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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. 

Drop the drone during fire season

Published on April 23, 2019

Flying a drone can be a lot of fun—but it can be downright dangerous during a wildfire, according to the Department of Natural Resources. 

Be aware of bears this spring; DNR lists tips for avoiding conflicts

Published on April 22, 2019

Homeowners are reminded to be aware of bears this spring and check their property for food sources that could attract bears.  

Commercial fisher captures invasive silver carp in St. Croix River

Published on April 15, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the capture of a silver carp on the St. Croix River. The invasive carp was caught by a commercial fisher near Prescott, Wisconsin, during routine spring netting. 

Conservation officer posthumously named TIP officer of the year

Published on April 11, 2019

Minnesota Conservation Officer Ed Picht, who died last October, has been named the Turn in Poachers 2018 Joe Alexander Conservation Officer of the Year. 

DNR announces comment period for off-highway vehicle access to Clint Converse and Greer Lake Forest campgrounds

Published on April 8, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments on a proposal to allow off-highway vehicle access to certain areas of the Clint Converse Forest Campground in the Land O’ Lakes State Forest and the Greer Lake Forest Campground in the Crow Wing State Forest. 

Bear hunt applications available; deadline is May 3

Published on April 8, 2019

Applications for bear hunting licenses are being accepted now through Friday, May 3, wherever Minnesota hunting and fishing licenses are sold, online at, and by telephone at 888-665-4236. 

Stream trout fishing opens statewide on April 13

Published on April 8, 2019

Minnesota’s popular warm weather stream trout season opens Saturday, April 13, with quality fishing opportunities in every region of the state. Brook trout and splake fishing also opens on Lake Superior and its tributary streams that have no posted boundaries. 

Volunteers add $7.8 million in value to DNR

Published on April 4, 2019

Last year over 20,000 Minnesotans volunteered their services to assist the Department of Natural Resources in accomplishing its conservation mission. According to the new 2018 Annual DNR Volunteer Report released today, these volunteer services in 2018 were valued at $7.8 million. In hours that equates to 136 full-time staff.