Minnesota DNR Reports

DNR denies requests to reconsider PolyMet tailings basin permits

Minnesota DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen issued an order denying requests by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, multiple environmental organizations and some individuals to reconsider the tailings dam permits issued to PolyMet on Nov. 1, 2018, the DNR said in a news release Wednesday, Aug. 7. The DNR subjected PolyMet’s tailings dam proposal to years of rigorous…

DNR announces hiring of new directors for Fish and Wildlife, Lands and Minerals divisions

Dave Olfelt, the DNR’s regional wildlife manager for northeastern Minnesota, has been named the Fish and Wildlife Division director. (Minnesota DNR)The Minnesota DNR has hired two veteran state government leaders to head the agency’s Fish and Wildlife and Lands and Minerals divisions. Dave Olfelt, the DNR’s regional wildlife manager for northeastern Minnesota, has been named the Fish and Wildlife Division…

Boat registration fee increase goes into effect – and toward invasive species prevention

(Minnesota DNR)A broadly-supported measure that went into effect today (Monday, July 1) is intended to significantly enhance aquatic invasive species prevention and management in Minnesota, the state DNR said in a news release Monday. The increase in the aquatic invasive species watercraft surcharge on the three-year watercraft registration increased from $5 to $10.60. This is the first increase in the…

DNR announces appointments to its statewide deer advisory committee

Nineteen individuals will provide input on deer management issues, serving on a new committee the Minnesota DNR created to foster the exchange of information and ideas between the agency and the public. The DNR established this deer advisory committee as part of the 2019-2028 Minnesota White-tailed Deer Management Plan to enhance two-way dialogue with interest groups on specific deer management…

Take a Kid Fishing Weekend is June 7-9

(Minnesota DNR)Kids will rarely be able to tell you their best day of watching TV but take them fishing and moments of angling excitement can make lifelong memories – it’s an often expressed sentiment and this weekend is a chance to put it into practice. During Take a Kid Fishing weekend Friday, June 7, to Sunday, June 9, Minnesota residents…

DNR Enforcement Division chief pilot calls it a career

(Minnesota DNR)Following a 15-year career with the Minnesota DNR Enforcement Division’s Aviation Unit, Capt. Tom Buker – the division’s chief pilot since 2015 – is flying off into retirement. Like any retiree, he’s got the list of things he’s looking forward to doing, such as spending more time with family, traveling and being outdoors. But don’t mistake his excitement about…

DNR conservation officer dies in line of duty

A Minnesota DNR conservation officer has died in the line of duty following an incident Friday, April 19, on Cross Lake in Pine City. CO Eugene Wynn, who patrolled the Pine City station, and a deputy with the Pine County Sheriff’s Office were responding to a report of a possible body in the water. The two officers launched Wynn’s boat…

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:…