Land Board Withdraws Sensitive Lands From Mineral Lease Auction

The Board of University and State School Lands passed a resolution this morning in Bismarck to withdraw more than 5,300 acres of environmentally sensitive lands in western North Dakota from mineral development, including parcels near Bullion Butte and the Kendley Plateau. The announcement comes as good news to conservation interests, who had worked to have…
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Rydell Refuge Marks 20th Anniversary

Happy birthday, Rydell National Wildlife Refuge! The refuge in Polk County near Erskine, Minn., marks its 20th anniversary this week. Tuesday was the official day, but refuge staff in a news release said events to commemorate the anniversary are planned throughout the year. The Visitor Center will highlight refuge wildlife species each month, and there’ll…
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Delta Waterfowl Offers Tips For Preparing Ducks And Geese

I’ll admit I don’t care for the taste of waterfowl, which is one of the reasons I seldom hunt ducks and geese anymore. A news release from Delta Waterfowl hit my inbox this morning, though, and it describes a recent ice fishing excursion in which Delta president Rob Olson deep-fried four mallards in peanut oil…
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Grooming Set For Greenway Ski Trails

I was surprised this morning when I opened the front door and was greeted by the sight of fresh snow. I was at a wolf meeting Thursday night in Roseau, Minn., and there was no sign of a pending snowstorm when I got back to Grand Forks after midnight. I’m not sure how much snow…
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DNR Releases Proposal For Inaugural Wolf Season

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released its proposal today for an inaugural gray wolf hunting and trapping season this fall, and it calls for a conservative harvest quota of 400 animals. Wolf research indicates Minnesota’s wolf population could sustain a higher quota, but DNR officials say they are taking a measured approach to the…
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