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March 28, 2003

St. Paul The Minnesota DNR is making $165,000 available to local conservation organizations interested in working on water control structures on wildlife management areas throughout the state.

The funds, available through the Heritage Enhancements Grants Program, will cover the cost of adding or restoring water control structures, fish barriers, dikes, and related inlets and outlets that enhance existing wetland habitat. A grant application and information package is available by calling Leslie Tannahill at (651) 284-0584 or via e-mail at Completed grant …

St. Paul The Minnesota DNR is making $165,000 available to local conservation organizations interested in working on water control structures on wildlife management areas throughout the state. Read More »

Brainerd, Minn. Warm spring weather is leading to an early thawing of off-highway vehicle trails and roads in parts of the state, according to the Minnesota DNR. This thaw causes soft soils that can lead to rutting. To avoid damage to these trails, the D

Up-to-date information about trail closings, updated weekly on Thursday afternoons, is available on the DNR web site at or by calling the DNR Information Center at (651) 296-6157 or toll free 1-888-MINNDNR (646-6367).

Madison, Wis. The Wisconsin DNR has found 16 more deer with chronic wasting disease, and all were killed in the area where the state wants to try to eradicate the disease from the herd, the agency said last week.

That’s the largest weekly increase in the number of deer found with the disease that the DNR has reported as it has been trying to pinpoint how widespread the disease is in the herd. The results bring the number of deer found with CWD to 80, and they continue to show that about 2 percent

St. Paul Applications for the 2003 Minnesota black bear hunting season are being accepted by the Minnesota DNR through Friday, May 2. This year’s season, which will run from Sept. 1 through Oct. 12, offers 20,110 licenses available in 11 permit areas.

Applications, which can be made through the DNR’s Electronic Licensing System, are available from 1,750 ELS agents throughout Minnesota and the DNR License Center at 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul. Applications also can be made by calling 1-888-MNLICENse or on the web at Licenses may be purchased for the no-quota area an area

Commission says no need for EIS on Dead Lake plan

Field Editor Perham, Minn. After a lengthy public hearing on March 19, the Otter Tail County Planning and Zoning Commission voted 7-3 not to recommend the county board require an environmental impact statement (EIS) for a proposed development on Dead Lake. “It was a very disappointing conclusion,” says local property owner Spencer Schram, co-chair of

Feds plan immediate look into timber wolf delisting

Associate Editor Minneapolis The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week that gray wolves in the United States have been federally reclassified from “endangered” to “threatened.” That did little to affect wolf management in Minnesota, where wolves have been considered threatened since 1978, the only state in the Lower 48 states with such a

Elk from Minnesota tests CWD-positive

Associate Editor St. Paul An elk traced from a Minnesota farm near Sauk Centre, where a female elk in January tested positive for chronic wasting disease, has tested positive for the fatal cervid disease in Wisconsin, officials in both states confirmed Tuesday. It’s the latest development as officials from the Minnesota Board of Animal Health

Mar. 28-30: Minnesota Fishing Federation Minnesota Outdoor Sport Show at IRA Civic Center in Grand Rapids. For more info call Brain Carlson, 218-327-1522.

April 5-6: 11th Annual Spring Shotgun Show, Rice Creek Hunting & Rec, Little Falls. For more info see or call 320-745-2232. April 5-6: Viking Woodcarvers 2003 Spring Show & Sale, Har Mar Mall, Roseville. Sat. 10-6 p.m., Sun. Noon-5 p.m. April 12: Tracy Sport show, 8-6 p.m., Prairie Pavilion in Tracy. For more info

Grand Rapids, Minn. With most of Minnesota now snow-free, statewide burning restrictions will start April 1. No burning permits will be issued in the northern two-thirds of the state, with the exception of construction permits and prescribed burns. The b

State wildfire information officer Jean Bergerson says the spring fire season has already begun. “We’re earlier than normal,” she says. “We have moderate drought conditions statewide.” Last weekend, at least 27 fires burned over 1,200 acres in locations including the Chippewa National Forest and the Red Lake Indian Reservation. A fire near Little Falls burned

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