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		<title>Successful snowmobile rides start with safety mindset</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 17 Jan 2019 16:47:23 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[DNR reminds snowmobile riders of safety tips ahead of Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week Snowmobile riders throughout the state would welcome a fresh round of snowfall, but despite less-than-ideal conditions in some areas, they’re hitting lakes and trails with a fervor. &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/01/17/successful-snowmobile-rides-start-with-safety-mindset/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<h3><em>DNR reminds snowmobile riders of safety tips ahead of Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week</em></h3>
<p>Snowmobile riders throughout the state would welcome a fresh round of snowfall, but despite less-than-ideal conditions in some areas, they’re hitting lakes and trails with a fervor. In advance of Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week – Jan. 19-27 – the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds snowmobilers of the importance of safe and responsible riding. <span id="more-21643"></span></p>
<p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-21644" src="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-7-300x225." alt="" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-7-300x225. 300w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-7-75x56. 75w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-7-768x576. 768w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-7-600x450. 600w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-7 958w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />Minnesota has more than 22,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, about 21,000 of which are maintained by local snowmobile club volunteers. Add in the thousands of lakes on which people ride and there’s no shortage of opportunity to experience Minnesota atop a sled.</p>
<p>Every year, however, multiple riders are killed or injured while riding a snowmobile.</p>
<p>“Snowmobiling is fun and exciting – and is a great source of physical activity – but every time they fire up the engine snowmobilers should make safety their priority,” said Bruce Lawrence, recreational vehicle coordinator for DNR’s Enforcement Division. “By keeping a clear head and using common sense, snowmobile riders can go a long way toward ensuring a safe ride.”</p>
<p>Here are some key safety points to keep in mind:</p>
<ul>
<li>Don’t drink and ride – alcohol and snowmobiling are a bad combination.</li>
<li>Wear a helmet and proper clothing.</li>
<li>Drive slower at night and be prepared for the unexpected.</li>
<li>Check local trail and ice conditions.</li>
<li>Cross with care.</li>
<li>Avoid riding alone.</li>
<li>Ride safe, stay on the trail and respect private property.</li>
<li>Smart riders are safe riders – take a snowmobile safety training course.</li>
</ul>
<p>To legally operate a snowmobile in Minnesota, residents born after Dec. 31, 1976 must have a valid snowmobile safety certificate. Options for classroom and online safety courses can be found at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMTE3LjIzMDg5MSZtZXNzYWdlaWQ9TURCLVBSRC1CVUwtMjAxOTAxMTcuMjMwODkxJmRhdGFiYXNlaWQ9MTAwMSZzZXJpYWw9MTc1ODEwODkmZW1haWxpZD1qdWxpZS5mb3JzdGVyQHN0YXRlLm1uLnVzJnVzZXJpZD1qdWxpZS5mb3JzdGVyQHN0YXRlLm1uLnVzJmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;100&amp;&amp;&amp;http://mndnr.gov/safety/vehicle/snowmobile/index.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/safety/vehicle/snowmobile/index.html</a>. For additional safety tips, see <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMTE3LjIzMDg5MSZtZXNzYWdlaWQ9TURCLVBSRC1CVUwtMjAxOTAxMTcuMjMwODkxJmRhdGFiYXNlaWQ9MTAwMSZzZXJpYWw9MTc1ODEwODkmZW1haWxpZD1qdWxpZS5mb3JzdGVyQHN0YXRlLm1uLnVzJnVzZXJpZD1qdWxpZS5mb3JzdGVyQHN0YXRlLm1uLnVzJmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;http://mndnr.gov/snowmobiling/safety.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/snowmobiling/safety.html</a>.</p>
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		<title>Rules and additional details released for CWD special hunt</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/01/14/rules-and-additional-details-released-for-cwd-special-hunt/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 14 Jan 2019 19:52:33 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[First-come, first-served special permits for specific public land available starting Jan. 15 Hunters interested in another opportunity this winter to harvest deer can find details available online at mndnr.gov/cwd about a special hunt that takes place from Friday, Jan. 25, &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/01/14/rules-and-additional-details-released-for-cwd-special-hunt/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<h3><em>First-come, first-served special permits for specific public land available starting Jan. 15</em></h3>
<p>Hunters interested in another opportunity this winter to harvest deer can find details available online at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMTE0LjU3MDAxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE5MDExNC41NzAwMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTgwMjIzJmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;102&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/cwd?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/cwd</a> about a special hunt that takes place from Friday, Jan. 25, to Sunday, Jan. 27, and Friday, Feb. 1, to Sunday, Feb. 3, in deer permit area 346 in parts of Winona and Houston counties. <span id="more-21637"></span></p>
<p>The hunt, prompted by the discovery of chronic wasting disease in a wild deer taken in northern Houston County, is open to both residents and nonresidents. Hunters must present all deer they harvest, including fawns, for CWD sampling at one of five DNR-staffed stations:</p>
<ul>
<li><strong>Houston: </strong>BP Gas Station, 801 Highway 16.</li>
<li><strong>Rushford: </strong>Pam’s Corner Convenience, 107 Highway 16.</li>
<li><strong>Witoka: </strong>Witoka Tavern, 27999 County Road 9.</li>
<li><strong>Winona: </strong>Mills Fleet Farm, 920 E. Highway 61.</li>
<li><strong>La Crescent: </strong>Pump 4 Less (Mannings) Gas Station, 301 Kistler Drive.</li>
</ul>
<p>DNR officials will be available at the registration locations between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Fridays through Sundays and until noon on Mondays. All deer must be presented the same day of harvest or no later than 10 a.m. Monday morning.</p>
<p>Hunters can move carcasses out of the permit area once they have brought the deer to a station so that DNR staff can take a sample. Although there are no carcass restrictions, hunters are asked to either leave the carcass in a place where it can be recovered, or dispose of the remains in household trash.</p>
<p>“Part of our coordinated effort to reduce risk includes responsibly managing carcass disposal,” said Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager.</p>
<p>Among other rules, centerfire rifles are not allowed and blaze orange is required.</p>
<p>A limited number of special permits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 15, for Great River Bluffs State Park, which includes King’s and Queen’s Bluffs Scientific and Natural Area. There is no fee for these permits, and hunters can obtain the permits online or wherever hunting licenses are sold.</p>
<p>During the hunt, the DNR will close the state park except to permitted hunters during the designated special hunt times. Hunters must possess a hunting permit for the park, a disease management tag and a valid state park pass to hunt in Great River Bluffs State Park, and must comply with all other park regulations. It will be a regular firearms hunt inside park boundaries; no crossbows are allowed.</p>
<p>Private land makes up most of the area within the hunt area and hunters must have landowner permission to hunt that land. Public lands including the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge will be open during the regular season are open during the special hunts. <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMTE0LjU3MDAxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE5MDExNC41NzAwMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTgwMjIzJmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;103&amp;&amp;&amp;https://arcgis.dnr.state.mn.us/portal/apps/webappviewer/index.html?extent=-10257838.3466%2C5418395.7303%2C-10111079.2523%2C5487036.1817%2C102100&amp;id=aa520b732c5649fdba0c2e3585202f63&amp;utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">Interactive maps</a> providing details about public lands are available on the DNR’s website.</p>
<p>Additional details about the hunt, including hunt rules and considerations, station locations for CWD sampling, a map of the hunt area, and information about the DNR’s efforts to keep Minnesota wild deer healthy can be found on the DNR’s website at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMTE0LjU3MDAxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE5MDExNC41NzAwMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTgwMjIzJmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;104&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/cwd?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/cwd</a>.</p>
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		<title>Minnesotans age 16 or older fish free with kids Jan. 19-21</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/01/14/minnesotans-age-16-or-older-fish-free-with-kids-jan-19-21/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 14 Jan 2019 19:36:09 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend is this Saturday, Jan. 19, through Monday, Jan. 21. During the weekend, Minnesota residents age 16 or older can fish or dark-house spear without an angling or spearing license if they take a child &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/01/14/minnesotans-age-16-or-older-fish-free-with-kids-jan-19-21/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend is this Saturday, Jan. 19, through Monday, Jan. 21.<br />
During the weekend, Minnesota residents age 16 or older can fish or dark-house spear without an angling or spearing license if they take a child younger than 16 fishing or spearing. <span id="more-21633"></span></p>
<p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-21641" src="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-6-225x300." alt="" width="225" height="300" srcset="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-6-225x300. 225w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-6-56x75. 56w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-6-450x600. 450w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-6 720w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" />“This weekend is a way to encourage anglers to take a kid fishing,” said Jeff Ledermann, education and skills team supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Ice fishing is a great way to get outdoors in winter.”</p>
<p>Before heading out, anglers or spearers should check ice conditions locally. Visit <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMTE0LjU3MDAxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE5MDExNC41NzAwMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTgwMjIzJmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;100&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/icesafety?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/icesafety</a> for ice safety guidelines and <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMTE0LjU3MDAxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE5MDExNC41NzAwMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTgwMjIzJmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;http://bit.ly/TakeaKidIceFishingWeekend?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">http://bit.ly/TakeaKidIceFishingWeekend</a> for more information about taking kids fishing.</p>
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		<title>Discover winter fun at Fort Snelling State Park on Saturday, Jan. 12</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/01/11/discover-winter-fun-at-fort-snelling-state-park-on-saturday-jan-12/</link>
		<pubDate>Fri, 11 Jan 2019 15:19:11 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[stcarrol]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[Equipment and instruction for a range of activities will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of Winter Trails Day Outdoors experts and enthusiasts will be on hand to promote winter fun during Winter Trails Day at &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/01/11/discover-winter-fun-at-fort-snelling-state-park-on-saturday-jan-12/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><em>Equipment and instruction for a range of activities will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of Winter Trails Day</em></p>
<p>Outdoors experts and enthusiasts will be on hand to promote winter fun during Winter Trails Day at Fort Snelling State Park on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Park visitors will have an opportunity to try a variety of winter activities, with equipment and instruction provided.<span id="more-21622"></span></p>
<p align="left">Guided nature hikes will take place every half hour, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Adults and kids also can try fat biking, tracking and archery. Between activities, visitors can enjoy hot cocoa around a crackling bonfire. Activities will be set up near the beach area.</p>
<a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-4"><img class="wp-image-21629 size-large" src="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-4-600x396." alt="" width="600" height="396" srcset="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-4-600x396. 600w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-4-75x50. 75w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-4-300x198. 300w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-4-768x507. 768w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-4 1560w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" /></a>
<p align="left">Sign-language interpreters will be on hand to help make the day’s activities more accessible to those with hearing disabilities. Stop by the registration tent for more information.</p>
<p align="left">“Winter is more fun when you find an activity you can enjoy alone or with others,” said Kelli Bruns, park manager at Fort Snelling State Park.</p>
<p align="left">She said although there won’t likely be enough snow at Fort Snelling State Park to offer snowshoeing and cross-country skiing lessons during Winter Trails Day, visitors can rent equipment and learn how to use it at many Minnesota state parks and recreation areas.</p>
<p align="left">For a list of the parks and recreation areas that rent skis and snowshoes, and weekly updates on statewide snow depth and trail conditions, visit the <a href="https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/winter_guide/index.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">Winter Activities Guide</a> on the DNR’s website.</p>
<p align="left">Use of fat bikes and other equipment will be free, but a vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota state parks and recreation areas ($7 for a one-day permit or $35 for a year-round permit).</p>
<p align="left">Winter Trails Day is made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division, REI, Minneapolis Parks Connection, Northern Star Scouting, the Jeffers Foundation, the Loppet Foundation, the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and others.</p>
<p align="left"><strong><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Save time, get vehicle permit in advance</span></strong></p>
<p align="left">Although permits are available at the park, people attending Winter Trails Day can avoid waiting in line by getting their permit in advance. Visit <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/reservations?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/reservations</a>, log in (or create an account), click on “entry permit,” select a duration of “one-day” ($7) or “year-round” ($35), and continue as directed. Registrants will receive an email with a permit that can be printed and displayed in their vehicle during their visit.</p>
<p align="left">For more information, call the park at 612-725-2724 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>
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		<title>DNR hires new big game program leader</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/01/07/dnr-hires-new-big-game-program-leader-3/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 07 Jan 2019 20:31:44 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[juforste]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[Minnesota’s new big game program supervisor will be Barbara Keller, an experienced wildlife researcher and manager who begins Feb. 1 overseeing the state’s deer, elk and moose populations with the Department of Natural Resources.  “Barbara has a strong background in &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/01/07/dnr-hires-new-big-game-program-leader-3/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Minnesota’s new big game program supervisor will be Barbara Keller, an experienced wildlife researcher and manager who begins Feb. 1 overseeing the state’s deer, elk and moose populations with the Department of Natural Resources. <span id="more-21619"></span></p>
<p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-21620" src="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-2-169x300." alt="" width="169" height="300" srcset="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-2-169x300. 169w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-2-42x75. 42w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-2-338x600. 338w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-2 441w" sizes="(max-width: 169px) 100vw, 169px" />“Barbara has a strong background in all aspects of managing deer, moose and elk populations, which will be an asset here in Minnesota,” said Paul Telander, wildlife section chief. “We had an exceptional pool of candidates for this position and are looking forward to the skills and experience Barbara will bring to Minnesota’s big game program.”</p>
<p>Keller has over 12 years of experience in wildlife management, research and diseases. Since 2016 she was the cervid program supervisor for the Missouri Department of Conservation, where she oversaw management of Missouri white-tailed deer and elk populations, including the chronic wasting disease program. Keller also set statewide deer regulations and helped supervise the development of regulations for what will be the state’s first elk hunting season.</p>
<p>The primary responsibilities of the big game program supervisor are to manage deer and elk populations and harvest seasons and to work with groups and individuals interested in big game management to address the expectations of a diverse public.</p>
<p>“I’m excited to join the DNR and get to work on all aspects of deer, elk and moose management,” Keller said. “I’m especially looking forward to implementing the white-tailed deer management plan.”</p>
<p>Keller attended Northland College in Wisconsin and received a bachelor of science degree in natural resource management, has a master’s degree in wildlife science from New Mexico State University, and a doctorate degree from the University of Missouri in wildlife science. Her research includes studies on bighorn sheep behavior in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado; on bison, pronghorn, elk, mule deer, and white-tailed deer populations in Custer State Park in South Dakota; and on a restored elk population in the Missouri Ozarks. Keller enjoys deer and turkey hunting, hiking, paddling and fishing.</p>
<p>Keller takes over for Erik Thorson, who had accepted a temporary assignment to oversee the agency’s while-tailed deer and other big game programs.</p>
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		<title>DNR invites public to apply for new deer advisory committee</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/01/07/dnr-invites-public-to-apply-for-new-deer-advisory-committee/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 07 Jan 2019 20:26:58 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Minnesotans interested in being more actively involved in deer management can apply to serve on a Deer Advisory Committee that will help foster dialogue between the public and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “We’re following through on the commitment &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/01/07/dnr-invites-public-to-apply-for-new-deer-advisory-committee/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Minnesotans interested in being more actively involved in deer management can apply to serve on a Deer Advisory Committee that will help foster dialogue between the public and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.<span id="more-21613"></span></p>
<p>“We’re following through on the commitment we made this past summer in our statewide deer management plan, which calls for us to form this committee,” said Paul Telander, wildlife section chief. “Committee members will play an important role in representing the breadth of deer management issues and discussing them with the DNR.”</p>
<p>The committee will be responsible for informing and advising the DNR about deer management issues, policies and programs.</p>
<p style="margin: 0in 0in 7.5pt 0in;"><span style="font-family: 'Calibri',sans-serif; color: black;">The w</span>ildlife section chief will appoint members to the committee for three year terms. Membership on the committee will include representation from hunting organizations; unaffiliated hunting interests; non-hunting deer management values; and interests including agriculture, forestry, conservation, environmental, public health, local governments and others. The DNR also will coordinate with tribal representatives and partner agencies with knowledge about deer issues.</p>
<p>Previously, the DNR worked with a 20-member Deer Management Plan Advisory Committee that provided input and gave recommendations that helped in forming the statewide deer management plan. That committee finished its work after release of the plan in July 2018.</p>
<p>Anyone interested in applying for a seat on the new committee have through Friday, Feb. 8, to submit applications. Information about the committee structure, functions, expectations of appointed members, and how to apply are available on the DNR website at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/deer">mndnr.gov/deer</a> or by calling 651-259-5204.</p>
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		<title>Employment event for military veterans set for Jan. 8 at Minnesota DNR</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/01/04/employment-event-for-military-veterans-set-for-jan-8-at-minnesota-dnr/</link>
		<pubDate>Fri, 04 Jan 2019 16:36:09 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting its second annual Veteran Employment information event, Tuesday, Jan. 8 at DNR Headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55101.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required to attend the free &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/01/04/employment-event-for-military-veterans-set-for-jan-8-at-minnesota-dnr/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting its second annual Veteran Employment information event, Tuesday, Jan. 8 at DNR Headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55101. <span id="more-21605"></span></p>
<p>Space is limited and pre-registration is required to attend the free event. Veterans can register for a time slot between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. by going to <a href="http://tinyurl.com/dnrvets2019">tinyurl.com/dnrvets2019</a>. Veterans will receive a welcome packet with additional information when registration is confirmed.<a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-1"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-21611" src="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-1-300x179." alt="" width="300" height="179" srcset="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-1-300x179. 300w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-1-75x45. 75w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/-1 559w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
<p>Many veterans want to work in a natural resources environment, and many military skills translate into DNR positions.</p>
<p>“If you’ve served in the military, you probably have a lot of experience in many of our professional areas,” said Don Matthys, DNR management resources regional supervisor and U.S. Army retired.</p>
<p>At the event, veterans will have the opportunity to talk to DNR staff, including those who work in the areas of fisheries and wildlife, information technology, GIS and mapping, forestry, enforcement, engineering, and more. It’s a chance to find out from those who work it every day about the different job responsibilities, education requirements, and how military work experience translates.</p>
<p>Attendees will have the option to meet with current DNR employees who are also military veterans, and learn resume tips for translating military skills and experience to better match position qualifications.</p>
<p>“I can’t imagine a more military friendly employer,” said John Peterson, DNR emergency manager who is serving in the Minnesota National Guard. “The DNR has always been incredibly supportive of my service in the National Guard.”</p>
<p>Human resources staff will provide information on how to apply for DNR jobs, set up job searches, and receive job posting notifications.</p>
<p>Veterans will also be on hand to answer questions about how to successfully juggle military and civilian commitments. Information on DNR veteran support resources will also be available.</p>
<p>Similar veteran employment informational events will be held in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Mankato this year.</p>
<p>The DNR is Yellow Ribbon Company – a veteran friendly employer.</p>
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		<title>CWD discovery in Houston County prompts additional late-season deer hunts</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 03 Jan 2019 17:58:04 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Limited landowner shooting permits offered; public meeting scheduled for Jan. 15 The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering additional late-season deer hunts in southeastern Minnesota following the discovery of chronic wasting disease in a wild deer taken in Houston &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/01/03/cwd-discovery-in-houston-county-prompts-additional-late-season-deer-hunts/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><em>Limited landowner shooting permits offered; public meeting scheduled for Jan. 15</em></p>
<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering additional late-season deer hunts in southeastern Minnesota following the discovery of chronic wasting disease in a wild deer taken in Houston County. <span id="more-21602"></span></p>
<p>Residents and nonresidents can participate in the hunts from Friday, Jan. 25, through Sunday, Jan. 27, and Friday, Feb. 1, through Sunday, Feb. 3, in deer permit area 346. The DNR will collect samples from deer shot during the two special hunts to help determine the extent of disease in that area. Hunters must bring all deer to a DNR-staffed check station to be tested for CWD.</p>
<p>“Gathering samples from this larger range will give us a better idea of whether additional wild deer in the area have been infected with CWD,” said Lou Cornicelli, DNR wildlife research manager.</p>
<p>The special hunt boundary encompasses both the spot where a hunter harvested a CWD-positive wild deer and the farmed cervid facility in Winona County 9 miles away, where farmed deer tested positive for CWD in December 2017, Cornicelli said.</p>
<p>To collect samples around the positive deer, the DNR will issue landowner deer shooting permits to individuals within 2 miles of that location.</p>
<p>The Houston County CWD-positive deer, an adult male, was taken during the opening weekend of the 2018 3B firearms deer season. The presumptive-positive test results were announced on Dec. 5 and the disease was confirmed about a week later.</p>
<p><strong>Sample collection</strong><strong><br />
</strong>During the upcoming special hunts, DNR biologists will collect samples to better understand if the adult male was an outlier or indicative of a larger outbreak.</p>
<p>“Adult male deer travel long distances, and we don’t know the origin of this deer, so it is important to collect samples over a broad geographic area to get a better picture of CWD in this particular area,” Cornicelli said.</p>
<p>The DNR will use data collected from the special hunts to help inform the extent of disease and potential season changes for next year. The DNR also will issue limited landowner shooting permits to collect additional samples.</p>
<p>For hunters who would like to donate their harvests from the special hunt, the DNR has partnered with the Bluffland Whitetails Association to coordinate donations of deer to those in need. Additional details about the Share the Harvest program are available at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMTAzLjk5NjU0ODUxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE5MDEwMy45OTY1NDg1MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTc3OTcwJmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;100&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/cwd/share-harvest.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/cwd/share-harvest.html</a>.</p>
<p>Hunters must plan ahead and should check the DNR’s website at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMTAzLjk5NjU0ODUxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE5MDEwMy45OTY1NDg1MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTc3OTcwJmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/cwd?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/cwd</a> for complete details about the special hunts, hunt rules and considerations, station locations for registration and CWD sampling, a map of the hunt area, and information about the DNR’s efforts to keep Minnesota wild deer healthy.</p>
<p>Private land makes up most of the area within the hunt area and hunters must have landowner permission to hunt that land. Public lands open during the regular season are open during the special hunts. Interactive maps providing details about public lands also will be available on the DNR’s website.</p>
<p><strong>Public meeting scheduled in Winona</strong><strong><br />
</strong>The DNR, which responds to and manages CWD in wild deer, and Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH), which regulates farmed deer and elk, will conduct a CWD public information meeting from 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the Tau Center Rotunda at Winona State University, 511 Hilbert St. Seating capacity is limited to 250. <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMTAzLjk5NjU0ODUxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE5MDEwMy45OTY1NDg1MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTc3OTcwJmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;102&amp;&amp;&amp;https://www.facebook.com/Bluffland-Whitetails-Association-262857957240993/?__tn__=K-R&amp;__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARCWC6qblDac1bPT1Rzt_6M0Nxs6OOmr2NDdIX47cMtIFG9-nLUHJbbf_L-IBkmrDcAYrrO6hgRiWb9iAd4zz5QWg2vSNJ5wQm4YLsR0-yCoxpxgFBwfcqn8XtePspGOypDoasISLIFZ03x4qaYV1Y-J9EP2KxoiqxnrecS9MJudQ0dSObM6yR4BDefYHj2CMGnUJeKYO4oA6sDiNJU5P-LD8vSxXWm5XxJVfIJfa3dQWrWFoLbVCVj314iG1VGOacwcFZOHYlO5EULTUdH8PzXLGVyxsthzQIyJlRdjQ_joQzLWcgWYPexu17b2bxYNVB0014G3BEsGICvPcY7bg4bHnw&amp;eid=ARBGqZWZZdzkj44i5GAd7-KHmlL_9OO_hPuuBM2UBa08Py2VBe1xGE-5AjstUp4CNv9uyLoO4s-FUll2&amp;fref=mentions&amp;utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">Bluffland Whitetails Association</a> plans to stream the event on its Facebook page.</p>
<p>DNR officials will discuss their management response to CWD found in farmed deer in Winona County and a wild deer in Houston County. BAH representatives will provide an overview of state statutes and rules regarding farmed deer, review key aspects of the Farmed Cervidae Program, and give a brief summary of Minnesota’s CWD-positive farmed deer herds since 2002. Participants also will have an opportunity to ask questions of both agencies.</p>
<p><strong>Additional CWD information</strong><strong><br />
</strong>CWD test results, including locations of positive test results and statistics, are available on the DNR website at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMTAzLjk5NjU0ODUxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE5MDEwMy45OTY1NDg1MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTc3OTcwJmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;103&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/cwdcheck?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/cwdcheck</a>. Any additional deer harvested during current and upcoming 2018-2019 deer seasons in the disease management zone that test positive for CWD will be reported on this CWD results web page. The DNR will directly notify any hunter who harvests a deer that tests positive.</p>
<p>Complete information about CWD for current and upcoming hunting seasons is online at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMTAzLjk5NjU0ODUxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE5MDEwMy45OTY1NDg1MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTc3OTcwJmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;104&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/cwd?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/cwd</a>.</p>
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		<title>Shakopee resident wins turkey stamp contest</title>
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		<pubDate>Mon, 31 Dec 2018 16:13:05 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Shakopee artist Mark Thone won the 2020 turkey stamp contest. Judges selected the painting from among 12 submissions for the annual contest that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sponsors.  The DNR will feature Thone’s painting on the 2020 turkey &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/12/31/shakopee-resident-wins-turkey-stamp-contest/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Shakopee artist Mark Thone won the 2020 turkey stamp contest. Judges selected the painting from among 12 submissions for the annual contest that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sponsors. <span id="more-21598"></span></p>
<img class="size-medium wp-image-21599" src="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/-12-300x217." alt="" width="300" height="217" srcset="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/-12-300x217. 300w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/-12-75x54. 75w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/-12-768x555. 768w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/-12-600x434. 600w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/-12 981w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />
<p>The DNR will feature Thone’s painting on the 2020 turkey stamp. He also has won the Minnesota contest for the 2018 migratory waterfowl stamp.</p>
<p>Judges selected three entries to advance as finalists at the contest on Dec. 20 at DNR headquarters in St. Paul. Other finalists were Stephen Hamrick, second place; and Sam Larsen, third place. The DNR offers no prizes for the stamp contest winner, but the winning artist retains the right to reproduce the work. The 2020 turkey stamp will be available for sale March 1, 2020.</p>
<p>The 1996 Minnesota Legislature authorized the turkey stamp at the request of turkey hunters. The DNR uses stamp revenue for wild turkey management and research, and incorporates the cost of a turkey stamp into the price of the hunting license – no additional purchase is required. A pictorial turkey stamp costs 75 cents and can be purchased with or without a turkey hunting license.</p>
<p>Turkey hunting licenses are free for youth 12 years old and younger; $5 for ages 13 through 17; and $26 for hunters 18 and older. More information on turkey hunting is available at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/hunting/turkey">mndnr.gov/hunting/turkey</a>.</p>
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		<title>Another year of successful elk hunts in northwestern Minnesota</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 27 Dec 2018 19:37:32 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Hunters had expanded opportunities to harvest elk this past year after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources offered more permits, a variety of permit types and a different season structure in one of the hunt zones.  The DNR issued a &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/12/27/another-year-of-successful-elk-hunts-in-northwestern-minnesota/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Hunters had expanded opportunities to harvest elk this past year after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources offered more permits, a variety of permit types and a different season structure in one of the hunt zones. <span id="more-21593"></span></p>
<p>The DNR issued a total of 22 permits – 16 antlerless, four either-sex and two bull licenses. Hunters filled 17 of the 22 permits by harvesting five bulls and 12 cows in two zones in Kittson County.</p>
<p>“We structured the hunts to fall within the breeding season when bull elk are most vulnerable and actively bugling, making it easier for hunters to hear and then find them,” said Ruth Anne Franke, Karlstad area wildlife supervisor.</p>
<p>In a change this year, the DNR did not offer any later season hunts, all the seasons were nine days long and each included two weekends with five days between seasons.</p>
<p>In the Kittson Northeast Zone (Zone 30), the DNR issued two bull permits and offered one season Sept. 8-16. Both hunters successfully harvested bulls. This zone comprises the Caribou-Vita herd, which migrates between northern Kittson County and Manitoba.</p>
<p>In the Kittson Central Zone (Zone 20) located near Lancaster, hunters harvested three bulls and 12 cows in three separate seasons – two bulls and five cows in season A (Sept. 8-16), one bull and five cows in season B (Sept. 22-30) and two cows in season C (Oct. 6-14). Hunters enjoyed a 75 percent success rate over the three seasons.</p>
<p>Once again, a hunting season was not offered in the Grygla area where herd numbers remain below the population goal range of 30 to 38 elk. The DNR recorded 15 elk in the Grygla herd survey last winter.</p>
<p><strong>Elk management in Minnesota</strong><strong><br />
</strong>The DNR’s goal is to maintain a free-ranging, wild elk population in northwestern Minnesota. The department envisions a healthy population that offers recreational and economic opportunities while actively addressing conflicts between elk and people. Habitat and herd structure will be maintained. Hunting seasons are used to help manage problem animals and herd size.</p>
<p>Information on Minnesota’s elk and the current management plan is available on the DNR website at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/elk?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/elk</a>.</p>
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		<title>Join walkers from coast to coast during a First Day Hike at a state park</title>
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		<description><![CDATA[First Day Hikes will take place at numerous Minnesota state parks on Tuesday, Jan. 1, as part of a nationwide effort to connect people with the outdoors.  Spearheaded by the America’s State Parks (ASP) organization, First Day Hikes offer opportunities &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/12/27/join-walkers-from-coast-to-coast-during-a-first-day-hike-at-a-state-park/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>First Day Hikes will take place at numerous Minnesota state parks on Tuesday, Jan. 1, as part of a nationwide effort to connect people with the outdoors. <span id="more-21590"></span></p>
<p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-21595" src="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/-11-300x199." alt="" width="300" height="199" srcset="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/-11-300x199. 300w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/-11-75x50. 75w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/-11-768x509. 768w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/-11-600x397. 600w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/-11 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />Spearheaded by the America’s State Parks (ASP) organization, First Day Hikes offer opportunities for  individuals, families and groups in all 50 states to take guided walks that vary in distance and vigor. ASP reported that last year, more than 33,000 people welcomed the new year by taking one of the 1,180 guided hikes that covered 70,500 miles.</p>
<p>The naturalists leading the First Day Hikes at Wild River and Jay Cooke state parks are planning First Day Snowshoe Hikes, provided there is enough snow by Jan. 1. Afton State Park in Hastings is combining its First Day Hike with its annual Christmas Bird Count, which challenges participants to walk, bird watch and count all at the same time. Note that registration is required for some First Day Hikes, particularly those with a limited number of snowshoes available.</p>
<p>The hikes are free, but a vehicle permit ($7 for a one-day permit or $35 for a year-round permit) is required to enter Minnesota state parks.</p>
<p>Hikers are advised to wear boots and layers, such as a non-cotton shirt under a sweater plus a jacket, hat and mittens. As hikers get moving and warm up, they may want to shed some of those layers, so the hike leaders advise bringing a light backpack where they can stash those items, along with a water bottle, a snack, binoculars and a camera.</p>
<p>Park naturalists encourage anyone unable to attend a guided hike to get out with their friends and families on New Year’s Day for their own self-guided hike. Recommended routes can be found online using the Parks and Trails Division’s <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgxMjI3Ljk5NDk3MDQxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MTIyNy45OTQ5NzA0MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTc2OTQyJmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/hikefinder/index.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">HikeFinder</a>.</p>
<p>For a complete schedule of the First Day Hikes at Minnesota state parks, including directions to the parks and whether advance registration is needed, visit <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgxMjI3Ljk5NDk3MDQxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MTIyNy45OTQ5NzA0MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTc2OTQyJmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;102&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/firstdayhike?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/firstdayhike</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>
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		<title>DNR grants permit for Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project &#8216;Plan B&#8217;</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/12/27/dnr-grants-permit-for-fargo-moorhead-flood-diversion-project-plan-b/</link>
		<pubDate>Thu, 27 Dec 2018 15:42:20 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has granted a permit for the Fargo-Moorhead Flood Risk Management Project known as “Plan B.”  The permit approval followed the DNR’s completion of a supplemental environmental review that examined revisions to an earlier iteration &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/12/27/dnr-grants-permit-for-fargo-moorhead-flood-diversion-project-plan-b/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has granted a permit for the Fargo-Moorhead Flood Risk Management Project known as “Plan B.”  The permit approval followed the DNR’s completion of a supplemental environmental review that examined revisions to an earlier iteration of the project. <span id="more-21588"></span></p>
<p>The Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority now has the combined dam safety and public waters permit needed from the DNR for this Red River project. The permit includes more than 50 special conditions governing project design, construction, operation, and maintenance.</p>
<p>“Plan B, with the conditions included in DNR’s permit, represents a balanced approach to reducing flood risk in an important metropolitan area while protecting public safety and the environment,” said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. “The strong work of the Task Force convened by Governors Burgum and Dayton and the supplemental environmental review process were critical in informing our final decision. I thank the members of the Task Force for their input in this process.”</p>
<p>Landwehr said Minnesota recognizes the need to reduce flood risk in the Fargo-Moorhead area in a way that is consistent with Minnesota’s laws protecting public health, safety and the environment. Currently, approximately 169,000 acres in Fargo-Moorhead are subject to flooding in a 100-year event. Plan B will provide 100-year level flood protection for about 57,000 of those acres, while exposing approximately 12,000 acres to new flooding potential. Most of the acreage newly subject to flooding will be south of Fargo-Moorhead.</p>
<p>“Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to build a large flood protection project without adversely affecting some people, and the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Project is no exception,” said Landwehr. However, according to Landwehr, the Plan B project meets the state’s high permitting standards, and does a better job balancing project benefits and adverse impacts between Minnesota and North Dakota than did the earlier proposed project.</p>
<p>Prior to issuing the permit for Plan B, the DNR completed the state’s thorough environmental review process, determining that the project’s Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) was adequate. Under Minnesota law, permit decisions cannot be made until environmental review is complete. During the entire six-year environmental review process, the DNR considered more than 1,800 public comments and analyzed 33 project alternatives.</p>
<p><strong>Plan B permit details </strong><strong><br />
</strong>As approved by the DNR, the project includes an approximately 30-mile long diversion channel on the North Dakota side of the Fargo-Moorhead area. Plan B also includes dams and other water control features on the interstate Red River and the Wild Rice River in North Dakota. View the <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgxMjI3Ljk5NDk2MTAxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MTIyNy45OTQ5NjEwMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTc2OTM1JmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;100&amp;&amp;&amp;https://files.dnr.state.mn.us/input/environmentalreview/fm_flood_risk/project-map-b.pdf?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">project map</a>.</p>
<p>Compared with the previously proposed project that DNR rejected in 2016, Plan B creates a better balance between the two states regarding the number of acres impacted and benefitted. It also improves on the mitigation of adverse impacts to property and natural resources and retains more existing floodplain.</p>
<p>Specifically, Plan B results in reduced impacts to cemeteries, organic farms and other properties in Minnesota. Plan B also results in less loss of the existing floodplain by changing the alignments of the southern embankment and tieback levees on the Red River. Plan B also allows more water to flow through Fargo-Moorhead during flood events. In combination, these changes reduce the size of the newly flooded area south of town and also eliminate the need for a ring dike at Comstock.</p>
<p>The DNR permit for the project contains 54 conditions, or requirements. Notable conditions address:</p>
<ul>
<li>Required mitigation, including fish passage at Drayton Dam.</li>
<li>Acquisition of property rights for all impacted property in Minnesota.</li>
<li>DNR review and approval of all final engineering prior to each construction phase (the project will be built in several phases over approximately 10 years).</li>
<li>DNR review and approval of the project Operation and Maintenance Plan prior to completion of the last construction phase.</li>
<li>Coordination with Buffalo-Red River Watershed District on the Wolverton Creek crossing structure.</li>
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<p>The DNR’s Findings of Fact, explaining the basis for the agency’s decision, and the Plan B permit are available on the <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgxMjI3Ljk5NDk2MTAxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MTIyNy45OTQ5NjEwMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTc2OTM1JmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/waters/surfacewater_section/damsafety/fm-flood-risk.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">project permit page</a>.</p>
<p><strong>Project next</strong> <strong>steps</strong><br />
The dam safety and public waters work permit is the major DNR permit required for project construction. However, additional DNR permits and approvals are required as identified in the dam safety and public waters work permit. In addition, the project must obtain all other required local, state, and federal approvals. The current U.S. District Court injunction will also need to be addressed before project construction.</p>
<p><strong>SEIS adequacy determination</strong><strong><br />
</strong>In determining the SEIS is adequate, the DNR followed state law and based its decision on these three criteria:</p>
<ul>
<li>Does the SEIS analyze the topics identified in scoping?</li>
<li>Does the SEIS respond to comments received on the draft?</li>
<li>Did the DNR follow the process established in state statute and rule for preparing an environmental impact statement?</li>
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<p>Prior to making its <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgxMjI3Ljk5NDk2MTAxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MTIyNy45OTQ5NjEwMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTc2OTM1JmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;102&amp;&amp;&amp;https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/environmentalreview/fm-flood-risk/seis.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">adequacy determination</a>, the DNR reviewed all of the comments the agency received on the Draft and Final SEIS and considered them in relation to the three criteria. The adequacy decision marks the end of the environmental review process.</p>
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		<title>In 2018, DNR worked to enhance outdoor opportunities for all Minnesotans</title>
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		<pubDate>Fri, 21 Dec 2018 19:18:04 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[In 2018, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources constructed and opened a new state park campground, reached out to new diverse audiences, and signed an agreement that makes way for restoration of historic buildings at the Fort Snelling Upper Post &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/12/21/in-2018-dnr-worked-to-enhance-outdoor-opportunities-for-all-minnesotans/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>In 2018, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources constructed and opened a new state park campground, reached out to new diverse audiences, and signed an agreement that makes way for restoration of historic buildings at the Fort Snelling Upper Post into affordable housing for military veterans. <span id="more-21583"></span></p>
<p>These are among the many accomplishments the agency achieved as part of its ongoing goals to work with Minnesotans to conserve and manage the state’s natural resources, provide world-class outdoor experiences and provide for the sustainable uses of the state’s natural resources.</p>
<p>“I want to thank the thousands of Minnesotans who provided us input, attended public meetings and engaged with us in person and digitally through our website and social media channels,” said Commissioner Tom Landwehr. “It was a year of great accomplishments for the agency that couldn’t have been achieved without the work and input of so many committed outdoor enthusiasts across our great state.”</p>
<p>Here are some highlights of DNR accomplishments in 2018:</p>
<p><strong>Reaching new outdoor enthusiasts</strong><strong><br />
</strong>The DNR has committed to diversifying its workforce and reaching out to new outdoor enthusiasts. To better reflect the communities it serves, the agency hired 21 new conservation officers, of whom six were women, six were minorities and five were recently separated veterans. The agency strengthened its outreach to multi-cultural communities by building stronger relationships with media serving those audiences to encourage all Minnesotans to explore the great outdoors. A new initiative called the Bridges Project was launched to help under-represented youth learn about opportunities for jobs in natural resources management.</p>
<p><strong>Upper Post Flats preservation and redevelopment project</strong><strong><br />
</strong>The DNR signed a $100 million agreement with the Plymouth-based housing developer Dominium to restore and convert 26 nationally significant historic buildings at the Upper Post of Fort Snelling to affordable housing with a preference towards veterans. The Upper Post Flats are expected to open in 2021.</p>
<p><strong>New state park facilities</strong><strong><br />
</strong>The DNR opened a new campground and related amenities at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park. The campground has 33 sites and three modern group campsites. Reservations for the park campground can be made online at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/reservations?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/reservations</a>. The agency also opened the Cable Bay Public Water Access and 3.5 miles of new hiking trails with boardwalks, bridges and overlooks at the park.</p>
<p><strong>Sustainable timber for Minnesota </strong><strong><br />
</strong>After 16 months of analysis, interest group and industry engagement, and public input, the DNR announced it will annually offer 870,000 cords of timber for sale to provide vital raw material to the state’s forest industry, while also ensuring sound forest management. The DNR also launched a five-year initiative to accelerate the harvest of ash and tamarack by up to 30,000 cords each year; this additional harvest allows the DNR to respond to the spread of emerald ash borer and eastern larch beetle, which are fatal to ash and tamarack trees. These sustainable harvest decisions will support healthy forests, water, air, and wildlife habitat.</p>
<p><strong>Walleye populations strong on major northern lakes</strong><br />
Lake of the Woods, Leech, and Upper Red are all among Minnesota’s top 10 largest lakes accounting for about 40 percent of the annual walleye harvest statewide. The DNR worked with a 15-member citizen input group to update the Lake of the Woods Management Plan, which garnered more than 70 percent public support for the long-term health of the fishery. The agency engaged input groups for both Leech and Upper Red lakes, and determined to relax angling regulations in 2019 on both lakes because walleye populations are excellent.</p>
<p><strong>PolyMet permitting</strong><strong><br />
</strong>The DNR issued a permit to mine, dam safety and water appropriations permits, and other approvals for the proposed NorthMet project in northeastern Minnesota. The permit to mine includes a comprehensive financial assurance plan and wetland replacement plan. After more than 14 years of exhaustive review and careful consideration of more than 80,000 public comments, the permit decisions were based on sound science and provide strong protections for Minnesota taxpayers.</p>
<p><strong>Electric fish barriers protect recreational lakes</strong><strong><br />
</strong>Two electric fish barriers in southern Minnesota will protect 31 lakes and 142 miles of rivers, streams and ditches from the threat of invasive carp. Invasive carp can degrade water quality, outcompete native fish populations, and pose a danger for recreational boating. The barriers constructed in eastern Blue Earth County and western Waseca County will protect recreational lakes in those counties as well as Le Sueur County.</p>
<p><strong>Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project</strong><strong><br />
</strong>Following the DNR’s 2016 denial of a public waters and dam safety permit for the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project, the Diversion Authority submitted a revised project proposal known as Plan B. The Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area is a regional economic hub. Flooding poses a considerable risk of damage to businesses and homes, as well as roads and other infrastructure. The project would provide enhanced flood protection for the Fargo-Moorhead area and a net reduction to flooding in Minnesota.</p>
<p>The DNR completed a supplemental environmental impact statement (EIS) for the new project in November. The DNR expects to make its final adequacy determination on the supplemental EIS before the end of 2018, followed shortly by a decision on whether to grant the necessary public waters and dam safety permit for Plan B.</p>
<p><strong>New forest maps help users</strong><strong><br />
</strong>Hunters, hikers, and trail users can easily navigate the woods without getting lost with new interactive, user-friendly state forest maps. State forest visitors can download the <a href="https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_forests/maps-launch.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">new maps</a> onto their mobile devices and track their location as a blue dot on the screen. The system works even when not connected to the internet. New paper maps were also created with site-specific information on the backs to help visitors easily navigate state forests. Seventeen state forests have been mapped so far, covering over 1 million acres and thousands of miles of trail. An additional eight to 10 maps will be developed in 2019.</p>
<p><strong>New mobile-friendly public website</strong><strong><br />
</strong>The DNR collaborated with Minnesota IT Services (MNIT) to refresh and improve the visitor experience on the agency’s website (<a href="http://www.mndnr.gov?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov</a>). This new platform incorporates the state of Minnesota unified brand, includes updated information for the public about the agency, and implements a responsive design throughout the entire website that enables hikers, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts to easily navigate it while using a phone, tablet, or other mobile device.</p>
<p><strong>Minnesota River Valley Master Plan collaboration</strong><br />
The Minnesota River Valley Master Plan was formally adopted in 2018 by county boards in Redwood and Renville counties and the DNR. The unique planning approach was developed with input from Minnesotans and conservation groups, as well as all divisions of the DNR. It will guide conservation practices and recreational opportunities on public lands in the Minnesota River valley between Upper Sioux Agency and Fort Ridgely state parks. The plan is a result of legislation passed during the 2014 Minnesota legislative session and a grant from the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources to the counties in 2015.</p>
<p><strong>Safety education and training</strong><br />
More than 20,000 Minnesota students completed a DNR firearms safety course in 2018. Since the first firearms safety class was held in 1955, more than 1.3 million students have been certified. There is a long-term correlation between increased numbers of certified students and decreases in hunting-related incidents. There is a similar correlation when it comes to ATV and snowmobile safety classes. In 2018, 6,700 students were certified in snowmobile safety and 5,371 were certified in ATV safety. The agency partners with thousands of volunteer instructors throughout the state to provide the majority of classes.</p>
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		<title>DNR invites input on proposed trails in Huntersville and Lyons state forests</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 20 Dec 2018 21:22:09 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites anyone with an interest in recreational trail systems and motorized use in the Huntersville and Lyons state forests in Wadena County to attend a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/12/20/dnr-invites-input-on-proposed-trails-in-huntersville-and-lyons-state-forests/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites anyone with an interest in recreational trail systems and motorized use in the Huntersville and Lyons state forests in Wadena County to attend a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, to review proposals that include changes to trail systems in the state forests. The meeting will be held at the Menahga Public School building, 216 Aspen Ave. SE, Menahga. <span id="more-21580"></span></p>
<p>Proposed changes include adding 14.3 miles of off-highway motorcycle, .9 miles of all-terrain vehicle/off-highway motorcycle and 4.3 miles of horse trail, as well as undesignating 5.1 miles of unsustainable trail. The draft proposals reflect feedback gathered during an open house in October 2017.</p>
<p>The forests are classified as “limited” with respect to motor vehicle use. That means that OHVs may only use forest roads and trails that are posted open. The DNR does not propose changing the “limited” classification.</p>
<p>At the meeting the DNR invites the public to review maps of existing and proposed trails, discuss the DNR proposals, submit comments and suggest changes to the recommendations. The DNR will also accept written comments through 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13.</p>
<p>Comments received at the meeting and during the public comment period will be used to develop a final recommendation that will be submitted to the DNR commissioner for approval. Changes to state forest trail designations must be made by a commissioner&#8217;s order and published in the State Register.</p>
<p>Written comments may be submitted:</p>
<ul>
<li>By fax to: 651-297-1157.</li>
<li>By email to: <a href="mailto:foresttrailplanning.dnr@state.mn.us">foresttrailplanning.dnr@state.mn.us</a>.</li>
<li>By U.S. mail to: Joe Unger, DNR Parks and Trails, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4039.</li>
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<p>For more information, call the DNR Parks and Trails Division central office, 651-259-5279, or the DNR Division of Parks and Trails regional office, 218-308-2372. Information is also available online at <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/mgmtplans/ohv/designation/revisions.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov.</a></p>
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		<title>Candlelight events begin Dec. 31 at Minnesota state parks and trails</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 20 Dec 2018 21:20:30 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Not that many decades ago, Minnesotans lit the farmland and countryside only with the use of lanterns. This winter, people can get the same visual effect at the popular annual candlelight events at Minnesota state parks and trails.   Each year, &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/12/20/candlelight-events-begin-dec-31-at-minnesota-state-parks-and-trails-2/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Not that many decades ago, Minnesotans lit the farmland and countryside only with the use of lanterns. This winter, people can get the same visual effect at the popular annual candlelight events at Minnesota state parks and trails.  <span id="more-21577"></span></p>
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<p>Each year, many staff and volunteers line trails with lanterns, candles and other luminaries. Visitors can then walk, snowshoe or cross-country ski those trails, depending on the event and the amount of snow. After hitting the trails, they can warm up with hot cocoa or cider in the visitor center or around a bonfire.</p>
<p>More than 30 candlelight events are scheduled at Minnesota state parks and trails this winter, starting Dec. 31 and continuing through early March, according to the Department of Natural Resources. A few events include these:</p>
<ul>
<li>4-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at Fort Snelling State Park, St. Paul.</li>
<li>5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Lake Maria State Park, Monticello.</li>
<li>6-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, Whitewater State Park, Altura.</li>
</ul>
<p>For the complete schedule—including dates, times and other details—visit <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/candlelight?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/candlelight</a>.</p>
<p>“Few things transform a winter evening like soft light on snow,” said Erika Rivers, director of Minnesota state parks and trails. “Candles and lanterns help to create an unforgettable experience, especially beneath the light from a starry sky and full moon.”</p>
<p>Snowshoes and cross-country skis can be rented or checked out at some parks. Fees are typically $6 per person for snowshoes and $10 per person for skis, boots and poles. Call in advance to confirm the availability of equipment if needed.</p>
<p>The candlelight events are free, but a vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota state parks ($7 for a one-day permit or $35 for a year-round permit). Permits can be purchased at the park, but visitors can avoid waiting in line by getting one in advance at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/reservations?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/reservations</a>.</p>
<p>Skiers age 16 and older also need the <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/skipass/index.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">Great Minnesota Ski Pass</a> to participate in the candlelight ski events. The ski pass ($6/day or $20/season) allows access to hundreds of miles of trails in state parks, state forests, city parks and other public lands throughout Minnesota (visit <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/skiing/skipass/list.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/skiing/skipass/list.html</a> for a complete list and map).</p>
<p>For information on snow depth and trail conditions, visit <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/snow_depth?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/snow_depth</a>.</p>
<p>Note that events may be changed or canceled due to weather. For updates, call the park or the DNR Information Center, 888-646-6367 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday).</p>
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		<title>Early winter is the right time for woodland owners to plan improvements</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/12/18/early-winter-is-the-right-time-for-woodland-owners-to-plan-improvements/</link>
		<pubDate>Tue, 18 Dec 2018 22:08:12 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Want to improve your wooded acreage for wildlife?  Early winter is a good time to begin planning woodland projects because there aren’t ticks, mosquitoes or deep snow. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has specially trained foresters – called stewardship &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/12/18/early-winter-is-the-right-time-for-woodland-owners-to-plan-improvements/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Want to improve your wooded acreage for wildlife?  Early winter is a good time to begin planning woodland projects because there aren’t ticks, mosquitoes or deep snow. <span id="more-21574"></span></p>
<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has specially trained foresters – called stewardship foresters – around the state who can help. They can meet you on your property, assess tree health, and help you find the right programs to meet your woodland goals.</p>
<p>About half of Minnesota’s forested land and woodland wildlife habitat belongs to private landowners. Improving habitat for deer or grouse is often the primary reason woodland owners seek advice from a forester. DNR stewardship foresters can provide advice on completing small projects such as creating trails and wildlife openings, removing invasive shrubs and what trees to replant.</p>
<p>Cost-share funds are currently available in some areas of northeastern Minnesota to help landowners complete woodland management projects. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis and unused funds expire in June 2019.</p>
<p>In northeastern Minnesota, the following stewardship foresters are available to work with private landowners:</p>
<ul>
<li>Alex Brothen, Brainerd area, 218-203-4428.</li>
<li>Troy Holcomb, Aitkin area, 218-429-3025.</li>
<li>Thor Pakosz, Duluth and North Shore area, 218-723-4791.</li>
<li>Amber Jungwirth, Hibbing area, 218-231-8026.</li>
<li>Josh Donatell, Grand Rapids area, 218-328-8912.</li>
<li>Steven Horndt, Tower area, 218-300-7826.</li>
<li>Ben West, Littlefork area, 218-278-6651.</li>
</ul>
<p>Landowners who have 20 or more acres—on which at least 10 acres has or will have trees— may want to consider a Woodland Stewardship Plan. A Woodland Stewardship Plan assesses what is in your woods, suggests how to improve the woods, and outlines when to do work. Having and following a plan also can help qualify your woods for reduced property taxes or financial incentives.</p>
<p>“Managing your land doesn’t always mean having a large harvest,” said Troy Holcomb, Aitkin area stewardship forester. “Woodland management is all of the things you do to keep your woods healthy and beautiful.”</p>
<p>More information about the DNR’s forest stewardship program and contacts for stewardship foresters in other parts of Minnesota are available at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/foreststewardship">www.mndnr.gov/foreststewardship</a>.</p>
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		<title>DNR issues ice warning for aerated lakes</title>
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		<pubDate>Mon, 17 Dec 2018 18:08:20 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has issued its annual ice safety warning for lakes with winter aeration systems.  Aeration creates areas of thin ice and open water that are extremely hazardous to people and pets. Open water areas can &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/12/17/dnr-issues-ice-warning-for-aerated-lakes-11/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has issued its annual ice safety warning for lakes with winter aeration systems. <span id="more-21572"></span></p>
<p>Aeration creates areas of thin ice and open water that are extremely hazardous to people and pets. Open water areas can shift or change shapes, depending on weather conditions, and leaks may develop in air lines, creating other areas of weak ice or open water.</p>
<p>The updated list of aerated lakes and more information is available at <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/eco/lakeaeration/index.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/eco/lakeaeration</a>.</p>
<p>“We’re urging people to use caution anytime they venture onto lake ice, especially at night,” said Amanda Yourd, DNR hydrologist and aeration coordinator. “Extreme care should be taken on aerated lakes. Watch for the large orange and black warning signs at high-use public accesses and the required thin ice signs around open water areas.”</p>
<p>Aeration systems help prevent winterkill of fish populations by adding oxygen to the lake and, in certain situations, to protect shorelines from ice damage. They are generally operated from the time the lakes freeze until the ice breaks up in the spring. About 280 lakes will have aeration systems operating on them this winter. Private hatchery operators also use aeration systems, usually on small lakes without public accesses.</p>
<p>A permit from the DNR is required to install and operate an aeration system. Permit holders must publish public notices, post warning signs and inspect the systems at least once every seven days. Liability insurance is generally required of private groups or citizens operating aeration systems in protected waters. Watch for notices in local media identifying aerated lakes. DNR staff ensure permittees comply with all requirements and regularly inspect systems for safety.</p>
<p>Some municipalities may have ordinances that prohibit entering into the thin ice marked area and/or prohibit the night use of motorized vehicles on lakes with aeration systems in operation.  These local regulations are often posted at accesses where they apply.</p>
<p>Questions concerning aeration or thin ice can be answered by calling a <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/contact/locator.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">regional or area fisheries office</a> or the DNR at 888-646-6367.</p>
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		<title>DNR reminds hunters to get permission to use private land during special deer hunts</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/12/17/dnr-reminds-hunters-to-get-permission-to-use-private-land-during-special-deer-hunts/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 17 Dec 2018 18:06:45 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[First-come, first-served special permits for specific public lands sold out in 2 hours; other public lands available for hunting Hunters must receive permission from landowners to hunt on private land for the upcoming special deer hunts in southeastern Minnesota, on &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/12/17/dnr-reminds-hunters-to-get-permission-to-use-private-land-during-special-deer-hunts/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><em>First-come, first-served special permits for specific public lands sold out in 2 hours; other public lands available for hunting</em></p>
<p>Hunters must receive permission from landowners to hunt on private land for the upcoming special deer hunts in southeastern Minnesota, on Friday, Dec. 21 to Sunday, Dec. 23 and Friday, Dec. 28 to Sunday, Dec. 30, according to the Department of Natural Resources. <span id="more-21570"></span></p>
<p>The hunts take place in deer permit areas 603, 347 and 348, and portions of deer permit areas 343 and 345 that are south of Interstate 90. The majority of this special-hunt area is private property.</p>
<p>A limited number of special permits were available for hunters in Forestville State Park and Pin Oak Prairie Scientific and Natural Area, but all 270 permits were sold out within two hours of release.</p>
<p>Hunters still can find places to hunt. The Cherry Grove Blind Valley Scientific and Natural Area, which adjoins the Cherry Grove Wildlife Management Area, will be open to deer hunting and does not require a special permit for entrance. Additional public land can be identified using the DNR’s Recreation Compass tool at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/maps/compass?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/maps/compass</a>; public lands open during the regular season are open during the special hunts. Hunters should be aware that, because this land is limited, it may be crowded.</p>
<p>These special hunts are one step the DNR is taking to act quickly in an effort to contain chronic wasting disease while it is relatively concentrated in a geographic area. Reducing deer numbers in this area helps lower densities and remove CWD-positive animals.</p>
<p>Hunters must plan ahead and should check the DNR’s website at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/cwd?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/cwd</a> for complete details about the special hunts, hunt rules and considerations, station locations for registration and CWD sampling, carcass transport restrictions, a map of the hunt area, and information about the DNR’s efforts to keep Minnesota wild deer healthy.</p>
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		<title>Apply through Jan. 25 for spring wild turkey A and B permits</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/12/17/apply-through-jan-25-for-spring-wild-turkey-a-and-b-permits/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 17 Dec 2018 18:05:08 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Spring turkey hunters hoping to bag a tom during the first two weeks of the season have through Friday, Jan. 25, to apply for a lottery permit, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  The season runs from April 17 &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/12/17/apply-through-jan-25-for-spring-wild-turkey-a-and-b-permits/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Spring turkey hunters hoping to bag a tom during the first two weeks of the season have through Friday, Jan. 25, to apply for a lottery permit, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. <span id="more-21567"></span></p>
<p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-21568" src="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/-9-300x218." alt="" width="300" height="218" srcset="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/-9-300x218. 300w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/-9-75x54. 75w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/-9-768x558. 768w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/-9-600x436. 600w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/-9 936w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />The season runs from April 17 to May 31 and is divided into six hunt periods, A through F (see table below). Hunt A and B licenses for firearms hunters age 18 and older are limited in availability and assigned via lottery drawing.</p>
<p>Turkey lottery applications cost $5 and can be purchased online at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/buyalicense</a>, by phone at 888-665-4236, or in person from a license agent. Successful applicants will receive a postcard in the mail by mid-February and can purchase their hunting license starting March 1.</p>
<p>Firearms licenses for hunts C, D, E and F are not lottery-limited and will be available for purchase over-the-counter beginning March 1. All licensed turkey hunters can participate in Hunt F if they have an unused tag from one of the earlier hunt periods.</p>
<p>Archery and youth hunters (under 18) are exempt from the lottery and may purchase a spring turkey license valid during all hunt periods, including hunts A and B.</p>
<p>Surplus lottery licenses from hunts A and B, if available, will be sold over-the-counter starting in mid-March.</p>
<p>Visit <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/hunting/turkey?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/hunting/turkey</a> for more information about turkey hunting in Minnesota.</p>
<p><strong>2019 Spring Turkey Hunt Periods</strong></p>
<p>Hunt A:                 April 17-23</p>
<p>Hunt B:                 April 24-30</p>
<p>Hunt C:                 May 1-7</p>
<p>Hunt D:                 May 8-14</p>
<p>Hunt E:                 May 15-21</p>
<p>Hunt F:                 May 22-31</p>
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		<title>DNR seeks comments on Grand Marais area lake and stream management plans</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/12/13/dnr-seeks-comments-on-grand-marais-area-lake-and-stream-management-plans-10/</link>
		<pubDate>Thu, 13 Dec 2018 21:40:16 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[People interested in DNR strategies for managing Grand Marais area lakes and streams are encouraged to review current management plans and submit comments for the plans scheduled for review this winter. This annual review process includes several waters located within &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/12/13/dnr-seeks-comments-on-grand-marais-area-lake-and-stream-management-plans-10/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>People interested in DNR strategies for managing Grand Marais area lakes and streams are encouraged to review current management plans and submit comments for the plans scheduled for review this winter. This annual review process includes several waters located within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).<span id="more-21565"></span></p>
<p>Comments on lakes and streams in the Grand Marais area will be accepted through Feb. 15, 2019.</p>
<p>A management plan identifies specific management activities planned for a lake or stream over the next five to 20 years, including any proposed stocking or special regulations.</p>
<p>“Management plans are our best sources of information on past, present and desired future conditions in our lakes and streams,” said Steve Persons, Grand Marais area fisheries supervisor. “Plans drive all of our survey and stocking efforts.  Comments and suggestions from anglers and residents are crucial when it comes to determining how public waters should be managed and determining management success.  These reviews offer everyone their best opportunity to influence management of important lakes and streams.”</p>
<p>In the Grand Marais area, plans for the following lakes and streams will reviewed this winter.</p>
<p><strong>Lakes:</strong></p>
<p>The status and preservation of native lake trout populations will be the primary concern in plans being revised for Crystal, Jasper, and Winchell Lakes.  All are located inside the BWCAW.  Lake trout and smallmouth bass management will be the main concern in a review of the Clearwater Lake plan (partially inside the BWCAW).</p>
<p>Stream trout stocking and management strategies will be reviewed for Kimball and Mink Lakes.  Trout stocking will continue in both lakes, but species, sizes, and numbers stocked will be reviewed.  Mush Lake may be considered for future stream trout management.</p>
<p>Plans for Axe, Bigsby, Caribou (near Lutsen), Christine, Crescent, Gull, Ham, and Northern Light Lakes will be reviewed.  In most of those lakes the status and needs of walleye, northern pike, or smallmouth bass fisheries will be of most concern.</p>
<p>Plans for several lightly-used BWCAW lakes in the area, including Carl, Karl, Kingfisher, Meeds, Red Rock, and Stump Lakes will be reviewed. Those plans will be revised primarily to incorporate any new survey data that may have been obtained, and to establish survey schedules for the next few years.</p>
<p><strong>Streams:</strong></p>
<p>Current plans for Caribou and Murmur Creeks, and the Cross River (between Ham and Gunflint Lakes) will be reviewed.  Caribou and Murmur Creeks are both marginal trout streams, and plans will consider how conditions for trout could be maintained or improved.  The Cross River is a warmwater stream that provides critical spawning habitat for walleye in Gunflint Lake.</p>
<p>New management plans will be created for the Brule River, Durfee Creek, and Woods Creek, using data on those streams recently collected by DNR Fisheries and the MPCA.  Portions of the Brule River above Northern Light Lake may be considered for trout stream designation.</p>
<p>Current plans for lakes and streams in the area as well as recent fish population assessment information are available for review at the DNR’s Grand Marais area fisheries office, at 1356 E. Highway 61, Grand Marais, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For more information, or to request copies of current plans, call or email Steve Persons at 218-387-6022 or <a href="mailto:steve.persons@state.mn.us">steve.persons@state.mn.us</a>.</p>
<p>This comment period will extend through Feb. 15, 2019.  However, comments, suggestions and other feedback on the management of these, and all other streams and lakes in the area are welcomed at any time, and will be considered when those plans are next due for review.</p>
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