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		<title>For Fosston woman, firearms safety is a way of life</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/21/for-fosston-woman-firearms-safety-is-a-way-of-life/</link>
		<pubDate>Thu, 21 Mar 2019 18:24:31 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Ask Bridget Landsverk, of Fosston, when she started volunteering as a firearms safety instructor and there’s a brief pause. She starts to count the years, then remembers: Last year she received a plaque for 10 years of service, which means &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/21/for-fosston-woman-firearms-safety-is-a-way-of-life/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Ask Bridget Landsverk, of Fosston, when she started volunteering as a firearms safety instructor and there’s a brief pause. She starts to count the years, then remembers: Last year she received a plaque for 10 years of service, which means 2019 marks the beginning of her second decade of instruction. <span id="more-21761"></span></p>
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<p>Now 35 years old, she’s been teaching firearms safety in Winger-Erskine-McIntosh for much of her adult life, a way to give back borne from a friendship struck with retired conservation officer Stuart Bensen.</p>
<p>And it’s a family affair, too, as her father – the person who nurtured her interest in hunting – helps her teach, and her kids often attend the classes she teaches. Her oldest son, in fact, has scored 100 percent on a firearms safety test, though he’s still too young to be certified.</p>
<p>“I wouldn’t be surprised if someday he teaches firearms safety as well,” Landsverk said. “His dream right now at 9 years old is to have his own hunting and fishing show.”</p>
<p>That was never Bridget Landsverk’s dream, though her father took her into the field as soon as she showed interest. She’s hunted deer and bear. And Canada geese are the species of choice when it comes to trips with her husband and sons.</p>
<p>She likes the idea of female students learning from a female instructor – Landsverk figures about half the students in her classes are girls and women – and enjoys teaching kids and then hearing about their successes in the field.</p>
<p>“They see you out in public and recognize you from class and they want to tell you all about their first deer-hunting experience that year – or whatever they hunted,” she said. “There are quite a few kids around here who get a nice deer during their first hunt. I tell them, ‘I’m happy for you, but I hope you don’t have this expectation every year!’”</p>
<p>While the majority of her students attend firearms safety with the intention of going hunting, some simply want to learn about firearms so they feel more comfortable when they’re around. Whatever the case, Landsverk believes anyone – of any age – will benefit from taking a firearms safety course.</p>
<p>Landsverk is among 4,000 volunteer instructors across the state who constitute the backbone of the DNR Enforcement Division’s firearms safety program. The dedication of these volunteers is instrumental to the program when you consider more than 1.3 million students have received firearms safety certification since the program began in 1955. The results of the program have been dramatic, with decreasing numbers of firearms-related hunting incidents since its inception. Firearms safety training is required for anyone born after Dec. 31, 1979 who wants to buy a hunting license.</p>
<p>For more information on firearms safety in Minnesota, including a list of available courses, see <a href="https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/firearms/index.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/safety/firearms/index.html</a> (for youths) or <a href="https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/firearms_isa/index.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/safety/firearms_isa/index.html</a> (for adults). Note that courses fill up quickly.</p>
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		<title>Take an overnight canoe camping trip with new &#8216;I Can!&#8217; program</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/21/take-an-overnight-canoe-camping-trip-with-new-i-can-program/</link>
		<pubDate>Thu, 21 Mar 2019 18:20:10 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Registration open for 2019 outdoor skills classes  A new “I Can!”program offers participants the chance to learn the outdoor skills necessary to take an overnight canoe camping trip. The overnight adventure trip is one of many summer programs Minnesota state &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/21/take-an-overnight-canoe-camping-trip-with-new-i-can-program/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<h3><em>Registration open for 2019 outdoor skills classes </em></h3>
<p>A new “I Can!”program offers participants the chance to learn the outdoor skills necessary to take an overnight canoe camping trip. The overnight adventure trip is one of many summer programs Minnesota state parks and trails has available for beginners of all ages who want to learn to camp, paddle, mountain bike and fish. <span id="more-21757"></span></p>
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<p>Participants on the overnight trip will paddle down the St. Croix River to a riverside campsite, learning canoeing skills along the way. After a night of camping on the river, participants will paddle a few miles downriver to St. Croix State Park where the outdoor adventure will come to an end.</p>
<p>“Our goal is to make it easy for busy families to discover the fun of spending time outdoors together,” said Erika Rivers, director of the Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division. “We provide all the gear, along with friendly instructors who can show you how to use it.”</p>
<p>Registrations for the “I Can Paddle! Canoe Camping” program and other classes are being taken now. Programs start in June and continue through August. They include:</p>
<ul>
<li><strong>I Can Paddle! Canoe Camping</strong> – Learn how to plan for an overnight canoe camping trip. Meals and the use of canoeing and camping equipment are included. Participants must be at least 10 years of age; children under age 18 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian ($85 for the overnight program; up to two people per canoe).</li>
<li><strong>I Can Camp!</strong> – Develop or refine fire starting and camp cooking skills. Sleep on comfortable air mattresses in tents large enough to accommodate two adults and up to three children ($60 for one-night programs or $85 for two-night programs).</li>
<li><strong>I Can Paddle!</strong> – Get out on the water for a sea kayaking adventure on Lake Superior ($35 for ages 12-18, $45 for adults) or a guided canoeing or kayaking trip on a Minnesota lake or river (prices vary).</li>
<li><strong>I Can Mountain Bike!</strong> – Learn riding techniques and explore mountain bike trails with guides from the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Club ($15 for ages 10-15, $25/adults).</li>
<li><strong>I Can Fish!</strong> – Experience the fun of casting into the water and the excitement when there&#8217;s a tug on the line ($7/person, children under age 12 are free).</li>
</ul>
<p>The “I Can!” series also includes the <strong>Archery in the Parks </strong>programs, which are free. No reservations are needed.</p>
<p><strong>Registration and more information</strong><strong><br />
</strong>For more information about the programs—including dates, times, locations, and minimum age requirements—visit <a href="https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/ican/index.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/ican</a> or contact the DNR Information Center at <a href="mailto:info.dnr@state.mn.us">info.dnr@state.mn.us</a> or 888-646-6367 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday).</p>
<p>To register for an event, visit <a href="https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mndnr.gov%2Freservations%3Futm_content%3D%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_name%3D%26utm_source%3Dgovdelivery%26utm_term%3D&amp;data=02%7C01%7CJulie.Forster%40state.mn.us%7Cacc1f4e24d53490a9c6c08d6ae1b8194%7Ceb14b04624c445198f26b89c2159828c%7C0%7C0%7C636887830504090570&amp;sdata=hvJ5PyB3edrHowJeIUyPXrvxCxdPCayP5bieM05FjnQ%3D&amp;reserved=0">mndnr.gov/reservations</a> or call 866-857-2757 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, except holidays).</p>
<p>The “I Can!” series is made possible with funding from the Parks and Trails Fund, created after voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in November 2008. The Parks and Trails Fund receives 14.25 percent of the three-eighths of one percent sales tax revenue from the Legacy Amendment. Revenue to the Parks and Trails Fund may only be spent to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance.</p>
<p>The I Can! programs received a Government Innovation Award in 2015. Nearly 18,000 people have participated in these programs since they were first offered in 2010.</p>
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		<title>Wet conditions force temporary road and trail closures</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/21/wet-conditions-force-temporary-road-and-trail-closures-2/</link>
		<pubDate>Thu, 21 Mar 2019 18:15:47 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Heavy rain and flooding mean some roads and trails in state forests, state parks, recreation areas, and wildlife management areas will close temporarily, according to the Department of Natural Resources. This is because they are not firm enough to support &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/21/wet-conditions-force-temporary-road-and-trail-closures-2/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Heavy rain and flooding mean some roads and trails in state forests, state parks, recreation areas, and wildlife management areas will close temporarily, according to the Department of Natural Resources. This is because they are not firm enough to support vehicle traffic without causing damage. The closures could remain in effect until sometime in May, depending on weather conditions. <span id="more-21755"></span></p>
<p>“These are normal spring closures that happen when roads and trails become wet and fragile,” said Dave Schuller, state land programs supervisor for the DNR’s Forestry Division. “We ask that people use good judgment, obey the closures, and check the DNR website for updates. This is important for personal safety as well as avoiding damage to these roads and trails.”</p>
<p>Road and trail users should pay particular attention to state forest closures. Generally, all roads and trails in a particular forest will be closed, but not always. Those that can handle motor vehicle traffic will remain open but may be restricted by gross vehicle weight. Signs will be posted at entry points and parking lots.</p>
<p>For information on road closures, log on to <a href="https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mndnr.gov%2Fclosures%3Futm_content%3D%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_name%3D%26utm_source%3Dgovdelivery%26utm_term%3D&amp;data=02%7C01%7CJulie.Forster%40state.mn.us%7Cacc1f4e24d53490a9c6c08d6ae1b8194%7Ceb14b04624c445198f26b89c2159828c%7C0%7C0%7C636887830504090570&amp;sdata=ymu53i%2BV6Y%2BdGuyjD%2BLbNtTpZU8JIKGqXv9wRF7z3wI%3D&amp;reserved=0">mndnr.gov/closures</a>. Information on this page is updated on Thursdays by 2 p.m. However, closure signs may be in place before the website is updated.</p>
<p>Road and trail closure information also is available by contacting the DNR Information Center at <a href="mailto:info.dnr@state.mn.us">info.dnr@state.mn.us</a>, 888-646-6367 or 651-296-6157, (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday).</p>
<p>For information on roads and trails on county land, contact the county directly.</p>
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		<title>DNR investigating deer carcasses dumped in Wabasha County</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/21/dnr-investigating-deer-carcasses-dumped-in-wabasha-county/</link>
		<pubDate>Thu, 21 Mar 2019 18:14:31 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[The Department of Natural Resources seeks the public’s help in identifying the person or people responsible for dumping the bodies of eight white-tailed deer near the Zumbro River in Wabasha County.  A state conservation officer received a call Monday, March &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/21/dnr-investigating-deer-carcasses-dumped-in-wabasha-county/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Department of Natural Resources seeks the public’s help in identifying the person or people responsible for dumping the bodies of eight white-tailed deer near the Zumbro River in Wabasha County. <span id="more-21753"></span></p>
<p>A state conservation officer received a call Monday, March 18, reporting the carcasses had been dumped sometime the night before on County Road 81 near the Zumbro River just outside of Kellogg. At least seven of the animals were bucks; all had their antlers or their antlers and skull plates removed.</p>
<p>“At the very least, this is a waste of Minnesota’s precious natural resources,” said Greg Salo, assistant director of the DNR Enforcement Division. “We urge anyone with information related to this ongoing investigation to call the Turn in Poachers hotline.”</p>
<p>The TIP hotline is 800-652-9093. All of the deer have been collected and will be tested for disease.</p>
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		<title>DNR seeks comment on Tower area lake management plans</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/20/dnr-seeks-comment-on-tower-area-lake-management-plans-5/</link>
		<pubDate>Wed, 20 Mar 2019 18:42:48 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Anglers and others interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Tower area lakes and streams are invited to ask questions and submit comments on lake management plans through Monday, April 1. Management &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/20/dnr-seeks-comment-on-tower-area-lake-management-plans-5/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Anglers and others interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Tower area lakes and streams are invited to ask questions and submit comments on lake management plans through Monday, April 1.<span id="more-21749"></span></p>
<p>Management plans describe the past, present and desired future conditions of the fishery and identify specific management activities planned for that lake in the next five to 20 years.<b> </b>The plans include background on the water body including water chemistry, temperature, habitat quality and species present, and are important in understanding the potential of a fishery.</p>
<p>&#8220;Our management plans are the basis of how we make fishery decisions for individual lakes and streams,&#8221; said Edie Evarts, area fisheries supervisor. &#8220;Public comment is important as goals are created or revised in a plan. It is important in complex management where we have special regulations, but can also be incorporated into a simple plan for a small lake by adding information not collected by survey crews. The call for comments also gives the public an opportunity to see the latest plans for area lakes and streams.&#8221;</p>
<p>Every year, DNR fisheries staff prepares or revises individual lake management plans for several waters in each management area. In the Tower area, plans for the following lakes will be reviewed.</p>
<p>St. Louis County lakes:</p>
<ul>
<li>Bear Island.</li>
<li>Coe.</li>
<li>Deep &#8211; increase in walleye stocking frequency.</li>
<li>Johnson &#8211; change to walleye fry stocking instead of fingerlings.</li>
<li>Little Armstrong (Camp)</li>
<li>Miner’s Pit.</li>
<li>Tamarack.</li>
</ul>
<p>Lake County lakes:</p>
<ul>
<li>Birch (Ontario border)</li>
<li>Ella Hall &#8211; initial management plan.</li>
<li>Fall.</li>
<li>Kekekabic.</li>
<li>Knife.</li>
<li>Lake Four.</li>
<li>Lake Three.</li>
<li>Snowbank.</li>
</ul>
<p><span style="font-size: medium">People can review current plans for lakes as well as recent fish survey information at the DNR’s Tower fisheries office, 650 Highway 169 in Tower. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To request a draft copy of any lake management plan listed above email </span><a href="mailto:jer.malley@state.mn.us">jer.malley@state.mn.us</a><span style="font-size: medium"> or call 218-300-7802.</span></p>
<p>Questions or comments about the plans may be sent by email to Tower area fisheries supervisor, Edie Evarts, at <a href="mailto:edie.evarts@state.mn.us">edie.evarts@state.mn.us</a><span style="font-size: medium">. Suggestions for management of other lakes and streams in the Tower area are welcome at any time and will be considered when those plans are reviewed.</span></p>
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		<title>DNR seeks comments on Enbridge license and permit applications for Line 3 Replacement Project</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/18/dnr-seeks-comments-on-enbridge-license-and-permit-applications-for-line-3-replacement-project/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 18 Mar 2019 18:46:45 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comments on applications related to the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project. The DNR is accepting comments on applications for several different licenses and permits needed to construct and operate the Line &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/18/dnr-seeks-comments-on-enbridge-license-and-permit-applications-for-line-3-replacement-project/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comments on applications related to the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project. The DNR is accepting comments on applications for several different licenses and permits needed to construct and operate the Line 3 Replacement Project across northern Minnesota. <span id="more-21746"></span></p>
<p>Line 3 is one of six Enbridge oil pipelines that cross Minnesota. Enbridge is proposing to replace the existing Line 3 with a new, higher capacity line. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has granted Enbridge a certificate of need and a route permit for the Line 3 replacement, which would follow the existing Line 3 route in places and a new alignment in other areas.</p>
<p>In addition to the DNR’s consultation with tribal governments and local government units, the DNR is also seeking public comment on the following permit applications:</p>
<ul>
<li>Utility Crossing License for State Land</li>
<li>Utility Crossing License for Public Water</li>
<li>Water Appropriation for Hydrostatic Testing and Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD)</li>
<li>Water Appropriation for Trench and Construction Dewatering</li>
<li>Water Appropriation for Dust Control</li>
<li>Water Appropriation for Construction Near Gully 30 (calcareous fen)</li>
<li>Work in Public Waters for Public Water Wetlands on Private Land</li>
<li>Work in Public Waters for Willow River Bridge</li>
<li>Calcareous Fen Management Plan (Gully 30)</li>
<li>Threatened and Endangered Species Taking Permit</li>
</ul>
<p>All permit and license applications are available for review at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMzE4LjMzMzk1ODEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMzE4LjMzMzk1ODEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzU5NjU5OSZlbWFpbGlkPWp1bGllLmZvcnN0ZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmdXNlcmlkPWp1bGllLmZvcnN0ZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&amp;&amp;&amp;100&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/line3?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/line3</a>.</p>
<p>In addition to obtaining these DNR approvals, the project would also need additional approvals from tribal governments, local governments, and other state and federal agencies.</p>
<p>The DNR will accept comments for 60 days, from March 18 to 4:30 p.m. May 17. Comments may be submitted online at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMzE4LjMzMzk1ODEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMzE4LjMzMzk1ODEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzU5NjU5OSZlbWFpbGlkPWp1bGllLmZvcnN0ZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmdXNlcmlkPWp1bGllLmZvcnN0ZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/line3?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/line3</a>. Submissions are limited to 9,999 characters per application and up to four attachments, each less than 20 MB. Comments may also be mailed to the DNR at 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul MN 55155-4025, Attention Line 3 Replacement Applications.</p>
<p>The most helpful comments will address:</p>
<ul>
<li>Additional information needed in the application</li>
<li>Identification of specific resources or areas that warrant special consideration</li>
<li>Recommendations on permit conditions or limitations</li>
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<p>The DNR will consider all comments that are within the regulatory scope of the proposed licenses and permits as part of its decisions on the applications. The DNR will not provide individual responses to comments.</p>
<p>In April, the DNR will host three webinars to provide information on the proposed project and permit applications. Closer to these events, the DNR will issue a separate news release to announce the webinar details and all information will be available at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMzE4LjMzMzk1ODEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMzE4LjMzMzk1ODEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzU5NjU5OSZlbWFpbGlkPWp1bGllLmZvcnN0ZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmdXNlcmlkPWp1bGllLmZvcnN0ZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&amp;&amp;&amp;102&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/line3?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/line3</a>.</p>
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		<title>Register for beginner fly-fishing weekend for youth-adult pairs</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/18/register-for-beginner-fly-fishing-weekend-for-youth-adult-pairs-5/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 18 Mar 2019 16:19:43 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[A youth paired with an adult can join other youth-adult pairs to learn the basics of fly fishing from experienced instructors over the course of a spring weekend from Friday evening, April 26, to Sunday afternoon, April 28, near Lanesboro.  &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/18/register-for-beginner-fly-fishing-weekend-for-youth-adult-pairs-5/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>A youth paired with an adult can join other youth-adult pairs to learn the basics of fly fishing from experienced instructors over the course of a spring weekend from Friday evening, April 26, to Sunday afternoon, April 28, near Lanesboro. <span id="more-21742"></span></p>
<p>To participate, youth must be 11 to 17 years old as of April 26, and both the adult and the youth must each have less than five hours of fly-fishing experience.</p>
<p>“Youth and adults in these classes are both beginners so they can help each other learn a new skill,” said Linda Radimecky, a Department of Natural Resources interpretive naturalist. “They’ll enjoy some real quality time together, but that’s just the beginning. When they’ve finished the weekend, they’ll be prepared for hours of fun fishing adventures.”</p>
<p>Participants will learn how to tie knots used for fishing, how to use and care for their equipment, what fish need to survive and how to help protect fishing for future generations.</p>
<p>The registration fee is $130 per person and includes meals, lodging, guiding services, equipment and additional materials. Sponsorships to offset registration fees may be available from angling and conservation organizations. This event is limited to 20 youth-adult pairs.</p>
<p>For more information, or to get an application, contact Linda Radimecky at <a href="mailto:linda.radimecky@state.mn.us">linda.radimecky@state.mn.us</a> or 651-231-6968.</p>
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		<title>DNR seeks input on Timber Riders ATV trail proposal</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/18/dnr-seeks-input-on-timber-riders-atv-trail-proposal/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 18 Mar 2019 16:17:43 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites public review and written comments on a proposal by Beltrami County to obtain grant-in-aid funding for additions to the all-terrain vehicle trail system.    The new trail, known as the Timber Trail, will &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/18/dnr-seeks-input-on-timber-riders-atv-trail-proposal/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites public review and written comments on a proposal by Beltrami County to obtain grant-in-aid funding for additions to the all-terrain vehicle trail system.   <span id="more-21740"></span></p>
<p>The new trail, known as the Timber Trail, will provide a 128-mile ATV trail system. The trail will follow existing township and county roads, an existing ATV trail (the Blue Ox Trail), highway ditch and a new small connection trail. The trail will be maintained by Beltrami County and the Timber Riders ATV Club.</p>
<p>The DNR will accept written comments until 4:30 p.m. April 16. Comments may be submitted:</p>
<ul>
<li>Via email to <a href="mailto:david.schotzko@state.mn.us">david.schotzko@state.mn.us</a></li>
<li>Via mail to Dave Schotzko, area supervisor, Parks and Trails Division, Minnesota DNR, 3296 State Park Road NE, Bemidji, MN 56601.</li>
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<p>A map of the proposed trail segments can be found at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMzE4LjMzMjc5NjEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMzE4LjMzMjc5NjEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzU5NjUyOSZlbWFpbGlkPWp1bGllLmZvcnN0ZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmdXNlcmlkPWp1bGllLmZvcnN0ZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&amp;&amp;&amp;100&amp;&amp;&amp;https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/mgmtplans/ohv/plans/index.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov</a><u>.</u> For more information, call Dave Schotzko, 218-308-2367.</p>
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		<title>Walleye harvest will be allowed in May on Mille Lacs Lake</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/12/walleye-harvest-will-be-allowed-in-may-on-mille-lacs-lake/</link>
		<pubDate>Tue, 12 Mar 2019 17:31:59 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Mille Lacs regulations for walleye and other species announced Anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will be able to keep walleye during open water fishing for the first time since 2015. An improving walleye population has been protected by conservative fishing &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/12/walleye-harvest-will-be-allowed-in-may-on-mille-lacs-lake/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><em>Mille Lacs regulations for walleye and other species announced</em></p>
<p>Anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will be able to keep walleye during open water fishing for the first time since 2015. An improving walleye population has been protected by conservative fishing regulations in recent years, according to the Department of Natural Resources. <span id="more-21738"></span></p>
<p>Mille Lacs anglers will be able to keep one walleye between 21 and 23 inches or one walleye over 28 inches from Saturday, May 11, through Friday, May 31.</p>
<p>“It’s good news that anglers get to keep some walleye this May, but we are being cautious,” said Brad Parsons, DNR fisheries chief.  “These regulations represent a careful balance between expanding fishing opportunities and conserving the fishery for the future.”</p>
<p>Similar to recent years, a night closure for the 2019 walleye fishing season will be in effect on Mille Lacs from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning Monday, May 13. The night walleye closure will remain in effect throughout the entire open-water season, which ends Nov. 30.</p>
<p>Catch-and-release fishing for walleye begins Saturday, June 1, and other than the night closure, there are no planned closures for walleye fishing this season.</p>
<p>The DNR is able to allow this limited harvest opportunity because of an improving walleye population bolstered by a 2013 year class of fish that has been protected by conservative fishing regulations. The 2013 year class is starting to produce young fish that appear to be surviving.</p>
<p>The DNR expects a strong increase in the number of anglers fishing during the period when walleye harvest is allowed. Allowing the harvest during May, when water temperatures are lower, will limit the mortality of released walleye associated with this increase in pressure. Both harvested fish and those that die as a result of being caught and released are counted against the state’s walleye harvest allocation.</p>
<p>The Mille Lacs walleye population has undergone many changes over the past two decades that have coincided with significant aquatic system changes including increased water clarity and decreased walleye productivity; the introduction of zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil and spiny water fleas; a changing zooplankton community that may be altering the aquatic food web; and declines in certain forage species, including tullibee.</p>
<p>The DNR encourages Minnesotans and out-of-state visitors to fish the other abundant species that Mille Lacs Lake has to offer in addition to walleye.</p>
<p><strong>Bass fishing</strong><strong><br />
</strong>The lake is nationally recognized as one of the nation’s top smallmouth bass and muskellunge fisheries. In 2017, Bassmaster Magazine named Mille Lacs the number one bass fishing lake in the nation. The lake hosted the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship in 2016 and 2017.</p>
<p>Minnesota’s bass season opens Saturday, May 11, and is catch-and-release only in most of the state, including Mille Lacs, through Friday, May 24. Beginning on Saturday, May 25, Mille Lacs’ daily bag and possession limit will be three bass per angler. All smallmouth and largemouth bass between 17 and 21 inches must be immediately released. Anglers may keep only one bass over 21 inches. In a change this year, smallmouth bass are catch-and-release only on Mille Lacs from Monday, Sept. 9, through Feb. 23, 2020, to be consistent with statewide regulations.</p>
<p><strong>Northern pike </strong><strong><br />
</strong>Mille Lacs Lake has special regulations that exempt it from the new statewide northern pike zone regulations. From May 11 through Nov. 30, anglers may keep up to five fish. Only one northern pike over 40 inches may be included in the bag limit of five, and anglers must release all pike between 30 and 40 inches.</p>
<p><strong>Special night fishing opportunities </strong><strong><br />
</strong>For muskellunge, the season opens on Saturday, June 1, with the statewide rules of a one fish bag and a minimum length of 54 inches. Beginning June 1, anglers may fish for muskellunge and northern pike at night on Mille Lacs, but may only possess and use artificial lures or sucker minnows longer than 8 inches.</p>
<p><strong>Bowfishing allowed</strong><strong><br />
</strong>Bowfishing for rough fish is allowed at night on Mille Lacs starting June 1 but possession of angling equipment is not allowed and only rough fish may be in possession.</p>
<p><strong>State and tribal allocations</strong><strong><br />
</strong>The state and the Ojibwe tribes with harvest rights in Mille Lacs Lake agreed on a 2019 safe harvest level of 150,000 pounds of walleye, resulting in a state allocation of 87,800 pounds. Under the catch-and-release only regulation last year, walleye angler kill totaled just over 47,000 pounds.</p>
<p>The walleye safe harvest level for Mille Lacs Lake is determined annually. It is based on population status and predictions of how harvest will affect the walleye population in the future. State anglers share the safe harvest level with the eight bands of Ojibwe that have fishing rights under an 1837 treaty. By agreement, the bands and the state are required to monitor harvest according to their respective allocations.</p>
<p>More information about fishing on Mille Lacs Lake, ongoing DNR management and research, and Mille Lacs area recreation opportunities is available on the DNR website at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMzEyLjMwMzAzNzEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMzEyLjMwMzAzNzEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzU5NDk0OCZlbWFpbGlkPWp1bGllLmZvcnN0ZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmdXNlcmlkPWp1bGllLmZvcnN0ZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&amp;&amp;&amp;100&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/millelacslake?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/millelacslake</a>.</p>
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		<title>Zebra mussel larvae confirmed in Red Lake in Beltrami County</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/11/zebra-mussel-larvae-confirmed-in-red-lake-in-beltrami-county/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 11 Mar 2019 20:13:37 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of zebra mussel larvae in Red Lake in Beltrami County after studying samples gathered last summer by biologists from the Red Lake Nation.  The DNR has been working in partnership &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/11/zebra-mussel-larvae-confirmed-in-red-lake-in-beltrami-county/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of zebra mussel larvae in Red Lake in Beltrami County after studying samples gathered last summer by biologists from the Red Lake Nation. <span id="more-21735"></span></p>
<p>The DNR has been working in partnership with the Red Lake Nation for over 10 years to monitor zooplankton in Red Lake and will continue to work closely with the tribe to respond to this discovery.</p>
<p>Zebra mussel larvae, called veligers (VELL-uh-jers), typically indicate the presence of a reproducing population of zebra mussels. No adult zebra mussels have been identified. Eight veligers were found in a zooplankton sample taken in the middle of Upper Red Lake.</p>
<p>DNR research scientist Gary Montz said it is highly unlikely that these veligers were introduced to the lake in the larvae life stage.</p>
<p>“Unfortunately, the most reasonable conclusion is that they came from adult reproduction within the lake itself,” Montz said. “Red Lake is a unique lake system—very large and shallow— it is not possible to estimate the abundance or distribution of zebra mussels in Upper Red Lake from this sample.”</p>
<p>DNR and Red Lake Nation officials are working together to determine next steps. Actions will likely include a combination of continued monitoring, increased watercraft inspections in the area and additional public information efforts.</p>
<p>Additional waters that are connected to Upper and Lower Red lakes may be added to the infested waters list after further review. This decision will be based on the risk of movement of zebra mussels to those specific waters.</p>
<p>Whether or not a lake is listed as infested, Minnesota law requires boaters and anglers to:</p>
<ul>
<li><strong>Clean</strong> watercraft and trailers of aquatic plants and prohibited invasive species.</li>
<li><strong>Drain</strong> all water by removing drain plugs and keeping them out during transport.</li>
<li><strong>Dispose</strong> of unwanted bait in the trash.</li>
</ul>
<p>Some invasive species are small and difficult to see at the access. To remove or kill them, take one or more of the following precautions before moving to another waterbody:</p>
<ul>
<li>Spray with high-pressure water.</li>
<li>Rinse with very hot water (120 degrees for at least two minutes or 140 degrees for at least 10 seconds).</li>
<li>Dry for at least five days.</li>
</ul>
<p>Zebra mussels can compete with native species for food and habitat, cut the feet of swimmers, reduce the performance of boat motors, and cause expensive damage to water intake pipes.</p>
<p>People should <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMzExLjI5NzQwNTEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMzExLjI5NzQwNTEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzU5NDY4OSZlbWFpbGlkPWp1bGllLmZvcnN0ZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmdXNlcmlkPWp1bGllLmZvcnN0ZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&amp;&amp;&amp;100&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/ais/contacts.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">contact an area DNR aquatic invasive species specialist</a> if they think they have found zebra mussels or any other invasive species.</p>
<p>More information is available at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMzExLjI5NzQwNTEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMzExLjI5NzQwNTEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzU5NDY4OSZlbWFpbGlkPWp1bGllLmZvcnN0ZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmdXNlcmlkPWp1bGllLmZvcnN0ZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/aquatic/index.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/ais</a>.</p>
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		<title>DNR seeking conservation officer applicants for 2020 Academy</title>
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		<pubDate>Mon, 11 Mar 2019 17:08:04 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Agency invites potential candidates to March 15 open house at DNR Headquarters The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is holding a career fair Friday, March 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. for anyone interested in learning more about the career &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/11/dnr-seeking-conservation-officer-applicants-for-2020-academy/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><em>Agency invites potential candidates to March 15 open house at DNR Headquarters</em></p>
<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is holding a career fair Friday, March 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. for anyone interested in learning more about the career of a conservation officer. The agency currently is recruiting candidates for a Conservation Officer Academy to be held in spring 2020. <span id="more-21733"></span></p>
<p>Several of the DNR’s newest officers will be on-hand during the open house, ready to answer questions and share their perspectives on the career with attendees. During the current hiring effort, which runs through April 12, the DNR seeks candidates who don’t have previous law enforcement experience but with at least a two-year degree from a regionally accredited university. The agency will seek applications from those with law enforcement experience early this summer.</p>
<p>“Our conservation officers are integral parts of their communities and bring with them a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences,” said Rodmen Smith, director of the DNR Enforcement Division. “This career fair is a great opportunity for anyone who might be interested in becoming a conservation officer – regardless of their background – to have their questions answered and learn more about this important and rewarding career.”</p>
<p>The open house will take place in the lobby area of DNR Headquarters at 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155. Additional information, including a link to the application, is on the <a href="https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/jobs/hiring.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">DNR website</a>.</p>
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		<title>Northeastern Minnesota moose population remains low but stable</title>
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		<pubDate>Mon, 11 Mar 2019 17:06:46 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[8th consecutive year of stability means the overall number of moose aren’t declining Results of the 2019 moose survey indicate northeastern Minnesota’s moose population remains stable but relatively low for the eighth year in a row, according to the Department &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/11/northeastern-minnesota-moose-population-remains-low-but-stable/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><em>8<sup>th</sup> consecutive year of stability means the overall number of moose aren’t declining</em></p>
<p>Results of the 2019 moose survey indicate northeastern Minnesota’s moose population remains stable but relatively low for the eighth year in a row, according to the Department of Natural Resources. <span id="more-21730"></span></p>
<p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-21731" src="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/-2-300x199." alt="" width="300" height="199" srcset="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/-2-300x199. 300w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/-2-75x50. 75w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/-2-768x510. 768w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/-2-600x399. 600w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/-2 790w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />“We’re encouraged that the moose population is not in the steep decline it was,” said Glenn DelGiudice, DNR moose and deer project leader. “In the short to medium term, we’re likely to keep seeing moose in the forests, lakes and swamps of northeastern Minnesota. But their long-term survival here in Minnesota remains uncertain.”</p>
<p>Survey results estimate northeastern Minnesota’s moose population at 4,180, statistically unchanged from 2018’s estimate of 3,030. The results reflect a 90 percent certainty that the moose population is between 3,250 and 5,580 animals.</p>
<p>The last significant population decline occurred between 2009 and 2012. Since then, the number of moose in northeastern Minnesota has been statistically stable.</p>
<p>Since the DNR began its modern moose surveys in 2005, northeastern Minnesota’s moose population was at its highest in 2006, when survey results estimated 8,840 animals. Each subsequent year’s survey estimate is compared to 2006’s peak estimate to calculate the population decline.</p>
<p>This year’s population estimate is 53 percent lower than 2006, an improvement from 2018 when the estimate was 65 percent lower.</p>
<p>Reproductive success and adult survival have the greatest impact on the annual count and dynamics of the moose population over time.</p>
<p>“We know from our research that adult female moose are getting pregnant,” DelGiudice said. “The problem is there aren’t enough female moose that are successfully producing calves and raising them to one year. That’s a significant challenge in our efforts to maintain Minnesota’s moose population.”</p>
<p>Survey results indicate that calf survival from birth in spring to January continues to be relatively stable but consistently low. Field studies have indicated that survival rates are even lower by spring, translating to low numbers of moose calves living through their first year.</p>
<p>The DNR’s detailed field research has shown that wolf predation has consistently accounted for about two-thirds of the calf mortality and one-third of the adult mortality. In some cases, injuries suffered during predation attempts – not the predation itself – ultimately killed the adult moose. In others, sickness or disease likely made the adult moose more vulnerable to predation.</p>
<p>The annual population survey is the most critical aspect of DNR moose management. Tracking moose numbers and determining the gender and age makeup of the population allows the DNR to closely monitor the health and well-being of moose.</p>
<p>In 2012, the DNR made nine forested areas a permanent part of the moose survey. These areas include different types of forest, including forests disturbed by events such as wildfires, blow-downs and timber harvests. Higher population counts within specific areas may indicate that moose prefer certain types of habitat. The DNR and its partners can use this information to better target current and future habitat enhancement projects to provide better conditions for long-term moose survival in Minnesota.</p>
<p>DNR wildlife research also is in its seventh year of an extensive study to determine how winter nutrition affects moose survival and reproductive success.</p>
<p>“There are many things we still don’t know,” DelGiudice said. “But our understanding of habitat preferences, population structure, nutrition and predation has significantly improved. Our goal is to use this new information to identify management options that better the chances for long-term survival of moose in northeastern Minnesota.”</p>
<p>This year’s survey involved flying in 52 survey plots distributed across northeastern Minnesota’s moose range from Jan. 3 to Jan. 17. While the survey is statistically sound, there is inherent uncertainty associated with it, because researchers will never see and count all of the animals across the 6,000-square-mile survey area.</p>
<p>The DNR has conducted annual aerial moose surveys each year since 1960 in the northeast.  Adjustments made to the survey in 2005 made it more accurate and its annual results more comparable from 2005 to the present.</p>
<p>The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and 1854 Treaty Authority again contributed funding and provided personnel for the annual moose survey.</p>
<p>More information about moose is available on the DNR website at <a href="https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/moose/index.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/moose</a>.</p>
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		<title>DNR invites conversation about deer at area open houses</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/08/dnr-invites-conversation-about-deer-at-area-open-houses/</link>
		<pubDate>Fri, 08 Mar 2019 15:48:15 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Public can meet local wildlife staff and learn about proposed season changes Ever wonder how the DNR sets deer hunting regulations? Or how you can provide input on deer management in your area? Local wildlife managers across the state are &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/08/dnr-invites-conversation-about-deer-at-area-open-houses/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<h3><em>Public can meet local wildlife staff and learn about proposed season changes</em></h3>
<p>Ever wonder how the DNR sets deer hunting regulations? Or how you can provide input on deer management in your area? Local wildlife managers across the state are inviting the public to come to open-house meetings to ask their deer questions and learn about the state&#8217;s most popular mammal. <span id="more-21726"></span></p>
<p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-21728" src="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/-1-300x168." alt="" width="300" height="168" srcset="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/-1-300x168. 300w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/-1-75x42. 75w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/-1-768x431. 768w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/-1-600x337. 600w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/-1 975w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />These local, open-house-style meetings are a way to encourage discussions about deer and deer management, enhance local relationships and foster two-way communication between the DNR and the public. The DNR began the meetings last year with the release of its statewide deer management plan.</p>
<p>“We’re excited to hold these open houses and encourage conversations and shared learning between our local area wildlife staff and the communities they serve,” said Leslie McInenly, the DNR’s wildlife populations and regulations manager, who coordinated the state’s deer management plan. “We had great discussions during our area events last year and want to build on that foundation.” The DNR encourages anyone interested in our wildlife management to attend.</p>
<p>Each area DNR office has dedicated time during the weeks of March 18 and March 25 for these conversations. Specific time and location details are available on the deer plan webpage at <u><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMzA4LjI4NTQ3MTEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMzA4LjI4NTQ3MTEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzU5Mzk5OCZlbWFpbGlkPWp1bGllLmZvcnN0ZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmdXNlcmlkPWp1bGllLmZvcnN0ZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&amp;&amp;&amp;100&amp;&amp;&amp;https://www.mndnr.gov/deerplan?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/deerplan</a>.</u></p>
<p>In addition to discussing general concerns about deer, individuals can ask DNR staff about last year’s harvest data, share observations, discuss potential season changes and get a preview of the updated draft Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan that will be formally released in April. Season changes include a proposed statewide youth deer hunting season.</p>
<p>The meetings do not include formal presentations; people can arrive any time during the scheduled meeting times.</p>
<p>“Our deer management plan emphasizes the importance of providing input opportunities for the public,” said Barbara Keller, the DNR’s big game program leader. “These conversations are key to providing additional insight to the issues that are important to everyone with an interest in deer.”</p>
<p>The DNR will provide further online feedback opportunities for the public, with surveys that will cover chronic wasting disease management alternatives, perception of local deer populations, and potential hunting season changes for deer and other species. The survey addressing CWD will be available online at <u><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMzA4LjI4NTQ3MTEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMzA4LjI4NTQ3MTEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzU5Mzk5OCZlbWFpbGlkPWp1bGllLmZvcnN0ZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmdXNlcmlkPWp1bGllLmZvcnN0ZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;https://www.mndnr.gov/deerplan?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/deerplan</a></u> in late March. Online feedback opportunities concerning deer perceptions and season changes will be available in early April.</p>
<p>The DNR encourages people who can’t attend a scheduled meeting, but who have questions about deer management, to contact a local wildlife manager. A list of area wildlife offices is available online at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMzA4LjI4NTQ3MTEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMzA4LjI4NTQ3MTEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzU5Mzk5OCZlbWFpbGlkPWp1bGllLmZvcnN0ZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmdXNlcmlkPWp1bGllLmZvcnN0ZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&amp;&amp;&amp;102&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/areas/wildlife?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/areas/wildlife</a>.</p>
<p><strong>More about the Minnesota deer management plan </strong><strong><br />
</strong>The DNR released the Minnesota White-Tailed Deer Management Plan in July 2018, setting new goals and priorities, increasing formal opportunities for citizens to influence deer decisions, and aiming for a disease-free deer population. The plan was a result of two years of planning that involved statewide meetings and hundreds of in-depth conversations with citizens and interest groups. The full plan is available on the DNR website at <u><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMzA4LjI4NTQ3MTEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMzA4LjI4NTQ3MTEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzU5Mzk5OCZlbWFpbGlkPWp1bGllLmZvcnN0ZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmdXNlcmlkPWp1bGllLmZvcnN0ZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&amp;&amp;&amp;103&amp;&amp;&amp;https://www.mndnr.gov/deerplan?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/deerplan</a></u>.</p>
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		<title>Grants aim to get more people hunting and fishing</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/04/grants-aim-to-get-more-people-hunting-and-fishing/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 04 Mar 2019 20:08:13 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Application deadline April 4 Groups that help people become hunters or anglers – or keep on hunting or fishing – can apply for grants from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Minnesota’s hunting and fishing tradition is still strong but &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/04/grants-aim-to-get-more-people-hunting-and-fishing/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><em>Application deadline April 4</em></p>
<p>Groups that help people become hunters or anglers – or keep on hunting or fishing – can apply for grants from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.<span id="more-21722"></span></p>
<p>“Minnesota’s hunting and fishing tradition is still strong but we’re seeking to address a steady decline in the percentage of people who hunt or fish,” said Jeff Ledermann, DNR education and skills supervisor.</p>
<p>Priority in awarding grants will go to programs for new and diverse audiences and those with an ongoing impact rather than one-time events. Types of activities could include fishing or hunting educational programs, clinics, workshops, camps, or funding for fishing and hunting equipment and transportation.</p>
<p>“Potential applicants should know that this has been a very competitive grant process, so we’re advising groups to consider how their programs provide ongoing support for people who want to hunt or fish,” Ledermann said.</p>
<p>Groups may apply for this round of grants through Thursday, April 4. The grant program began in 2015 and this is the fifth round of grants. In this round, awards will range from $5,000 to $49,999. A total of $300,000 in grant funds is available in this fifth-round cycle. Funded projects must be located in Minnesota and completed by June 30, 2020.</p>
<p>As in the last round, there is no required funding match. Organizations are nonetheless encouraged to include a cash or in-kind match in their project proposal. In-kind contributions can be in the form of labor, materials, or services. Match amounts will be considered in the selection process.</p>
<p>To learn more about the DNR’s work in recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3), and to find grant application requirements, visit <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMzA0LjI2MTQyNjEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMzA0LjI2MTQyNjEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzU5MjgyMSZlbWFpbGlkPWp1bGllLmZvcnN0ZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmdXNlcmlkPWp1bGllLmZvcnN0ZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&amp;&amp;&amp;100&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/r3?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/r3</a>. Details about the grant and a list of award winners can be found at the link under “Help others discover.”</p>
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		<title>DNR fisheries to discuss Lake Winnibigoshish fish management</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/01/dnr-fisheries-to-discuss-lake-winnibigoshish-fish-management/</link>
		<pubDate>Fri, 01 Mar 2019 15:45:53 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Anglers and others interested in Lake Winnibigoshish fisheries management are invited to a public open-house hosted by Department of Natural Resources Grand Rapids area fisheries staff. The open house will be Thursday, March 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. at &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/03/01/dnr-fisheries-to-discuss-lake-winnibigoshish-fish-management/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Anglers and others interested in Lake Winnibigoshish fisheries management are invited to a public open-house hosted by Department of Natural Resources Grand Rapids area fisheries staff.<span id="more-21718"></span></p>
<p>The open house will be Thursday, March 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center, 402 SE 11th St., Grand Rapids. The meeting will begin with a short presentation about historical and recent data, changes in fish populations, the impacts of exotic species on habitat, and regulations. There will be time for questions and conversation.</p>
<p>Lake Winnibigoshish (Winnie) is a destination fishery for walleye, northern pike, and yellow perch. Like many walleye populations, walleye numbers on Winnie have gone through periods of ups and downs over time.</p>
<p>“We appreciate the opportunity to talk directly with our anglers and to hear about their experiences on Winnie,” said Gerry Albert, DNR large lake specialist. “After a couple of tough years, creel survey results indicate walleye fishing was better than average during the summer of 2018, and recruitment of the 2018-year class looks good. The lake may be recovering from one of the down periods.”</p>
<p>The meeting is not a regulation review meeting and no special fishing regulation changes are currently being proposed. Interested parties are invited to attend the meeting, review current biological data, and provide input regarding Lake Winnibigoshish management.</p>
<p>More information is available by contacting the Grand Rapids Area Fisheries office at 218-328-8836, or Lake Winnibigoshish large lake specialist Gerry Albert at gerry.albert@state.mn.us.</p>
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		<title>Check 2019 fishing regulations before heading out </title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/02/28/check-2019-fishing-regulations-before-heading-out/</link>
		<pubDate>Thu, 28 Feb 2019 20:02:36 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Anglers will find a variety of regulation updates when they open up the 2019 Minnesota fishing regulations, including a continuous fishing season on South Dakota border waters, fall trout fishing in Rushford, and changes for walleye regulations on large lakes &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/02/28/check-2019-fishing-regulations-before-heading-out/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Anglers will find a variety of regulation updates when they open up the 2019 Minnesota fishing regulations, including a continuous fishing season on South Dakota border waters, fall trout fishing in Rushford, and changes for walleye regulations on large lakes like Leech, Kabetogama and Lake of the Woods. <span id="more-21714"></span></p>
<p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-21715" src="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/-8-177x300." alt="" width="177" height="300" srcset="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/-8-177x300. 177w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/-8-44x75. 44w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/-8-354x600. 354w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/-8 641w" sizes="(max-width: 177px) 100vw, 177px" />“Before going fishing, anglers should be sure to check page seven of the fishing regulations that details what’s new for 2019,” said Al Stevens, fisheries program consultant with the Department of Natural Resources.</p>
<p>The 2019 Minnesota Fishing Regulations booklet is available March 1 online and anywhere Minnesota fishing licenses are sold. It includes the following regulation changes:</p>
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<li>A continuous season begins Friday, March 1, for walleye, northern pike and bass on South Dakota border waters of Big Stone, Traverse, Mud and Hendricks lakes.</li>
<li>The 17- to 28-inch protected slot limit for walleye in Namakan, Kabetogama, Sand Point, Little Vermilion and Crane lakes is now a protected slot limit of 18 to 26 inches.</li>
<li>On Lake of the Woods, the DNR reduced the combined possession limit for sauger and walleye to six. Of that, no more than four may be walleye.</li>
<li>On the Rainy River and Fourmile Bay of Lake of the Woods, the spring walleye season from March 1 to April 14 is changed to catch-and-release only.</li>
<li>Anglers will no longer have a protected slot limit for walleye in Leech Lake, but the bag restriction remains.</li>
<li>Anglers will no longer have special regulations for northern pike in Lake Vermilion in St. Louis County, East and West Sylvia lakes in Wright County, Sturgeon Lake in Pine County and Big Fish Lake in Stearns County.</li>
<li>Anglers will no longer have special regulations for walleye in Pearl Lake in Stearns County.</li>
<li>Within the city limits of Rushford, anglers in the fall will be able to catch-and-release stream trout in Rush Creek.</li>
</ul>
<p>Before making changes in any regulation, the DNR evaluates the regulation, shares what’s found in the evaluations and angler surveys, hosts public input meetings in the fall, and reviews comments from the public about the regulations. The DNR also considers goals of individual lake management plans.</p>
<p>“We’re always trying to improve fish populations and make fishing better or more sustainable, and we sincerely value the public’s input in this process,” Stevens said.</p>
<p>For more information about fishing in Minnesota visit <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/fishing">mndnr.gov/fishing</a>.</p>
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		<title>Great snow conditions on Minnesota&#8217;s ski and snowmobile trails</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/02/28/great-snow-conditions-on-minnesotas-ski-and-snowmobile-trails/</link>
		<pubDate>Thu, 28 Feb 2019 19:57:34 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Better late than never. Minnesota’s record month of February snow is a boon to winter sports enthusiasts.  With more than 18 inches of snow covering two-thirds of the state, there’s still time for people to register their snowmobile and ride &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/02/28/great-snow-conditions-on-minnesotas-ski-and-snowmobile-trails/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Better late than never. Minnesota’s record month of February snow is a boon to winter sports enthusiasts. <span id="more-21711"></span></p>
<p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-21712" src="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/-7-300x225." alt="" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/-7-300x225. 300w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/-7-75x56. 75w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/-7-768x576. 768w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/-7-600x450. 600w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/-7 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />With more than 18 inches of snow covering two-thirds of the state, there’s still time for people to register their snowmobile and ride the state’s 22,000 miles of trails before the snowy winter melts into spring.</p>
<p>Cross-country skiing opportunities this season are also excellent and purchasing the Minnesota Ski Pass provides access to more than 1,100 miles of state and grant-in-aid cross country ski trails at more than 90 state, regional and local locations.</p>
<p>“Trail grooming is in full swing,” said Kevin Johnson, Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails supervisor in Two Harbors. “The amount of snow and cold temperatures created excellent trail conditions. It doesn’t get better than this.”</p>
<p>For information on snowmobile registration, visit mndnr.gov/licenses/snowmobile. Skiers age 16 and above can purchase a Ski Pass at the more than 1,500 electronic licensing agents in Minnesota and at most state parks that have ski trails. Passes may also be bought online at <a href="http://licenses.dnr.state.mn.us/">mndnr.gov/licenses</a>.</p>
<p>Snow depth and groomed trail conditions are available at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/snow">mndnr.gov/snow</a>, which is updated each Thursday afternoon. A detailed interactive snowmobile trail map is available at mndnr.gov/snowmobiling/interactive_map and an interactive ski trail map is available at mndnr.gov/skiing/skipass/map.html.</p>
<p>DNR staff provide detailed commentary about trail conditions under the comments section of the snow depth and trail conditions <a href="mndnr.gov/snow">page</a>. For example:</p>
<p><strong>Wild River State Park</strong>: The park received almost 10 inches of snow on Feb. 20. The packed, tracked trails were Mitigwaki, Old Logging, River, Trillium and the Nevers Dam Link. The River Terrace Loop was packed for skiing, snowshoeing or hiking. The Dry Creek, Deer Creek, Pioneer and Little Highland Hills trails have been packed. Trails designated for hiking and snowshoeing are the River Terrace Loop, the Amik&#8217;s Pond Loop, and the Windfall Trail, with connections to the Trail Center or Visitor Center. Ski and snowshoe rental are available weekends and holidays at the park trail center.</p>
<p><strong>Tettegouche State Park</strong>: The north end of the park has almost four feet of snow; skiing conditions are excellent on the hilly trails through birch, aspen and conifer forests. Snowshoeing conditions are superb.</p>
<p>Many parks will rent skis and snowshoes but supplies are limited. Call the park to check for availability.</p>
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		<title>Maple syrup making: Tapping into a sweet tradition</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/02/28/maple-syrup-making-tapping-into-a-sweet-tradition/</link>
		<pubDate>Thu, 28 Feb 2019 19:45:03 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Ever wonder how to tap your own maple trees and make delicious syrup? State parks are a great place to learn in the month of March.  State parks are home to thousands of maple trees from which pure maple syrup &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/02/28/maple-syrup-making-tapping-into-a-sweet-tradition/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Ever wonder how to tap your own maple trees and make delicious syrup? State parks are a great place to learn in the month of March. <span id="more-21708"></span></p>
<img class="size-medium wp-image-21709" src="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/-6-234x300." alt="" width="234" height="300" srcset="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/-6-234x300. 234w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/-6-58x75. 58w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/-6-768x986. 768w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/-6-467x600. 467w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/-6 1128w" sizes="(max-width: 234px) 100vw, 234px" />
<p>State parks are home to thousands of maple trees from which pure maple syrup is made. The Department of Natural Resources offers free programs at state parks where visitors learn all about tapping maple trees while using common kitchen tools.</p>
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<li>Programs start on March 9 at Whitewater State Park (near Winona). Attend the 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. program or the 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. program. Registration is required. Sign up by calling 507-312-2308, or by emailing <a href="mailto:sara.holger@state.mn.us">holger@state.mn.us</a>.</li>
<li>Fort Snelling State Park also offers a syrup making demonstration from 1-3 p.m. on March 9. Registration is not required. The workshop starts in the Thomas Savage Visitor Center.</li>
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<p>More maple syrup programs take place at several Minnesota state parks throughout March and early April. For the complete schedule, and more information about how to tap trees and make maple syrup, visit <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/maplesyrup">mndnr.gov/maplesyrup</a>.</p>
<p>The programs offer hands-on instruction with a taste of the finished product. Learn how to identify and tap the right kind of tree as well as how to boil the sap until it is ready to serve. Usually, the best time to collect sap has been between mid-March and mid-April, when temperatures are in the high 30s to mid-40s during the day and below freezing at night.</p>
<p>The maple syrup programs are free, but vehicle permits are required to enter the parks ($7 for a one-day permit or $35 for a year-round permit). Due to space limitations, some programs also require advance registration. Occasionally, due to extreme weather or other conditions, an event may need to be canceled or changed. When in doubt, call the park.</p>
<p>For more information, contact the DNR Information Center by emailing <a href="mailto:info.dnr@state.mn.us">info.dnr@state.mn.us</a> or by calling 888-646-6367 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday).</p>
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		<description><![CDATA[Record snowfall has created tough conditions on many lakes The first deadline for anglers to remove their fish houses from inland waters is the end of the day Monday, March 4, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  The &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/02/28/anglers-need-to-take-action-ahead-of-fish-house-removal-deadline/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
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<p>The first deadline for anglers to remove their fish houses from inland waters is the end of the day Monday, March 4, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. <span id="more-21706"></span></p>
<p>The agency urges anglers who haven’t yet removed their shelters to make plans now to ensure they meet the deadline.</p>
<p>“Anglers are responsible for removing their shelters by the deadline, so they need to plan ahead and make sure they can do it,” said DNR Conservation Officer Alexander Birdsall, who patrols the Waconia area. “There’s no way around the fact that it will be challenging for many people to remove their fish houses this year, given the sheer amount of snow that fell in February.”</p>
<p>The March 4 deadline applies to lakes south of an east-west line formed by U.S. Highway 10, east along Highway 34 to Minnesota Highway 200, east along Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 2, and east along Highway 2 to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. The deadline north of that line is the end of the day Monday, March 18.</p>
<p>Some fish house owners may have difficulty accomplishing the task themselves. Birdsall urges them to contact a local snowplow company or connect with friends and family and ask for help.</p>
<p>“If anglers brought people out to their fish house this winter – especially if they put them on a hot bite – now would be a good time to remind them of that fact and ask for some help,” he said.</p>
<p>Fish house owners shouldn’t leave anything on the ice when they pull their shelters to shore.</p>
<p>“Anything other than an imprint that’s left on the ice is litter – it’s as simple as that,” said Rodmen Smith, director of the DNR Enforcement Division. “We also recognize that many people clean up litter that isn’t theirs, and we thank them for their efforts to keep our lakes clean.”</p>
<p>If shelters aren’t removed by the deadline, owners may be prosecuted and structures may be confiscated and removed, or destroyed by a conservation officer. After the deadline, shelters may be on the ice between midnight and one hour before sunrise only when occupied. They may not be left or stored at public accesses. As they venture out, anglers should always keep in mind that ice conditions may vary widely and that ice is never 100 percent safe.</p>
<p>Exceptions to the removal deadlines are Minnesota-Canada border waters (March 31), Minnesota-South Dakota and North Dakota border waters (March 5), Minnesota-Wisconsin border waters (March 1) and Minnesota-Iowa border waters (Feb. 20).</p>
<p>For more information on the deadlines go to <a href="https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=mndnr.gov%2Ffishing%2Fshelter.html&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cjulie.forster%40state.mn.us%7C458b4bb87e7c462b839308d69da448be%7Ceb14b04624c445198f26b89c2159828c%7C0%7C0%7C636869726433950322&amp;sdata=f2Iv%2FNA6Pt1pWQUIZNtgcqNg9paBPE%2FesR3nm7mwFig%3D&amp;reserved=0">mndnr.gov/fishing/shelter.html</a>.</p>
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		<description><![CDATA[Kim Werkmeister, of Shakopee, has been named the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Volunteer Snowmobile Instructor of the Year for 2018. During his 42 years as a volunteer instructor, Werkmeister has instructed more than 3,500 youth and adults about how &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/02/25/shakopee-man-is-snowmobile-safety-instructor-of-the-year/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Kim Werkmeister, of Shakopee, has been named the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Volunteer Snowmobile Instructor of the Year for 2018.<span id="more-21701"></span></p>
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<p>During his 42 years as a volunteer instructor, Werkmeister has instructed more than 3,500 youth and adults about how to operate snowmobiles safely and responsibly. He’s also the longest active member of the River Valley Trailblazers Snowmobile Club of Shakopee and Jordan, having been involved for more than 45 years. In addition, he clears and grooms trails and coordinates a snowmobile map for Scott County.</p>
<p>“Kim is an extraordinarily active volunteer who truly cares about passing on Minnesota’s safe snowmobiling tradition to new riders,” said Conservation Officer Bruce Lawrence, recreational vehicle coordinator for the DNR’s Enforcement Division. “He understands the connection between safety training and fewer snowmobile crashes. Volunteer instructors like Kim are a big part of the reason why snowmobiling in Minnesota is such a safe activity.”</p>
<p>Known for putting on engaging and interesting snowmobile safety classes, Werkmeister is patient with the kids he teaches and a mentor to other members of his snowmobile club. They often seek out his guidance when there are questions about trail grooming and maintenance, or when they simply want to try riding somewhere new.</p>
<p>More than 1,000 volunteer instructors teach DNR snowmobile safety classes across the state and are the backbone of the program. Minnesota residents born after Dec. 31, 1976 are required to have a snowmobile safety certificate in order to ride, but DNR safety officials recommend all people who ride a snowmobile complete a safety training course.</p>
<p>For more information on the dates and locations of these courses, see an online list on the <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/vehicle/snowmobile/index.html">DNR’s snowmobile safety page</a>. For a copy of the 2018-2019 Minnesota Snowmobile Safety Laws, Rules and Regulations handbook, visit the <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/regulations/snowmobile/index.html">snowmobile regulations page</a> on the DNR website. For more information on snowmobile safety courses or laws, rules and regulations, call 800-366-6367, 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367.</p>
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