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Governor’s plan would complete Lake Vermilion State Park
In a text message Friday morning, Brett Alsleben of Points North Services said they are trying to get the road back open by the end of the weekend.
Groups have pushed for broader ban on toxic lead ammunition.
The multi-agency effort will remove forest fuels that spur bigger fires.

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Cougar sightings have become more common in Minnesota than they were 20 years ago, but the Department of Natural Resources maintains the state does not have a breeding population of the big cats.
Supplemental feeding of deer, even in northern states like Minnesota, is almost never necessary and often does more harm than good, DNR big game program leader Barb Keller said. Whitetails, one of the most adaptable wildlife species in the country, survive harsh winter conditions by slowing their metabolism, foraging on natural browse and leaning on the fat reserves they stored up through the fall.
Study on the Grand Portage Reservation sheds light on complex wildlife relationships.
The DNR implemented the rule Oct. 11 after learning that a CWD-positive farm in Wisconsin shipped 387 farmed white-tailed deer to farms in seven states, including Minnesota.
Lawndale Creek restoration project helps clean water in Buffalo River while providing trout habitat in unlikely place
Invading parasite decimated fish popualtions until a chemical poison was developed to kill their larvae.

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In addition to the 26 fish in the livewell, there were six walleyes and 10 saugers in the cooler with fish caught that day, and 17 walleyes and 13 saugers in the second cooler with fish the group had kept the previous day – 72 fish total.
The new program is designed to honor select individuals that demonstrate exceptional community service for the prevention of invasive species, Wildlife Forever said in a news release.
A North Dakota man who was supervising his daughter during Minnesota’s recent youth deer season voluntarily had the deer she shot southwest of Climax tested, paying for the private test as a routine matter of course. When preliminary results came back positive, he contacted the DNR.

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