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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…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 19, 2019

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) attended the funeral of Red Lake Nation Conservation Officer Shannon Barron. Instruction was done at the CO Academy at Camp Ripley.  CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked OHV, AIS, and angling enforcement. Time also was spent monitoring traffic in the forest this past week as gatherers are starting to scout for berries…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 12, 2019

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on the Roseau River and Lake of the Woods. ATV activity was monitored in the Beltrami Island State Forest during the Fourth of July holiday. Enforcement action was taken for operating an off-highway motorcycle on city streets, minor in possession of alcohol while driving, transporting fish with no patch…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 5, 2019

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River. Violations included possession of illegal-length walleyes and failure to transfer ownership of a watercraft.  CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked OHV, AIS, boat and water, and angling enforcement. An investigation into a deer-poaching case from last November was completed with help…

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…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 28, 2019

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on the Roseau River, Red Lake River, and Lake of the Woods. EVOC training was attended at Camp Ripley. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, angling with extra lines, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and failure to transfer ownership of a watercraft.  CO Tony Elwell…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 21, 2019

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods and the Roseau River. Enforcement action was taken for possession of illegal-length walleyes and possession of marijuana. A wolf was found shot near Badger. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the TIP line.  CO Tony Elwell (Thief River Falls) investigated a possible Wetland…

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…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 14, 2019

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) investigated a fire near Badger. Enforcement action taken for an angler using too many lines. CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad North) reminds anglers fishing Lake of the Woods: You may not possess more than your Minnesota limit of fish when fishing the lake regardless if you have an Ontario or Manitoba angling…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 7, 2019

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods. A calf depredation was investigated near Lake Bronson.  CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked OHV, AIS, boat and water, and angling enforcement. Benjamin strongly suggests people read the regulations booklet before heading out onto public lands with their ATVs. This will help ensure good memories…

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…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 31, 2019

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) patrolled Lake of the Woods, the Rainy River, and the Warroad River. A meeting was attended with stakeholders at the Northwest Angle. A busy weekend was worked on Lake of the Woods during Memorial Day weekend. One boat owner was cited for the second time for denying inspection of his watercraft…