The Nature Conservancy says it will set aside the land for hiking, hunting and birding. The land is home to game species including pheasants and deer. The group's director says the state's grasslands must be preserved because they provide habitat for wildlife and opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Evacuations underway after explosion, fire on U of M campus
Evacuations are in effect on campus after an underground explosion and fire Thursday afternoon.
‘Terrible prank’ during tornado drill causes scare at Hopkins High School
The school principal said the incident brought armed police to the school and "understandably caused some scholars anxiety."
Woman admits to role in St. Paul man's gruesome murder
A 32-year-old Duluth woman has taken a plea deal in the case of a 34-year-old St. Paul man's murder.
'Living nightmare’ alleged at Savage, Minn. rabbit sanctuary
"Peacebunny Cottage" is now the subject of an animal cruelty investigation.
Tractor tips on embankment, killing man in Kandiyohi County
The tractor reportedly tipped and fell on top of the man, pinning him underneath.
Sloane Martin teams with Mike Golic Jr. for college football broadcasts
Martin, 33, lives in Minnesota and continues to climb the sports broadcasting ladder.
Minnesota radio legend Tom Barnard set to leave KQRS
Barnard says he's not retiring.
Delta pilots picket at MSP Airport amid mass issues in airline industry
The picket is one of several nationwide.
St. Paul plans to extend $500 payments to low-income families
The expansion would give more than 300 families a monthly payment of $500.
Use of car seat in crash that killed child still under investigation
The mother of the child was treated for injuries not considered to be life-threatening.
Battle brews over 2.5 million acres of school trust land in northern Minnesota
More than 150 years ago the federal government gave a vast swath of land to the state to establish a trust to fund education. But today some people say that trust isn't building up fast enough and that the DNR should no longer manage the land. Critics say the DNR focuses too much on conservation when they should be encouraging more logging and mining. But others say a move to wrest control of the land from the DNR isn't about education at all and just a play to open more land to the mining industry.
Family preserves 400 acres of prime bluffland
Rather than cash in on a large chunk of prime land overlooking the Mississippi River, Joan Greshik will preserve the land for generations to come. She placed the 400 acres of picturesque bluffland near Fountain City into the Mississippi Valley Conservancy. The agency officials say its among the most important easements in their history.
Bald eagles start spring migration back to Minnesota
The birds are moving home in large numbers over the next few weeks, and “it’s definitely time for folks to keep their eyes out," says a DNR specialist. Wildlife experts say eagles are migrating a little earlier than usual, likely because of the mild winter.
Conservation groups vying for slices of $100 million
The council that evaluates which conservation projects should be allocated almost $100 million next year in Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment dollars is sifting through 32 proposals. Competition for the state money is fierce as groups aim to protect various grasslands, wetlands and the golden winged warbler.
2 national groups to sue to protect wolf
The Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals signaled Monday that they will file suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in an effort to return the Great Lakes wolf to the endangered species list. The groups ask that Wisconsin and Minnesota halt wolf hunts. The Wisconsin has already begun. Meanwhile two other groups are appealing to the Minnesota Supreme Court to stop the hunt in Minnesota, which begins Nov. 3.
DNR warns of consequences if state doesn't approve higher hunting, fishing fees
The agency says it will have to make cuts that outdoors enthusiasts will surely notice. Among those cuts could be upkeep to hunting paths, fish surveys and deer habitat.
Washington County looking to add 10,000 acres to its list of open spaces
In 2006, voters approved a referendum for the county to spend up to $20 million over 10 years to preserve land and protect water. The Star Tribune reports about $3.4 million has already been spent on six projects.
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