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		<title>Grand Lake public access closed  for starry stonewort treatment</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/22/grand-lake-public-access-closed-for-starry-stonewort-treatment/</link>
		<pubDate>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:52:59 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[The public access on Grand Lake in Stearns County will be temporarily closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for hand removal of starry stonewort. This temporary closure is necessary for the safety of workers and &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/22/grand-lake-public-access-closed-for-starry-stonewort-treatment/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The public access on Grand Lake in Stearns County will be temporarily closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for hand removal of starry stonewort. This temporary closure is necessary for the safety of workers and divers. <span id="more-19761"></span></p>
<p>A relatively light population of the invasive algae was recently confirmed around the Grand Lake public access, following a coordinated starry stonewort search involving 200 trained detectors in 20 counties. DNR invasive species specialists will hand-pull starry stonewort while preserving native aquatic plants.</p>
<p>Starry stonewort has never been eradicated from any lake in the United States, but treatment can ease access and recreational use of a lake, while helping to reduce the risk of infestation to other water bodies.</p>
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		<title>Eurasian watermilfoil in Hubbard County&#8217;s Bad Axe Lake</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/22/eurasian-watermilfoil-in-hubbard-countys-bag-axe-lake/</link>
		<pubDate>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:35:54 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[juforste]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed Hubbard County’s first case of Eurasian watermilfoil, an invasive aquatic plant, in Bad Axe Lake near Emmaville. DNR invasive species specialists confirmed Eurasian watermilfoil around the resort access to the lake. They &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/22/eurasian-watermilfoil-in-hubbard-countys-bag-axe-lake/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed Hubbard County’s first case of Eurasian watermilfoil, an invasive aquatic plant, in Bad Axe Lake near Emmaville.</p>
<p>DNR invasive species specialists confirmed Eurasian watermilfoil around the resort access to the lake. They reported it did not appear to be widespread into other areas of the lake.</p>
<p>Eurasian watermilfoil can limit recreational activities on water bodies by forming mats on the water surface, and can alter aquatic ecosystems by displacing native plants. It is typically spread when plant fragments have not been properly cleaned from trailered boats, personal watercraft, docks, boat lifts, anchors or other water-related equipment.</p>
<p>Treatment options include selective herbicides and mechanical removal, to minimize the plant’s impact while protecting native aquatic plant species. Treatment is unlikely to eradicate Eurasian watermilfoil from a lake. It may minimize impacts, but rarely prevents broader dispersion within a lake.</p>
<p>This new confirmation is a reminder to boaters and anglers to follow Minnesota laws to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species:</p>
<ul>
<li><strong>Clean</strong> aquatic plants and animals from watercraft.</li>
<li><strong>Drain</strong> all water by removing drain plugs and keep drain plugs out while transporting watercraft.</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, especially after leaving infested waters:</p>
<ul>
<li>Spray with high-pressure water.</li>
<li>Rinse with very hot water (120 degrees Fahrenheit for at least two minutes or 140 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 10 seconds).</li>
<li>Dry for at least five days.</li>
</ul>
<p>Details about Eurasian watermilfoil and other aquatic invasive species are available at <a href="http://mndnr.gov/ais?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>City of Grand Rapids special deer hunt enters fifth season, Applications due Sept. 7</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/22/city-of-grand-rapids-special-deer-hunt-enters-fifth-season-applications-due-sept-7/</link>
		<pubDate>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:08:37 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[The city of Grand Rapids will hold its fifth special deer hunt this fall in an attempt to further reduce deer numbers within the city limits. The hunt is open to archery, firearms and muzzleloader hunters during the regular season &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/22/city-of-grand-rapids-special-deer-hunt-enters-fifth-season-applications-due-sept-7/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The city of Grand Rapids will hold its fifth special deer hunt this fall in an attempt to further reduce deer numbers within the city limits. The hunt is open to archery, firearms and muzzleloader hunters during the regular season dates for those hunts.<span id="more-19755"></span></p>
<p>In order to participate in the hunt, a hunter must purchase a regular license for the type of hunt they want to participate in through the DNR’s electronic licensing system (ELS), and then may purchase up to four bonus permits through the ELS to take additional antlerless deer. The city hunt limit is five deer and hunters may take only one antlered buck. Muzzleloader and firearms hunters will have to apply for their special hunt permit through the ELS by Thursday, Sept. 7. Special hunt numbers are 931 for firearms, and 946 for muzzleloader.</p>
<p>Firearms or muzzleloader hunters who want to hunt in a lottery area and participate in the Grand Rapids special hunt must make a choice whether to apply for an antlerless permit or participate in the special hunt; they cannot apply for both.</p>
<p>Special hunt permits for the archery season hunt can be obtained at the Grand Rapids Police Department at any time. After buying an archery hunting license, hunters will be issued a permit to possess up to four bonus tags, which they can buy through the ELS.</p>
<p>Deer taken in the special hunt must be registered under the special hunt numbers (995 for archery, 931 for firearms, and 946 for muzzleloader) and not the larger permit area 179. A deer taken outside of the city hunt boundary cannot be registered under the city hunt number. Most of the land in the allowed hunting areas is privately owned. Hunters must get permission directly from private landowners to hunt or cross private land. A map depicting allowed hunting areas is available on the city of Grand Rapids website at <a href="http://www.cityofgrandrapidsmn.com/">www.cityofgrandrapidsmn.com</a> under the map tab. Itasca County plat books and online public records can help prospective hunters identify landowners in order to seek permission to hunt.</p>
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		<title>Kadunce Creek habitat improvements to begin, trail spur closed</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/22/kadunce-creek-habitat-improvements-to-begin-trail-spur-closed/</link>
		<pubDate>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:06:25 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[The Kadunce River State Wayside on Minnesota State Highway 61 north of Grand Marais, Minnesota will be partially closed for three to four weeks beginning in mid-August while a habitat improvement project takes place in Kadunce Creek. During the construction, &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/22/kadunce-creek-habitat-improvements-to-begin-trail-spur-closed/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Kadunce River State Wayside on Minnesota State Highway 61 north of Grand Marais, Minnesota will be partially closed for three to four weeks beginning in mid-August while a habitat improvement project takes place in Kadunce Creek.<span id="more-19753"></span></p>
<p>During the construction, visitors may still park at the site and use the picnic tables, but the access spur to the Superior Hiking Trail will be closed and visitors are asked to avoid the construction area. Persons wanting to access the Superior Hiking Trail can do so at the access point at County Road 14; about two miles northeast of the Kadunce River.</p>
<p>The project involves restoring, maintaining and updating habitat improvements installed in the lower 0.3 miles of the stream. Work will maintain high-quality habitat for juvenile steelhead and resident brook trout, and maintain fishing opportunities and sites for anglers using the stream during the open-water months. The habitat work is funded by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Fund, and is being led by Trout Unlimited with technical assistance and design support by DNR Fisheries.</p>
<p>The Kadunce River State Wayside is one of five state waysides along the North Shore that are managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). These waysides are generally parcels of land too small to be full-fledged state parks, but with cultural or natural resources that exceed most highway waysides and rest areas.</p>
<p>Questions about the Kadunce River State Wayside project can be directed to Christa Maxwell at the DNR’s Two Harbors area parks and trails office at 218-834-1429.</p>
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		<title>Mandatory testing for deer taken in SE Minnesota chronic wasting disease management zone</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/21/mandatory-testing-for-deer-taken-in-se-minnesota-chronic-wasting-disease-management-zone/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:37:09 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[When archery deer season opens Saturday, Sept. 16, mandatory testing for chronic wasting disease and restrictions on moving deer carcasses begins again in southeastern Minnesota’s CWD management zone, deer permit area 603.  “With archery deer season approaching, hunters are encouraged &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/21/mandatory-testing-for-deer-taken-in-se-minnesota-chronic-wasting-disease-management-zone/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>When archery deer season opens Saturday, Sept. 16, mandatory testing for chronic wasting disease and restrictions on moving deer carcasses begins again in southeastern Minnesota’s CWD management zone, deer permit area 603. <span id="more-19749"></span></p>
<p>“With archery deer season approaching, hunters are encouraged to plan ahead and be aware of the testing that will be required and the specifics about when they can and can’t move carcasses out of the CWD zone,” said Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.</p>
<p>Archery hunters in deer permit area (DPA) 603 will be required to submit the head from all adult deer 1 year old or older so lymph nodes can be tested for CWD. Hunters cannot remove the carcass or carcass remains from the CWD zone until a negative test result is reported.</p>
<p>Carcass movement restrictions do allow hunters to immediately transport out of the zone quarters or other deer pieces without spinal column parts; boned-out meat; and antlers with a skull plate that is free of brain matter. Hunters should check page 65 of the 2017 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook for additional information.</p>
<p>“Archery deer hunters also should check the DNR website for the <a href="http://mndnr.gov/deermap?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">DPA boundary map</a>,” Cornicelli said. “As a reminder, the CWD management zone was created from DPAs 347 and 348, so hunters need to be mindful of what area they’re hunting.”</p>
<p>Hunters are required to register their deer. DNR will allow phone and Internet registration during the archery season in the CWD zone. The system will be monitored for compliance and may be turned off if needed.</p>
<p>Mandatory testing and carcass movement restrictions will remain in effect for area 603 throughout deer seasons for archery, firearm, muzzleloader and any late season hunts.</p>
<p>Head collection boxes will be located in:</p>
<ul>
<li><strong>Chatfield:</strong> Magnum Sports, 1 1st St., 507-867-4399<strong>.</strong></li>
<li><strong>Preston:</strong> DNR area forestry office, 912 Houston St., 507-765-2740.</li>
<li><strong>Lanesboro:</strong> DNR area fisheries office, 23789 Grosbeak Rd., 507-467-2442.</li>
<li><strong>Wykoff:</strong> Goodies and Gas, 104 E Front St., 507-352-2421.</li>
<li><strong>Harmony:</strong> Oak Meadow Meats, 50 9th St., 507-886-6328</li>
</ul>
<p>Archery hunters should do the following:</p>
<ol>
<li>Field dress (gut) deer as normal.</li>
<li>Register deer via phone, internet or walk-in big game registration station. If harvest occurs late in the day, sample (head) submission and registration do not have to occur on the same day.</li>
<li>If the deer will be mounted, a video showing how to properly cape your deer is available at <a href="http://bit.ly/capeadeer?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">bitly.com/capeadeer</a>.</li>
<li>Remove the head, leaving at least 4 inches of neck attached.</li>
<li>Hunters can take meat out of the zone immediately but the carcass (head with brain and spinal column) cannot be moved outside deer permit area 603 until a negative test result is received so hunters must:</li>
</ol>
<ul>
<li>Make arrangements to refrigerate the carcass before the deer is processed;</li>
<li>Cut deer into quarters or other pieces; or</li>
<li>Bone-out the meat.</li>
</ul>
<ol start="6">
<li>Ensure no spinal column or brain matter is included with the meat or on the antlers.</li>
<li>Properly dispose of carcass remains. There will be a dumpster at the DNR forestry office in Preston for hunters who don&#8217;t have a way to dispose of remains.</li>
<li>The Preston dumpster is being provided as a courtesy for deer carcass disposal only. It will be removed if people attempt to process deer there or use the dumpster for trash disposal.</li>
<li>Bring the entire head of deer to one of five head box collection sites. Each collection box has specific instructions on how to properly submit the head for sampling.</li>
<li>Put heads in the plastic bags provided. Use the maps provided at each box to mark an &#8220;X&#8221; where the deer was harvested. Submit this map with sample.</li>
<li>Samples during the archery season will be submitted for testing on Mondays and Thursdays. It may take up to four business days for test results to be available.  CWD test results can be searched using a nine-digit MDNR number online at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/cwdcheck?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">www.mndnr.gov/cwdcheck</a>.</li>
</ol>
<p>Deer hunters should regularly check the DNR’s CWD 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 the most recent information.</p>
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		<title>Deer lottery application deadline is Sept. 7</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/21/deer-lottery-application-deadline-is-sept-7/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:22:38 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[juforste]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[Firearms and muzzleloader hunters who want to harvest antlerless deer in a deer permit area designated as lottery this hunting season are reminded they must purchase their license by Thursday, Sept. 7. Hunters who purchase their license before this date &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/21/deer-lottery-application-deadline-is-sept-7/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Firearms and muzzleloader hunters who want to harvest antlerless deer in a deer permit area designated as lottery this hunting season are reminded they must purchase their license by Thursday, Sept. 7. Hunters who purchase their license before this date are automatically entered into the lottery for the deer permit area or special hunt area they declare. <span id="more-19747"></span></p>
<p>This season, antlerless deer permits are issued by lottery in 48 of Minnesota’s 130 deer permit areas. No application is needed to take antlerless deer in permit areas with hunters choice, managed or intensive designations.</p>
<p>Hunters who want to participate in special firearm deer hunts also need to apply for permits that are issued through a lottery, and the application deadline is Sept. 7.</p>
<p>More information about deer permit areas, how their designations are set and special hunts is available on the <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/deer">deer page</a> and in the 2017 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook.</p>
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		<title>More lands to hunt through Walk-In Access program</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/21/more-lands-to-hunt-through-walk-in-access-program/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:20:57 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[juforste]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[Beginning Friday, Sept. 1, hunters can access 26,700 acres of private land across 46 counties in western and south-central Minnesota through the Walk-In Access program.  “Finding land for hunting can be a challenge,” said Scott Roemhildt, Walk-In Access coordinator for &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/21/more-lands-to-hunt-through-walk-in-access-program/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Beginning Friday, Sept. 1, hunters can access 26,700 acres of private land across 46 counties in western and south-central Minnesota through the Walk-In Access program. <span id="more-19745"></span></p>
<p>“Finding land for hunting can be a challenge,” said Scott Roemhildt, Walk-In Access coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Walk-In Access allows hunters to access high-quality private land and makes it easier for landowners to allow that access.”</p>
<p>The Walk-In Access program pays landowners to allow hunter access. Hunters with a $3 Walk-In Access validation may hunt during legal hunting hours, during open hunting seasons from Sept. 1 to May 31. No additional landowner contact is necessary. More than 230 sites across 46 counties are available through the program. Bright yellow-green signs have been placed on Walk-In Access boundaries.</p>
<p>Hunting seasons open Sept. 1 for mourning doves, crows, snipe, sora and Virginia rails. Hunting seasons open Saturday, Sept. 16, for several small game species including squirrels and rabbits. The Minnesota pheasant hunting season opens Saturday, Oct. 14.</p>
<p>Maps of all Walk-In Access sites are available electronically at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/walkin?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/walkin</a>. Printed atlases can be found across the 46-county area at DNR license agents, DNR wildlife offices and county soil and water conservation district offices. Atlases are also available by calling the DNR Information Center at 888-646-6367.</p>
<p>“Walk-In Access works because hunters respect the land and that respect encourages landowners to enroll their land,” Roemhildt said. “We are glad to talk with landowners who are considering the program,” Roemhildt said. “We hope to grow the program to 30,000 acres by 2018.”</p>
<p>Parcels enrolled in the Walk-In Access program must be at least 40 acres in size with high quality cover. Most land is also enrolled in private land conservation programs. The next enrollment period will begin in January 2018.</p>
<p>The Walk-In Access program began in 2011 and is currently funded through 2018 with a three-year grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Other funding sources come through a surcharge on nonresident hunting licenses, a one-time appropriation from the Minnesota Legislature in 2012, and donations from hunters.</p>
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		<title>Starry stonewort confirmed in Pope County&#8217;s Lake Minnewaska</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/21/starry-stonewort-confirmed-in-pope-countys-lake-minnewaska/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:19:28 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[juforste]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the invasive algae starry stonewort in Lake Minnewaska in Pope County. This is the second new confirmation of starry stonewort in a Minnesota lake in 2017.  DNR invasive species specialists confirmed an &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/21/starry-stonewort-confirmed-in-pope-countys-lake-minnewaska/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the invasive algae starry stonewort in Lake Minnewaska in Pope County. This is the second new confirmation of starry stonewort in a Minnesota lake in 2017. <span id="more-19743"></span></p>
<p>DNR invasive species specialists confirmed an abundant growth of starry stonewort among native aquatic plants in the narrow Lake Minnewaska marina off the main body of the lake. Additional searches are being conducted to determine whether it is anywhere beyond the marina.</p>
<p>Treatment options are being considered. Starry stonewort has never been eradicated from any U.S. lake, but treatment can help ease lake access and water-based recreational activities.</p>
<p>There are now 11 lakes in Minnesota where starry stonewort has been confirmed. Two were confirmed in 2015, seven in 2016, and two this year. It has been present in at least some of these lakes for several years, rather than being spread to many lakes in a just a year or two.</p>
<p>Since the first case was confirmed in 2015, all but one have been reported in the month of August, when the telltale star-shaped bulbils are most abundant and visible. Now is the best time of year to look for it. Information on how to identify starry stonewort can be found on the DNR’s website, and any suspicious plants should be reported to the DNR.</p>
<p>Starry stonewort is an alga that can form dense mats, which can interfere with use of a lake and compete with native plants. It is most likely spread when fragments have not been properly cleaned from trailered boats, personal watercraft, docks, boat lifts, anchors or other water-related equipment.</p>
<p>This new confirmation reminds boaters and anglers to follow Minnesota laws to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species:</p>
<ul>
<li><strong>Clean</strong> aquatic plants and animals from watercraft;</li>
<li><strong>Drain</strong> all water by removing drain plugs and keep drain plugs out while transporting watercraft; and</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, especially after leaving infested waters:</p>
<ul>
<li>Spray with high-pressure water.</li>
<li>Rinse with very hot water (120 degrees Fahrenheit for at least two minutes or 140 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 10 seconds).</li>
<li>Dry for at least five days.</li>
</ul>
<p>Details about starry stonewort and other aquatic invasive species are available on the <a href="http://mndnr.gov/ais">aquatic invasive species page</a>.</p>
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		<title>DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2018 pheasant stamp</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/21/dnr-seeks-designs-for-minnesotas-2018-pheasant-stamp/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:18:01 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2018 Minnesota Pheasant Stamp from Tuesday, Sept. 5, to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.  The pheasant stamp validation for hunting is $7.50 and is required for pheasant hunters ages 18 to 64. For &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/21/dnr-seeks-designs-for-minnesotas-2018-pheasant-stamp/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2018 Minnesota Pheasant Stamp from Tuesday, Sept. 5, to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. <span id="more-19741"></span></p>
<p>The pheasant stamp validation for hunting is $7.50 and is required for pheasant hunters ages 18 to 64. For an extra 75 cents, purchasers can receive the validation as well as the pictorial stamp in the mail. It also is sold as a collectible. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to pheasant management and habitat work.</p>
<p>The ring-necked pheasant must be the primary focus of the design, though other species may be included in the design if they are used to depict common interactions between species or are common inhabitants of Minnesota’s pheasant range.</p>
<p>Artists are prohibited from using any photographic product as part of their finished entries. Winning artists may issue limited edition prints of the artwork and retain proceeds.</p>
<p>Final judging is open to the public and will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at DNR headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul. The public is welcome to come and view the winning design 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 22.</p>
<p>For more information on stamp contests, guidelines for submitting work, and to sign up to receive regular email updates on stamp contests, visit the <a href="http://mndnr.gov/stamps">contest webpage</a>. Contest guidelines also are available from the DNR Information Center by calling 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367.</p>
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		<title>DNR awards $450,000 in grants to protect coastal resources</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/17/dnr-awards-450000-in-grants-to-protect-coastal-resources/</link>
		<pubDate>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:21:08 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Through a federal grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ has awarded more than $450,000 in local grants to protect and enhance inland coastal resources. The annual grant program is managed by the &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/17/dnr-awards-450000-in-grants-to-protect-coastal-resources/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Through a federal grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ has awarded more than $450,000 in local grants to protect and enhance inland coastal resources.<span id="more-19738"></span></p>
<p>The annual grant program is managed by the Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program, which is a voluntary federal-state partnership distributing federal dollars to projects along the inland coast of Lake Superior. This year, grant funding is being awarded to nine projects in the coastal area:</p>
<ul>
<li>Researchers at the University of Minnesota will monitor and analyze measures designed to reduce erosion of bluffs adjacent to North Shore streams. Results will inform guidance on design criteria for future projects. $35,900.</li>
<li>The Arrowhead Regional Development Commission will conduct an economic impact assessment of paved trails within the coastal area; determine the number of users of four popular trails (Duluth Lakewalk, Willard Munger State Trail, Gitchi-Gami State Trail, and St. Louis River Trail), and simultaneously conduct large-scale survey of trail-user habits and impacts on coastal economy. $11,500.</li>
<li>Laurentian Resource Conservation and Development is planning to host a two-day conference for academia and coastal managers to bridge a gap between research results and practices of watershed assessment, protection and stream restoration. $23,000.</li>
<li>Researchers at the University of Minnesota will increase scientific understanding of success rates of coastal forest seeds. Results will inform coastal managers for improved adaptive management and help determination whether coastal trees should be protected and treated as a unique seed collection zone. $98,875.</li>
<li>Duluth Children’s Museum in collaboration with Positive Energy Outdoors will create a year round, innovative outdoor science, technology, engineering, and math active learning experience for children, particularly those in low-income households with limited access. $33,100.</li>
<li>University of Minnesota Duluth – Natural Resources Research Institute and several partners will develop protocols for assessing the biomass of periphyton (algae attached to rocks) in Duluth area trout streams for use by professional aquatic and citizen scientists. $77,440.</li>
<li>City of Duluth will improve public safety and access to the St. Louis River estuary through upgraded wayfinding signage and amenities on the Western Waterfront Trail.  $89,080.</li>
<li>Lake County will develop engineering designs and construct trailhead for Lake County Mountain Bike Trail System, a planned 100-plus mile mountain bike trail system. connecting both beginner and advanced cyclists to nature and physical activity in the coastal area. $70,000.</li>
<li>City of Carlton will replace an outdoor restroom facility at the Willard Munger trailhead in city of Carlton. The updated structure will meet current sewer requirements and meet compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act. $11,225.</li>
</ul>
<p>For 18 years, the DNR and NOAA have worked together to better Minnesota’s inland coast. Together, the agencies have granted $12.6 million in pass-through funding to more than 550 local projects and provided thousands of hours of technical assistance. Projects are selected for funding through an annual competitive grants process.</p>
<p>For more information about Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program, visit <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/mlscp">www.mndnr.gov/mlscp</a>.</p>
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		<title>Saints offer free hat, discounted tickets through partnership with DNR   </title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/17/saints-offer-free-hat-discounted-tickets-through-partnership-with-dnr/</link>
		<pubDate>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:31:22 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[&#160; Anyone with a 2017 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free St. Paul Saints logo baseball cap and discounted tickets though a special Saints ticket offer online at mndnr.gov/saints.  The offer is good for the 7:05 p.m. &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/17/saints-offer-free-hat-discounted-tickets-through-partnership-with-dnr/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
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<p>Anyone with a 2017 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free St. Paul Saints logo baseball cap and discounted tickets though a special Saints ticket offer online at <a href="mndnr.gov/saints">mndnr.gov/saints</a>. <span id="more-19733"></span></p>
<p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-19734" src="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2017-Saints-Group-Hat-290x300.jpg" alt="" width="290" height="300" srcset="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2017-Saints-Group-Hat-290x300.jpg 290w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2017-Saints-Group-Hat-73x75.jpg 73w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2017-Saints-Group-Hat-581x600.jpg 581w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2017-Saints-Group-Hat.jpg 641w" sizes="(max-width: 290px) 100vw, 290px" />The offer is good for the 7:05 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, game vs. the Wichita Wingnuts. Tickets are $17 and all ticket holders under this partnership will pick up their cap at the game. Instructions for purchasing tickets are at <a href="mndnr.gov/saints">mndnr.gov/saints</a>.</p>
<p>Buy licenses at any Minnesota Department of Natural Resources license agent, online with a mobile or desktop device at <a href="mndnr.gov/buyalicense">mndnr.gov/buyalicense</a>, or by phone at 888-665-4236. Mobile buyers receive a text or email that serves as proof of a valid fish or game license to state conservation officers.</p>
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		<title>Public meeting to discuss removal of barrier between Kimball and Ossawinnamakee lakes</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/15/public-meeting-to-discuss-removal-of-barrier-between-kimball-and-ossawinnamakee-lakes/</link>
		<pubDate>Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:45:53 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public meeting for residents of Kimball Lake and Ossawinnamakee Lake in Crow Wing County. The meeting will be held August 22, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/15/public-meeting-to-discuss-removal-of-barrier-between-kimball-and-ossawinnamakee-lakes/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public meeting for residents of Kimball Lake and Ossawinnamakee Lake in Crow Wing County. The meeting will be held August 22, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Ideal Township Community Center, 35458 Butternut Point Rd, Pequot Lakes, Minn.<span id="more-19729"></span></p>
<p>The DNR plans to remove a navigational barrier in Kimball Creek that was installed in 2004 to prevent the accidental transfer of zebra mussels from Ossawinnamakee Lake to Kimball Lake by recreational boaters.</p>
<p>“When the barrier was installed, we agreed we would remove the boulders to restore navigational access between the lakes if upstream Kimball Lake became infested with zebra mussels,” said DNR Ecological and Water Resources district manager, Michael Duval. “Zebra mussels have been confirmed in Kimball Lake, so we are following through with that initial commitment and want to check in with lake residents to ensure they are aware of our intentions.”</p>
<p>The meeting will begin with a brief presentation by DNR staff to share the background for placement of the navigation barrier and the plan to now remove the boulders that were placed in the creek. The remainder of the meeting time will be available to address questions and receive comments from lake residents.</p>
<p>The meeting is intended for lake residents of Kimball Lake and Ossawinnamakee Lake. While other interested individuals are welcome to attend, space in the Community Center is limited and priority seating will be given to residents of the affected lakes.</p>
<p>Questions about the meeting and the project can be directed to Michael Duval at the DNR’s Brainerd area office, 218-203-4353 or email <a href="mailto:michael.duval@state.mn.us">michael.duval@state.mn.us</a>.</p>
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		<title>One new lake confirmed after  20-county starry stonewort search</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/15/one-new-lake-confirmed-after-20-county-starry-stonewort-search/</link>
		<pubDate>Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:51:22 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Following an organized search of 178 lakes in 20 counties by 200 trained volunteers, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the invasive algae starry stonewort in Grand Lake in Stearns County. This is the first new confirmation of &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/15/one-new-lake-confirmed-after-20-county-starry-stonewort-search/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Following an organized search of 178 lakes in 20 counties by 200 trained volunteers, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the invasive algae starry stonewort in Grand Lake in Stearns County. This is the first new confirmation of starry stonewort in a Minnesota lake in 2017. <span id="more-19727"></span></p>
<p>Two other Stearns County lakes were previously confirmed to have starry stonewort: Rice Lake last year and Lake Koronis in 2015. Koronis was the first Minnesota lake where starry stonewort was confirmed.</p>
<p>DNR invasive species specialists confirmed a light, isolated growth of starry stonewort near Grand Lake’s public access. Treatment options are being considered. To date, starry stonewort has not been eradicated from any lake in the United States.</p>
<p>“Although we were hoping to find no new populations, we are glad this one was discovered early, thanks to the people who participated in the coordinated search known as ‘Starry Trek,’ said Heidi Wolf, DNR invasive species unit supervisor. “We’re also encouraged that there hasn’t been a greater number of lakes found to have starry stonewort during this major search.”</p>
<p>“All but one of Minnesota’s nine cases of starry stonewort have been reported in August, when the telltale star-shaped bulbils are most abundant and visible,” Wolf said. “Now is the time for people to look.&#8221;</p>
<p>Information on how to identify starry stonewort can be found on the DNR’s website, and any suspicious plants should be reported to the DNR.</p>
<p>“We also encourage anyone interested to consider becoming part of an even larger group of trained detectors next year through University of Minnesota Extension,” Wolf said.</p>
<p>The Aug. 5 “Starry Trek” event was coordinated by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center, University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota DNR. A tandem event, called “AIS Snapshot Day,” involved the River Alliance of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin Extension and Wisconsin DNR.</p>
<p>Starry stonewort is an alga that can form dense mats, which can interfere with use of a lake and compete with native plants. It is most likely spread when fragments have not been properly cleaned from trailered boats, personal watercraft, docks, boat lifts, anchors or other water-related equipment.</p>
<p>This new confirmation is a reminder to boaters and anglers to follow Minnesota laws to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species:</p>
<ul>
<li><strong>Clean</strong> aquatic plants and animals from watercraft<strong>.</strong></li>
<li><strong>Drain</strong> all water by removing drain plugs and keep drain plugs out while transporting watercraft.</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, especially after leaving infested waters:</p>
<ul>
<li>Spray with high-pressure water.</li>
<li>Rinse with very hot water (120 degrees Fahrenheit for at least two minutes or 140 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 10 seconds).</li>
<li>Dry for at least five days.</li>
</ul>
<p>Details about starry stonewort and other aquatic invasive species are available at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTcwODE1Ljc2OTk2ODMxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE3MDgxNS43Njk5NjgzMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDQwOTQ3JmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;100&amp;&amp;&amp;http://mndnr.gov/ais?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/ais</a>. More information about citizen science at the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center and the AIS detector program is available at aisdetectors.org.</p>
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		<title>Caribou Falls State Wayside on the North Shore to be temporarily closed for improvements</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/14/caribou-falls-state-wayside-on-the-north-shore-to-be-temporarily-closed-for-improvements/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:00:10 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[The Caribou Falls State Wayside on Minnesota State Highway 61 north of Little Marais, Minn. will be temporarily closed for six to eight weeks beginning mid-August while improvements are made to the site. The project will include the addition of &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/14/caribou-falls-state-wayside-on-the-north-shore-to-be-temporarily-closed-for-improvements/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Caribou Falls State Wayside on Minnesota State Highway 61 north of Little Marais, Minn. will be temporarily closed for six to eight weeks beginning mid-August while improvements are made to the site. The project will include the addition of 25 parking spaces, installation of a vault toilet, and upgrading the trail to the Caribou River to improve accessibility.<span id="more-19724"></span></p>
<p>The Caribou Falls State Wayside is one of five state waysides along the North Shore that are managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). These waysides are generally parcels of land too small to be full-fledged state parks, but with cultural or natural resources that exceed most highway waysides and rest areas.</p>
<p>“This wayside is well-used by visitors to see the Caribou Falls, access the Superior Hiking Trail, fish for trout in the Caribou River, or take a break from driving to take in the view of Lake Superior,” said district supervisor, Christa Maxwell. “Upgrading the parking and trail accessibility will improve safety at the site and better serve the public’s needs.”</p>
<p>During the construction, visitors are encouraged to use the Ray Berglund State Wayside located 16 miles north on State Highway 61 as an alternate rest location. The Caribou Falls State Wayside will be signed during the closure and people are asked to avoid the construction area.</p>
<p>The project is funded by the Federal Transportation Alternative Program with matching dollars from the Legacy Parks &amp; Trails Fund which was 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 sales tax revenue and may only be spent to support parks and trail of regional or statewide significance.</p>
<p>Questions about the Caribou Falls State Wayside project can be directed to Christa Maxwell at the DNR’s Two Harbors area parks and trails office at 218-834-1429.</p>
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		<title>Minnesota Twins and DNR partner to offer free hat at three upcoming ballgames</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/14/minnesota-twins-and-dnr-partner-to-offer-free-hat-at-three-upcoming-ballgames/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:56:52 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Anyone with a 2017 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo cap thanks to a special ticket offer online at mndnr.gov/twins, with the next game in this offer coming up Sunday, Aug. &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/14/minnesota-twins-and-dnr-partner-to-offer-free-hat-at-three-upcoming-ballgames/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Anyone with a 2017 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo cap thanks to a special ticket offer online at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTcwNjA1Ljc0MTc2NzYxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE3MDYwNS43NDE3Njc2MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDIwOTkzJmVtYWlsaWQ9ZGF2aWQuc2NodWVsbGVyQHN0YXRlLm1uLnVzJnVzZXJpZD1kYXZpZC5zY2h1ZWxsZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&amp;&amp;&amp;107&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/twins?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/twins</a>, with the next game in this offer coming up Sunday, Aug. 20.<span id="more-19720"></span></p>
<p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-19721" src="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/twins_hat._govdelivery-300x204.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="204" srcset="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/twins_hat._govdelivery.jpg 300w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/twins_hat._govdelivery-75x51.jpg 75w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />As part of the Minnesota DNR Days partnership with the Twins, license holders can purchase a reserved game ticket to three upcoming games and receive a special Twins cap.</p>
<p>Minnesota DNR Days with the Twins:</p>
<ul>
<li>1:10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, vs. Arizona Diamondbacks.</li>
<li>6:10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, vs. Kansas City Royals.</li>
<li>6:10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, vs. Detroit Tigers.</li>
</ul>
<p>Ticket prices vary by game and seat locations are either in the Field Box or Home Run Porch sections. All ticket holders under this partnership will pick up their cap at the game. Instructions for purchasing tickets are at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTcwNjA1Ljc0MTc2NzYxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE3MDYwNS43NDE3Njc2MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDIwOTkzJmVtYWlsaWQ9ZGF2aWQuc2NodWVsbGVyQHN0YXRlLm1uLnVzJnVzZXJpZD1kYXZpZC5zY2h1ZWxsZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&amp;&amp;&amp;108&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/twins?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/twins</a>.</p>
<p>Buy fishing and hunting licenses at any Minnesota Department of Natural Resources license agent, online with a mobile or desktop device at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTcwNjA1Ljc0MTc2NzYxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE3MDYwNS43NDE3Njc2MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDIwOTkzJmVtYWlsaWQ9ZGF2aWQuc2NodWVsbGVyQHN0YXRlLm1uLnVzJnVzZXJpZD1kYXZpZC5zY2h1ZWxsZXJAc3RhdGUubW4udXMmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&amp;&amp;&amp;109&amp;&amp;&amp;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> or by phone at 888-665-4236. Mobile buyers receive a text or email that serves as proof of a valid fish or game license to state conservation officers.</p>
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		<title>Public input sought on proposed late season deer hunt and regulations</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/14/public-input-sought-on-proposed-late-season-deer-hunt-and-regulations/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:48:40 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[People can give input on a proposed late season antlerless only deer hunt in southeastern Minnesota.  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host two public input meetings about the proposed hunt, potential dates, bag limits and other restrictions. The &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/14/public-input-sought-on-proposed-late-season-deer-hunt-and-regulations/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>People can give input on a proposed late season antlerless only deer hunt in southeastern Minnesota. <span id="more-19718"></span></p>
<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host two public input meetings about the proposed hunt, potential dates, bag limits and other restrictions.</p>
<p>The first meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, in the Houston Elementary School gymnasium, 310 S. Sherman St. in Houston. The second meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, in the DNR Central Office lobby, 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul. Online input will be taken from Monday, Aug. 28, through Monday, Sept. 11.</p>
<p>“We want to discuss why this hunt is proposed, at both meetings. And DNR staff will explain the purpose of the proposed dates and bag limits,” said Adam Murkowski, Big Game Program leader.</p>
<p>The late season antlerless only hunt is being currently proposed for Saturday, Jan. 6, to Sunday, Jan. 14, concurrent with the late chronic wasting disease hunt in deer permit area 603. The deer permit areas that are proposed to be included are 346, 348 and 349 in the far southeastern corner of the state.</p>
<p>Populations in the three permit areas have been over the population goals established in 2014 for multiple seasons. This proposed additional late antlerless only season hunt would facilitate moving populations toward established goals and provide additional hunting opportunity. The DNR is interested in hearing from hunters, landowners and other citizens who are affected by deer in these areas.</p>
<p>“We are particularly interested in knowing how people feel about some of the specifics of the proposed hunt,” Murkowski said. “For instance, if the proposed hunt occurs what dates should the hunt be held to be most effective, should the hunt be limited to private land only, is a bag limit of five deer appropriate and should the hunt occur at all.”</p>
<p>More information about deer is available at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/deer">mndnr.gov/deer.</a></p>
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		<title>Special hunts expand deer hunting opportunities</title>
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		<pubDate>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:46:20 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[&#160; Deadlines are approaching for hunters to sign up for the chance to participate in special archery, firearm and youth deer hunts.  “Special hunts allow for management of local deer populations in places that aren’t usually open to hunting, and &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/14/special-hunts-expand-deer-hunting-opportunities/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
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<p>Deadlines are approaching for hunters to sign up for the chance to participate in special archery, firearm and youth deer hunts. <span id="more-19716"></span></p>
<p>“Special hunts allow for management of local deer populations in places that aren’t usually open to hunting, and they offer additional quality hunting experiences,” said Adam Murkowski, Big Game Program leader with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “There are a number of special hunts this year and we encourage folks to read this year’s hunting regulations and learn about the opportunities.”</p>
<p>Special hunts are administered annually by city governments, Minnesota state parks, local park districts, the DNR and other land managers.</p>
<p>Deadlines vary for some archery hunts administered by city governments, with most quickly approaching and listed in the Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook.</p>
<p>“These special hunts are a great opportunity for new hunters and seasoned veterans to take advantage of opportunities close to home and on land not normally open to hunting,” Murkowski said.</p>
<p>The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 18, for special youth-only deer hunts.</p>
<p>Hunters who want to participate in special firearm or muzzleloader hunts, or special hunts for people with disabilities, have through Thursday, Sept. 7, to apply.</p>
<p>Special hunt permits generally are issued by lottery, and preference points are issued to hunters who are not chosen. More information about special hunts and how to apply can be found in the hunting regulations handbook and online at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTcwODE0Ljc2OTU5MzAxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE3MDgxNC43Njk1OTMwMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDQwNTc5JmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;104&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/deer?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/deer</a>.</p>
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		<title>DNR&#8217;s iconic state fair exhibit educates, entertains visitors</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/14/dnrs-iconic-state-fair-exhibit-educates-entertains-visitors/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:37:25 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[A wide range of educational displays, exhibits, presentations along with music and entertainment highlight the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ annual exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair, which runs Aug. 24-Sept. 4.  “The DNR building and surrounding park area serves &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/14/dnrs-iconic-state-fair-exhibit-educates-entertains-visitors/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>A wide range of educational displays, exhibits, presentations along with music and entertainment highlight the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ annual exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair, which runs Aug. 24-Sept. 4. <span id="more-19710"></span></p>
<p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-19714" src="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/DNR-fish-pond2-300x225.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/DNR-fish-pond2-300x225.jpg 300w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/DNR-fish-pond2-75x56.jpg 75w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/DNR-fish-pond2-768x576.jpg 768w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/DNR-fish-pond2-600x450.jpg 600w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/DNR-fish-pond2.jpg 900w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />“The DNR building and surrounding park area serves as a landmark, a meeting place and a must-visit educational and entertainment destination,” said Dawn Flinn, who helps coordinate the DNR exhibit. “It’s where generations of fairgoers have created life-long memories.”</p>
<p>About 500,000 people visit the DNR’s building and exhibit area during the fair.</p>
<p>“Minnesotans are passionate about the state’s natural resources,” she said. “This is a great way for us to spread the word about how interesting, important and exciting nature is.”</p>
<p>This year’s DNR State Fair theme is Wonderful Water. “We’ll have displays and signs that emphasize the link between clean water and natural resources heath and recreation,” Flinn said.</p>
<p>What’s new?</p>
<ul>
<li>Step inside a giant hiking boot surrounded by huge leaves for a unique Minnesota photo. Just imagine what it is like to experience a real Minnesota forest.</li>
<li>Wonderful Water Day, booths and presentations related to water (Sept. 1).</li>
<li>Explore a life-sized white pine tree, complete with roots a person can walk on and learn how forests create clean water.</li>
<li>Gaze upon a wall of tree cookies 11 feet tall – all native, Minnesota trees.</li>
<li>A kayak and paddleboard simulator so people can experience two of fastest growing paddle sports.</li>
<li>Interactive theater production: “Da Range – Minnesota Iron Range Comes to Life” (Aug. 28).</li>
<li>Iron “Ore” man, photo op of person dressed in northern Minnesota clothing from early 20th century (Aug. 28).</li>
<li>Explore interactive displays to learn how to prevent spread of invasive species.</li>
<li>Small children’s nature play area with climbing boulders and rock interpretation.</li>
</ul>
<p>Displays inside the DNR building cover a wide range of natural resource topics including state parks and trails, rocks and minerals, watersheds, aquatic invasive species, state lands and forests. People can also buy hunting and fishing licenses at the DNR building.</p>
<p>The outdoor fish pond and indoor fish tanks give visitors a chance learn about the different fish that call Minnesota home. This year&#8217;s exhibit features about three dozen fish species.</p>
<p>The DNR fire tower will be open for people who are interested in climbing the 84 steps to get a bird’s-eye view of the State Fairgrounds.</p>
<p>There also will be a number of presentations and musicians on the DNR Volunteer Outdoor Stage, the Garden Stage and the Forest Stage.</p>
<p>For schedule of events, visit the <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/events/statefair/schedules.html">state fair webpage</a>.</p>
<p>The DNR’s State Fair building and surrounding park area are located at the corner of Carnes Avenue and Nelson Street in Falcon Heights. It will be open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily during the fair.</p>
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		<title>2017 DNR State Fair exhibit fact sheet</title>
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		<pubDate>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:35:01 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Theme – Wonderful water  Main building Historic DNR building at State Fair is celebrating 83rd anniversary this year. The 40-foot-high building opened Sept. 1, 1934. Approximately 500,000 people visit DNR building and surrounding park area each year. Gate tickets in &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/14/2017-dnr-state-fair-exhibit-fact-sheet/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
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<p><strong>Main building</strong></p>
<ul>
<li>Historic DNR building at State Fair is celebrating 83rd anniversary this year.</li>
<li>The 40-foot-high building opened Sept. 1, 1934.</li>
<li>Approximately 500,000 people visit DNR building and surrounding park area each year.</li>
<li>Gate tickets in 1934 cost 25 cents. Today, a regular adult admission ticket costs $14.</li>
<li>Funding came from federal and state emergency relief administration and State Fair funds.</li>
<li>Civilian Conservation Corps erected the building in less than six months using machined logs.</li>
<li>DNR building is open daily during fair from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.</li>
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<p><strong>Fish pond</strong></p>
<ul>
<li>Fish exhibit is one of State Fair’s most popular attractions.</li>
<li>Pond holds about 50,000 gallons of water. It is kidney-shaped and is about 100 feet by 50 feet.</li>
<li>Fish pond talks take place at quarter to the hour daily, from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.</li>
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<p><strong>Indoor aquariums</strong></p>
<ul>
<li>There are five tanks that show fish in their native Minnesota habitat: trout of southeastern Minnesota; fish of the St. Croix River; and species of central, southern and northern Minnesota lakes.</li>
<li>Aquariums are built lower to the ground, making it easier for more guests to see the turtles, fish and other species.</li>
<li>Combined aquarium capacity of more than 5,000 gallons of water, the same amount of water the average family of four uses in a month.</li>
<li>When full, tanks weigh about 118,000 pounds or about the weight of 118 Minnesota moose.</li>
<li>Aquariums are open daily during fair from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.</li>
</ul>
<p><strong>Fire tower</strong></p>
<ul>
<li>Specifically built for State Fair to provide a wildfire prevention message to visitors<strong>.</strong></li>
<li>Opened in 1966 and was closed in 1978 because of safety concerns. Was repaired and reopened in 2006.</li>
<li>It is 65 feet tall and there are 84 steps from bottom to top.</li>
<li>There is no charge to climb fire tower stairs to get birds-eye view of fair.</li>
<li>Weather permitting, fire tower open daily during fair from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.</li>
</ul>
<p><strong>Land and minerals display</strong></p>
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<li>“Blast Shack” takes historical look at mining in Minnesota and features actual footage of iron ore blasted from an active mine that includes sound. Old-fashioned plunger provides kids with opportunity to get a feel of what it’s like to set off a blast.</li>
<li>“What is Under Your House,” display will allow people to check out geology/type of rocks under their house.</li>
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<li>A hands-on display of Minnesota-found fossils, co-sponsored by the Science Museum of Minnesota.</li>
<li>Interactive theater production: “Da Range – Minnesota Iron Range Comes to Life” (Aug. 28).</li>
<li>“Living statue” of an iron miner available for photo opportunities on Monday, Aug. 28 from noon until 5 p.m.</li>
<li>Display open daily during fair from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Located inside DNR State Fair building.</li>
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<p><strong>Camper cabin</strong></p>
<ul>
<li>Fairgoers can step inside the 24-foot by 12-foot camper cabin that’s on display.</li>
<li>Cabins are built to provide a “camping out” experience within the comfort of four walls.</li>
<li>Cabin has two sets of bunks. Also includes a picnic table and fire ring with grill.</li>
<li>There are more than 80 camper cabins available to rent in state parks and recreational areas around the state.</li>
<li>Many cabins include electricity, and some are wheelchair accessible.</li>
<li>Camper cabin display model open daily during the fair from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Located in DNR Park, near southwest corner of DNR building.</li>
</ul>
<p><strong>DNR forestry display</strong></p>
<ul>
<li>Three new interactive exhibit areas.</li>
<li>Step inside a giant hiking boot surrounded by huge leaves for a unique Minnesota photo. Just imagine what it is like to step into a real Minnesota forest!</li>
<li>Explore a life-sized white pine tree, complete with roots a person can walk on and learn how forests create clean water.</li>
<li>Gaze upon a wall of tree cookies 11 feet tall – all native, Minnesota trees.</li>
<li>Walk into a “forest” of interactive, informational trees on: forest stewardship, urban trees, forest products, fire and forests and Minnesota’s biomes.</li>
<li>Play with a puzzle of dimensional lumber to learn how much wood comes from a log.</li>
<li>Explore the tools foresters use in the woods every day – clinometer, increment borer and drip torch.</li>
<li>Exhibit is open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. in DNR Building.</li>
</ul>
<p><strong>Stand-up paddleboard and kayak simulators</strong></p>
<ul>
<li>Stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking are the fastest growing paddle sports in Minnesota.</li>
<li>Simulators are free and located near the DNR fish pond.</li>
<li>Experience lasts about three minutes. All ages welcome; parental participation required for children under 8 years of age.</li>
<li>Variety of life jacket styles, including inflatables, will be available to try on.</li>
<li>Simulators open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.</li>
</ul>
<p><strong>Wall of Shame trailer – Turn in Poachers</strong></p>
<ul>
<li>Mounted animals and stories about how they were taken illegally.</li>
<li>16-foot long lighted trailer.</li>
<li>Display located on south side of DNR building.</li>
</ul>
<p><strong>Wildlife Wing</strong></p>
<ul>
<li>Fairgoers can learn about Minnesota species and wildlife habitat.</li>
<li>Special sound and lighting effects help create an experience of moving from day to night and through the four seasons, as visitors walk through the display.</li>
<li>Master naturalist volunteers available to answer wildlife questions.</li>
<li>Display located in DNR building and is open daily during fair from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.</li>
</ul>
<p><strong>Invasive species display</strong></p>
<ul>
<li>Learn about the invasive species present in Minnesota.</li>
<li>Explore interactive displays to learn the actions people can take to prevent invasive species. People can clean, drain and dispose to stop aquatic invasive species and PlayCleanGo to stop invasive species on land.</li>
<li>Check out the PlayCleanGo pledge wall to pledge to clear gear to Stop Invasive Species In Your Tracks.</li>
<li>See examples of invasive animals and plants and the impacts they can have.<br />
Talk with DNR staff and volunteers about invasive species questions.</li>
</ul>
<p><strong>Smokey Bear</strong></p>
<ul>
<li>Smokey Bear is celebrating 73 years of reminding children and their parents about the dangers of wildfires.</li>
<li>Smokey Bear makes daily appearances at DNR Park at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.</li>
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		<title>Reminder: Outdoor skills workshop for women scheduled for Sept. 29 to Oct. 1</title>
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		<pubDate>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:33:45 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Women who want to learn outdoor skills with other women still have time to sign-up for a three-day workshop set for Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at Deep Portage Learning Center in central Minnesota.  The weekend workshop, offered by the Minnesota Department &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/08/14/reminder-outdoor-skills-workshop-for-women-scheduled-for-sept-29-to-oct-1/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Women who want to learn outdoor skills with other women still have time to sign-up for a three-day workshop set for Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at Deep Portage Learning Center in central Minnesota. <span id="more-19706"></span></p>
<p>The weekend workshop, offered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Becoming an Outdoors Woman program, includes classes on shooting, archery, bowhunting and more.</p>
<p>“Autumn is great time to come together, enjoy nature and develop new skills in a friendly and supportive environment,” said Linda Bylander, BOW coordinator. “Deep Portage is an ideal place for this because of its great mix of classrooms, a rock climbing wall, safe shooting ranges and more.”</p>
<p>Also offered at the workshop are classes on finding and cooking wild mushrooms, birding, pine basket making, Dutch oven cooking, orienteering, rock climbing, dressing for the outdoors, walking stick-making and beekeeping.</p>
<p>“Minnesota’s outdoors has so much to offer, and learning new ways to enjoy it is truly empowering and can lead to a more personally rewarding and healthy lifestyle,” Bylander said.</p>
<p>The workshop is designed largely for women ages 18 and up but girls ages 14 to 17 are welcome to attend with parents or guardians. Visit the <a href="http://mndnr.gov/bow">BOW webpage</a> for more information and to register.</p>
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