Minnesota DNR Reports

Cold weather causing winterkill on some southern Minnesota lakes

(Minnesota DNR file photo)As ice comes off of southern Minnesota lakes, evidence of this year’s harsh winter is washing up along the shorelines. While dead and dying fish washing ashore can be discouraging to see, it’s the result of a natural process called “winterkill,” according to biologists with the Minnesota DNR. “Shallow lakes like we have in southern Minnesota are…

Trashing Minnesota’s lakes: COs seeing ‘fallout’ from hard-water season

With fish-house removal deadlines in the rearview mirror and melting snow revealing what once was hidden, conservation officers throughout the state are finding the trash people left behind, the Minnesota DNR noted in a Facebook post recently. A reminder from the DNR: Anything but an impression left on the ice is litter and will be investigated. Categories: Ice Fishing Tags:…

Shakopee man is snowmobile safety instructor of the year

DNR Enforcement regional training officers Greg Oldakowski (l) and Mike Lee (r) presented Kim Werkmeister with his 2018 DNR Snowmobile Instructor of the Year plaque at the recent Minnesota United Snowmobile Association Winter Rendezvous. (Minnesota DNR)Kim Werkmeister, of Shakopee, has been named the Minnesota DNR Volunteer Snowmobile Instructor of the Year for 2018. During his 42 years as a volunteer…

DNR leadership team largely in place with second round of appointments

The Minnesota DNR on Monday, Feb. 4 announced its second round of leadership appointments, the DNR said in a news release. DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen announced the appointment of Shannon Lotthammer as assistant commissioner, overseeing the divisions of Forestry, Parks and Trails and Operations Services. Lotthammer comes to the DNR from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, where she served as…

DNR names 2019 Conservation Officer of the Year

CO Mitch Boyum (left) and Enforcement Division Director Rodmen Smith. (Minnesota DNR)Minnesota DNR Conservation Officer Mitch Boyum has been named the 2019 DNR Conservation Officer of the Year, an award presented to an officer each year for outstanding overall career performance. Enforcement Division Director Rodmen Smith presented the award earlier this month at the division’s annual awards ceremony and training…

DNR announces appointments to Commissioner’s Office

The Minnesota DNR has announced leadership appointments in its Commissioner’s Office. DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen named current Assistant Commissioner Barb Naramore as deputy DNR commissioner. Since 2013, Naramore has overseen three divisions (Ecological and Water Resources, Forestry, and Lands and Minerals) and worked frequently with other divisions on interdisciplinary efforts. Prior to joining the DNR, Naramore was executive director of the…

Shakopee artist wins turkey stamp contest

Shakopee artist Mark Thone has won the 2020 turkey stamp contest. Judges selected the painting from among 12 submissions for the annual contest sponsored by the Minnesota DNR. 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. Judges selected three entries to advance as finalists…