Minnesota Legislature

Lawmakers fail to resolve dispute over muskie stocking

NISSWA, Minn. — Lawmakers left St. Paul without resolving a long-running dispute over the stocking of Minnesota lakes with muskies. Opponents of introducing the ferocious predator fish to more lakes weren’t able to pass legislation this session to limit the practice. So anti-stocking legislation is expected to return next year. Muskies, or muskellunge, are native to 44 Minnesota lakes and…

Dayton vetoes revised bill on wild rice water standards, announces task force to make recommendations on protection, restoration

Wild rice is “great for nesting, for cover for fish. It’s a good food source for waterfowl that migrate through.”ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill Wednesday that he said would have unlawfully undermined Minnesota’s ability to enforce its water quality standard for protecting wild rice. Dayton, who vetoed a similar bill earlier, said in a letter…

DNR funding pitch: Minnesota outdoor recreational facilities, buildings in need of repair – and soon [video]

According to the DNR, the broken water line at Jay Cooke State Park is among the growing list of repairs needed throughout the state for hundreds of roofs, dilapidated bridges, washed out roads and culverts and the like. (Minnesota DNR)It’s become an annual early-spring tradition for the Minnesota DNR – a tour of a popular Minnesota state park. But it’s…