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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.


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.