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For longtime instructor, firearms safety runs in the family

Published on February 11, 2019

Dave Olson wasn’t much different from other farm kids whose introduction to firearms occurred early in life. Despite his familiarity with guns, when his mom first heard about an organized firearms safety program in the 1950s, she insisted he and his brother complete it.


DNR invites public input on proposed forest trails in Huntersville and Lyons state forests

Published on February 5, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites anyone with an interest in recreational trail systems and motorized use in the Huntersville and Lyons state forests in Wadena County to attend a public meeting on Feb. 20 to review a set of proposals that include changes to the trail systems. The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Menahga Public School, 216 Aspen Ave SE, Menahga, MN 56464.


DNR to begin accepting reservations for Bert's Cabins at Itasca State Park

Published on February 5, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has started accepting reservations for Bert’s Cabins at Itasca State Park. These 12 cabins, near the headwaters of the Mississippi River, had been privately owned and operated since 1939. In December 2018, the current owners retired and sold the cabins to the DNR. 


Regulations change March 1 on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River

Published on February 5, 2019

Walleye fishing regulations are changing starting Friday, March 1, on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 


DNR announces additional appointments to its leadership team

Published on February 4, 2019

The Department of Natural Resources today announced its second round of leadership appointments. 


DNR names 2019 Conservation Officer of the Year

Published on January 24, 2019

Minnesota Department of Resources Conservation Officer Mitch Boyum has been named the 2019 DNR Conservation Officer of the Year, an award presented to an officer each year for outstanding overall career performance. Enforcement Division Director Rodmen Smith presented the award earlier this month at the division’s annual awards ceremony and training conference at Camp Ripley. 


DNR announces appointments to Commissioner's Office

Published on January 23, 2019

The Department of Natural Resources today announced leadership appointments in its Commissioner’s Office. 


Discover winter fun at Fort Snelling State Park on Saturday, Jan. 12

Published on January 11, 2019

Outdoors experts and enthusiasts will be on hand to promote winter fun during Winter Trails Day at Fort Snelling State Park on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Park visitors will have an opportunity to try a variety of winter activities, with equipment and instruction provided.


DNR hires new big game program leader

Published on January 7, 2019

Minnesota’s new big game program supervisor will be Barbara Keller, an experienced wildlife researcher and manager who begins Feb. 1 overseeing the state’s deer, elk and moose populations with the Department of Natural Resources. 


Employment event for military veterans set for Jan. 8 at Minnesota DNR

Published on January 4, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting its second annual Veteran Employment information event, Tuesday, Jan. 8 at DNR Headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55101. 


CWD discovery in Houston County prompts additional late-season deer hunts

Published on January 3, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering additional late-season deer hunts in southeastern Minnesota following the discovery of chronic wasting disease in a wild deer taken in Houston County. 


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. 


In 2018, DNR worked to enhance outdoor opportunities for all Minnesotans

Published on December 21, 2018

In 2018, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources constructed and opened a new state park campground, reached out to new diverse audiences, and signed an agreement that makes way for restoration of historic buildings at the Fort Snelling Upper Post into affordable housing for military veterans. 


DNR issues ice warning for aerated lakes

Published on December 17, 2018

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has issued its annual ice safety warning for lakes with winter aeration systems. 


DNR reminds hunters to get permission to use private land during special deer hunts

Published on December 17, 2018

Hunters must receive permission from landowners to hunt on private land for the upcoming special deer hunts in southeastern Minnesota, on Friday, Dec. 21 to Sunday, Dec. 23 and Friday, Dec. 28 to Sunday, Dec. 30, according to the Department of Natural Resources. 


Apply through Jan. 25 for spring wild turkey A and B permits

Published on December 17, 2018

Spring turkey hunters hoping to bag a tom during the first two weeks of the season have through Friday, Jan. 25, to apply for a lottery permit, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 


Little Rice Lake re-established as state game refuge

Published on December 13, 2018

The Department of Natural Resources will re-establish the Little Rice Lake State Game Refuge in 2019 following the recent public comment period in October showed support for the refuge.


DNR to enroll state-owned cropland in water quality effort

Published on December 13, 2018

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has committed to pursuing certification of 15,000 acres of croplands it owns and manages as part of a statewide effort to protect water quality. 


DNR plans public meeting to discuss CWD response efforts on Dec. 18

Published on December 13, 2018

The public can get more details about what the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is doing to respond to chronic wasting disease found in wild deer in southeastern Minnesota at a meeting scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18, in Preston. 


DNR proposes to strengthen bear hunting tooth sample requirement

Published on December 10, 2018

Bear hunters who are successful in 2019 and after would be required to submit a bear tooth sample to be eligible for the upcoming year’s bear hunting license lottery under a new rule proposed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 


Fishing regulation changes effective in March on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River

Published on December 10, 2018

Anglers will be able to keep fewer walleye and sauger beginning Friday, March 1, on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 


Leech Lake walleye regulations allow more chances for harvest starting in spring

Published on December 10, 2018

Leech Lake anglers will be able to keep a wider size range of walleye starting on the 2019 fishing opener. 


Minnesota state parks and trails to be showcased at REI's Bloomington store

Published on December 6, 2018

Naturalists, park rangers, and other staff from the Department of Natural Resources will be stationed at REI’s flagship store in Bloomington on Saturday, Dec. 8 for the first Parks and Trails Takeover Day.