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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. 


Flowering rush confirmed in Grants Lake in Douglas County

Published on July 18, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed small patches of flowering rush, an invasive aquatic plant, in Grants Lake in Douglas County. 


Zebra mussels confirmed in Lake Alexander in Morrison County

Published on July 18, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Lake Alexander in Morrison County. 


West Nile virus impacting Minnesota loon population

Published on July 18, 2019

A recent uptick in reports of dead loons and test results indicate an impact from West Nile virus (WNV), according to nongame wildlife staff at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 


Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Remer area

Published on July 16, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around August 15 and continue through approximately September 20 on select parcels in the Remer State Forest in the vicinity of the Pine Tree Hunter Walking Trail.


Zebra mussels confirmed in Hand Lake in Cass County; Upper Cormorant Lake in Becker County

Published on July 11, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Hand Lake in Cass County and Upper Cormorant Lake in Becker County. Two smaller lakes and an unnamed wetland connected to Upper Cormorant Lake will also be listed for zebra mussels.b


Applications open for new career pathway program

Published on July 11, 2019

The Department of Natural Resources, the Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources have partnered to launch the Increasing Diversity in Environmental Careers program. 


Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Aitkin area

Published on July 10, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around July 22 and continue through approximately September 15.  Sites are located in the Hill River, Savanna, and Solana State Forests.


Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Littlefork area

Published on July 10, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around July 15 and continue through approximately September 15 on select parcels in the Pine Island, Smokey Bear and Koochiching state forests.


Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Cloquet Forestry Area

Published on July 10, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around July 30 and continue through approximately September 10  on parcels located in the Fond du Lac and Cloquet Valley state forests.


Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Hibbing area

Published on July 9, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around July 15 and continue through approximately Sept. 10 on 110 acres in the Hibbing area.


Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Tower area

Published on July 9, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around July 15 and continue through approximately Sept. 15 on selected sites in the Kabetogama and Bear Island State Forests.


DNR officials offer condolences on loss of Red Lake Nation Conservation Officer Shannon Barron

Published on July 9, 2019

Red Lake Nation Conservation Officer Shannon Barron passed away in the line of duty Sunday, July 7, after suffering a medical emergency while responding to a call for service. Barron had been a Red Lake Nation conservation officer since 2000.


Itasca State Park to dedicate new amphitheater

Published on July 8, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Friends of Itasca will host a dedication event on Saturday, July 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for the new Lake Itasca Amphitheater at Itasca State Park. 


New self-registration stations at Cuyuna Country SRA add convenience

Published on July 8, 2019

Visitors to Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Ironton now have more convenient options to buy their state park vehicle permits. Five new self-registration stations have been installed throughout the complex. 


DNR announces hiring of new directors for Fish and Wildlife and Lands and Minerals divisions

Published on July 2, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has hired two veteran state government leaders to head the agency’s Fish and Wildlife and Lands and Minerals divisions. 


Intoxicated boaters are target of increased patrols during holiday week

Published on July 2, 2019

In Minnesota and across the nation, BWI is the leading contributing factor in boating accidents and fatalities. In the past two years, half of the fatal boating incidents in Minnesota involved alcohol, which is higher than the five-year average. Operation Dry Water coincides with the busy Fourth of July holiday weekend, when BWI-related injuries and deaths tend to spike. 


Whitewater State Park centennial includes special concert

Published on July 1, 2019

A century ago in 1919, Congress established the Grand Canyon as a national park, while closer to home, the Minnesota Legislature appropriated $10,000 for the purchase of 240 acres in Winona County to be preserved as a state park. 


Aquatic invasive species prevention enhanced by watercraft registration increase

Published on June 28, 2019

A broadly-supported measure going into effect Monday, July 1, will significantly enhance aquatic invasive species prevention and management in Minnesota.


Volunteer instructors crucial to DNR Enforcement safety training program

Published on June 27, 2019

Since the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Enforcement Division began offering firearms safety training nearly 65 years ago, it has certified more than 1.3 million students – an average of about 20,000 per year.


DNR seeking comments on transmission line environmental review document

Published on June 24, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting comments through July 24 on an environmental assessment worksheet for a proposed electric transmission line and substation in Itasca County.