Department of Natural Resources

Zebra mussels confirmed in three west-central Minnesota lakes

A DNR conservation officer found other mussels in a sandy shallow area of another lake.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Clitherall Lake in Otter Tail County, Eagle Lake near Frazee and Turtle Lake near Lake Park. DNR invasive species specialists followed up on a report from a lake property owner and an angler who found zebra mussels in two of the lakes. A DNR conservation officer…

State Troopers and DNR Conservation Officers at minimum staffing levels in rural MN

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KVRR) – Operation Safety Net has reached phase three early during the Derek Chauvin trial. Law enforcement says the decision was made after the deadly shooting of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center. That means changes for state troopers and DNR conservation officers in our area. “While we still have state troopers working across all of Minnesota, and conservation…

Court Suspends 2 Key Permits for Planned PolyMet Copper Mine

The appeals court stayed PolyMet's permit to mine and dam safety permit on Wednesday.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–The Minnesota Court of Appeals has handed environmental groups a victory by putting two key permits for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine on hold ahead of a hearing next month. The appeals court stayed PolyMet’s permit to mine and dam safety permit on Wednesday, saying the Department of Natural Resources failed to adequately consider two important developments that…

Body Recovered from Lake Bemidji

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Authorities have found the body of a female in Lake Bemidji Wednesday afternoon. The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office says someone reported an object in the water near the Bemidji Tourist Information Center around 12:20. Deputies, Bemidji Police Officers and Firefighters and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources responded recovering the body. The body has been sent to…

Diversion Would Increase River Stage to 37 Feet Under New Plan

FARGO, N.D. – Fargo’s City Commission gets an update from the city’s engineering team about a new diversion plan. The presentation was not up for consideration. Engineers wanted the commission to be aware of the project they have been working on. They say the city may need to purchase additional land for it and most likely buy out more homes. “The…