Minnesota DNR Reports

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…

Wild deer identified as presumptive positive for CWD outside of disease management zone

It is the first detection of the disease in Houston County since testing began in 2002. If confirmed positive, the DNR will offer landowner shooting permits in the area around where the deer was harvested and continue to collect samples as opportunities arise through deer-vehicle collisions or archery harvest. The DNR also will consider special hunts in January or February, depending on results from additional samples.

DNR’s newest conservation officers set to hit the field

Conservation Officer Jacqueline Hughes checks a deer hunter’s license. (Minnesota DNR) They’ve saved a hunter’s life, helped remove a deer running wild through the basement of a home and taught firearms safety classes. They’ve busted poachers, had lunch with kids and learned the ins and outs of natural resources law enforcement. Since their training began in May, the Minnesota DNR’s…