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Worsening drought and increasing wildfire risk mean more burning restrictions begin Tuesday

Published on August 16, 2021

To help ensure public safety and protect natural resources, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is expanding burning restrictions across portions of central and northern Minnesota, beginning 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, August 17. Burning restrictions will now cover 34 counties where intensifying drought has elevated the potential for devastating wildfires.


Zebra mussels confirmed in Ely Lake in St. Louis County

Published on August 12, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Ely Lake, near Eveleth in St. Louis County.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on August 12, 2021

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


Persistent low water conditions continue to affect boaters

Published on August 12, 2021

As water levels continue to drop due in many areas to drought, boaters are experiencing significant issues with launching and retrieving boats, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


Wild rice season opens soon, but harvesters must ensure rice is ripe

Published on August 12, 2021

Wild rice conditions are looking good this year in many areas of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering tips and a reminder of important regulations restricting harvest to rice stands that are ripe.


Additional burning restrictions take effect Tuesday in Cook and Lake counties

Published on August 9, 2021

To help ensure public safety and protect natural resources, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is activating additional burning restrictions for areas within state jurisdiction in Cook and Lake counties, beginning 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10.


Sign up for weekly drought updates and information

Published on August 9, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is providing email updates about the current drought and details about drought-related actions and responses.


DNR invites conversation about deer topics

Published on August 9, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites the public to talk with DNR staff about deer on Thursday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. On that day, wildlife managers throughout the state will be available to discuss deer-related topics in local area offices or on the phone.


Herbicide treatment to help reforestation efforts in Hibbing

Published on August 6, 2021

Herbicide applications in the Hibbing forestry area will begin around August 10th and continue through approximately August 30th.


Grant funding available through Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program

Published on August 5, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is now accepting applications for two funding opportunities through the Minnesota Lake Superior Coastal Program. The first opportunity is for the STAR (short term action request) grant program, and the second is a grant program for conference and training support.


DNR publishes Groundwater Atlas of Winona County

Published on August 5, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently published the Groundwater Atlas of Winona County. This atlas covers groundwater conditions and sensitivity to pollution. It expands on the geologic atlas previously published by the Minnesota Geological Survey.


DNR conducts aerial cattail spraying to improve wetland habitat

Published on August 5, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is treating cattails with herbicide using a helicopter on the Beaches, Florian and Twin Lakes wildlife management areas (WMA) in Kittson and Marshall counties.


DNR to celebrate Cupido WMA acquisition in Norman County on Aug. 6

Published on August 2, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Pheasants Forever and the Minnesota Prairie Chicken Society will host a dedication ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, to celebrate the dedication of the 955-acre Cupido Wildlife Management Area near the town of Syre in Norman County.


DNR invites public input on Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail extension

Published on July 29, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites the public to an open house to review and comment on the Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail Master Plan Amendment, which proposes a 6-mile trail extension from Harmony to the Iowa border and Niagara Cave, located in Fillmore County.


More counties under burning restrictions to help prevent wildfires

Published on July 26, 2021

To help ensure public safety and protect natural resources, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is expanding burning restrictions. Effective 12:01 a.m., July 27, areas within state jurisdiction in Aitkin, Becker, Benton, Carlton, Clearwater, Mahnomen and Stearns counties are included in burning restrictions already in place for the eastern portion of Roseau County and all of Beltrami, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Lake, Morrison, St. Louis, Todd and Wadena counties.


Hunters can begin planning with the 2021 deer hunting season details

Published on July 26, 2021

With the release of the online version of the 2021 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations handbook, hunters can read up on what’s new to prepare for this year’s deer hunting season. The handbook is now available on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ deer hunting webpage. Printed copies of the handbook will be delivered to hunting license vendors the first week of August.


Counts show significant decline in sharp-tailed grouse in east-central Minnesota

Published on July 26, 2021

Minnesota’s sharp-tailed grouse population has declined significantly in the east-central portion of the state, according to spring population counts conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and cooperators who help count the birds.


Ruffed grouse counts down from last year

Published on July 26, 2021

Minnesota’s ruffed grouse spring population counts are down from last year as expected during the declining phase of the species’ 10-year cycle — a predictable pattern recorded for 72 years. Although peaks vary from eight to 11 years apart, the most recent peak in the cycle occurred in 2017.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on July 26, 2021

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


Fishing regulations now available in Hmong, Karen, Somali and Spanish

Published on July 22, 2021

People who speak Hmong, Karen, Somali or Spanish now can read in their language how to legally fish in Minnesota. The Department of Natural Resources has translated the state’s fishing regulations into four languages. Previously, they had been available only in English.


Zebra mussels confirmed in Cedar Lake in Aitkin County, St. James Mine Pit in St. Louis County

Published on July 22, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Cedar Lake, near the city of Aitkin in Aitkin County, and in the St. James Mine Pit, in Aurora in St. Louis County.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on July 22, 2021

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


Zebra mussels confirmed in Locke Lake in Wright County

Published on July 22, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Locke Lake, near Clearwater in Wright County.


Zebra mussels confirmed in Clitherall Lake in Otter Tail County, Eagle Lake and Turtle Lake in Becker County

Published on July 22, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Clitherall Lake, near the city of Clitherall in Otter Tail County; Eagle Lake, near Frazee in Becker County; and Turtle Lake, near Lake Park in Becker County.


DNR offers tips to homeowners dealing with domestic well issues in Polk and Red Lake counties

Published on July 22, 2021

Minnesota is now in a Drought Warning, and current conditions are leading to some domestic out-of-water calls. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has guidance and resources that can help.