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Uncovering History in Our New Park

Uncovering History in Our New Park Visitors to Minnesota’s newest state park will tread places inhabited by people more than 6,000 years ago. by Dave Radford An archaeologist’s dream is a clean slate of undeveloped land to explore and discover unwritten history. For me and three other archaeologists from the Minnesota Historical Society, that dream […]

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Minnesota Conservation Volunteer: Why We Passed the Legacy Amendment

“Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to dedicate funding to protect our drinking water sources; to protect, enhance, and restore our wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat; to preserve our arts and cultural heritage; to support our parks and trails; and to protect, enhance, and restore our lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater […]

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Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, First Issue, 1940

The very first issue of the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer was October 1940 and is available for viewing on that site. It was 76 pages long, black and white, and clearly shows the efforts of the early DNR to preserve the health and vitality of Minnesota’s natural heritage.

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Walleye Stocking Today

Walleye Stocking Today A new DNR plan uses hard science to inform more precise stocking of Minnesota’s favorite fish. by Chris Niskanen Odds are the Minnesota walleye you catch is wild—that is to say, naturally produced in Minnesota waters. Anglers in the state catch about 3.8 million pounds of the flaky, white-meated fish annually. The […]

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What to do With Our Wolves

The first time I ever thought about wolves was when I finished reading Jack London’s two stories; Call of the Wild and White Fang. Up until then I just don’t remember ever having thought about the fact that I lived in about the only place in the lower 48 states where a boy had even […]

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A Century for the Trees

From fighting fires, to planting seedlings, to managing forests for sustainability, the state’s Forestry division has a 100-year history of standing up for trees. by Mary Hoff Winds swirled through the twin towns of Baudette and Spooner in the early morning hours of Oct. 7, 1910. Gusts fanned the embers of slash fires smoldering in […]

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Trendsetters: TAO Now

Using scientists’ tools to study their schoolyard, young students discover opportunities for taking action to protect and improve wildlife habitat.

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Let’s Find Out

By Mary Hoff If you like to ask questions, you could become a great scientist. Scientists spend a lot of their time asking questions. They also spend a lot of time trying to answer them. There are many ways to answer questions. You can guess. You can ask other people what the answer is. You […]

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How Do Bears Make Friends?

A very unique event was witnessed, photographed, and captured on video at the new North American Bear Center here in Ely. The following article, by Dr. Lynn Rogers explains what occurred. The video of this event is being shown at the Bear Center this winter.

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