Minnesota DNR

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Sept. 6, 2019

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked goose- and bear-hunting activity. Goose-hunting success was spotty, but several limits were observed. Goose hunters are reminded to know what licenses are needed.  CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) worked the Labor Day weekend monitoring the start of the early goose and bear seasons. Success was better than average in…

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…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Aug. 30, 2019

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked area bear-baiting activity. Assistance was given to local law enforcement with the apprehension of an individual who was under the influence of illegal drugs and wielding a knife.  CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) continued monitoring bear-baiting activity in the area. Enforcement action was taken for baiting bears without a…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Aug. 23, 2019

District 1 – Baudette area CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked OHV, AIS, and bear-baiting enforcement. Several calls concerning the upcoming deer and bear seasons were handled.  CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) attended training, responded to a call about possible feral swine at large, and monitored the start of bear-baiting activities. Enforcement action was taken for failure to register a…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Aug. 16, 2019

District 1 – Baudette area CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked OHV, AIS, boat and water, and angling enforcement. Several reported shoreline violations were investigated and a Critical Intervention Team course was attended.  CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) gave a presentation at the MinnAqua Youth Fishing Clinic in Thief River Falls, provided a ride-along for a local high school student,…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Aug. 9, 2019

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on the Red River of the North and Lake of the Woods. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, angling with too many lines, and possession of an overlimit of walleyes.  CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) monitored area angling and ATVing activity.  Numerous calls about the…

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…

Minnesota’s top court to hear Lake Calhoun-Bde Maka Ska case

Hennepin County asked the DNR for the lake name change because Lake Calhoun was named for pro-slavery former Vice President John Calhoun. But some nearby property owners challenged it. (Photo by Brian Peterson)ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Supreme Court will decide whether the state DNR has the authority to change the name of Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis to its…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Aug. 2, 2019

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers at the Northwest Angle, Warroad, and on the Roseau River.  CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) instructed at the CO Academy during “game week” responded to a call about a car-killed elk. CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working angling and boating activity on special-regulation lakes throughout the week. Time…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 26, 2019

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored area angling and ATVing activity. Complaints were fielded regarding truck operators rutting up a sensitive area in the Beltrami Island State Forest. Charges are pending.  CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked OHV, AIS and angling enforcement. A two-year pilot program went into effect that will allow ATV and UTV traffic in…