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Invasive species starry stonewort confirmed in Stearns, Meeker county lakes
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa) in Lake Koronis and Mud Lake, connected to Koronis, in Stearns and Meeker counties. This is the first confirmed case of this invasive species in … Full Story ...
DNR redoubles Mille Lacs Lake walleye management efforts
The DNR announced today that it has begun implementing several concrete steps aimed at improving the Mille Lacs Lake walleye population, while building a closer working relationship with the Mille Lacs community. “Mille Lacs is an incredibly important fishery for … Full Story ...
DNR conservation officer receives top awards
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has named Bret Grundmeier its 2015 conservation officer of the year. He works out of the Hinckley station. “Officer Grundmeier uses a common sense approach when taking law enforcement action, giving the honest person … Full Story ...
Roadside wildlife counts to be released Sept. 8
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will release its annual roadside wildlife survey on Tuesday, Sept. 8. The report summarizes roadside counts of pheasants, gray (Hungarian) partridge, cottontail rabbits, white-tailed jackrabbits and other wildlife observed in the early morning hours R ...
Duluth artist wins 2016 trout and salmon stamp contest
Duluth artist Dean Kegler has won the 2016 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources trout and salmon stamp contest with a painting of a brown trout. The painting was selected by judges from among 12 submissions for the annual contest. Kegler … Full Story ...
Anglers caught poaching fish in Ely area
A group of anglers from Indiana and Illinois were recently charged with poaching fish near Ely, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The case stems from a June investigation, and it marks a busy season for DNR conservation … Full Story ...
Wild River State Park will host 5K run/walk
The Friends of Wild River State Park invite individuals and families seeking fresh air, exercise and fall color to sign up for the Otter Trotter 5K run/walk on Saturday, Oct. 10. “It’s a wonderful time of year to get outdoors,” … Full Story ...
DNR asks bear hunters not to shoot radio-collared bears
The Department of Natural Resources asks hunters participating in Minnesota’s bear season that opens Tuesday, Sept. 1, to avoid shooting radio-collared research bears. The animals are marked with colorful ear tags. Many of the collars have global positioning units that … Full Story ...
Statement from DNR commissioner’s office
This morning, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources issued the 1855 Authority a special permit that allows certain individuals to harvest wild rice on Aug. 27 without state wild rice harvesting licenses. The permit was issued in response to the … Full Story ...
New DNR forestry exhibit to debut at State Fair
The forestry exhibit in the historic Department of Natural Resources building at the State Fair has been updated this year. New interactive displays convey how Minnesota’s forests provide a wide range of natural, cultural, economic and recreational opportunities. “Minnesota’s forests … Full St ...
Hunter pleads guilty to deer poaching in Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
A Zimmerman, Minnesota man recently pled guilty to a 2014 case of illegally taking multiple deer in the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge. On Nov. 1, 2014, Minnesota DNR Conservation Officer Mitch Sladek of Big Lake observed a woman and her … Full Story ...
Oak wilt confirmed in Morrison County for the first time
Oak wilt, an invasive fatal disease affecting all oak species, was confirmed for the first time in Morrison County by Department of Natural Resources and University of Minnesota staff in late July. The location is near Little Falls. The nearest … Full Story ...
DNR reaching out to livestock operations regarding water use
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reaching out to feedlot operators and owners of livestock operations to help them determine their needs and comply with water use requirements. Users of large quantities of water must apply for a water … Full Story ...
DNR names 2014 volunteer firearms safety instructor of the year
Paulette Pappenfus, 65, the third-generation owner of Pap’s Sports Shop in Little Falls, is the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ 2014 volunteer firearms safety instructor of the year. She received the honor at this year’s Minnesota Game Fair in Anoka. … Full Story ...
New wetland map data available
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released updated wetland map data for 36 counties in southern Minnesota. The newly-released data are the first updates to the National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) for southern Minnesota. The new data cover a 23,900 … Full Story ...
Campers in Minnesota urged to help prevent wildfires
With conservation officers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources assisting with California wildfires, attention was recently paid to preventing wildfires in Minnesota. Conservation Officer Eric Benjamin of Warroad encountered a campfire at Bemis Hill Campground in Beltrami Island State ...
Public invited to comment on special fishing regulations
Anglers and others can give their opinions about Minnesota fishing regulations that are in place or are newly proposed on 18 lakes and one river. The Department of Natural Resources has scheduled 11 public meetings across the state in coming … Full Story ...
DNR: ATVs are always in season
Back to school sales and State Fair advertisements are the first signs of a waning summer, and with Labor Day just around the corner, there’s an uptick in all-terrain vehicle (ATV) recreation as adults and teens try to squeeze in … Full Story ...
DNR asks sharp-tailed grouse and prairie chicken hunters for wing and tissue samples
Sharp-tailed grouse and prairie chicken hunters can voluntarily submit samples from birds they harvest in Minnesota for two Department of Natural Resources studies. One study aims to better understand how these birds move through the landscape. The other is assessing … Full Story ...
Small game hunter survey results released
With the exception of ruffed grouse hunters, fewer game bird hunters took to Minnesota’s fields and forests in 2014, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources annual small game survey. In 2014, the number of pheasant hunters was 57,590, … Full Story ...
Minnesota State Fair
The Minnesota State Fair kicks off this week in St. Paul. Will you be attending the fair?
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