published on August 1, 2019

Planning is underway for the ninth annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener, being held October 11-12, 2019. This year’s event will be held in Austin, located in the southeastern part of the state. It is the first time Austin has hosted the event. 


Zebra mussels confirmed in Maple Lake in Wright County

Published on August 1, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Maple Lake in Wright County. 


DNR seeking public input on Cass Lake fisheries management plan

Published on August 1, 2019

Cass Lake – one of Minnesota’s 10 large walleye lakes – has a new draft management plan and the Department of Natural Resources is seeking input on it. 


Get ready for deer season: 2019 regulations available now

Published on July 30, 2019

Hunters can start planning ahead for significant changes to deer season regulations, including a youth deer season that’s expanded statewide, expanded deer feeding and attractant bans, and other updates related to managing chronic wasting disease.


2 bridges on Willard Munger State Trail close temporarily

Published on July 29, 2019

Two trail bridge locations on the Willard Munger State Trail, which is located in northeastern Minnesota, will close temporarily starting July 29 due to bridge deck work. The trail segments will re-open after Sept. 30. 


Well sampling planned for the Groundwater Atlas of Olmsted County

Published on July 29, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will collect water samples from about 90 wells in Olmsted County this fall for use in the Groundwater Atlas of Olmsted County. Select owners will be contacted by mail or phone for permission to sample their wells.


DNR offering four multicultural, family fishing events on Mississippi River

Published on July 25, 2019

Anyone who wants to try fishing is invited to multicultural, family fishing events happening at four locations in four days along the Mississippi River from Coon Rapids to Hastings, where people can get a chance to fish for many types of fish at close-to-home locations. 


DNR seeking to improve sunfish size quality

Published on July 25, 2019

Large sunfish are scarce in many Minnesota lakes and local fisheries managers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are responding to angler desire for bigger sunfish by seeking out specific lakes that would be a good fit for improving sunfish size quality by reducing sunfish bag limits. 


New DNR regional director appointed

Published on July 25, 2019

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Sarah Strommen today announced the appointment of Theresa Ebbenga to the northwest regional director position recently vacated by Rita Albrecht, who held the post from 2016 until her retirement in early July. 


Zebra mussels confirmed in Lake Oscar in Douglas County

Published on July 23, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Lake Oscar in Douglas County.