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Connecting to Rock County Rural Water is the best solution for safe drinking water at Blue Mounds State Park, but timing for the project hinges on state funding. Kathy Dummer, DNR regional manager of parks and trails based in New Ulm, relayed the decision in a Nov. 3 letter to the Rock County...
About the same number of small game hunters took to the field in 2015 compared to the year before. By species, the number of pheasant hunters was up slightly, with duck hunters stable and grouse hunters down slightly, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources annual small game...
Youth can apply to hunt deer in the Blue Mounds State Park during a special hunt in November. “Parents or other adult mentors go with youth to the fields and forests during these annual hunting opportunities,” said Mike Kurre, Department of Natural Resources mentoring coordinator. “Time spent...
The beach and lake will not be replaced at the Blue Mounds State Park.
The Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday morning, June 22, the dam and lake at Blue Mounds State Park will not be rebuilt. It’s not the answer the local park users were hoping for, but the decision will likely have long-term implications for water quality and habitat. Scientists,...
Minnesotans can take children 15 or younger fishing without licenses on Friday, June 10, to Sunday, June 12, during Take a Kid Fishing Weekend. “This weekend is a way to introduce a kid to fishing without purchasing a fishing license,” said Jeff Ledermann, angler recruitment, retention and...
Q: How does the DNR decide whether to aerate a lake to prevent winter fish kill? A: The DNR does not aerate lakes, but we do issue permits to lake associations, counties and other local partners who wish to aerate shallow lakes that are prone to fish kills due to lack of dissolved oxygen in the...
Winter is the best time to prune trees to keep them healthy and protect them from disease, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 

 “Pruning trees when they are dormant is a way to protect them from diseases such as oak wilt or Dutch elm disease that are active during the...
Q: Historically speaking, how often do we have a white Christmas in Minnesota? A: Having a white Christmas is generally defined as having one inch of snow on the ground on Christmas Day. In the Twin Cities, this happens about 72 percent of the time. In northern Minnesota, the chance of a white...
DNR issues thin ice warning With daytime temperatures still climbing above freezing even in the northern parts of the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding outdoor enthusiasts to stay clear of early ice and use extreme caution when recreating on dangerously cold water....
A few weeks ago, I visited the Rock County Board of Commissioners to discuss the DNR’s process for evaluating and deciding the future of the dam at Blue Mounds State Park, which was significantly damaged during the flood of June 2014.  Knowing our local communities have great interest in this issue...

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