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DNR reminds parents of ice danger to children


Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

A mix of warm and cold weather across Minnesota has created inconsistent ice on lakes, rivers and ponds. The Department of Natural Resources is warning parents to keep an eye on their children this Thanksgiving as they visit friends and family who live near bodies of water.

Last winter season (November to April), three people died after falling through the ice.

“Kids are adventurous and want to go out and play while mom and dad are cooking or visiting with friends. Right now, a thin coating of ice has formed on many lakes and ponds. An inch or two of ice is not safe,” said Capt. Todd Kanieski, DNR regional enforcement manager.

He added, children should not go out on the ice without adult supervision, even when conditions improve.

“Parents should also tell their children to stay away from any frozen water bodies around the home and that no ice is ever 100 percent safe,” Kanieski said.

The DNR recommends anyone heading out on the ice should: carry a set of ice picks, check with a local bait shop or resort – ask about ice conditions – and measure the ice.

DNR clear ice thickness recommendations are:

•4 inches for walking.

•5 inches for a snowmobile or ATV.

•8-12 inches for a car.

•12-15 inches for a medium-sized truck.

Hunters register 111,000 deer through the third weekend

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Minnesota hunters registered 111,000 deer through the third and last weekend of firearms deer season, down 31,000 from the same period in 2013, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. So far this year during special hunts and t ..... 
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Hunters register 102,000 deer through second weekend

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Minnesota hunters registered 102,000 deer through the second weekend of firearms deer season, down 31,000 from the same period in 2013, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. So far this year, hunters during special hunts, and ..... 
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Is there a moose in Peterson?

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Peterson The Great Outdoors

Is there a moose in Peterson? Photo by Megan Grebe

Minnesota’s snowmobile trails open Dec. 1

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Despite the recent snowfall throughout much of Minnesota, snowmobile trails are not yet ready for riding, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Minnesota’s snowmobile trails officially open Dec. 1; however, several conditi ..... 
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Deer hunters encouraged to submit harvested deer for CWD sampling

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Deer hunters in far southeastern Minnesota are encouraged to submit harvested deer for CWD sampling. Southeastern Minnesota deer hunters who harvest a deer in permit areas 348 and 349 are encouraged to have their deer sampled for chronic wasting ..... 
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Hides for Habitat

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association is asking for your help to improve conditions for future hunters and hunting in general by donating your harvested deer hides. The Bluff Country Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association has “Hides ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Recycling Education Coordinator Americans find all kinds of ways to celebrate special days throughout the year. We have Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Groundhog Day, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day, Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Day, Election Day, ..... 
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DNR question of the week

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

By Bruce Davis DNR wildlife research specialist Q: What is a rocket net, and how is it used by the DNR? A: A rocket net is a propelled net used for capturing wildlife. The net is pulled by electronically-ignited explsive charges contained in ven ..... 
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