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Three herds in northwestern Minnesota total about 130 elk; hunting has been allowed under tight restrictions.
Anglers in the lobby of Zippel Bay Resort want to know where walleyes are biting — and whether the Igloo Bar is for real. The answer lies nearly 2 miles from shore on Lake of the Woods.
Facility would oversee walleye at a lake hurt by low numbers.
Resourceful Lake of the Woods resort owners came to embrace winter anglers
Gov. Mark Dayton's reluctant decision last week to exclude private ditches from buffer strip mapping was an obvious setback to his hard-fought 2015 water-quality law.
Chaska's Courthouse Lake is continuing to draw trout anglers more than a week after the 10-acre fishing hole drew a crowd on the opening day of winter trout season.
Backers of a reintroduction project see it as restoring part of Minnesota's wildlife heritage
The North Shore State Trail has bounced back from rough start.
Shore Boards owner Tim Shore saw the paddle board craze and began handcrafting wood models
Opponents railing against long-range DNR plan to spread species to chains.
St. Paul's RiverCentre will open Thursday to the 46th annual Minnesota Sportsmen's Show for fishing, hunting, boating, camping and family vacations.
Scarcity of some baitfish in Lake Mille Lacs and the dynamics of how aquatic invasive species contribute to the Mille Lacs walleye crisis will take center stage Friday morning when the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) launches its annual roundtable with outdoors stakeholders.
The one-bird bag limit stays, but the empty-handed can try again.
Adam Murkowski will deal with the state audit on his agency's deer management programs and a controversial elk management plan.
Ice fishermen could hardly wait this winter to cut holes and resume their annual traditions
Commissioners worry other fish might be harmed.
A pheasant plan was made, a buffer bill passed. But Mille Lacs was the year's top outdoors story.
According to the latest estimate by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, at least 25 percent of Minnesotans — more than 1 million people — feed birds.
Disease closed hatchery by Altura; it won't be viable for at least three years.
While there's still open water on the south end of Upper Red Lake, 4 to 7 inches of ice in other areas have tempted some anglers to venture out on four-wheelers.
Its purpose is to simultaneously address water pollution and make up for lost wildlife habitat in 54 counties in southern and western Minnesota.
Tom Landwehr, a waterfowl biologist who was hired by the state Department of Natural Resources in 1982, is entering his sixth year as the agency's top gun.
There's North Shore fishing, walleyes by Red Wing, and grouse, pheasant, deer and goose hunting.
Ag runoff is costly pollutant, but safe practices can help.
It's too warm even in Minnesota's winter hot spots.
The catch on Thanksgiving eve of a beastly muskie, estimated at 61 pounds by Dominic Hoyos of Stillwater, eclipsed the possible world record fly-fishing muskie caught by Robert Hawkins just 16 days earlier, also on Mille Lacs.
Chronic wasting disease spurred a shift away from the whole-carcass trade.
She reveled in the outdoors and loved painting it.
With more shooting opportunities still to go, mild weather and a larger deer herd have contributed to a 13 percent overall increase in Minnesota's whitetail harvest.
Wisconsin, battling issues within the deer herd, still expects 'a really nice year'
The governor says environmental oversight by a local foundation could be a model if PolyMet plan proceeds.
Dayton will visit two operations, chosen by opposing advocacy groups on PolyMet, to show the best and worst environmental consequences of modern mining.
Crisp air, plenty of walleye made for quite the memory.
Deal is designed to protect groundwater and forests.
But counter-protesters gathered anyway.
A treaty rights challenge by tribal members regarding wild rice harvesting broadened into a confrontation over netting on nearby Gull Lake, where two band members were issued citations.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources defused a confrontation with Chippewa band members Thursday by issuing an unrequested one-day, special permit to harvest wild rice. But band members said the temporary move won't settle the treaty rights issue.
Huntington’s disease took its toll on Wade Wallen over the course of more than 12 years, leaving the former Bloomington Jefferson High School hockey star…
Chippewa band members push for off-reservation rights in 1855 Treaty territory.
Federal initiative follows a previously announced push by the White House.
In an issue vexing many communities, Pepin County will get $480,334.
A revitalization of the area's waters will require reduced use of chemicals that seep off fields into local rivers and lakes, state officials say. But that argument is fueling sharp debate.
A federal judge has declined requests by the Star Tribune, New York Times and others to open the doors on a courthouse conference next week that he hopes will produce reforms of the troubled Minnesota Sex Offender Program.
State wildlife officials are investigating a large fish kill in southern Minnesota, along a designated trout stream on the South Branch Whitewater River just upstream…
The former archbishop denies allegations of personal misconduct that emerged last year during an internal church investigation of his behavior — a report that the archdiocese now is considering making public.
The beetle bandit wasp can help find infestations.
As costs climb to treat water, neighbors avoid blaming farmers.
A man who once studied under John Nienstedt to become a Catholic priest told investigators that Nienstedt made a sexual advance toward him and then expelled him from the seminary after being rebuffed.
After feedlot feud, Pollution Control Agency's board became a lightning rod for agribusiness, GOP.
Annual drinking water survey says supplies are safe overall, but finds need for prevention and vigilance.
Pollution pervasive in southern Minnesota, and growing worse, but waters in the state's central and northeast regions are much cleaner.
Randall's water emergency is the latest sign of an environmental problem in Minnesota. Nitrogen fertilizer is leaching into groundwater from farm fields, contaminating wells and costing taxpayers millions.
High nitrate levels in Adrian, Minn., and several nearby towns are making water unsafe for babies, pregnant women.
The hands-on owner of Hage Concrete Works wanted to experience at least one more season of bidding jobs, making new friends and assisting his crews, but he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on March 17 at age 74.
Those regulating feedlots have ties to them, drawing lawsuits.
State steps up efforts to make sure excess water isn't being drawn, especially by livestock industry.
Common to the battles is a concern that the feedlots will deplete local groundwater, spill manure into waterways and produce odors that spoil rural living.
Miining companies are leveraging jobs and money to exert their will in the small communities of southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin, where a sand rush has led to the permitting of more than 100 facilities in the past four years.
Study could take up to a year and will look at potential threats to groundwater
Minnesota Sands makes $130K payment to fund environmental impact statement.
Institutions hope troubles of archdiocese don't impact them.
Brain worm infection caused a young moose to wander far south of its normal range late last year, where it died on a farmstead near…
They worry that a court decision made in December will trigger a backlash in Congress.
Twin Cities Catholics going to mass this weekend saw something waiting for them along with the bulletins and hymnals — fliers explaining their church's bankruptcy.
The report in the Catholic Spirit online newspaper says litigation claims are expected to grow beyond the $5.3 million the chancery has reserved for them. Only two cases have been settled so far.
Ex-vicar general helped out despite Rev. Michael Keating's record of abuse allegations.
Documents show the Rev. Michael Keating's career was advancing as investigators gathered information about alleged improprieties.
The Rev. Michael J. Keating, 57, a University of St. Thomas professor, has been accused of sexual contact with a 13-year-old Twin Cities girl more than a decade ago, and of then giving her his car when she confronted him about the incidents eight years later.
An effort going into effect this summer already is facing a repeal effort.
One child died during the week, the third such flu-related death of the season among Minnesotans under 18. Last year's influenza season produced no flu-related deaths among Minnesota kids.
In an unintended consequence of a state law, 65 percent of Aitkin County is covered in wetlands, largely to accommodate mine expansions to the north.
Returning the wolf to "endangered" status ends three years of hunting in the region.
Living-room Scrabble games were vicious in the Kleeman home, where Dick Kleeman taught his children to love writing and language. An education and political reporter…
The archdiocese commissioned the investigation in an effort to address accusations received by the chancery as Nienstedt fended off mounting criticism over the church's handling of other sexual misconduct cases.
Leaders of Hendricks, Minn., say the efforts to clean up their lake are threatened by a giant 4,000-cow dairy farm proposed just across the border in South Dakota, on top of the area's highest hill.
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