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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

1/1 Show Caption Hide Caption 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…

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…

Minnesota DNR Advises Ice Anglers to be Cautious this Winter Season

warmer weather keeps thawing the ice out

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — The warmer weather certainly hasn’t stopped people from ice fishing this year. Minnesota’s Department of Resources is reminding everyone to proceed with caution. Ice anglers say they need to get back out on the lakes soon to feel the rush they’ve been waiting for all year long. “I mean you get out there and you drop a…

Judge in St. Paul Hears F-M Diversion Arguments

Two Groups Wants Ongoing Contruction Halted

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A judge in St. Paul has heard arguments on the dispute over the F-M Diversion. U.S. District Court Judge John Tunheim heard arguments regarding motions made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Minnesota DNR and the Richland/Wilkin Joint Powers Association. The JPA and DNR are trying to halt ongoing construction of the diversion while…

Boating Tips to Remember Before Hitting the Water

Minnesota DNR Gives Water Safety Reminders For This Year's Lake Season

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Summer lake season is upon us and many people are already out on the water. But while you’re having fun in the sun, are you being safe on the lake? “There’s something about being on the element of water, particularly in the summertime when it’s warm,” said Jess Stuewe, who owns Lakes Pace, LLC. “It’s just really…