Minnesota DNR Reports

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:…

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…