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Hutchinson man named 2014 Youth ATV Safety Instructor of the Year
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has named Paul Kruse of Hutchinson the 2014 Youth ATV Safety Volunteer Instructor of the Year. Since 2006, Kruse has held 16 classes and certified 168 students. “According to his fellow instructors, he is … Full Story ...
DNR seeks volunteers for frog and toad calling survey
The Department of Natural Resources’ Nongame Wildlife Program is seeking volunteers to participate in the Minnesota Frog and Toad Calling Survey to help track population changes in the state’s 14 frog and toad species. Frogs and toads are one of … Full Story ...
DNR urges state forest and off-highway vehicle trail users to check for temporary closures
With warm weather on the way, many off-highway vehicle (OHV) riders may be eager to hit the trails, but state forest roads and trails are typically wet during the spring, so the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will need to … Full Story ...
Death of two bull elk under investigation in northwestern Minnesota
Two bull elk were illegally shot and killed near Grygla in an area that holds Minnesota’s smallest elk herd and has been closed to hunting since 2012, according to the Department of Natural Resources. “Our investigation found that these elk … Full Story ...
Comments sought on proposed Minnesota deer population goals
Comments on proposed deer population goals recommended by citizen advisory teams in 40 of Minnesota’s 128 deer permit areas will be accepted Thursday, April 2, through Wednesday, April 15, on the Department of Natural Resources website. The DNR will evaluate advisory … Full Story ...
Spring burning restrictions take effect this week in much of Minnesota
The Department of Natural Resources will restrict debris burning in many northwestern, southern and central Minnesota counties this week, beginning Wednesday, March 25, and in other parts of the state beginning in April. Burning restrictions mean the state will not … Full Story ...
New well provides fresh, safe water at Blue Mounds State Park
A new well will provide campers with fresh, safe water at Blue Mounds State Park after another well was sealed due to the presence of E.coli, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Park Manager Chris Ingebretsen said that … Full Story ...
Nongame Wildlife Program seeks to understand piping plover peril
By Kristi Coughlon DNR information officer “Peep-lo!” The high-pitched whistle pierced the air at the Pine and Curry Island Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) on Lake of the Woods. Christine Herwig scanned the sandy beach and dunes, squinting to find … Full Story ...
Learn to camp, paddle and more at Minnesota state parks
Registration for I Can Camp! and other skill-building programs begins March 20, the first day of spring People who lack the experience or equipment to go on a camping, canoeing or fishing trip should consider signing up for one of … Full Story ...
Governor’s budget proposal would help maintain vitality of state parks
More than 8 million people visit Minnesota state parks each year with nearly 1.3 million of them traveling from other states or countries. This year, Gov. Mark Dayton has recommended a much-needed boost in funding for Minnesota state parks and … Full Story ...
Sutherland named 2014 TIP officer of the year
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Thomas Sutherland of Grand Rapids was named the 2014 Turn in Poachers (TIP) “Joe Alexander” Conservation Officer of the Year during the annual TIP banquet held March 14 in Grand Rapids. “The TIP … Full Story ...
Minnesota likely to see early start to fire season
With the recent warm weather, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fire behavior analysts are predicting an early start to the spring fire season. Predicted temperatures this week in the 40s and 50s will likely take care of what little snowpack … Full Story ...
Ice ridges on area lakes generate interest and concern
Many home and cabin owners are noticing the spectacular ice formations, or ice ridges, that are pushing up on the shorelines of our lakes this winter. Some lakeshore property owners are not so impressed, as these ice ridges are causing … Full Story ...
DNR seeks comments on Canisteo Mine Pit project environmental assessment worksheet
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments from March 16 to April 15 on an environmental assessment worksheet prepared for a temporary dewatering project within the Canisteo Mine Pit Complex, near the cities of Bovey and Coleraine … Full Story ...
Minnesota DNR alerts public to spring burning restrictions
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will soon determine when to start spring burning restrictions. This year, with little snowpack and an early start to spring, restrictions are likely to take effect earlier, maybe as soon as next week. The … Full Story ...
Survey reports 131 elk, 3 herds in northwestern Minnesota
Three distinct herds totaling 131 animals that roam portions of far northwestern Minnesota comprise the state’s elk population, according to results of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ annual aerial population survey. Spotters counted 79 elk in the Caribou-Vita herd … Full Story ...
Bald eagles on spring migration back to Minnesota
Bald eagles are migrating back to Minnesota and may be seen in large numbers across parts of the state over the next few weeks, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Ice is breaking up along the rivers, so … Full Story ...
New campground, other changes proposed at Whitewater State Park
Open house scheduled for March 31 at Whitewater State Park Visitor Center The Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division is seeking public comments on a proposal to develop a new campground at Whitewater State Park in southeastern Minnesota. … Full Story ...
DNR seeks public input on forest management plan for northeastern Minnesota
A report that identifies major forest management issues for the Northern Superior Uplands in northeastern Minnesota is available for review, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The report is available online. The preliminary issues and assessment report identifies issues … Full S ...
Whitewater River project environmental review document available
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments during a 30-day public review period from March 16 to April 15 on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) prepared for Whitewater River channel restoration project, located near the town of … Full Story ...
Major League Soccer announced that Minnesota will be the home of a new Major League Soccer team. The owners also announced they want to build a new open-air stadium for the team. Do you think it should be funded through public subsidies or privately funded?
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