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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has contracted with the engineering firm Smith-Root to design a “sweeping” electronic fish barrier at Lock and Dam No. 1 on the Mississippi River. The proposed barrier is intended to halt the spread of Asian carp. Unlike other electronic barriers, a sweeping electronic [...]

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Despite recent snow, fire danger is expected to rapidly increase when the weather warms up, the snow melts and winds dry the dead, standing grass and brush in open areas. Because of that, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has placed burning restrictions for a number of counties, including Anoka, Hennepin, Isanti, Sherburne and Wright. [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter The state’s first-ever wolf hunting and trapping season is history. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced Wednesday (Jan. 2) the wolf season will close in the last open zone at the end of shooting and trapping hours Thursday (Jan. 3). “Our plan was to close the season [...]

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages people to take a hike this holiday season. “It’s less expensive and not as crowded as going shopping,” said Minnesota State Parks Director Courtland Nelson. “Plus, now that the leaves have fallen from the trees it’s easier to see wildlife like birds and deer.” Ranked the “Best [...]

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Buckthorn leafs out early and retains leaves late into the fall, creating dense shade that helps it to out-compete many native plants. Common buckthorn Common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)  was first brought to Minnesota from Europe in the mid-1800s as a very popular hedging material. Shortly after its introduction here, it was found to be quite [...]

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Answer: Grass fires and unlawful fires can pose a serious threat to life and property in Sherburne County.  Because of this, almost all open fires require a burning permit. You are not required to obtain a burning permit if the ground is snow covered.  By definition, snow covered means that the ground has a continuous unbroken cover of snow, to a depth of three inches or more, surrounding the immediate area of the fire, sufficient to keep the fire from spreading. You also do not need a burning permit when you have a fire in an approved burner (i.e. burning barrels) and it is in use between 6 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.  For a fire in an approved burner without a permit there should be no combustible material within five feet of the base of the burner. Finally, a campfire does not require a burning permit.  “Campfire” means a fire set for cooking, warming, or ceremonial purposes, which is not more than three feet in diameter by three feet high, and has had the ground five feet from the base of the fire cleared of all combustible material. All other fires require a burning permit.  Burning permits can be obtained from a DNR forestry office or any fire warden. The DNR institutes burning permit restrictions in the fire prone portions of the state each spring. During this period of traditionally high fire danger, burning permits are not issued. Under extremely dry conditions, the Commissioner of Natural Resources, or another unit of government, may declare a “burning ban” for a specified area within the state. When this occurs, not only existing permits are canceled and new permits not issued, but burning in approved burners, recreational fires, and even smoking outdoors may be prohibited, depending on the fire danger. This action is generally taken when fire conditions become extreme across a broad area of the state (for example, a number of counties or large geographic region). If you have questions about burning or open fires, you can contact the Sheriff’s Office or your local DNR office or Fire Warden.–Sheriff Joel Brott

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Sheriff, DNR says sightings haven’t been reported but they offer precautions on subject by Nathan Warner Contributing writer Area residents sighted at least one black bear in Zimmerman this past week. Kathryn Schleifer said she was driving on County Road 45 going to the Dairy Queen Monday evening, when she and her husband spotted a [...]

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