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Conservation officer posthumously named TIP officer of the year

Published on April 11, 2019

Minnesota Conservation Officer Ed Picht, who died last October, has been named the Turn in Poachers 2018 Joe Alexander Conservation Officer of the Year. 

DNR announces comment period for off-highway vehicle access to Clint Converse and Greer Lake Forest campgrounds

Published on April 8, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments on a proposal to allow off-highway vehicle access to certain areas of the Clint Converse Forest Campground in the Land O’ Lakes State Forest and the Greer Lake Forest Campground in the Crow Wing State Forest. 

Bear hunt applications available; deadline is May 3

Published on April 8, 2019

Applications for bear hunting licenses are being accepted now through Friday, May 3, wherever Minnesota hunting and fishing licenses are sold, online at, and by telephone at 888-665-4236. 

Stream trout fishing opens statewide on April 13

Published on April 8, 2019

Minnesota’s popular warm weather stream trout season opens Saturday, April 13, with quality fishing opportunities in every region of the state. Brook trout and splake fishing also opens on Lake Superior and its tributary streams that have no posted boundaries. 

Volunteers add $7.8 million in value to DNR

Published on April 4, 2019

Last year over 20,000 Minnesotans volunteered their services to assist the Department of Natural Resources in accomplishing its conservation mission. According to the new 2018 Annual DNR Volunteer Report released today, these volunteer services in 2018 were valued at $7.8 million. In hours that equates to 136 full-time staff.

Lanesboro hatchery project helps to ensure trout fishing opportunities

Published on April 1, 2019

A $5 million construction project now underway at Minnesota’s flagship state-owned trout hatchery in Lanesboro will ensure a regular supply of trout can be stocked each year in streams and lakes throughout the state. 

Upper Red Lake walleye regulation changes announced for open water season

Published on April 1, 2019

While anglers fishing Upper Red Lake this spring will again be able to keep four walleye, a change in the size regulation will allow them to take one fish over 20 inches – making potential keepers out of considerably more of the lake’s walleye population. 

Landowners sought for 2019 Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener

Published on March 29, 2019

Minnesota landowners with grassland or wetlands within 20 miles of Austin are being sought to participate in the 2019 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener (GPHO) in October. 

Bat population decline continues as expected

Published on March 28, 2019

Following the pattern observed in neighboring states, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reporting a substantial but expected decline in the number of bats in Minnesota. The decline is due to the effects of white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that is harmful and usually fatal to hibernating bats. 

Spring thaw affecting state recreational facilities

Published on March 25, 2019

As the heavy snowpack across Minnesota melts under warming temperatures, some state parks, trails and other outdoor recreational facilities may be closed to protect public safety and infrastructure. Users should check current conditions before visiting, according to the Department of Natural Resources. 

Shakopee resident wins turkey stamp contest

Published on December 31, 2018

Shakopee artist Mark Thone won the 2020 turkey stamp contest. Judges selected the painting from among 12 submissions for the annual contest that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sponsors. 

Another year of successful elk hunts in northwestern Minnesota

Published on December 27, 2018

Hunters had expanded opportunities to harvest elk this past year after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources offered more permits, a variety of permit types and a different season structure in one of the hunt zones. 

DNR grants permit for Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project 'Plan B'

Published on December 27, 2018

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has granted a permit for the Fargo-Moorhead Flood Risk Management Project known as “Plan B.”  The permit approval followed the DNR’s completion of a supplemental environmental review that examined revisions to an earlier iteration of the project. 

DNR intensifies CWD response efforts in southeastern Minnesota

Published on November 30, 2018

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is taking additional steps to help limit the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer in southeastern Minnesota. 

Snowmobile trails still need more snow, cold temperatures

Published on November 26, 2018

Early cold temperatures and several inches of snow in parts of the state have many snowmobile enthusiasts excited to take their first ride of the season, but most trails will need more snow before grooming can begin. Most of the state’s snowmobile trails are not yet ready for riding, according to the Department of Natural Resources. 

DNR invites public input on Roseau County off-highway vehicle camping options

Published on November 26, 2018

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites anyone with an interest in off-highway vehicle (OHV) camping facilities in Beltrami Island State Forest or Hayes Lake State Park area to two open houses in December. 

DNR, Dominium sign agreement to renovate 26 historic buildings at Fort Snelling Upper Post

Published on November 21, 2018

Officials from the Department of Natural Resources and Dominium, an affordable housing development and management company, today signed a re-development agreement that will create an anticipated 176 units of affordable housing in the historic buildings at the Fort Snelling Upper Post, near the Fort Snelling Golf Course and Historic Fort Snelling. 

Upper Red Lake walleye regulations continue for winter season

Published on November 19, 2018

Anglers fishing during the winter season on Upper Red Lake will continue to have a four walleye bag limit, with only one walleye allowed longer than 17 inches.