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4 invasive carp confirmed in Minnesota waters

Published on June 21, 2019

 The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the capture of a bighead carp and two silver carp, and detection of a third, tagged silver carp, within the past several weeks. The bighead carp was captured at the Xcel Energy King Power Plant in Oak Park Heights. All of the silver carp were in Pool 4 of the Mississippi River between Red Wing and Wabasha in southeastern Minnesota. 


State records topple for 2 species of Minnesota fish

Published on June 20, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources certified a record 13 pound, 9 ounce whitefish caught by an Oklahoma angler ice fishing on Lake of the Woods, and a 4 pound, 13 ounce golden redhorse caught by an angler who beat his own state record. 


DNR, MPCA issue joint statement on Line 3 decision

Published on June 18, 2019

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are committed to a fair, efficient, and thorough review of Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project applications. 


Anglers: Releasing big sunfish helps protect against stunted population

Published on June 13, 2019

Minnesota anglers harvest around 16 million sunfish each year, making them the state's most harvested fish. To protect big sunfish and avoid stunted populations of sunfish, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is encouraging anglers to release large sunfish, and keep smaller fish for eating. 


DNR announces appointments to its statewide deer advisory committee

Published on June 13, 2019

Nineteen individuals will provide input on deer management issues, serving on a new committee the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources created to foster the exchange of information and ideas between the agency and the public. 


Silver Bay police chief is 2018 ATV safety instructor of the year

Published on June 6, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has named Doug Frericks, an ATV safety coordinator and instructor in Silver Bay, as the 2018 ATV safety instructor of the year.


Zebra mussels confirmed in Bone Lake in Washington County

Published on June 6, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Bone Lake, just east of Forest Lake, in Washington County. 


Lt. Mike Shelden's retirement marks big change in Alexandria

Published on June 3, 2019

It was two decades ago – maybe more – when Mike Shelden knocked on the door of a fish house, identified himself as a conservation officer, and let himself in. The angler inside sat with his back to the door, tending more lines than the two that were allowed. The man didn’t even bother turning around. 


DNR releases Minnesota's National Wetlands Inventory update

Published on June 3, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has completed a 10-year effort to provide much more accurate maps of Minnesota’s wetlands. The update of the state’s National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) used new technologies to produce a clearer picture of Minnesota’s wetlands, lakes, rivers and streams.  


Regional Director Rita Albrecht announces retirement

Published on May 31, 2019

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Regional Director Rita Albrecht will retire July 9, the agency announced Friday. 


Sibley State Park celebrates centennial

Published on May 30, 2019

Everyone’s invited to celebrate Sibley State Park’s centennial year on Saturday, June 8, with entertainment and family-friendly activities all day. The park is located near the west-central city of New London in Kandiyohi County. 


Fort Snelling State Park remains closed due to spring flooding and damage

Published on May 23, 2019

Due to persistent flooding and damage from the winter’s hefty snowpack and spring’s heavy rains, Fort Snelling State Park will remain closed to the public through Memorial Day weekend and the month of June.


14 candidates begin training to join state conservation officer ranks

Published on May 20, 2019

The 19th class of candidates to take part in the Department of Natural Resources’ Conservation Officer Academy has begun training at Camp Ripley. 


Dock regulations balance public water use and protection

Published on May 20, 2019

Docks and dock platforms provide access to Minnesota’s lakes and rivers, and are regulated to help protect public safety as well as aquatic habitat. As summer approaches, the Department of Natural Resources encourages property owners and lake service provider businesses to review the regulations, to ensure the equipment they own, sell or install is in compliance. 


DNR continues aggressive starry stonewort management

Published on May 16, 2019

As the 2019 fishing and boating season gets underway, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is continuing and expanding a multi-faceted approach to combating the spread of starry stonewort, an aquatic invasive species. 


Waterville area fisheries crew complete yearly northern pike egg take

Published on May 9, 2019

As the sun came up over Le Sueur County’s Steele Lake, Peter Muggli and Sky Wigen slipped their boat into the frigid waters. Never mind that it was a Saturday, the Waterville area fisheries crew was on Mother Nature’s timeline – the ice was out and the northern pike spawn was imminent. They were just one of several teams fanning out across their work area.


ATV riders can explore Minnesota trails for free June 7-9

Published on May 9, 2019

Minnesotans with an all-terrain vehicle registered for private or agricultural use won’t need to pay the additional registration fee ($53.50 for three years) to ride the state’s public ATV trails, Friday through Sunday, June 7-9. Out-of-state riders can explore Minnesota ATV trails that weekend as well, without the need for a nonresident trail pass ($21 annually).


St. Louis River estuary restoration project open house is May 21

Published on May 6, 2019

Staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host a public open house in May to share information and answer questions about the Kingsbury Bay/Grassy Point habitat restoration project.


DNR crews working hard to have boat ramps and docks ready by fishing opener

Published on May 6, 2019

Crews with the Department of Natural Resources are confident they will have the majority of DNR public water accesses ready in time for the May 11 fishing opener.


Public invited to tour Waterville State Fish Hatchery

Published on May 6, 2019

The Department of Natural Resources invites the public to tour the Waterville State Fish Hatchery ahead of the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener.


DNR to appeal court's ruling about naming of Bde Maka Ska

Published on May 1, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced that it will appeal the Minnesota Court of Appeal’s recent decision regarding the naming of Bde Maka Ska in Minneapolis. The DNR will submit its petition for review to the Minnesota Supreme Court by May 29. 


Drinking water restored at Blue Mounds State Park

Published on April 29, 2019

Water that’s safe to drink, cook, and bathe with is now available for visitors at Blue Mounds State Park in southwestern Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Over the winter, contractors made the final connections to Rock County Rural Water System, ending a safe drinking water problem that spanned five camping seasons.


As sunfish bite heats up, anglers encouraged to eat small fish

Published on April 29, 2019

Feeling that tug on the line, an angler sets the hook and reels in a small sunfish, then asks the perennial question: Should I keep it? 


Washington County Groundwater Atlas now available

Published on April 26, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has published the Washington County Groundwater Atlas. This Part B atlas covers groundwater conditions and sensitivity to pollution. It expands on Part A, the geology atlas previously published by the Minnesota Geological Survey. 


Bear shot in North St. Paul

Published on April 25, 2019

A bear in a residential area of North St. Paul was shot and killed today by a Department of Natural Resources conservation officer as authorities determined the animal posed an immediate safety threat.