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More DNA Testing Planned For Invasive Carp

The search for invasive Asian carp in the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers enters a new phase in the coming week. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and other agencies will conduct a new round of environmental DNA testing, and this time it will include the Minnesota River.

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DNR Taking Comments On Stearns County Aggregate Resources

The DNR is now taking public comment on draft maps for Stearns County's aggregate resources. The county board of commissioners asked the DNR to map the county's sand, gravel and crushed stone deposits to better plan for future zoning and also to identify local, low-cost sources of these minerals.

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DNR Urges Caution After Bear Incidents Near Ely

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is urging people to be careful after recent reports of aggressive behavior by black bears in the Ely area. The DNR says some reports involve collared bears that are part of research being conducted by biologist Lynn Rogers.

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DNR: Zebra Mussels Found In 2 Western Minnesota Lakes

The state Department of Natural Resources says zebra mussels have spread to two lakes in western Minnesota. DNR biologists confirmed that the pests are now in Brophy and Cowdry lakes near Alexandria.

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DNR – Minnesota Duck And Goose Numbers Improve

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the state's breeding duck and goose populations have improved from last year. The DNR's annual spring waterfowl surveys put the state's estimated breeding duck population at 687,000 compared with 531,000 last year.

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DNR Flooded With Calls For State Park Reservations

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reports a record day after the state park reservation system reopened following the state's government shutdown. More than 4,100 camping and lodging reservations were made Tuesday, the first day the reservation system was open after the shutdown.

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State Parks Could Re-Open For Day Use Friday

The end of Minnesota's state government shutdown means state parks will soon start re-opening, but it will take some time. Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chris Niskanen says parks need to be cleaned up and checked for safety.

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DNR – No Fishing Honor System During Shutdown

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says there's no way to get around the state's fishing license requirements during the government shutdown. The state's electronic licensing system was taken offline when the shutdown began July 1, leaving anglers unable to buy fishing licenses.

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Stearns County License Centers To Stay Open During Government Shutdown

Stearns County officials want to let residents know the License Centers will remain open during the state government shutdown. County residents will be able to pick up license tabs, renew licenses and transfer titles.

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Minnesota Anglers Who Need Licenses Advised To Buy Now

Anglers who still need fishing licenses for the holiday weekend are being advised to buy them by Thursday in case Minnesota state government shuts down over the ongoing budget impasse.

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