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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.


Hot weather likely contributing to fish die-offs

Published on June 21, 2021

Reporting groupings of dead fish helps the DNR and others know when a response is needed


Invasive, deadly oak wilt confirmed in Crow Wing County

Published on June 21, 2021

Oak wilt, a non-native, invasive fungal disease that kills all species of oak in Minnesota, has been confirmed for the first time in Crow Wing County. To reduce further spread, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding area residents and visitors to avoid pruning oak trees until August and not move firewood.


Red Flag Warning issued

Published on June 18, 2021

With extreme fire risk conditions across Minnesota today, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the following counties: Aitkin, Anoka, Benton, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Crow Wing, Douglas, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Pope, Ramsey, Renville, Sherburne, St. Louis, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Washington, Wright and Yellow Medicine.


DNR responds to wildfire at Scenic State Park

Published on June 17, 2021

Firefighters are responding to a 10-acre wildfire located in Scenic State Park, 3 ½ miles southeast of Big Fork. The fire is burning in mature pine and brush in the remote northeast corner of the park, and is 50 percent contained. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.


High fire danger brings burning restrictions to north-central counties

Published on June 17, 2021

To help ensure public safety and protect natural resources, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is activating burning restrictions beginning 12:01 a.m. Friday for the southern and eastern portions of Beltrami county, and all of Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties.


DNR stresses safety after deadly few weeks on the water

Published on June 17, 2021

It’s been a deadly start to the open-water season in Minnesota. As of June 16, as many as nine people have been victims of boating fatalities. That number, which is preliminary, marks the most fatalities at this point of the year in more than a decade. In addition, a higher-than-average number of people have drowned at places like beaches and swimming pools.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on June 14, 2021

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


Bemidji-area conservation officer Hannah Mishler named CO of the Year

Published on June 14, 2021

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Hannah Mishler has been named the 2020 DNR Conservation Officer of the Year, an annual award given to an officer for outstanding overall career performance. Col. Rodmen Smith, director of the DNR Enforcement Division, recently presented the awards to the officers.


Experimental early teal season in place, shooting hours extended for 2021 waterfowl hunt

Published on June 14, 2021

Hunters have a new opportunity to harvest up to six teal during an experimental five-day early teal season and shooting hours will continue until sunset rather than ending at 4 p.m. during the first portion of Minnesota’s waterfowl hunting season.


Climate-informed reforestation taking place at state parks along North Shore

Published on June 10, 2021

Throughout the Great Lakes region, the northwoods signature tree species such as paper birch, quaking aspen, balsam fir and white spruce are slowly giving way to invasive grasses and shrubs.