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Money Cut For Minnesota Wolf Management

The federal program that controls wolves that attack or threaten farm animals or pets in Minnesota is in peril because of budget cuts by Congress. Friday's budget agreement in the U.S. Congress effectively eliminates money for the USDA's Wildlife Services program.

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Fire Restrictions Start Friday In 19 Minnesota Counties

In another sign of spring, restrictions on open burning take effect Friday in 19 counties in central Minnesota. The Department of Natural Resources says rapid snowmelt has increased the risk of wildfires, particularly in grassy areas.

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Heavy Snow Leads To Winterkill In Lakes

One of the snowiest winters in years has taken its toll on some of Minnesota's fish. A phenomenon called "winterkill" happens when the frozen lakes can't get enough sunshine. With no sun, the plants can't create oxygen through photosynthesis and fish die off.

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Fishing To Start Late On Certain Northeast Minnesota Waters

The fishing season will get off to a late start on certain northeastern Minnesota lakes and streams because of the cold winter. The Department of Natural Resources says the expected late ice-out dates will mean delayed spawning.

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DNR – Register Now For Firearm Safety Course

The Minnesota DNR is trying to get the word out now to sign up for firearms safety education classes. DNR Hunter Education Coordinator Mike Hammer says instructors are calling in and setting up spring training classes now.

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DNR Tracking Loon Migration Back To St. John’s University

The Minnesota DNR has used a federal grant to help track the migration of Minnesota Loons. The DNR put a satellite transmitter on two Loons from St. John's University's Lake Sagatagan. One of the birds died before making it to the Gulf of Mexico. The other is making its way back to Minnesota.

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Still No Chronic Wasting In Minnesota Deer Tests

The state's search for additional evidence of chronic wasting disease continues to come up empty. None of the 665 adult deer tested for CWD in southeastern Minnesota tested positive for the disease.

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DNR Recommends Burning Debris Now Before Snowmelt

The Minnesota DNR is asking homeowners to complete open burning now while there is still some snow on the ground. Spring burning restrictions will go into effect soon and the DNR says now is the safest time to burn.

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Harsh Minnesota Winter Threatens Deer Population

This year's particularly harsh winter has hit northern Minnesota's deer population hard. And if spring doesn't kick in soon, even the survivors could be in trouble.

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Minnesota DNR Expecting Trail Closures During Thaw

The Minnesota Department of Natural resources says the spring thaw in the next few weeks will probably prompt some temporary road and trail closures in state forests.

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