Monday, July 30, 2012

DNR Fisheries to celebrate 100th anniversary of Lake Sallie State Fish Hatchery

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Detroit Lakes State Fish Hatchery, also known as the Lake Sallie State Fish Hatchery, on Aug. 9, from 1-3 p.m., at Dunton Locks County Park on Lake Sallie in Detroit Lakes.

The public is invited to celebrate with past and present DNR Fisheries staff who will gather at the park picnic shelter to give presentations about the history of the hatchery from the DNR Fisheries Section and hatchery stories from Wilbur Joy, son of long time hatchery manager William Joy. Other activities include hatchery tours, fishing on the pier with MinnAqua staff (no license or equipment needed) and refreshments at the picnic shelter.

The Lake Sallie State Fish Hatchery is one of 12 warm water hatcheries operated by the DNR. Since it began operation in 1912, the Lake Sallie State Hatchery has raised walleye, muskie, largemouth bass, black crappies, sunfish, trout and sturgeon. The first walleye eggs were harvested from the Lake Sallie site in 1915. This year, the hatchery raised more than 31 million walleye fry for stocking local waters.

More information on the Detroit Lakes Area Fisheries activities can be found at

Wild Rice Elec power interruption

Wild Rice Electric crews will be assisting with a house move on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 from approximately 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. During this time, power will be interrupted for all or parts of the following townships as the house is moved through the area: Hagen, Atlanta, Ulen, Goose Prairie, Walworth, and Keene.

Thank you for your patience while crews are working on this project.  If you have any questions, please call: Wild Rice Electric Cooperative, Inc. of Mahnomen 1-800-244-5709 or 218-935-2517

Thursday, July 26, 2012

DNR offers two ATV trail rides through history

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Parks and Trails Division is offering two opportunities for ATV riders to hit the trails with DNR staff and learn about some of Minnesota’s premier off-highway vehicle (OHV) areas.

Beltrami Island State Forest

On Saturday, July 28, ATV riders can take a trip down memory lane with DNR staff as their guides. Participants will look into the historic background of the forest, including early settlements and project sites of the Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps. The ride will cover approximately 40 miles of easy terrain over the course of four to six hours. Space is limited. Spots can be reserved by calling Zippel Bay State Park at 218-783-6252.

Iron-Range OHV State Recreation Area (Gilbert)

On Saturday, Aug. 4, DNR staff will dig up the mining history of the area and examine how nature is reclaiming its beauty. The ride will begin at 9 a.m. and last approximately two hours. Gilbert is Minnesota’s top OHV area, containing 36 miles of trail across all levels of difficulty. Space for this ride is limited. Spots can be reserved by calling 218-753-2245.

All vehicles and riders must meet requirements for OHV use. Find information on Minnesota OHV trails, vehicle registration, safety certification and more at (

Special youth deer hunt applications

Minnesota youth have until Friday, Aug. 17, to apply for 14 deer hunts in October, according to Mike Kurre, mentoring program coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
 “Spend some one-on-one time and share your outdoor passion in some of Minnesota’s finest deer hunting venues where you can target deer and a memorable experience with a youth hunter,” Kurre said. “Youth deer hunts provide the much needed time away from a hectic lifestyle, and the quality time you need to connect a youth with an outdoors adventure.”
 Youth ages 12-15 may apply for one of 12 special firearms youth deer hunts at selected state parks and refuges. Youth ages 12-17 may apply for special archery youth deer hunts.
 Participating in a youth deer hunt does not preclude the youth from participating in the regular firearms deer season, but any deer harvested do count against the youth’s season bag limit.
 A limited number of either-sex permits are available for the following hunts:
  • Camp Ripley Archery Hunt (open to youth 12-17), archery, Morrison County, Oct. 5-7, 175 permits.
  • Lake Alexander Preserve (open to youth 12-17), archery, Morrison County, Oct. 5-7, 20 permits.
  • Afton State Park, firearms, Washington County, Nov. 3-4, 15 permits.
  • Banning State Park, firearms, Pine County, Oct. 27-28, six permits.
  • Buffalo River State Park, firearms, Clay County, Nov. 3-4, 14 permits.
  • Great River State Park, firearms, Winona County, Oct. 27-28, 25 permits.
  • Itasca State Park, firearms, Clearwater County, Oct. 13-14, 75 permits.
  • Lake Bemidji State Park, firearms, Beltrami County, Oct. 13-14, 20 permits.
  • Rydell National Wildlife Refuge, firearms, Polk County, Oct. 20-21, 20 permits.
  • St. Croix State Park, firearms, Pine County, Oct. 27-28, 100 permits.
  • Savanna Portage State Park, firearms, Aitkin County, Oct. 27-28, 20 permits.
  • Sibley State Park, firearms, Kandiyohi County, Oct. 27-28, 10 permits.
  • Tettegouche State Park, firearms, Lake County, Oct. 20-21, 10 permits.
  • Zipple Bay State Park, firearms, Lake of the Woods County, Oct. 13-14, 20 permits.
Youth must apply for the hunt of his or her choice, which can be done at any DNR license agent; the DNR License Center at 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul, or online at
 If the number of applications exceeds the number of permits, a lottery will be conducted. Youth may only apply for one archery hunt and one firearms hunt.
An adult parent or guardian must accompany the youth at all times while hunting, but only the youth may hunt. Youth and their mentor must attend a mandatory pre-hunt orientation session. Successful applicants also must meet all firearms safety requirements, purchase all appropriate licenses and follow hunting regulations.
For more information on these hunts and more, visit and click on the youth deer hunts.

USDA Authorizes Emergency Haying of CRP Acres for Minnesota Counties

St. Paul, MN – July 26, 2012 – USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director (SED) Linda Hennen announced that in response to drought conditions, FSA has authorized emergency haying use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for 70 Minnesota counties. Based on a decision made by the Minnesota FSA State Committee, CRP emergency haying approval will only be available for those CRP lands that were not utilized for haying or grazing during the previous 12 months.

Seventy counties are approved for emergency CRP haying.  The haying authorization became effective August 2, 2012, after the primary nesting season closes and ends August 31, 2012.

"Eligible producers who are interested in emergency haying of CRP must request approval before haying eligible acreage," said Hennen "It is also important for producers to obtain a modified conservation plan from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that includes haying requirements," she said.

Upon approval of emergency haying, producers must leave at least 50 percent of each field or contiguous field unhayed for wildlife. For those counties that are eligible for emergency haying and grazing, the same CRP acreage cannot be both hayed and/or grazed at the same time. For example, if 50 percent of a field or contiguous field is hayed, the remaining unhayed 50 percent cannot be grazed; it must remain unhayed and ungrazed for wildlife.

New guidelines were recently announced for emergency haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land. Annual rental payments for farmers enrolled in the CRP, who use those lands for emergency grazing and hay production, will be reduced by 10 percent instead of 25 percent.  Also, because of the current severe drought, all counties with a drought level of D0 or higher, as measured by the US Drought Monitor, are approved for emergency haying and grazing outside of the primary nesting season (PNS).

Producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA service center or visit FSA’s website at for additional information regarding CRP.       

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Health Insurance Exchange Task Force to Visit Moorhead Thursday

MOORHEAD, MN – A Task Force advising the Minnesota Department of Commerce in the design and development of a new health insurance marketplace for Minnesota consumers will visit Moorhead on Thursday, July 26 from 1:00-3:00pm. The 15-member task force, chaired by Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, is comprised of consumers, employers, health care providers, insurers, insurance agents, state legislators, and other health care experts.

The Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Task Force has been working since October of last year, engaging more than 200 stakeholders on ten technical work groups to design an exchange for Minnesota – a tool that 1.2 million Minnesotans are expected to use beginning in 2013 to find quality, affordable health coverage for themselves, their families, and their businesses. Commissioner Mike Rothman says it is important to hold public meetings and gather public input across the state as this important work continues.

“We want to bring everyone to the table, hear all perspectives, and work together to develop an exchange that fits our state’s unique economy and nation-leading health care system,” said Commissioner Rothman. “Ultimately, one-in-five Minnesotans are expected to use the exchange to find and purchase health insurance. Therefore, it is critical that the public has an opportunity to participate in this process, provide feedback, and guide the work of this Task Force.”

The average Minnesota family purchasing insurance through Minnesota’s health insurance exchange will save roughly $500 per year in health care costs. By 2016, about 300,000 currently uninsured Minnesotans will access quality coverage through the exchange. Another 200,000 small business employers and employees will access coverage through the exchange, saving up to 7.5 percent in premium costs for small group coverage. Approximately 700,000 Minnesotans will enroll in public health care programs through the exchange.

The Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Task Force will meet Thursday, July 26 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Concordia College in the Knutson Campus Center, Jones AB Room, 901 -8th Street S, Moorhead. Members of the press are invited to attend. The main topics on the agenda are:

· A summary of final rules on IRS Premium Tax Credits and Essential Health Benefits

· A presentation of Public Education and Outreach Market Research

· Recommendations from the Adverse Selection Work Group

Parking is adjacent to the Knutson Campus Center. Audio Conferencing is also available for the meeting for those who are not able to attend in person. (Toll-free dial-in number [U.S. and Canada]: 888-742-5095. Conference code: 4480609734. [Intl dial-in number: 619-377-3319]).

The Public Education and Outreach Market Research presentation can be viewed live online during the presentation. For instructions on how to view the presentation, please contact Kathy Easthagen at or 651-296-7476.

More information about the design and development of the Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange can be found on the Minnesota Department of Commerce website or the Health Reform Minnesota website

Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Task Force

Planning Meeting

Concordia College
Knutson Campus Center, Jones AB Room
901 -8th Street S, Moorhead

Thursday, July 26
1:00 – 3:00 pm

MPCA stormwater prevention

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is asking schools to help prevent stormwater pollution and phase out use of pavement sealers with harmful chemicals. Since July 2012, state agencies have been restricted from purchasing coal tar-based pavement sealers and 21 cities in Minnesota currently ban the use of coal tar-based products within their boundaries.
Coal-tar based sealers contain high levels of chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or P-A-Hs. Some P-A-Hs are known human carcinogens and may also harm fish and other aquatic life. Studies show that P-A-Hs are released from coal tar-based sealcoats. The P-A-Hs can contaminate surface waters as well as stormwater and make it difficult and more costly for cities to maintain stormwater ponds.

Monday, July 23, 2012

DNR accepting applications for parks and trails grants

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced a grant opportunity for funding park and trail projects across Minnesota. The Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program and Regional Park Program are soliciting applications. All applications are due Sept. 28.

Eligible projects include acquisition, development, improvement and restoration of park- or trail-related facilities. Projects must be of regional or statewide significance outside the metropolitan area, as defined in Minnesota statutes. Counties, cities, and townships are eligible to apply for both programs.

The Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program has $7.49 million available in funding from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, approved by voters in 2008. There is $333,333 available in funding for the Regional Park Grant Program from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

Program information is available on the DNR website at ( For more information, contact the grants staff listed on the program Web pages.
(via MN DNR)

Comments sought on Big Pine, Little Pine walleye regulations

Special walleye regulations on northeast Otter Tail County's Big Pine and Little Pine lakes will be discussed from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Perham Community Center, 620 3rd Ave. in Perham, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said.

Current regulations, which are scheduled to expire in March 2013, require that all walleye 18-to 26-inches be immediately released on both lakes. Public input will help DNR fisheries staff determine whether the existing special regulations should be continued, modified or dropped.

People unable to attend the public input meeting may submit written comments to the DNR Fergus Falls area fisheries office, 1509 1st Ave., Fergus Falls, MN 56537. Comments also will be taken via email at or phone at 218-739-7576.

Comments on Big Pine and Little Pine lakes also will be accepted during an open house from
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the DNR Central Office, 500 Lafayette Road, in St. Paul.

All comments must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8.
(via MN DNR)

DNR offers deer hunting clinic Aug. 12

Women, men and youth who want to learn the basics of deer hunting are invited to the Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) deer day on Sunday, Aug. 12, near Mora.

The free program, which is geared for those who want to learn more about deer hunting, will be hosted by the DNR's Becoming An Outdoors Family Program from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the Wilkens Farm near Mora in Kanabec County.

Youth, ages 10 and older, are welcomed to attend accompanied by a guardian.

Following presentations on deer and deer habit, participants will have hands-on opportunities to learn and practice field skills including how to track deer; deer stand placement and safety; and shotgun, rifle, archery and muzzleloader shooting. Instructors will include DNR wildlife staff, DNR conservation officers, Becoming An Outdoors Woman (BOW) volunteers and members of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association.

"Deer day is a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in learning the basics of deer hunting and get hands-on experience," said Linda Bylander, BOW coordinator.

Register by contacting Bylander by phone at 218-833-8628 or by email at
. Registration is limited. A lunch will be served.

To see a complete list of programs available through the Becoming An Outdoors Woman and Family programs, visit
(via MN DNR)

Regulations up for review on 4 Otter Tail County lakes

Special regulations on Otter Tail County's Annie Battle, Norway, North Ten Mile and South Ten Mile lakes will be discussed from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Fergus Falls area fisheries office.

Public input on existing special regulations will help DNR fisheries staff determine whether those regulations should be continued, modified or dropped.

People unable to attend the public input meeting may submit written comments to the DNR Fergus Falls area fisheries office, 1509 1st Ave., Fergus Falls, MN 56537. Comments also will be taken via email at or phone at 218-739-7576.

Comments on Annie Battle, Norway, North Ten Mile and South Ten Mile lakes also will be accepted during an open house from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the DNR Central Office, 500 Lafayette Road, in St. Paul.

All comments must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8.
(via MN DNR)

Designs due for MN 2013 trout & salmon stamp contest

Wildlife artists are reminded to submit entries for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) 2013 trout and salmon through Friday, July 27.

Designs should be securely wrapped and enclosed in an envelope or other container. The words "Trout and Salmon Stamp" should be clearly marked on outside of the container. Late entries will not be accepted.
Trout or salmon must be the primary focus of the design. Other fish species may be included in the design if they are used to depict common interaction between species or are common inhabitants of Minnesota's lakes and rivers.

Artists are prohibited from using any photographic product as part of their finished entries. Any entry that contains photographic products will be disqualified. A new rule this year allows artists to resubmit designs from previous years if the design did not place in a previous DNR stamp contest.

Entries will be accepted via mail and in person at DNR Central Office, 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul. Mailed entries should be addressed to 2012 Trout and Salmon Stamp Contest, DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife, Box 20, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4020.

The contest, which offers no prizes, is open to Minnesota residents only. Winning artists usually issue limited edition prints of the artwork and retain proceeds. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to trout and salmon management-related activities.

A contest entry form and reproduction rights agreement, which grants the DNR the right to use the design for the stamp image and other promotional, educational and informational purposes related to trout and salmon, must be signed and submitted with the design.

Judging will take place at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2, at DNR Central Office, 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul.

Complete contest criteria and information are available from the DNR Information Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155, and online at

prairie chicken hunting applications

Hunters who wish to apply for one of 186 permits for the 2012 Minnesota prairie chicken season must do so by Friday, Aug. 17, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said.

Application materials and maps of permit areas for both hunts are available on the DNR website at Winners will be notified by mail by mid-September after applying at any DNR license agent, online at or by phone at 888-665-4236.

The five-day prairie chicken season, which will begin on Saturday, Oct. 20, is open to Minnesota residents only. Hunters will be charged a $4 application fee and may apply individually or in groups up to four. Prairie chicken licenses cost $20.

The hunt will be conducted in 11 prairie chicken quota areas in west-central Minnesota between Warren in the north and Breckenridge in the south. Up to 20 percent of the permits in each area will be issued to landowners or tenants of 40 acres or more of prairie or grassland property within the permit area for which they applied. Resident hunters younger than 12 may apply for a prairie chicken license.

The odds of being drawn are about one-in-three depending upon the area chosen, said Steve Merchant, DNR wildlife population and regulation manager.

The season bag limit is two prairie chickens per hunter. Licensed prairie chicken hunters will be allowed to take sharp-tailed grouse while legally hunting prairie chickens.

Sharptails and prairie chickens are similar looking species and the general closure on taking sharp-tailed grouse by small game hunters in this area is to protect prairie chickens. Licensed prairie chicken hunters who wish to take sharptails must meet all regulations and licensing requirements for taking sharp-tailed grouse.
In 2011, an estimated 103 birds were harvested with 45 percent of hunters taking at least one bird.

(via MN DNR)

No application necessary for 2012 fall turkey hunt

Starting this year, Minnesota turkey hunters may purchase a license over-the-counter to hunt the fall season wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.
No lottery application will be necessary. Hunters still must declare a turkey permit area when purchasing a license, and they are restricted to hunting that area.

The application and lottery are being discontinued because the number of fall turkey licenses available has exceeded the number of applicants for the past several years.

"Everyone who entered the lottery received a license," said Steve Merchant, DNR wildlife populations and regulations manager. "Allowing over-the-counter purchase streamlines the process for hunters."

Last year, hunters purchased 5,382 fall turkey permits and registered 953 birds. This year's 30-day season begins Sept. 29 and runs through Oct. 28.

Licenses may be purchased at any time before or during the season at DNR license agents, online at or by phone at 888-665-4236.

Complete details of the fall turkey hunt are available online at

(via MN DNR)

Applications for September mentored waterfowl hunt due Aug. 13

Youth who want to experience waterfowl hunting for the first time can apply by Monday, Aug. 13, to be one 80 participants in this year's mentored youth waterfowl hunt on Saturday, Sept. 8, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said.

Hunts, which are open to youth ages 12-15 who have earned a firearms safety certificate, will be conducted at Hamden Slough near Detroit Lakes and the Morris Wildlife Production Area near Morris as well on private lands in the Prior Lake, Windom, Buffalo and Little Falls areas.

A parent or guardian must accompany the youth at all times during all orientation, education and field sessions that occur during the mandatory hunt orientation meeting on Friday, Sept. 7, and the Saturday hunt.
Youth and guardians are paired with experienced waterfowl mentors, who do more than take a youth and a guardian into the field for a Saturday morning hunt. Before venturing out, mentors will spend time Friday discussing the importance and necessity of habitat as well as explain and demonstrate waterfowl hunting safety, techniques and outdoor skills.

"Mentored hunts provide the basic know-how from an experienced waterfowl hunter so youth and their parent or guardian can venture out on their own in the future," said Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring program coordinator.

Partners, who provide mentors and areas to hunt, are Ducks Unlimited, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Delta Waterfowl, Midwest Extreme Outdoors, Russell Outdoors and the Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club.
If the number of applications exceeds the number of available spaces, participants will be selected via lottery. Applying for hunts farther from the Twin Cities increases the likelihood of being selected.

The mentored youth waterfowl hunt occurs on Youth Waterfowl Day, a specially designated day during which any adult can share their waterfowl hunting experiences by taking a youth 15 and younger waterfowl hunting. Only the youth may hunt.

Visit for an application or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367 for more information.

(via MN DNR)

Faucet snails found in small ponds on White Earth Nation and county lands

On July 9, White Earth Nation and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conservation officers responded to a report that faucet snails had been discovered in a container of leeches purchased at a bait shop in the Otter Tail/Becker County area.

Officials including White Earth conservation officers, White Earth aquatic invasive species personnel, DNR conservation officers and DNR aquatic invasive species specialists immediately began inspections to trace the origin of the leech source. A series of small ponds that are used for leeching and duck hunting were sampled.

After sampling, faucet snails were found in several ponds located on tribal and non-tribal lands in the area. In an effort to prevent the further spread of faucet snails, White Earth officials have temporarily closed the infested tribal land ponds to public access and leeching until further investigations are completed. Additional inspections are underway.

White Earth Natural Resources and the DNR are asking that all leech harvesters, bait dealers and anglers, tribal and non-Indians, thoroughly inspect their leeching equipment, boating equipment and bait containers for faucet snails, as well as any other aquatic invasive species, to further prevent their spread.

“People should be aware that even a small amount of water can transport invasive species,” said Nathan Olson, DNR aquatic invasive species specialist. “By law, anglers must dump their bait water before leaving accesses or shoreline property. With regards to leech water, we suggest that they dump it on shore away from the water’s edge and if they find aquatic species other than leeches in the leech water while they are out on the lake, they should avoid throwing it in the lake.”

The faucet snail is an aquatic snail native to Europe that was introduced to the Great Lakes in the 1870s. Presently, the faucet snail is classified as an unlisted non-native species and introduction into the wild is illegal. Because of its potential impacts to waterfowl, the DNR is currently in the process of designating the faucet snail as a prohibited invasive species, which means importation, possession, transport and sale will also be prohibited.

All previously known waters containing faucet snails, such as Lake Winnibigoshish, have been designated as infested waters. The newly discovered waters and any connecting streams will be designated infested by the end of July.

Once any water is designated as infested, a permit is required for all commercial harvest of bait or transport of water from the infested water body. Individual bait harvest is prohibited.

Impacts: Faucet snails carry a parasite that is known to cause mortality in ducks and coots. Infected birds appear lethargic and have difficulty diving and flying before eventually dying. Faucet snails also compete with native snails, and may clog water intake pipes and other submerged equipment. There is no evidence that other wildlife besides waterfowl, including any fish species, are adversely affected by faucet snails. Anglers can eat fish from infested waters without worry of the parasite. Faucet snails are not known to be co-hosts for the swimmers itch fluke.

Where to look: Faucet snails are found on rocky shorelines, river and lake bottoms, aquatic plants, docks, and other objects placed in the water.

Means of spread: They can spread by attaching to aquatic plants, boats, anchors, decoy anchors, other recreational gear and equipment placed in the water. Some movement by waterbirds may also spread this invasive to new waters.

How to identify it: Faucet snails are difficult for non-specialists to conclusively identify. Native snail species and young non-native mystery snails could look similar to faucet snails. Adult faucet snails can grow up to 1/2 inch in length, but are generally smaller. They are light brown to black, with 4 to 5 whorls and a cover on the shell opening. The shell opening is on the right when the shell pointed up. Specimens of suspected snails should be submitted to the White Earth Natural Resources or the DNR Invasive Species Program for identification.

How you can help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers:
• Clean off aquatic plants, animals and mud from boats and equipment before transporting from one water body to another.
• Drain all water from bilge, livewell, motor, ballast tanks and portable bait containers before leaving water accesses or shoreline property.
• Remove the drain plug, open water draining devises, and drain bilges and live wells; the drain plug must be removed or open when transporting a boat on public roads.
• Dry/spray It is also recommended that people spray or rinse boats with high pressure and/or hot (120F) water, or let them dry thoroughly for five days before transporting to another body of water.
• Boaters are also reminded of the new law that went into effect July 1, 2012, regarding boat lifts and docks:
• A boat lift, dock, swim raft or associated equipment that has been removed from any water body may not be placed in another water body until a minimum of 21 days have passed.

More information about aquatic invasive species is available at

A list of infested waters can be found at An updated list with the new designations will be available soon.

White Earth Nation will be hosting an educational training session on Aquatic Invasive Species for all leech and wild rice harvesters in the near future.

CRESat UMC Seeks Entrepreneurs & Small Businesses Interested in Potential Project Collaboration

CROOKSTON, Minn. - Entrepreneurs and small business owners can receive valuable help through an opportunity offered by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES) at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. CRES is seeking regional entrepreneurs and small business owners interested in forming a unique relationship that would include valuable consulting services by U of M, Crookston students under the guidance of qualified faculty at no cost.

Each semester, both spring and fall, CRES integrates projects into three courses offered on campus. These projects become an integral part of the course curriculum and are designed to benefit small business owners and entrepreneurs while providing students with real-world business experiences.

Applications for the program are accepted anytime; however, priority is given to applications received prior to the due dates. The 2012 fall semester application deadline is Friday, August 10 and the spring semester application deadline is Friday, November 30, 2012. Applicants will be notified about their participation in the program no later than August 20 for fall semester and December 10 for spring semester.

All applications are screened by CRES and the projects that best fit the mission of CRES and enhance the learner outcomes for the course will be contacted for a follow-up meeting to determine guidelines, client expectations, and to review other relevant information regarding participation.

For more information about the opportunity, contact Rachel Lundbohm, Associate Director of CRES at 218-281-8595 ( or visit the CRES Web site at The CRES office is located in Dowell Hall 117 on the Crookston campus.

Legacy Amendment Arts Grants Available

Arts organizations and schools are all encouraged to apply for arts grants.  The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council in Warren is accepting applications for a variety of grants in literary, performing, and visual arts.  The Arts Council serves the Minnesota counties of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau.  Therefore organizations, schools, cities or individuals applying must be from those counties.  Three grant programs have August 1, 2012 postmark deadlines including our Arts Legacy Grant program that will award over $60,000 in Legacy Amendment funds!
The Arts Legacy Grant category is mainly geared towards funding non-profit arts organizations but other agencies and schools and perhaps even artists within our region can also apply.  New outcome measurement tools for evaluation are part of this application process.  Each applicant may apply for a maximum of $10,000.00 with a 10% cash match requirement.  One-on-one assistance is available with the new application form.  Public art projects and proposals that bring about lifelong learning and access to the arts are encouraged.  More examples of highlighted projects are on our web site at in the grants awarded section.  The next deadlines are August 1, 2012 and November 1, 2012. 
In the Artist in the Schools program, public school districts may apply for up to $3,000.00 for the sponsorship of projects such as conducting an artist-in-residence program, hosting a visiting artist, conducting workshops for students and/or teachers.  School Districts must provide 10% cash match.  The next deadlines are August 1, 2012 and November 1, 2012. 
In the Arts Project Grants program, organizations may apply for a maximum of $3,000.00 with a 10% cash match requirement.  Grants are available for the creation, performance, or exhibition of arts.  Grants also provide funds to host guest artists or touring groups.  The next deadlines are August 1, 2012 and November 1, 2012. 
Application materials for all the grant programs are available from Mara Wittman, Arts Council Director, NWRDC, 115 South Main, Warren, MN  56762, (218) 745-9111 or through the agency website at in the grants section.  Our website includes grant writing tips in video clips.  We also offer one-on-one assistance by appointment.  This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 and by funds from The McKnight Foundation. 

NMF LeaderImpact Program Registration Open

Bemidji, MN­­—July 2012 —The Northwest Minnesota Foundation LeaderImpact program is providing leadership training for people with a desire for greater impact in the world. Individuals seeking ways to make positive changes in the effectiveness of their work or business and how it affects their lives will benefit from this program.

NMF LeaderImpact consists of two experiential, competency-based leadership retreats separated by twelve weeks of interactive learning and professional coaching.  The first session takes place October 24-26, 2012 with the second session held on February 6-8, 2013. Participants commit to attending both sessions.

LeaderImpact will be held in the Lodge at the Hiawatha Beach Resort near Walker, Minnesota.  Each person has their own bedroom in one of eight units in the Lodge. The units, with up to four bedrooms, include a living room, fully equipped kitchen and balcony or fireplace.  

Applications must be received by August 13th and a fee of $100 is required with the completed application, which is deducted from the tuition.  Costs for this program are $1,000. Scholarships reduce the cost to $200 for persons in rural Northwest Minnesota. The fee is $2,500 for people residing outside this region.

The tuition includes all training, food and lodging, along with six sessions of personal/professional coaching, which is equivalent to three months of consultation with a private coach.  Coaching has proven to help ensure that participants will have the best possible experience and understand how they can create a positive impact.

LeaderImpact uses self-awareness tools and activities to enhance leadership capabilities, according to Dawn Ganje, NMF program officer for training, who coordinates the program. She said, “You will learn strategies for continuous development through extensive assessment, group discussions, self-reflection, small group activities and professional coaching.

 “The coaching aspect is a key difference from other trainings available.” Ganje added. “Extensive evaluations have proven that the coaching component, which is not included in most leadership programs, greatly enhances the learning and application of newly strengthened skills at work, at home and in the community.”

Contact Dawn at 218-759-2057 or 800-659-7859 with questions. For more information or to download an application, visit

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

DNR announces wolf season details

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resource (DNR) has finalized rules for Minnesota’s first regulated wolf hunting and trapping season this fall and winter. There are several changes to what the DNR originally proposed in May as a result of input received since the proposal was announced.
“We changed the closing date for the late season from Jan. 6, 2013, to Jan. 31,” said Steve Merchant, DNR wildlife program manager. “We also tightened the wolf harvest registration requirement so we can more quickly close a zone based on harvest results.”
Another notable change is that the wolf range will be divided into three zones for the purposes of harvest targets, registration and season closure. The northeast zone and the east-central zone closely parallel the 1854 and 1837 treaty ceded territory boundaries. These zones will allow the state to allocate and manage wolf harvest in consultation with Indian bands that have court-affirmed off-reservation hunting rights. The northwest zone will be the other area open to wolf hunting. Only that portion of Minnesota where rifles are legal for deer hunting will be open for taking wolves. When harvest targets are reached in any zone, that zone will be closed and hunters will be able to continue to hunt in any other open zone.
The state’s first regulated wolf hunt will begin Saturday, Nov. 3. The target harvest is 400. The early wolf season will last up to nine days in the 200-series deer permit areas and up to 16 days in the 100-series deer permit areas. The late season, which also allows trapping for those with a wolf trapping license, will begin Nov. 24 statewide. Target harvests are 265 in the northwest zone, 117 in the northeast zone and 18 in the east-central zone.  
The state’s inaugural wolf season will be conducted under a conservative approach that is consistent with the goal of ensuring the long-term survival of wolves, and addressing wolf and human conflicts. The state’s wolf population is estimated at 3,000. This year’s wolf season follows the transition of wolves from federal protection under the Endangered Species Act to state management this past January. The 2012 Legislature also passed and Gov. Dayton signed a bill providing additional direction and authorities for conducting a wolf season.

Merchant said the public comment period that ended June 20 was helpful, providing additional insights that helped determine the final decisions. The DNR received 7,351 online survey responses. The survey was designed to solicit input on specific management options for the hunting and trapping season. 
“Of those who approved of the season, 82 percent of survey respondents said they supported the DNR’s proposed season structure and implementation of a limited fall hunt,” said Merchant. “That suggested our proposal was generally in line with hunter and trapper expectations.”
Other survey results included strong backing (75 percent) from those who supported wolf hunting for having both early and late wolf hunts. The DNR also asked hunters and trappers for their preference on notification and closure for ending the hunt when the target harvest quota is reached. Respondents overwhelmingly preferred that notification of closure be published by early morning, and that hunters and trappers be allowed to finish out the day’s hunt. The season will close at the end of the first full day for which closure notification is posted and sent to license holders.
Additional information about wolf management and the upcoming season is available online at
Details of the season
Consistent with state law, the state’s first regulated wolf season will start with the beginning of firearms deer hunting on Saturday, Nov. 3.

The season will be split into two parts: an early wolf hunting season coinciding with firearms deer hunting; and a late wolf hunting and trapping season after the firearms deer season for those with a specific interest in wolf hunting and trapping.

A total of 6,000 licenses will be offered, with 3,600 available in the early season and 2,400 in the late season. Late season licenses will be further split between hunting and trapping, with a minimum of 600 reserved for trappers. The target harvest will be 400 wolves for both seasons combined, and will initially be allocated equally between the early and the late seasons.

The early hunting only season will be open only in the northern portions of Minnesota where rifles are allowed for deer hunting. It will start on Saturday, Nov. 3, the opening day of firearms deer hunting. It will close either at the end of the respective firearms seasons in the two northern deer zones (Nov. 18 in Series 100 deer permit areas or Nov. 11 in Series 200 deer permit areas), or when a registered target harvest by zone is reached.

The late hunting and trapping season will begin Saturday, Nov. 24. It will close Jan. 31, 2013, or when a registered total target harvest by zone or total harvest of 400 in both seasons combined is reached, whichever comes sooner. The late season will be open only where rifles are allowed for deer hunting. The use of bait and electronic calls will be allowed.
Wolf hunting licenses will be $30 for residents and $250 for nonresidents. Nonresidents will be limited to 5 percent of total hunting licenses. Wolf trapping licenses will be $30 (limited to residents only). A lottery will be held to select license recipients. Proof of a current or previous hunting license will be required to apply for a wolf license. The application fee will be $4. A wolf season regulation booklet is being developed.
Season structure
  • The early wolf hunting season (legal firearms or archery) will be concurrent with the deer season and open only in that portion of the state where rifles can be used to hunt deer.
  • The early season dates are Nov. 3-18 in 100 Series deer permit areas (northeastern and east-central Minnesota) and Nov. 3-11 in the rifle zone portion of 200 Series deer permit areas (central and northwestern Minnesota). The early season will close before those dates if the target harvest by wolf zone is reached sooner.
  • No trapping will be allowed in the early season.
  • The late hunting and trapping season will open Nov. 24 statewide. It will close Jan. 31 or when the total target harvest by wolf zone is reached, whichever is sooner.
  • Licensed wolf hunters will be responsible for checking each day to assure that the season is still open.
  • Landowners and tribal authorities may close land under their control to wolf harvest at their discretion.
  • The bag limit is one wolf per licensee.
  • A person cannot purchase both a wolf hunting and a wolf trapping license. A person with a hunting license may take a wolf only by firearms or archery; a person with a trapping license may take a wolf only by trap or snare.
  • 3,600 licenses will be available for the early season and are only valid for the early season. 
  • 2,400 licenses will be available for the late season (at least 600 trapping) and are only valid for the late season.
  • The number of hunting licenses offered to nonresidents will be capped at 5 percent for both the early and late seasons.
  • Licenses must be purchased prior to the opening day of the respective seasons.
Application process
  • Application materials will be available online in mid-August with a $4 application fee.
  • A person must have proof of a current or previous hunting license to apply.
  • Trappers born after Dec. 31, 1989, need a trapper education certificate or proof of a previous trapping license to purchase a wolf trapping license.
  • The application deadline will be Sept. 6; online winner notification will be no later than Oct. 14.
  • Licenses will be available for purchase no later than Oct. 15.
  • Groups of up to four individuals many apply as a single group and may assist another licensed wolf hunter, but may not shoot or tag for each other.
  • Applicants can apply for only one of three license types: early wolf hunting, late wolf hunting, or late wolf trapping.
  • All animals must be registered by 10 p.m. of the day of harvest (can be done electronically at ELS agent, online or by phone).
  • Harvest registration information/reporting will be available online and via a toll-free phone number.
  • Harvest registration must identify the zone in which the wolf was taken.
  • Carcasses must be presented for collection of biological data.
Season closure and notification
  • The season for each wolf zone will close at the end of legal shooting hours on the day for which hunters and trappers are notified that the closure will occur.
  • Notification will be available via a toll-free phone number and DNR web site indicating whether the season is open or closed in each wolf zone.