Minnesota DNR

Minnesota DNR Approves Permit for FM Flood Diversion Project

The approval comes two years after initial construction was halted

FARGO, N.D. — The FM Flood Diversion Project is moving forward after its permit was approved by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Two years ago, construction on the FM Diversion project was halted near Oxbow after concerns over the project’s environmental impact. After waiting several months for a decision on the plan B proposal, members of the F–M…

Wolves Take Down Barnesville Area Farmer’s 450 Pound Calf

Neighbors have also recently reported losing livestock to wolves

BARNESVILLE, MN — Barnesville area farmer Dave Heng says that wolves are responsible for killing a 450 pound calf this past weekend that was out in his pasture. Heng says a DNR conservation officer confirmed it was a wolf kill. Neighbors have also recently reported losing livestock to wolves. Heng says there’s more and more sightings and he believes there’s an…

41k Fewer People Buying Fishing Licenses in Minnesota This Year

It's down and a half three percent

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – The Land of 10,000 Lakes is selling fewer fishing licenses this summer. KVRR’s Danielle Church found it’s the second fewest sold in the past 20 years. Clay Schultze has enjoyed fishing for as long as he can remember, turning nature into his playground. “I personally like coming out and not just fishing but just anything. Just…

Minnesota DNR, NDSU Tracking Bats to Prevent Extinction

The reason many bats have died over the years is the white nose syndrome

FARGO, N.D. — White nose syndrome is a fungus that has killed more than 6 million bats in the U.S. and Canada since 2006. KVRR’s Danielle Church has more on what wildlife experts are doing in our region to keep the animals from going extinct. The white nose fungus was first discovered in upstate New York back in the early 2000s,…

Catch-And-Release Record For Lake Sturgeon In Minnesota

Burke said they knew there were big fish in the river because they had already caught six sturgeon over 60 inches over the last few days

Photo: Minnesota DNRKOOCHICHING COUNTY, Minn. — An angler from Stillwater, Minnesota, set a new state catch-and-release record for lake sturgeon with a 73-inch long fish caught on the Rainy River earlier this month. Jake Burke reeled in the record-breaking lake sturgeon while fishing on the Rainy River in Koochiching County with his fishing buddy Michael Orgas on May 4, according…

Minnesota DNR Emphasizes Northern Pike Restrictions on Fishing Season Opener

The DNR encourages people to catch fish under 22 inches long to help balance the population

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — After a long winter, many fishers are excited to break out their fishing rods and reel in a big prize on the lakes. “I like to fish a lot so you kind of wake up and you kind of hope for this day. You know as the day comes closer, and you kind of more and more…

Red Flag Warning Issued Due To Windy And Dry Conditions

"Very High" Fire Danger Category In Western Minnesota

MN FIRE DANGER The National Weather Service in Grand Forks and the Minnesota DNR are warning about the potential for grass fires to spread rapidly. Dry grasses, dry humidity and winds gusting 25 to 35 miles per hour are combining to create critical fire weather conditions. Winds are strongest across southeast North Dakota leading to a Red Flag Warning. Most…

Senator Hoeven Asks for $35 Million of Federal Funds to Support Diversion

The funds will go towards flood protection of Fargo as well as diversion design and engineering plans

FARGO, N.D. — While the Metro Flood Diversion Authority awaits a decision from the Minnesota DNR on the new diversion plan, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and Senator John Hoeven stress the need for flood protection across the valley. “This is a huge project, you’re talking more than $2 billion, but really important because this is a dynamic, growing region and…

Minnesota DNR Permit Decision On The FM Diversion Delayed Until Fall

Fargo Mayor Mahoney remains optimistic plan B will get approval

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney says it will be September or October before the Minnesota DNR issues a decision on a permit application for the FM Diversion. Backers of the $2.4 billion project to protect Fargo-Moorhead from major flooding had hoped to hear a decision from the DNR by now. The project was halted last year by a…

Flood Diversion Authority Submits New Application to Minnesota DNR

The plan impacts much less of rural Minnesota, but adds 2,500 acres of impacted land in Cass County

FARGO, N.D. — After the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) denied the initial diversion application, engineers worked with the Flood Diversion Authority on a new plan that would significantly reduce the impact in rural Minnesota. “The only ones that it really impacts are the ones that are right along the river that were impacted anyway. And we have a highway…