Minnesota DNR Reports

Farmed deer serve as sentinel for disease as virus seen in 2018 re-emerges in southeast Minnesota

St. Paul, Minn. – Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) has been confirmed in two white-tailed farmed deer in Houston County after the owner submitted samples because of their suspicious deaths. The virus is transmitted by biting midges and was first confirmed in Minnesota deer in 2018 on a white-tailed deer farm in Goodhue County. Most deer die within 36 hours of exhibiting clinical signs of EHD. “The two deer were part of a herd of 60 white-tailed…

DNR honors 2 youths for their conservation efforts

The Minnesota DNR honored two youths for their outstanding conservation efforts during a ceremony Friday, Aug. 30, at the Minnesota State Fair. Gov. Tim Walz, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen presented the awards. Jake Tanghe, from Northfield in Rice County, received the 4-H Award and Elizabeth Lindow, from Lake City in Wabasha County, received the Future…

Granada man is 2018 DNR volunteer firearms safety instructor of the year

Minnesota DNR Enforcement Southwest Regional Training Officer Jen Mueller presented Brad Wells, of Grenada, with the 2018 DNR volunteer firearms safety instructor of the year award. Shown at right is Franklin Flack, of the Minnesota Volunteer Safety Instructor Association. (Minnesota DNR)Brad Wells, of Granada in southern Minnesota, has been named the 2018 firearms safety volunteer instructor of the year, by…

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…